By Philip M. Napoli

Last week, the Senate held a hearing on potential harmful effects of social media on children, thanks to a series of reports by the Wall Street Journal . The Journal reported that Facebook ignored internal research demonstrating the negative effects of its Instagram platform on teenage…


By Claudia Koonz

A tribal headman with wife and sons in 1963 in the Chitral region of Afghanistan. Photo courtesy Claudia Koonz.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Snippets of dialog quoted in this essay were drawn from letters the author wrote during her travels.

“20-Year US War Ending as It Began, With Taliban Ruling.” “5,200 US soldiers. 66,000 Afghani military personnel, 47,000 civilians killed.” The recent headlines brought memories of a tribal…


A rescue worker reaches into a NYPD squad car following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Courtesy of U.S. Library of Congress

By David H. Schanzer

This essay is part of the exhibition catalogue for “Post 9/11: The Evolution of American Law Enforcement,” at the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, D.C. The author served as Guest Curator for this exhibit.

There are many searing images of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath.


U.S. soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan in 2010. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense

By David H. Schanzer

The speed with which the Afghan government collapsed over the weekend after two decades of American investments was stunning. Yet the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was inevitable. …


By Lane Scher

When a Chicago animal shelter deliberately released 1,000 feral cats earlier this year to control a rodent problem in the city, they may have unintentionally put a more desirable group of animals in harm’s way: songbirds. …


Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series by the author exploring how teaching changed in the last year due to the pandemic. The first installment is available here.

I was losing sleep. With only a week to go before the start of spring semester I still hadn’t…


The isolating nature of the pandemic provided an opportunity for introspection on the privilege that we have to study medicine during a time when students and faculty members challenge the paternalistic principles of this field. This has led to the movement of patient-centered care in which we must consider all…


A Duke cultural anthropologist on navigating a very unusual school year

Editor’s note: This is the first of two diary entries by this author addressing teaching during the pandemic. The second is available here.

By Katya Wesolowski

Before the start of our Covid year, Duke Student Government wrote a letter


The pressure is mounting on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill regarding Nikole Hannah-Jones’ pending tenure decision. Hannah-Jones, a long-time New York Times columnist and Pulitzer and MacArthur “genius grant” winner, is eminently qualified for the journalism chair she had been offered at UNC-Chapel Hill. …


Being pregnant behind bars is a nightmare beyond what most of us can imagine: in jails and prisons, pregnant women suffer severely inadequate medical care, serious health complications, and more. A new bill under consideration in North Carolina with bipartisan support could greatly improve those conditions. …

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