With veganism and animal-rights causes, a middle ground is always best.

BY KATHY RUDYAssociate professor of ethics and women’s studies at Duke University Ellen DeGeneres recently launched a national campaign endorsing veganism, and I give her a lot of credit. Along with people like Jonathan Safran Foer and many other media stars, she is putting the question of eating meat on the table as a significant … More With veganism and animal-rights causes, a middle ground is always best.

Reflecting upon Mary McLeod Bethune in light of this weekend’s MLK Jr. Memorial debut.

Construction photo of “Mountain of Despair” with Jefferson dome in background. Photo taken Aug. 11th, 2011, in advance of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial debut on Aug. 28th, the 48th anniversary of the day King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Photo by the author. BY KELLY QUINN Quadrant fellow and assistant … More Reflecting upon Mary McLeod Bethune in light of this weekend’s MLK Jr. Memorial debut.

New bill shines a light on how the law looks at sex trafficking

A graphic showing global human trafficking patterns, with specific focus on women and children. Julietta Hua discusses a new anti-trafficking law and its implications for mainstream assumptions. Image from Creative Commons. BY JULIETTA HUA Assistant professor of women and gender studies at San Francisco State University With the implementation of Senate Bill 1037 beginning in … More New bill shines a light on how the law looks at sex trafficking

Understanding iconoclastic filmmaker Nicholas Ray: A Q&A with Susan Ray on the Centenary Project and much more

Legendary American filmmaker Nicholas Ray (perhaps best known for Rebel Without a Cause) was born August 7th, 1911. In honor of Ray’s 100th birthday this month, several exciting projects are in the works, including the Centenary Project and an upcoming film premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Here to tell us a little bit about … More Understanding iconoclastic filmmaker Nicholas Ray: A Q&A with Susan Ray on the Centenary Project and much more

Schools vs. Prisons: How zero-tolerance and other punitive disciplinary policies are hurting students

As zero-tolerance discipline policies have been instituted at high schools across the country, police officers are employed with increasing frequency to enforce behavior codes and maintain order, primarily at poorly performing, racially segregated urban schools. Actions that may once have sent students to the detention hall or resulted in their suspension may now introduce them … More Schools vs. Prisons: How zero-tolerance and other punitive disciplinary policies are hurting students