Your Empathy for Trump Voters Isn’t Just Misplaced—It’s Immoral.

CW: Anti-LGBT, anti-immigrant, and anti-Latin@ hate crimes Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, we got so many news articles about why Trump was winning with poor, rural, white folks, people who had been abandoned by Washington, by liberals, and by the general march of progress, that parodies of the genre even popped up. These pieces kept… Continue Reading →

Listening to Those Who Hate: A Central Educational Challenge of Our Times

A Gathering for Educative Healing co-sponsored by the Holistic Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association and the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning of the National Council of Teachers of EnglishApril 12, 2018, 7-9:30 pm The Open Center for Holistic Learning Room 3-C, 22 E. 30th St (between Fifth and Madison), NYC Donations… Continue Reading →

2017 Lincoln Ideas Forum: Hate of the Nation

Measuring Hate by its Consequences: Love and Hate in Westboro Baptist Church Pickets Only in the most extreme cases do people see themselves as hateful. Most of the time, they see themselves as loving. This is as true for Westboro Baptists, the most (in)famous anti-gay church in the US, as well as more violent extremists,… Continue Reading →

“The 4th R” Recognized with NEA New Scholar Award

I’m so pleased to share that the National Education Association has awarded “The 4th R: Encountering Conservative Christianity in the Classroom” its New Scholar Prize for a scholarly article on teaching that “offers practical approaches to improving teaching and learning at the college level.” The article analyzes several artifacts from conservative Christian popular culture–including a… Continue Reading →

Research and Writing

American studies scholars are to develop what Gene Wise in his 1979 American Quarterly article “Paradigm Dramas” called a “connecting mind,” one that can “probe the immediacy of the situation to search for everything which rays out beyond it” (336). That “raying out” is the hallmark of American studies scholarship and what I hope to… Continue Reading →

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