At the Table: The Importance of a Meal

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When I was a child, my mother and I ate dinner at the dining room table each evening. Sometimes we would have lively conversations; other times we would sit in comfortable silence. Slowly, as I grew older, we began to eat more meals on the living room couch. My mother and I would sit in front of the television instead of having a conversation. Sitting and not communicating was a way to destress after our…

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Time to be Heroes Again: What Media Teaches us (and We Teach It) About Our Values

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I grew up loving my country. I loved the traditions, and the landscapes and the values: knowing that we were the “good guys.” I loved that we, as a nation, would do the right thing, even if it was the harder thing. ’Cause we were the good guys! Remember?   And what was the right thing? Well…..to value people over money. To take care of the weak. To defend honesty and decency. To give everybody…

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“Other people’s babies,” The Humanities, and Responses to White Nationalism

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This past weekend, Represenative Steve King (R-Iowa), tweeted his support for the far-right Dutch politician, Geert Wilders. Wilders is openly anti-Islamic, and has argued that mosques should be closed and the Koran should be banned in the Netherlands. King wished Wilders good luck in the election in the Netherlands, but he said more than that when doing so. In his most recent tweet, King stated that “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny” and…

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The Value of Debate at a Liberal Arts University

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During my freshman year at Drury, my communications professor convinced me to join the Debate Union. I was hesitant at first, considering I had zero experience in debate and no desire to participate. Debating had never seemed appealing to me, so I wondered what role I could play in this organization. My fears were assuaged, however, once I began working on filming the debaters, judging rounds at tournaments, and assisting the Director in running the…

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