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Aric Sleeper: ‘Public Trust’—A Key Legal Tool to Preserve Our Natural Resources

There are underutilized legal weapons already on the books that can help fight big corporations and preserve the planet’s natural resources, such as watersheds and large forests… That legal weapon, a component of property law, is a concept known as the ‘public trust.’

January 6, 2023 · Leave a comment

Video: The Ref

A referee struggles to maintain control over a 2nd grade basketball game.

December 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: While I Yet Live

A trip to Gee’s Bend, Alabama, where masterpieces hang from clotheslines.

June 5, 2022 · 4 Comments

Melanie M. Kirby: Nectar Nomad in the Land of Enchantment

What bees taught me about building community.

May 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

Keshav Singh: Sikh ethics sees self-centredness as the source of human evil

Long before I was exposed to the works of any Western philosophers, I looked to the teachings of the Sikh gurus, enshrined in our scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, for moral guidance. This has recently got me thinking: how does Sikhism approach the ‘big questions’ of Western moral philosophy?

January 21, 2022 · 3 Comments

Lourdes Medrano: Growing Food and Latino Culture in Tucson’s Barrio Centro

In a long-abandoned school playground, a small-scale farm is planting seeds for a more equitable and sustaining food system in a neighborhood where fresh, affordable food is hard to come by.

October 14, 2021 · 6 Comments

Michael Simms: The Courage of Teachers

In 1987, students gathered in front of the admin building angry over the corruption of the university’s board. The crowd was getting ugly. I was a young teacher standing to the side, listening to the speeches, watching warily as the crowd grew. Someone shouted Take Over the Administration! and the crowd chanted Take Over! Take over! Take Over! The crowd, now a mob…

February 27, 2021 · 8 Comments

Florina Rodov: Barbara Ehrenreich’s Powerful Lessons for a Stronger Post-Coronavirus America

The political activist and author imagines a country where all people, not just the wealthy, can live with dignity.

April 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Breaking Bread

Although we call it breaking bread there are few acts of breaking less violent than this, and though dinners sometimes erupt, and lunches boil over into menace and disgust, the … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

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