Category Archives: Ethics

The F-word: Fascism 101

In the past four years, observers of the United States have harbored intense fears that the Trump administration was essentially, or at least substantially, fascist. It’s a loaded and often misunderstood term, and now that we’re on the verge of … Continue reading

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Fascism’s Myth and Lure

Yesterday was the anniversary of the vicious shelling & destruction of Sarajevo’s National Library, in 1992. This is fascism’s clear, enduring threat & promise: to destroy everyone & everything that exposes its lies. Fascism survives because it tells a seductive … Continue reading

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Kenosha Burning

I hadn’t planned to write again so soon, but news that a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer had shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back started making its way into my Twitter feed last night. Horrific, all-too-familiar details emerged this … Continue reading

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Conversation with Mirela Kulović about Human Rights, Teaching, and Writing

Yesterday, as part of her wonderful new “thought-provoking conversations” series on YouTube, the brilliant Bosnian-American painter Mirela Kulović interviewed me about so much of what I love: teaching and writing about religious identity, human rights, conflict, and coexistence; mentoring and … Continue reading

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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Last year at this time, I was teaching at the Global Citizens Youth Summit in Tokyo about the idea of “memory as a moral compass,” with special reference to case studies from the history of Japan. Featured prominently in my … Continue reading

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The Toll of Greed and Neglect

The news, images, and stories from Beirut — where an explosion of 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate has left a gorgeous city and countless lives in ruins — are absolutely gutting. My heartbreak turned to fury this morning when … Continue reading

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Mantras

I wrote yesterday about the corrosive, destructive, even deadly power of fear. How to fight that fear, and how to overcome it, can be a massive struggle. Where do we find reserves and wellsprings — of faith, trust, and hope … Continue reading

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My Review of “ReGeneration” in Oslobodjenje

I’ve got a review of Emir Kapetanovic & Zana Marjanovic’s new documentary film, “ReGeneration,” in the special New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day edition of Oslobodjenje, Sarajevo’s venerated daily newspaper. You can check it out online here! HUGE thanks to … Continue reading

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At the US Premieres of “ReGeneration”

This week, I got to attend the US premieres of “ReGeneracija / ReGeneration,” an extraordinary new documentary film directed by Emir Kapetanović and produced by Zana Marjanović. It features ten courageous youth “reconciliation ambassadors” advocating for peace in postwar Bosnia … Continue reading

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New Series: Resources for Teaching About Religion, Violence, and Human Rights

To keep “Wayne Street Soul” alive during the academic year, I’m launching a new series of posts on my teaching. I’ve had such an exciting set of conversations with students this spring in seminars on human rights, the Holocaust, and … Continue reading

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