Education for the Deaf

For parents who are informed that their child is deaf or hard of hearing, the number one concern is how they will be able to communicate with their child. My mother told me that when she learned I was deaf, when I was 13 months old, what pained her most was thinking I would never … Read more

Wall or Mosaic? Fighting Desertification in the Sahel

Whether constructed to manipulate societies or assert order over natural environments, humans have long loved walls. As literal barriers between areas, walls have the power to either stave off powerful forces or confine them. In the Sahel, a semi-arid region between the Sahara Desert of North Africa and the savannas of West Africa, international experts, … Read more

An Emerging and Troubled Power: Overcoming Ethiopia’s Landlocked Geography

With over 100 million people, Ethiopia is easily the most populous landlocked country on earth. When Eritrea seceded in 1993, Ethiopia lost access to its coastline, impeding its economic growth and limiting the nation’s ambitions of becoming a regional hegemon. No coastline meant no direct access to ports, hindering Ethiopia’s efforts to achieve middle-income status … Read more

Campaigning Queer

When former Army Lieutenant Colonel and educator Pat Spearman ran for the Nevada State Senate in 2012, her platform was as ambitious as her chances were slim. She promised to work to reform Nevada’s education system, to improve environmental protections, and to stop obstructing tax reform like her opponent, incumbent John Lee, had been. But … Read more

Rising Tides, Resilience and Relocation

The history of the United States’ treatment of its indigenous peoples is more notorious than it is honorable, littered with controversial policies including tribal relocation and forced assimilation. From the earliest days of American colonies to the 20th century, the United States and Native American nations negotiated some 500 treaties, nearly all of which were … Read more

Searching for the Answer: How Student Search Policies Feed the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The “school-to-prison pipeline” is defined by the ACLU as the “national trend in which children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice system.” Concern for the devastating impacts of this phenomenon has steadily increased over the past couple of decades, as our society reckons with the consequences of an oftentimes dysfunctional, … Read more

The Future of Meat

The judgement had come down. Critics had tasted the burger in front of the camera and an invited audience of journalists, and they had judged the patty to be “rather like” meat. The key was that the burger was not made from conventional meat: rather, it was composed of cultured beef muscle cells grown in … Read more

Can an Independent Movement Happen?

On August 7, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican, and two-term Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) coasted to easy primary victories in the race for McCaskill’s current Missouri Senate seat. News outlets from the Washington Post to NBC framed the election as a head-to-head race between the candidates, with no predictable outcome. Local news … Read more