Bertin M. Louis: Some Haitian Protestants Agree With Pat Robertson






“Haiti, Now and Next: “On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, Leogane, and other parts of Haiti. The day after this catastrophe, Reverend Pat Robertson, the host of the 700 Club and an influential voice in the American fundamentalist movement, remarked that centuries ago Haitians swore a pact to the Devil in order to […]

L’Heureux “Dumi” Lewis: Black Male Privilege






Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis is an assistant professor of sociology at City College of New York. His professional website is at ProfessorLewis.com and he also maintains the blog UptownNotes.com. This talk was one of the presentations from the Morehouse College Founders Day Symposium.

Danny Glover on Sam Cooke






I love what Danny Glover says here about how young people use music to create meaning and identity.This documentary, Crossing Over, is especially valuable for its recollections by Lou Rawls, James Brown and Billy Preston, all of whom are gone.

Remembering Paul Robeson






I first learned of Paul Robeson when I was 15 years old. I was in Temple University’s Paley Library helping my father with his research, and I was looking for something to read in my free time. I found his autobiography, Here I Stand. I started asking questions in my classes about why Robeson had been blacklisted […]

You’re gonna need to read this, but it won’t be on Amazon






The National Academies Report on a Workshop on the Scope and Nature of Computational Thinking sounds dry, but its implications will be fascinating to watch. The monograph is a write-up of a 2009 gathering of computing experts that considered the emerging understanding of computational thinking and its implications for education. A follow-up workshop this month […]

The Enlightenment’s Contradictory Legacy and the Evolution of American Journalism






The European Enlightenment fostered ideals that still animate democratic societies, but those ideals were freighted with received notions of white supremacy and patriarchy. This presentation traces the ways in which those ideas affected the development of the norms and practices of American journalism in the 18th and 19th centuries. The contradictory legacy of the Enlightenment […]