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Symposium

Every issue has one section dedicated to a particular question. Collecting responses from a range of perspectives, these symposia prompt us to think about the values and ideas that shape our most urgent cultural and personal decisions.

13

Winter 2017

 

Midwestworld

It was the kind of day in Detroit, late in the course of a temperate summer, when the heat rebounds and the humidity returns with…

 

A Country Is a Country

A country is not for this or that. A country is not a chess club or a craft brewery; it is not for playing chess,…

 

Negative Growth

When I was growing up in an otherwise uneventful and impoverished neighborhood in Guadalajara, there was an event that never failed to excite us—the return…

 

Tar Heels, Alive

Every athletic event at the University of North Carolina ends the same way. The band strikes up “Hark the Sound” and we throw our arms…

 

Articles of Faith

Americans supposedly agree on certain truths. Timeless, universal and famously self-evident, they are the dearest tenets of what the sociologist Robert Bellah called “civil religion…

 

Blackness + America

America is not—as put forth by good-guy John Edwards, recently revived by renowned race-pedagogue David Simon—“two Americas,” but if it were, both of them would…

 

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

In America I was set free.

 

Conflict and Consensus

In 1953, the historian Daniel Boorstin testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee.