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Predicting War

Thomas Flores (George Mason University)

New research shows that when elections are forced on a country within five years of the end of a war, a new war will break out. Flores’ forthcoming book is Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century.

13 mins

Filipino-American Patriotism

April Faye Manalong (Norfolk State University)

One scholar says that the concept of ‘indebtedness’ to their new home in the United States is a prime motivating factor among the Filipino community. It’s also a factor in the communities’ strong ties to military service.

10 mins

The Failures of Charity Work

Shawn Humphrey (University of Mary Washington)

One-for-one models of giving purport to offer consumers a simple way to fight poverty. But the work of doing good is a complex process and one that requires constant humility.

5 mins

Political Textbooks

Emile Lester (University of Mary Washington)

A commission of experts has determined that new history textbooks approved by the Board of Education in Texas were pushing a specific ideology. One of the experts says parts of the textbooks weren’t just misleading; they were false.

8 mins

Misunderstanding Magna Carta

Thomas McSweeney (College of William and Mary)

Has the Magna Carta’s 800-year legacy been a snowball of misinterpretations? One expert says he doesn’t think its authors intended it to be the foundational text for common law that it became.

8 mins

Secrecy in the Sunshine Era

Jason Ross Arnold (Virginia Commonwealth University)

In the 1970s, a series of laws ushered in a new “sunshine era” of unprecedented government transparency. A scholar investigates how government officials have developed new workarounds, including over-classification, concealment, shredding, and burning.

9 mins


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