"If you take all those people who have adopted extremist beliefs, only a very tiny minority actually engage in extreme behaviors like suicide bombing. If the vast majority of people who believe extreme things don’t engage in extreme behaviors, why would we think that extreme beliefs are the best things to tackle to stop extreme behaviors? It seems to me like the wrong place to look. But I could be wrong about that."
The truth is that our best stories and songs often gain potency by complicating our received notions of identity; they’re less a mirror than a canvas — and everyone has a brush. It takes nothing away from the thrill of feeling represented, then, to point out what the most ambitious forms of art and entertainment are always telling us: Don’t be so sure what you look like.
"In Talking to Strangers Malcolm Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland---throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know.
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
September 29, 2019
Building Community with Fatima's, One Bowl at a Time
Nuha Elkugia, a 2012 graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences and 2014 graduate from the School of Public Health, believes that eating is more than a means to deliver the necessary nutrients to stave off death. Elkugia believes in food as a vehicle for cross-cultural understanding, a belief that encouraged her to start her own food business — Fatima’s — in February 2019.
Author: Estey Chen
September 22, 2019
The Hard Work of Disagreeing with Those Who Are Similar to Us
You know what feels hellishly hard to navigate? Not becoming a “sanctimonious army of one,” as a friend recently put it, when I talk with my parents about money. Or my mom friends about public education. Or my fellow board members about race and inclusion. Often, to avoid my own righteousness altogether, I will go silent, even though the topic is something that I care deeply about and I realize that I am throwing away an opportunity.