Defunding Arts and Culture: Will It Happen?

My guess is no. But if you live in Trump Nation, and your state or city is not committed to restoring cuts with state and local tax dollars, prepare for cuts to the small cultural institutions and programs that make a huge difference to your community. It doesn’t surprise me that the first Trump budget proposes…

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…