Sunday, December 30, 2018
Insensitive But Not Offensive? Drawing a Line as a Feminist Dad
10:18 am est
A recent incident, when an adult male made a remark that seemed
arguably insensitive but not offensive in the presence of my adolescent daughter, prompted reflection on where and how to
draw that distinction. Subtleties of context, as well as content, matter.
I am not a censorious person. But both parenthood and the ethos of the time have made me more
aware of bystander effects—positive and negative.
Sun published the piece—“A Feminist Dad Finds Himself in a Quandary”—online on December 28 and today in print.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Documentaries on Heather Booth and Henry Green
10:17 am est
Saturday, November 10, 2018
A Bit of Good News about Community, Kindness of Neighbors
2:08 pm est
A letter to the editor documented my family’s appreciation—amid all the problems of the world, and in some social science context—for
our neighbors’ thoughtful help in the return of a puppy we had adopted from a shelter and lost for a time.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
“Self-Evident Truths” Recognized, Reviewed
10:38 pm edt
As mentioned previously here, the book Self-Evident Truths: Contesting Equal Rights from the Revolution to the Civil War was published in 2017. (Disclosure again: The author, Richard D. Brown, is my father.)
Recently, Self-Evident Truths received the New England Historical Association (NEHA) Book Prize.
Last month, the National Catholic Reporter published
a two-part review—by Michael S. Winters—of the book, which examines religious liberty among other issues (such as ethnicity, race, class,
and gender in law and practice) in U.S. history. Recent scholarly reviews include, for example, those in the American Historical Review and the Journal of the Civil War Era.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Hatred and Violence in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Beyond
9:34 am edt
Sadly, the last week has seen murderous bigotry in places including Kentucky (a grocery store, after the shooter attempted to enter a predominantly
black church) and Pittsburgh (a synagogue). Reports of hate crimes are on the rise since 2015.
Edward Ball (now of New Haven), with family ties to Charleston,
South Carolina, wrote in the New York Review of Books about the 2017 trial of the racist 2015 Charleston church killer.