For a moment we were all Americans

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It was my second week as a Ph.D. …


There is a difference between an awakening and a reckoning

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Race relations in America have once again taken center stage in our social and political discussions. The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have become the foundation of national calls for an end to racism, especially as it relates to police brutality. Unfortunately, the shouts for social and legal justice for African Americans have also served as a rallying cry for racists. They have increasingly pushed back against protesters and Black Lives Matter with “heroes” such as Kyle Rittenhouse representing their willingness to use violence and murder to maintain systems of oppression in this country.

A central narrative in this renewed period of racial unrest has been the rise of the woke white person. The ‘Great White Awakening’ began back in 2016 amid the growing strength of the Black Lives Matter movement as a response to racial violence in places like Ferguson, Missouri. Originally, the concept of being ‘woke’ had applied to African Americans who were increasingly loud and aggressive in their anti-racism activism. For the black community ‘wokeness’ represented an awareness and commitment to no longer accepting the discrimination and violence being perpetrated against them. …


Part 1: How America learned to learn online

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Born at the tail end of Generation X, mine was the last to fully understand education as a face-to-face experience. By the time I started my undergraduate work in the mid-1990s (five years after the official start of the Internet) the concept of ‘distance-learning’ was already advancing exponentially in terms of technology and application. …

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