May 31, 2016
Certain indelible moments remain fixed in our collective memory. Moments that transform history and us. “Where were you when” … moments. Moments like when JFK, MLK and RFK died. Or when Neil Armstrong took one small step. Or this spring when two men vying for America’s highest office sank low read more
May 25, 2016
By:Dr. Carolyn J LukensmeyerExecutive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) My mother taught me the power of words: to work through problems, to build relationships, and to express my opinion. She taught me to respect others when I used my words — to stand up for what I read more
May 21, 2016
By Carolyn J. LukensmeyerSpecial to the Review-Journal Hurled chairs and vile insults. Death threats. This is not what democracy looks like. The events around the Nevada Democratic Caucuses last weekend were shameful, a representation of America at its worst. Whether or not rules were changed read more
May 19, 2016
By Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Charleston Gazette-Mail On May 22, 1856, Charles Sumner was beaten unconscious because of what he believed. Sumner was repeatedly struck with a metal-topped cane while his attacker’s accomplice stood with a pistol, threatening any onlookers that would intervene. Even after read more
May 08, 2016
Arkansas Online | by Mack McLarty    When I was growing up a half-century ago in Hope, Arkansas, civility and integrity were imparted to us as cardinal virtues. This was true in small towns and big cities across America. The message was simple: Civility was an essential building block of a strong read more
May 01, 2016 | by Zohar Lazar As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. It has unsettled — even surprised — me from the moment I first read it in graduate school. The passage is from the part of the dialogue where Socrates and his read more
April 30, 2016
The New York Times | by The Editorial Board Excited to participate in the presidential election, more than 22,000 people in Kansas applied to register to vote in a three-week period in February just days before the state presidential caucuses. It was a reassuring display of democracy — except that read more
April 29, 2016
PRI | by Timothy McGrath We’ve heard a lot of … let’s say, colorful rhetoric this election cycle from US presidential candidates and their supporters. Now, a team of data scientists at MIT say they can actually quantify just how toxic our political and public discourse has become — at least on read more
April 25, 2016
By Mark Gerzon | The Christian Science Monitor  It’s not just young revolutionary Bernie Sanders supporters or angry-as-hell Donald Trump fans who want to “change the system.” It’s also the president of the United States of America. The future we want “will only happen if we fix our politics,” read more