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  • Empire of Tolerance | New York Times | December 9, 2016
    Anthropology Professor Emeritus Jack Weatherford's latest book, "Genghis Khan and the Quest for God - How the World’s Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom" was reviewed. Now, thanks in large part to the restored reputation of Genghis and the many successor Khans — a restoration achieved in no small part thanks to the literary diligence of Jack Weatherford — Mongolia has come roaring back, being currently a highly modish place to visit (tourism has tripled in the last decade), a place to revere, be amazed by and in awe of.
  • What Hollywood Can Learn From 'Hamilton's' Address to Mike Pence | The Hollywood Reporter | December 8, 2016
    'Eclipsed' playwright and 'Walking Dead' star Danai Gurira '01 calls the cast's moment "a war cry," adding, "we must make use of every platform we possess."
  • U.S. has moral obligation to Afghan interpreters | Star Tribune | December 5, 2016
    At a time when anti-immigrant rhetoric is running high, we must keep our doors open, and widen them, to allies who helped the U.S. at great personal risk. This opinion was written by Kristina Doan '10, a student at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
  • East Side Freedom Library continues to reach new audiences | Star Tribune | December 2, 2016
    Peter Rachleff, a former Macalester College labor historian, and his wife, Beth Cleary, who teaches in Macalester's theatre and dance department, have established the East Side Freedom Library. Ask them to explain their goal of helping people connect to the history of their community and they begin to answer with a tour.
  • Philando Castile’s killing follows familiar pattern, journalist says | Pioneer Press | November 30, 2016
    Journalist and activist Shaun King told several hundred Macalester College students that Philando Castile’s fatal shooting by a St. Anthony police officer last summer was the product of an American criminal justice system that is biased against people of color. “The system is not broken,” he said. “It’s functioning exactly like it was designed to function. This was not an accident; this was deliberate.”
  • Explaining the new numbers on homelessness in Minnesota | MPR | November 28, 2016
    Homelessness in Minnesota is down for the first time since 2006, according to a recent Wilder Research report. Michelle Decker Gerrard '89, research manager at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, was interviewed.
  • 51 new and renewing bicycle friendly universities | The League of American Bicyclists | November 28, 2016
    Last fall, sophomores Ellie Hohulin (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and Marlee Yost-Wolff (Lawrence, Kan.) took Margot Higgins’s class, “Cycling the Urban Landscape: A Bicycle Field Course.” They were so inspired, they conducted an independent study and then decided to help the college apply for the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program. As a result of their work, Macalester was one of several schools awarded a Silver BFU designation.
  • Small business owners take on discrimination | Star Tribune | November 22, 2016
    Last December, the owners of Common Roots Café in South Minneapolis put a sign in their restaurant window in response to anti-immigrant talk from then-candidate Donald Trump and others that said: “Hate Has No Business Here.” “In the face of the xenophobic, hate-filled rhetoric that has entered the mainstream, we put up a sign to make it clear to Muslims, immigrants and refugees in our community that they are welcome…and that we stand by their side,” Common Roots owners Danny '04 and Elana '04 Schwartzman said. The Schwartzmans, who employ 60 full-time workers in their restaurant and catering service, sparked something of a movement.
  • What Genghis Khan Could Teach Trump | The Daily Beast | November 24, 2016
    "Confidence, clarity, choices and consequences, and consistency were Genghis Khan's most effective weapons. America lacks all of these in its poorly focused and seemingly random efforts at fighting terrorism around the globe. Our leaders speak loudly but incoherently, and they react harshly but ineffectively. Our next president could learn a lot from Genghis Khan." Emeritus Anthropology professor Jack Weatherford wrote this opinion and is the author of "Genghis Khan and the Quest for God."
  • Fiction fan with a thing for medieval history and fantasy | Boston Globe | November 24, 2016
    English professor Marlon James became the first Jamaican-born author to win the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2015 with his novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings.” The author, however, left Jamaica 10 years ago to teach English at Macalester College in Minnesota, where he’s yet to adjust to the winters. “No one does, not even the people who live here,” he said.

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