“We have the power to end this cycle and set a model for the rest of the nation. I believe in Ferguson; I believe in St. Louis; and I believe in our ability to pursue a more just region for all of our citizens. We must be the change we wish to see, and we cannot ignore the urgency of now for our community.” So states Brittany Packnett, who, since the tragic death of Michael Brown in 2014, has dedicated herself to achieving her dream of a more just and equitable society. — Brittany Packnett
“The central question driving literary aesthetics in the age of the iPad is no longer ‘How should novels be?’ but ‘Why write novels at all? — Garth Risk Hallberg
“Whenever some violent lunatic snaps and claims some kind of warped justification for his murderous acts as a so-called Muslim warrior, it’s not his damaged childhood or the flood of assault weapons in America or the climate of unrelenting violence in our country that gets blamed – it’s Islam, an ancient, Abrahamic religion.” — Arsalan Iftikhar
“It (a college education) changed everything for the family. It changed their economic position but it also changed their sense of the world; new possibilities opened up, there was more pleasure and leisure in their lives. There was also more innovation at work and at home. There was more value created for the economy and there was also just more of a sense of the possibilities of ordinary life for themselves, and they passed that along to their children.” — Chris Newfield
“Hatred alone does not result in genocide. Sadly, there’s a lot of hatred in this world. What galvanizes or transforms it into action is usually, maybe always, leadership.” — Doris Bergen
Why You Should Listen: “We are doctors, for Christ’s sake, and I simply want to know what happens to the body during sex.” When the actor Michael Sheen, playing WashU doctor William Masters on the hit TV show, Masters of Sex, utters this line, we are shocked to realize that in 1950s America, not even […]
Why You Should Listen:
In “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals,” Darwin showed that humans of every race, throughout the globe, express their emotions identically. For instance, we all cry when we’re sad and smile when we’re happy. Darwin claimed that this identity amounted to a “new argument” for all the races descending from a single, common ancestral stock. In his talk, Darwinian scholar Radick will track the origins of Darwin’s research that led to this conclusion and offer a better understanding of how and why Darwin first began to collect evidence on emotional expression across the human races. It can also help us see exactly how Darwin’s scientific work reflected his lifelong hatred of slavery.