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July 8, 2016
When Zhou Enlai was asked about the implications of the French Revolution, he famously said: ”Too early to tell.” This is only an anecdote and  “Brexit” is certainly not a historical event on the scale of the French Revol
July 5, 2016
Those of us who have great regard for many aspects of the Orthodox Church can this week go back to showing that regard mainly by appreciating and displaying the visual beauties of icons and art work from the Orthodox tr
June 30, 2016
The vote by the people of Great Britain to leave the European Union (EU)—the so-called “Brexit”—had immediate, profound, and troubling results.
June 27, 2016
The text for our mid-year, mid-decade Sightings has been with us from the beginnings of The Fundamentalism Project of the American Academy of Arts and Science, which R. Scott Appleby and I co-directed decades ago.
June 23, 2016
In a historical milestone for Artificial Intelligence (AI), AlphaGo, an updated (General) AI developed by Google’s DeepMind unit, challenged Korean Go grandmaster Lee Sedol, and handily won, 4 to 1.
June 20, 2016
Three week-end stories about mass murders help frame crisis issues. The first recalls the murders of nine blacks in and during church in Charleston, South Carolina, exactly one year ago by a white supremacist.
June 16, 2016
For the next nine days, a Great and Holy Council of the Eastern Orthodox Church will convene, starting today with the arrival of the official delegations at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in Greece.
June 9, 2016
The morning after he defeated Sonny Liston for the world’s heavyweight boxing championship in February, 1964, Cassius Clay confirmed that he was a Muslim, a convert to Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam.
June 6, 2016
In a comment to one of the many blog posts about a controversy concerning Georgetown University’s past with slavery, we read: “I did not enslave anyone. I did not profit from slavery.” Such an abrupt dismissal of the moral issues is alienating, but the responder who added this comment hung around long enough to quicken some creative thoughts.

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