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American and Western Culture / 1993
93.141 What the "great books" can teach [the origins of Western values], 134Return to Top Return to Topical Index
American and Western Culture / 1994
94.13 Coming to your campus soon: Mr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad [a debate on American values between Cornel West and Molefi Asante], 187-188.
94.16 Defining American patriotism, 194
94.18 Defining an American identity, 196
94.44 Khalid Abdul Muhamed banned in Canada [[Freedom of expression in the United States and Canada compared], 233
94.78 Preparing our students for the workplace of the future [training students to collaborate in anatmosphere of trust; Alvin Toffler and Charles Handy say organizations will be smaller; review ofthe West Point Way of Leadership], 287
94.79 Race-based scholarships declared unconstitutional [Excerpt: Podberesky v. Kirwan; the dangersof racial classifications; alternative forms of affirmative action; voter survey results; Henry LouisGates on the need for allies], 289
94.87 William H. Gray on "black separatism" ["black separatism" compared to Catholic, Jewish, orProtestant "separatism"; Dennis Wrong on fostering "cross-cutting allegiances" among many different groups], 303
94.91 Higher education and knowledge work [Peter Drucker on the evolving knowledge society;Science on how skills and knowledge will be taught; focus on applied science; hands-on training;importance of fostering a lifelong love of learning; Perspective of Dewey and Whitehead affirmed; Christopher Lasch on alienation of a highly educated American "elite"], 310Return to Top Return to Topical Index
American and Western culture / 1999
99.15 Serbia, diversity, and civic education [Milovan Djilas on communism's failure to create a civil society in Yugoslavia; true respect for diversity requires affirming the underlying social and ethical values that make "diversity" possible], 843.
99.32 Paying new attention to the class divide [rapid growth of wealth and economic elitism; Tocqueville on the importance of equality in American life; Orlando Patterson on how "the racial divide has been replaced by the class divide"; Alan Greenspan on defining success by "honest and productive work," not wealth alone], 885.
99.39 If "consumerism" ends, introspection may begin [speed and consumerism creating a national sense of unease; growing numbers of disenchanted professionals; Tom Wolfe and renewed interest in stoicism; efforts at repair: Alan Greenspan on ethics and finance; value of a liberal education], 901.
99.42 The mind as a datebook [the quest for and the benefits of solitude; Maslow on creativity and solitude; Tolstoy and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh on the timelessness of each experience; speed and the decline of civility; Pico Iyler on silence as a presence, not absence], 910.Return to Top / Return to Topical Index
American and Western Culture / 2000
00.37 Religion and public education, part I [In Chandler v. Stegelman the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit gave a narrow interpretation to the Supreme Court decision in Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe and held that "genuinely student-initiated religious speech" may not be censored], 1035.
00.38 Religion and public education, part II [Tocqueville on man's religious nature; defining "religion"; spiritual awareness may be welcome again; Gould and Darwin on science and the religious sensibility; Michael Shermer on spirituality and the moral sense; the relationship between truth-seeking and spirituality; Parker Palmer on teaching as a "sacred" endeavor ], 1037.Return to Top / Return to Topical Index
American and Western Culture / 2001
01.36 Assessing applicants as individuals. [In Johnson v. Board of Regents, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit struck down the University of Georgia Undergraduate affirmative action program], 2034.
01.12 Spiritual emptiness on campus. [Review of an article by David Brooks in the April 2001 issue of The Atlantic ("The Organization Kid"). Brooks focuses on the characteristics and values of the "millennial generation" (Americans born in or after 1982) who he portrays as having led highly structured lives, organized by compulsive parents "to be group-oriented, deferential to authority, and achievement obsessed." Related interview with Colgate University religion professor Coleman Brown], 1085.
01.20 The Columbine Report. [Report of the State of Colorado Columbine Review Commission; suicide and homicidal rage; challenging the student "code of silence"; tactical lessons learned], 2008.
01.21 A reflection on the Columbine Report. [The attraction of social Darwinism; connection with Leopold and Loeb case; Darwin's perspectives; Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay on "The Times"], 2010.
01.38 Talking with students in times of crisis. [Responding to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001], 2039.
01.40 Reasoned patriotism. [Cultural nations of America; highest patriotism reflects commitment to the development of every human being], 2043.Return to Top / Return to Topical Index
American and Western Culture / 2002
02.3 The future after September 11, 2001 [Peggy Noonan's1999 prediction; roots of fundamentalism; V.S. Naipaulon "Our universal civilization"; The power of stoicism in Western cultural life; Greek and Roman influences; Albert Camus on duty and commitment], 2074.Return to Top / Return to Topical Index
American and Western Culture / 2003
03.31 Boomers and millennials [The evolving relationship between college administrators most in the baby boom generation and a new generation of more"traditional" students (the "millennials"); Hillary Rodham Clinton's commencement speech in 1969, as the graduating President of the Wellesley College Government Association], 3172. Return to Top Return to Topical Index