Leader Lunch Discussions

Thursdays, 12:00pm - Elliott Library, Room 507

Bring your lunch and join Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen for in depth discussions on a variety of timely subjects.

January 4


January 11

"Have We Lost Sight of the Promise of Public Schools" (2/21/17)

"The Resegregation of Jefferson County" (9/6/17) by Nikole Hannah Jones, The New York Times

January 18 "Two Schools of Thought: Success Academy's Radical Educational Experiment" by Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 12/11/17
January 25
"The Takedown of Title IX" by Kathryn Joyce, The New York Times, 12/10/17
February 1
"When Free Speech on Campus Crosses a Line" by Julian E. Zelizer and Morton Keller, The Atlantic, 9/15/17

Mission statement of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)

"Congress Rallies Around Campus Free Speech" by Nick Roll, Inside Higher Ed, 10/27/17

February 8 "Is Health Care a Right" by Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, 10/2/17 (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/02/is-health-care-a-right
February 15 "The Flavor Revolutionary" by Nadia Berenstein, Aeon, 12/19/17 (https://aeon.co/essays/the-man-who-shook-the-united-states-by-its-tastebuds)
February 22

"They Took On the Food Giants - and Won" by Jane E. Brody, The NY Times, 1/1/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/well/eat/eating-food-health-center-for-science-in-the-public-interest-cspi.html

"Meet the chef who's debunking detox, diets and wellness" by Tim Lewis, The Guardian, 6/18/17 (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/18/angry-chef-debunking-detox-diets-wellness-nutrition-alternative-facts

March 1

"I Used to Insist I didn't Get Angry. Not Anymore" by Leslie Jamison, The NY Times, 1/17/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/magazine/i-used-to-insist-i-didnt-get-angry-not-anymore.html)

March 8

"Full Text of Aly Raisman's Statement," The NY Times, 1/20/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/20/sports/full-text-of-aly-raismans-statement.html)

"The Larry Nassar Case and What Come Next" by Christine Hauser and Maggie Astor, The NY Times, 1/25/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/sports/larry-nassar-gymnastics-abuse.html)

March 15

"TIME Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers" by Stephanie Zacharek, Eliana Dockterman, and Haley Sweetland Edwards, Time Magazine, 12/18/18 (http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2017-silence-breakers/)

"Before #MeToo, women janitors organized to fight workplace harassment" by Sasha Khokha, Public Radio International, 1/29/18 (https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-01-29/metoo-women-janitors-organized-fight-workplace-harassment)

March 22

"Assessing the 2018 Women's March" by Rachel Vogelstein, Council on Foreign Relations, 1/24/18 (https://www.cfr.org/blog/assessing-2018-womens-march)

"The Women's March Became a Movement. What's Next?" by Susan Chira, The NY Times, 1/20/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/20/us/womens-march-metoo.html)

March 29 3/29 - "The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari" by Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic, 1/14/18 (https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/01/the-humiliation-of-aziz-ansari/550541/)
April 5 "Hell of a Fiesta" by Enrique Krauze, The NY Review of Books, 3/8/18 (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/03/08/venezuela-hell-fiesta/)
April 12

"The Challenge of Arctic Governance" by Douglas C. Nord (https://www.wilsonquarterly.com/quarterly/into-the-arctic/the-challenge-of-arctic-governance/)

"An Investment Model for the Arctic" by Tero Vauraste (https://www.wilsonquarterly.com/quarterly/into-the-arctic/an-investment-model-for-the-arctic/),  The Wilson Quarterly, Summer/Fall 2017 

April 19 "The Peculiar Business of Being Russian-American in Trump's USA" by Anastasia Edel, The NY Review of Books, 2/16/18 (http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/02/16/the-peculiar-business-of-being-russian-american-in-trumps-usa/)
April 26

"South Korea's Most Dangerous Enemy: Demographics" by Brook Larmer, The NY Times, 2/20/18 (https://ww.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/magazine/south-koreas-most-dangerous-enemy-demographics.html

"Seeing Bounty Abroad, Will North Koreans Change Their Homeland?" by Motoko Rich, The NY Times, 2/16/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/world/asia/north-koreans-olympics.html?rref=collection%2Fseriescollection%2Folympics-international-2018)

May 3

“What’s the best option?” by Larry Temkin, 3/13/18 (https://aeon.co/essays/attempts-to-choose-the-best-life-may-be-doomed-to...)

“If we disagree about morality, how can we teach it?” by Michael Hand, 3/16/18, Aeon (https://aeon.co/ideas/if-we-disagree-about-morality-how-can-we-teach-it)

May 10 “Steven Pinker’s Counter-Counter-Enlightenment” by Saloni Dattani, Quillette, 3/1/18 (http://quillette.com/2018/03/11/steven-pinkers-counter-counter-enlighten...)
May 17

“Mark Lilla and the Crisis of Liberalism” by Samuel Moyn, Boston Review, 2/27/18 (http://bostonreview.net/class-inequality/samuel-moyn-mark-lilla-and-cris...)

“How populist uprisings could bring down liberal democracy” by Yascha Mounk, The Guardian, 3/4/18 (https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/04/shock-system-liber...)

May 24 “The Great Awokening: What happens to culture in an era of identity politics?” by Molly Fischer, The Cut, 1/10/18 (https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/pop-cultures-great-awokening.html)
May 30

“Will Robots Set Us Free?” by David Moscrop, Boston Review, 2/7/18 (http://bostonreview.net/philosophy-religion/david-moscrop-will-automatio...)

“The Future of Leisure” by Stuart Whatley, Democracy Journal, 3/12/18 (https://democracyjournal.org/arguments/the-future-of-leisure/)

June 7

“What Is Good Science?” by Adam Becker, Aeon, 4/5/18 (https://aeon.co/essays/a-fetish-for-falsification-and-observation-holds-back-science)

“Why Do So Many Scientists Want to be Filmmakers?” by Kevin Berger, Nautilus, 3/22/18 (http://nautil.us/issue/58/self/why-do-so-many-scientists-want-to-be-filmmakers)

June 14

“Human Nature Matters” by Skye C. Cleary and Massimo Pigliucci, Aeon, 4/25/18 (https://aeon.co/essays/theres-no-philosophy-of-life-without-a-theory-of-human-nature)

“”What Is Empathy?” by Andrew Scull, The Times Literary Supplement, 4/10/18 (https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/what-is-empathy/

June 21

“Time Is Elastic” by Carlo Rovelli, The Guardian, 4/14/18 (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/14/elastic-concept-order-of-time-carlo-rovelli)

“The Meaning of Time” by Carlo Rovelli, Financial Times, 4/20/18 (https://www.ft.com/content/ce6ef7b8-429a-11e8-93cf-67ac3a6482fd

June 28 “The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark” by Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker, 4/2/18 (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/02/the-mind-expanding-ideas-of-andy-clark
July 5 “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass, delivered on July 5, 1852 and reprinted in The Nation, 7/4/12  (https://www.thenation.com/article/what-slave-fourth-july-frederick-douglass/
July 12 “Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?” by Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic, March 2018 (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/charles-mann-can-planet-earth-feed-10-billion-people/550928/)
July 19 Bach at the Burger King” by Theodora Gioia, Los Angeles Review of Books, 5/17/18 (https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/bach-at-the-burger-king/#!)
July 26 “Fresh Prince: The Schemes and Dreams of Saudi Arabia’s Next King” by F. Gregory Gause III, Foreign Affairs, May/June 2018 (https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/middle-east/2018-03-19/fresh-prince
August 2 “The Birth of a New Aristocracy” by Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic, June 2018 (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/06/the-birth-of-a-new-american-aristocracy/559130/
August 9

“An Algorithmic Investigation of the Highfalutin ‘Poet Voice’” by Cara Giaimo, Atlas Obscura, 5/1/18 (https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/cultural-analysis-poet-voice)

“Notes Toward an Introduction” by William Logan, The New Criterion, May 2018 (https://www.newcriterion.com/issues/2018/5/notes-toward-an-introduction-9801

August 16

“As Real As It Gets” by Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 4/2/18 (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/02/are-we-already-living-in-virtual-reality

August 23 “Where Myanmar Went Wrong” by Zoltan Barany, Foreign Affairs, May/June 2018 (https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/burma-myanmar/2018-04-16/where-myanmar-went-wrong
August 30 “Coming in from the Cold” by Nicholas Dames, N Plus One Magazine, Spring 2018 (https://nplusonemag.com/issue-31/reviews/coming-in-from-the-cold-2/
September 6 “The Defeat of Reason” by Tim Maudlin, Boston Review, 6/1/18 (http://bostonreview.net/science-nature-philosophy-religion/tim-maudlin-defeat-reason)
September 13
“Caves all the way down” by Jules Evans, Aeon, 7/17/17 (https://aeon.co/essays/is-psychedelics-research-closer-to-theology-than-to-science)
“Equipment for Living” by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, The Nation, 6/5/18 (https://www.thenation.com/article/equipment-for-living/)
September 20 “How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences” by Heather MacDonald, City Journal, Spring 2018 (https://www.city-journal.org/html/how-identity-politics-harming-sciences-15826.html)
September 27
“Thomas Bayes and the Crisis in Science” by David Papineau, The Times Literary Supplement, 6/28/18 (https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/thomas-bayes-science-crisis/)
“On Coincidence” by Cody Delistraty, Aeon, 7/10/18 (https://aeon.co/essays/just-how-meaningful-is-coincidence-beyond-the-statistics)
October 4
Margot Sanger-Katz: "How to Tame Health Care Spending? Look for one-Percent Solutions," 8/27/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/27/upshot/rising-health-care-costs-economists-propose-small-solutions.html)
"Why Is U.S. Health Care So Expensive," 3/13/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/upshot/united-states-health-care-resembles-rest-of-world.htmlThe NY Times
October 11 "Putting Profits Ahead of Patients" by Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband,The NY Review of Books, 7/13/17 (https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/07/13/putting-profits-ahead-of-patients/)
October 18 "Is Health Care a Right?" by Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, 10/2/17 (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/02/is-health-care-a-right)
October 25
Sandro Galea: "America Spends The Most On Healthcare But Isn’t the Healthiest Country," 5/24/17 (http://fortune.com/2017/05/24/us-health-care-spending/)
"The biggest Problem With U.S. Health Care," 7/10/17 (http://fortune.com/2017/07/10/health-care-in-the-us-problem/Fortune
November 1

“How to Talk to Young People About the Kavanaugh Story” by Anya Kamenetz, National Public Radio, 9/21/18 (https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/npr/2018/09/21/650039170/how-to-talk-to-young-people-about-the-kavanaugh-story/);

“We Can’t Just Let Boys Be Boys” by Peggy Orenstein, The NY Times, 9/29/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/opinion/sunday/sex-education-ethics-assault-boys.html);

“Male Trouble” by Arlie Russell Hochschild, The NY Review of Books, 10/11/18 (https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/10/11/male-trouble/

November 8

“The Thorny Bureaucracy That Stands Between Detained Children and Their Parents” by Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, 8/2/18 (https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/08/immigration-lawyer-family-reunification/566678/);

“Searching for Deported Parents in Guatemala” transcript of interview by John Burnett with Lee Gelernt, National Public Radio, 9/6/18 (https://www.npr.org/2018/09/06/645337121/aclu-launches-search-in-guatemala-for-parents-who-were-deported-without-children);

“Separated for 51 Days, a Reunited Migrant Family Starts a New Life in Oregon” by Miriam Jordan, The NY Times, 9/10/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/10/us/family-separation-migrants-school-oregon.html);

“Migrant Children Moved Under Cover of Darkness to a Texas Tent City” by Caitlin Dickerson, The NY Times, 9/30/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/30/us/migrant-children-tent-city-texas.html)

November 15

“Utah parents can now raise their kids ‘free-range’” (5/11/18) (https://qz.com/1275970/utahs-free-range-parenting-bill-puts-a-national-movement-in-the-spotlight/)

“The best parts of your childhood probably involved things today’s kids will never know” (6/7/18) by Annabelle Timsit, Quartz (https://qz.com/1297949/the-best-parts-of-your-childhood-involve-things-todays-kids-will-never-know/);

“Kid are so over-scheduled that doctors are being told to prescribe play” by Jenny Anderson, Quartz, 8/21/18 (https://qz.com/1363294/the-american-academy-of-pediatrics-is-telling-doctors-to-start-prescribing-play/);

“To Raise Confident, Independent Kids, Some Parents Are Trying to ‘Let Grow’” by Deena Prichep, National Public Radio, 9/3/18 (http://www.wbur.org/npr/641256596/to-raise-confident-independent-kids-some-parents-are-trying-to-let-grow);

“Have parents made their kids too fragile for the rough-and-tumble of life?” by Michael S. Roth, The Washington Post, 9/7/18 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/have-parents-made-their-kids-too-fragile-for-the-rough-and-tumble-of-life/2018/09/07/7b977440-8e92-11e8-bcd5-9d911c784c38_story.html?utm_term=.33302f978345)

November 29

“America Soured on My Multiracial Family” by David French (8/26/18) (https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/08/america-soured-on-my-multiracial-family/567994/)

“How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism” by Joe Pinsker (9/4/18), The Atlantic (https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/09/white-kids-race/569185/)

December 6

“Does the Enlightenment Need Defending?” by Steven Pinker and Homi Bhabha, 9/10/18, (https://iainews.iai.tv/articles/does-the-enlightenment-need-defending-auid-1149)

“What Really Matters” an interview with Rebecca Goldstein, 9/3/18, Institute of Arts & Ideas (https://iainews.iai.tv/articles/rebecca-goldstein-on-what-really-matters-auid-1141)

December 13

“A truly African philosophy” by Ada Agada, 9/27/18, (https://aeon.co/essays/consolation-philosophy-and-the-struggle-of-reason-in-africa)

“The greatest use of life” by John Kaag, 10/1/18,  Aeon (https://aeon.co/essays/is-life-worth-living-the-pragmatic-maybe-of-william-james)

December 20 “Just deserts” by Daniel C. Dennett and Gregg D. Caruso, Aeon, 10/4/18 (https://aeon.co/essays/on-free-will-daniel-dennett-and-gregg-caruso-go-head-to-head

Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office.