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Ethnic Identity in America: Remembering the Ni’ihau Incident

In 1941, a damaged Japanese fighter plane landed on Ni'ihau after the Pearl Harbor attack. What happened next sparked lingering questions about the relationship between national and ethnic identity.

Let Them Eat Cake: Public Accommodations and Religious Liberty in Colorado

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether products like wedding cakes count as speech, and whether their makers can refuse to serve LGBTQ couples.

Are Zero Tolerance Policies the Solution to Sexual Misconduct?

In the wake of the #metoo campaign, some have pushed for zero tolerance policies for those accused of sexual assault. What would the implications of such a policy be?

Opinion

The Political Manipulation of the Fatima Cult

In 1917, three Portuguese children claimed to have received prophecies from the Virgin Mary. The way the world reacted underscores how religion is sometimes used to further political goals.

The Moral Legacy of the Bolshevik Revolution

Was the Bolshevik revolution a just rebuke of authoritarianism, as some claim?
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Senator Jeff Flake: Courageous or Cowardly?

In the wake of Senator Flake's announcement not to run for reelection, it is important to examine the intended or unintended consequences of resignation.

Culture

Seeking Responsibility in the Deaths over Designer Sneakers

When people are killed for their collectible sneakers, do the shoes' designers share any responsibility?

The Digital Humanities: Overhyped or Misunderstood?

The onset of algorithmic and quantitative approaches to the humanities has left many scholars grappling with the role of digital technologies in their work.

Reconciling Culture and Health in the Debate over Female Genital Mutilation

The debate around female genital mutilation is split between two sides: the adverse effects on health and the role of cultural relativism.

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In the Fight for Bears Ears National Monument, A Clash of Environmental Worldviews

The Trump Administration's move to open up Bears Ears National Monument for private use underscores the unfolding struggle between competing views of humanity and nature.

Ethnic Identity in America: Remembering the Ni’ihau Incident

In 1941, a damaged Japanese fighter plane landed on Ni'ihau after the Pearl Harbor attack. What happened next sparked lingering questions about the relationship between national and ethnic identity.

Bathrooms and the Board of Trustees: The Ethics of DePauw’s Restroom Protests

Recent protests at DePauw have used women's restrooms to target the Board of Trustees' political giving, generating controversy about the substance and style of activism on campus.

Let Them Eat Cake: Public Accommodations and Religious Liberty in Colorado

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether products like wedding cakes count as speech, and whether their makers can refuse to serve LGBTQ couples.
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Disturbing Videos on YouTube Kids: Rethinking the Consequences of Automated Content Creation

With new advances in the creation of automated content, problems arise when people take advantage of algorithms to scare children.

The Legal Case of Elephant Personhood

A Connecticut court grapples with the criteria needed to determine whether animals like elephants should be granted legal personhood.