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Jun 28, 2015
Every decade or so, another academic “fashion du jour” sweeps America’s college campuses. In the 1990s, it was multiculturalism. That morphed into “diversity” — now such a mantra that students can spell it backward in their sleep. Today, excitement is surging for a new fad, “sustainability,” that’s taking higher education by storm.
Jun 28, 2015
Up until a couple of years ago, and for about a decade, my wife, who is white, was the deacon of a nearly all-black Episcopal church in the Twin Cities. My role as “Senior Auxiliary Member, Self-Appointed” was significantly less official. But while I did not engage nearly as much as Diane did, I was involved more than enough to become good friends with many of the parishioners, many of whom were much older than me, even though I was then in my late 50s and early 60s
Jun 23, 2015
I once wrote a column about how I aspired to be Norwegian. This had something to do with my having served several years earlier on Al Quie’s gubernatorial staff. But as a New York native who had moved to Minnesota in 1974, my interest in being Norwegian also had to do with preferring the stereotypical Scandinavian way Diane Keaton’s family in Wisconsin celebrated Thanksgiving in “Annie Hall” instead of how Woody Allen’s family did so, presumably in Brooklyn.
Jun 22, 2015
You might not know her name, but you know her face. She is the migrant mother, the face of Depression-era poverty captured on film by Dorthea Lange and reprinted in hundreds of history books and untold articles. Her image is seared into American cultural memory as the face of poverty, an image to humanize what would otherwise become a sea of statistics.
Jun 17, 2015
Jun 10, 2015
This report explains how the ACA opened up opportunities for defined contribution (DC) health plans, how federal guidance effectively prohibits DC health plans from funding individual market coverage, and how states can respond to revive opportunities for DC health plans with a new type of coverage—portable group coverage.
Jun 10, 2015
The news from the Metropolitan Council this spring that the Southwest light-rail line has blown way past all cost estimates to $2 billion presents a great opportunity to find consensus on a big decision that will affect the region well into this century. The rail line has not been fully engineered, which means we are likely to see more cost increases, even after construction begins.
Jun 3, 2015
One of my favorite sports commentators, Tony Kornheiser, often screams out to his co-host, Mike Wilbon, on their TV show “Pardon the Interruption”: “Stop it, just stop it.” He says this when someone says something that is over the top or unbelievable.
Jun 2, 2015
In celebration of American Experiments 25th anniversary, the Center has published “25 Years: Looking Back and Aiming Forward,” 50-plus pages jammed with year-by-year highlights from our first quarter century. Released in early June at American Experiment’s 2015 Annual Dinner, keynoted by humorist P. J. O’Rourke, it also discusses what’s coming up next and contains salutes from more than 30 Minnesota and national leaders. If you would like a copy sent to you please contact Samantha Peterson at or 612-584-4559.
Jun 1, 2015
American Experiment's Mitch Pearlstein || Marking the Milestones || Testing the Waters || Policy Architects || NextGen || Final Word