January 2011

A League of Their Own

In my book, What Do You Stand For?, holocaust survivor Judy Meisel writes, “The statement, ‘What can I do, I’m only one person?’ upsets me. One person can do a lot!”

That phrase came to mind while I was reading a paper from one of … Read More

Educating Jim

“Why do we study ethics? What does it mean to be a person of character, integrity, honor?”

Those were the questions I posed to students at the beginning of a week-long class at the New Hampshire Technical Institute on ethics.

“Most people want to do … Read More

Examined Life 101

To begin with… it was cold. The kind of cold that makes a New Hampshire apple snap with juicy flavor. Unfortunately January is not apple time, and I was not there to enjoy the fruit of the state but the fruit of knowledge.  (I know… … Read More

Fifty Years Ago…

January 20, 1961, I sat in my seventh grade homeroom class while the teacher rolled in a big, black & white television and announced that we would all be watching history today.

What I was unprepared for was how quiet and engaged everyone in class … Read More

Just Right

Last Wednesday, President Obama spoke in words elegiac at the memorial for the shooting victims in Tucson, Arizona.  Four days later, John McCain wrote a great op-ed that appeared in The Washington Post.


“President Obama gave a terrific speech Wednesday night,” the Republican Senator wrote. … Read More

Yesterday, January 17, 2011 was the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the nation in which he warned of the dangers of the unwarranted influence of the military-industrial complex.  I think he would be shocked to see how this influence has grown over … Read More

The Legacy

Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint is the Director of the Media Center at the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston and one of the nation’s leading psychiatrists. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. A highly regarded specialist on race relations in … Read More