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We Need Our Own Macklemore

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Macklemore’s pro-same-sex-marriage rap video is “quite masterful, actually . . . ” says R. J. Snell in today’s column , “beautifully produced, skillfully managed, and positioned within a moving narrative of birth, death, and love; it is, I suspect, devastatingly . . . . Continue Reading »

Abortion in Ireland

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The Irish public fails to see that Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s new bill to “clarify” the abortion statute in Ireland, says John Aroutiounian in today’s column , “is only the first front in a long-planned, well-coordinated storm.” Never mind that the . . . . Continue Reading »

Justifying the Humanities

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The Academy of Arts and Sciences published a  report  and accompanying video offering two justifications for the humanities, says Micah Mattix in today’s column . The humanities are important, first, because they teach students to be “creative” and . . . . Continue Reading »