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Amor Mundi 1/31/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we dissect a 1962 pardon request made by Adolf Eichmann, reflect on the Malheur occupation, and much more! Posted on 1 February 2016 | 11:41 am

Amor Mundi 1/17/16

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on the successes of anti-establishment presidential candidates, contemplate the Internet's effect on reading, and much more. Posted on 17 January 2016 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 1/3/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the rise of amateurism in politics, contemplate the complexity of the human brain, and much more! Posted on 3 January 2016 | 9:00 pm

Amor Mundi 12/13/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on how Title IX is being interpreted on college campuses, explore the ethics of cryptography, and much more! Posted on 13 December 2015 | 9:00 pm

When Power Runs Riot

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Jeffrey Jurgens uses the protests in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD to understand both the differences and the relations between violence and power. Posted on 7 June 2015 | 11:00 pm

Amor Mundi 11/24/13

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither…Read more Amor Mundi 11/24/13 Posted on 25 November 2013 | 3:26 pm

A Milestone Election

The re-election of Barack Obama is a milestone. Barack Obama will always be remembered as the first black President of the United States. He will now also be remembered as the first black two-term President, one who was re-elected in spite of nearly 8% unemployment and a feeling of deep unease in society. He is…Read more A Milestone Election Posted on 9 November 2012 | 5:48 pm

Malaise in the Classroom: Teaching Secondary Students About the Presidency

The gap between our citizens and our Government has never been so wide. The people are looking for honest answers, not easy answers; clear leadership, not false claims and evasiveness and politics as usual. -Jimmy Carter,  July 15, 1979 Contemporary observers of secondary education have appropriately decried the startling lack of understanding most students possess…Read more Malaise in the Classroom: Teaching Secondary Students About the Presidency Posted on 2 October 2012 | 11:01 am

Does Paul Ryan Matter? On the Limitations of the Rhetorical Presidency

One week ago this was the most important and yet the most boring election in history. No longer. Ryan’s selection adds a jolt of seriousness and consequentialness to the next 90 days of electioneering. Or at least so we are told. Why? Because Ryan has been, over the last year, one of the very few…Read more Does Paul Ryan Matter? On the Limitations of the Rhetorical Presidency Posted on 13 August 2012 | 2:56 pm

American Criminal Justice, Made in Texas (Part 2)

In my last blog (June 20, 2012), I highlighted a few scholars’ recent efforts to situate current patterns of African American imprisonment within this country’s longer history of racial conflict and subjugation. More specifically, I focused on some of the central claims in Robert Perkinson’s book Texas Tough (2010), which offers a sharp account of…Read more American Criminal Justice, Made in Texas (Part 2) Posted on 10 July 2012 | 12:07 pm