Berfrois

March 2011

Patterns in Presidential Politics

Patterns in Presidential Politics

Alaska Governor’s Mansion by Elvin Lim As the race for the Republican nomination warms up, it is too early to tell who would head the party’s ticket next Fall. But there is more to understanding politics than predicting the horse races, and for those ready to look, there are already patterns emerging...

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Windscale, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and now Fukushima. Each unique, and each was supposed to be impossible…

Windscale, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and now Fukushima. Each unique, and each was supposed to be impossible…

Clockwise from top left: Nuclear power plants at Windscale, Three Mile Island, Fukushima and Chernobyl From Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: As an anthropologist, I am always interested in what humans learn from their mistakes. Can humans change their behavior, thereby improving their chances of survival, not just through...

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Yale is important, too!

Yale is important, too!

Amy Chua and her daughters From The Atlantic: Right now, in admissions offices in Cambridge and New Haven and Palo Alto, the teenage children of some of America’s most thoughtful and devoted mothers are coming in for exceptionally close scrutiny—as is, so these women feel, the parenting they have...

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Mega-Megacities

Mega-Megacities

Mexico City by Klaus Desmet and  Esteban Rossi-Hansberg Are the world’s megacities becoming a sprawling, overfed, and uncontrollable mass that needs to be restrained for the good of society and the environment? This column suggests that policies aimed at reducing the dispersion in city sizes will hardly improve the...

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Dinnseanchas

Dinnseanchas

Ben Bulben, County Slingo, Ireland by Eamonn Wall As an immigrant from Ireland settled in Nebraska for an extended period, I was immediately excited to seek out the landscapes that comprise the American West. The western journeys I made were full of the purest pleasure. I was entering places...

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Deborah Dash Moore: West Coast Jews

Deborah Dash Moore: West Coast Jews

by Deborah Dash Moore Jews of the Pacific Coast: Reinventing Community on America’s Edge, by Ellen Eisenberg, Ava F. Kahn, and William Toll, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 336 pp. Three talented historians, Ellen Eisenberg, Ava F. Kahn, and William Toll, have teamed up to write this history of...

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You Jane

You Jane

He had become my Tarzan | by Jason Haslam

Open Letters Monthly

More than any other of Burroughs’ many creations, Tarzan has become a staple of popular culture, a process which began almost immediately...

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Is there an Indian way of thinking about politics?

Is there an Indian way of thinking about politics?

Rashtrapati Bhawan From The Caravan: Is there an Indian way of thinking? The poet and scholar AK Ramanujan considered the question at length in a celebrated essay on the subject. The answer, he decided, would depend on which word of the question one chose to stress. The same is...

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