In Times of National Catastrophe Look To Art and Psychology

It’s a mistake to assume that the result of every election is the same—that in a democracy real emotional and psychological terror cannot become an everyday reality directly associated with Presidential power. And while empirical evidence proves that politically-induced emotional and psychological trauma requiring medical treatment is real, a national catastrophe does not have to result in never-ending trauma and grief for those adversely affected.


Einstein’s Rebel Heart: The Genius Who Spoke Truth to Power

Prior to his arrival to the US, Einstein was already making clear his stance against anti-Black discrimination, in part by writing a letter of support on behalf of 9 Black teenagers, known as the “Scottsboro Boys,” and once in the US, Einstein became allies with many prominent African Americans, like Marian Anderson and W.E.B DuBois. When Einstein saw injustice he would come to the aid and defense of African-Americans, again and again.

Tom Alexander on John Dewey, Democracy and Education (Part Four)

In the final segment of my interview with Tom Alexander, we continue our discussion about John Dewey, who was one of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers and a widely-respected education reformer. Alexander is the author of John Dewey’s Theory of Art, Experience and Nature: The Horizons of Feeling (SUNY Press, 1987), and he’s the author of The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence (Fordham University Press, 2013).  Since 1985, Alexander has been a member of the Department of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University. 

Tom Alexander on John Dewey, Democracy and Education (Part Two)

"I believe that the school is primarily a social institution. Education being a social process, the school is simply that form of community life in which all those agencies are concentrated that will be most effective in bringing the child to share in the inherited resources of the race, and to use his own powers for social ends." - John Dewey, My Pedagogic Creed (1897)