Monthly Archives: September 2014

The U.S. and Mexico – Past, Present, and Future

The primary mode of the 2040 Initiative is taking the long view, looking forward a full generation. But sometimes the future blurs with the present, which blurs with the past.  This is true of the increasing proportion of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Race, Ethnicity, and American Collective Identity – Part 2

I mentioned in my last post that I’m wondering if a perception on the part of some that a deep-seated American collective identity is in jeopardy of disappearing is in some way behind the backlash against “the other” – and … Continue reading

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2040 Demographics – “The Measure of Indians”

The current issue of the magazine of the National Museum of the American Indian (NAMI) features a piece – “The Measure of Indians” – that summarizes a long and troubled relationship between American Indians and Indian tribes and the U.S. … Continue reading

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Race, Ethnicity, and American Collective Identity – Part 1

Dr. Rebecca Murray is the Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Creighton University: I’ve been thinking a lot about the shooting and riots in Ferguson (as we all have, I imagine) and I am so … Continue reading

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“Stand Clear of the Closing Doors” and “The Danger of a Single Story”

Time and time again, I return to “The Danger of a Single Story,” a TED talk by Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Adichie, author of “Half of a Yellow Sun” and “Americanah.” In it, Adichie lays open the way in which one-dimensional stories … Continue reading

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Labor Day: Women at Work

When I googled images for “Labor Day,” a lot of what popped up included flags and patriotism.  A few, like the one below, evoked blue collar, masculine work. The iconic “Rosie the Riveter” poster from World War II also made … Continue reading

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