The Intellectual Integrity of Our Spaces: The Proposed Boycott of International Academic Conferences

On January 30, the American Historical Association (AHA) joined numerous scholarly organizations in condemning Donald Trump’s executive order of January 27, 2017. This act closed the United States border to travelers, migrants and refugees from seven countries, including many legal residents, for ninety days. Although spokespeople for the Trump administration deny this interpretation, the order is generally understood…

The Room Where It Happens: Jeff Sessions Testifies

If any of Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees are turned back, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is not going to be among them. Sessions, at the age of 70 still the “junior” Senator from Alabama, was one of three nominees to begin the confirmation process yesterday. While he faced skepticism, and even anger, from senior Democrats Dianne…

The Woman Who Might Have Been President

As former Goldwater Girl Hillary Rodham Clinton is poised to become the first woman president of the United States, it is worth asking: what prevented Elizabeth Dole — Clinton’s former Senate colleague — from breaking that historic barrier? Sexism, not just within the Republican Party but also in a larger political world saturated by media…

Microaggressions | An Intervention

Readers: in the absence of any real resources available to faculty at my university, I decided to write an essay about microagressions for my students. There must be many of you out there who are better at this than I am. Would you read this and leave your comments so that I can make necessary…