How We Must Respond to Hate Speech

The following was originally printed in The Record   Last week, CSB President Mary Dana Hinton wrote a beautiful piece in response to the hateful signs seen in St. Joseph and St. Cloud. Specifically, the following quote sticks out to me: “I truly believe we are all interconnected, whether it is within or between our campuses … Continue reading How We Must Respond to Hate Speech


Dear HBO: About that Alt-Reality “Confederate” Show.

There is danger in imagining distorted realities, particularly concerning important discussions like the outcomes of slavery and its accompany ‘isms. Even for entertainment purposes. But maybe the purpose of this show lies deeper. Satire can be a powerful tool. Only time will tell. There is certainly an opportunity for interesting dialogue here.


Ok. HBO has created tremendous buzz about a show that has everybody talking, even me. It’s a show called “Confederate,” the South won, time moved on, slavery and abolitionist sentiments and battles over freedom evolved through our own day.

To put it in Entertainment Weekly’s words:

But wait, isn’t that already the reality we essentially live in micro form now?

Not knocking you HBO, seriously, it reminds me of the mockumentary “CSA: Confederate States of America” in which the most salient feature were television advertisements for enslaved Black people and “Cops” reimagined as a show about slave catching. It’s interesting that a show is being produced in the twilight of “Underground,” a show that gave Obama era passion and swag to the abolitionist movement…of course, not your show not your channel, not your problem. And yet, a whole new generation of people were tuned in to learn about slavery and…

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Silhouette of a refugee woman: a conversation with Meryem

The impact of the many ‘isms of life cannot be understated. Here is a powerful story, told through the eyes of a Syrian refugee.

The need to belong

Şanlıurfa (Urfa) is an ancient city in Turkey’s south-east. Often referred to as ‘the city of prophets’, its historic ties and proximity to Syria mean that the city’s population has risen to two million in recent years, nearly a quarter of whom are refugees fleeing conflict from across the border. This is one of their stories.

The alleyways of Urfa are narrow, laid with cobblestones and bathed in a yellow sunshine, flanked on either side by almost identical doors of rusting iron. I approach a door which is black, heavy and coarse. After a short wait, a woman, dressed entirely in black, opens the door. Her eyes are sharp, and she stands tall: distant yet gracious…

Her name is Meryem. She is a 38-year-old Syrian woman, with a striking beauty and fearless eyes that bore into my own. Meryem has two sons, one aged 18 and the other just 16…

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Meyer: What is Success? Finding Successes Meaning to You

This could carry so many different meanings it is ridiculous. But the great thing about it is, you have the overall ability to determine what success is to you. Experiences give you a huge outlook on how you approach things, success is no different. We can follow or lead a certain type of life, but… via … Continue reading Meyer: What is Success? Finding Successes Meaning to You