Sightings Articles

jan 6 protesters

political partisanship | decline | democracy | American exceptionalism | america

Epiphanies Of Power and/or Goodness

The epiphany of this January is at root about the profound need to civilize the nation.

January 12, 2022
image of the us capital

democracy | politics | right-wing

Extremism and Defense of Democracy

If we focus on policing acceptable political ideas via the state, we do more to undermine democracy than to secure it.

December 2, 2021

Confederate flag | racism | democracy | politics

Toppling History?

A reflection on the debate about Confederate monuments and the enduring truths that ought to guide us

July 15, 2020

democracy | religious ethics

The Vulnerability and Resilience of Democracy

Is a more vibrant, emancipatory, and equitable democracy possible?

February 13, 2020

politics | democracy

Shunning Religion

Prof. William Schweiker reflects on recent attempts to politicize the Amish and the implications for religion in the U.S.

October 28, 2019

democracy | Donald Trump | religious ethics

Sharpiegate, or the Origins and Ends of Democracy

What does #Sharpiegate teach us about the place of religion in the future, or the end, of democracy?

September 23, 2019

politics | religious ethics | democracy | freedom

Defending the Ideals of Freedom in Our Non-Ideal Public Life

Democratic public life at its best—and also sometimes its worst—tends to take form “in the streets.” The American colonists paraded and protested in Boston and elsewhere, as did the French in Paris. Our republic’s “second founding,” which came via th...

June 24, 2019

ISIS | Islam | San Bernardino attack | religious extremism | education | civil society | democracy

Missing From Conversations About San Bernardino Attack—The Main Point: Education!

Amid the shrieks and din of presidential candidates like Donald Trump calling for a moratorium on the immigration of Muslim to our shores, ISIS’ ranting about apocalyptic warfare between Islam and non-Muslims in the West, and President Obama assuring...

December 10, 2015

Corey D. B. Walker | Historically Black Colleges and Universities | Charles H. Long | Ella Baker | democracy | human dignity | segregation | Gustavo Gutierrez | W. E. B. DuBois | Booker T. Washington

Fifty Years After Selma: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Create a Moral Vision of Education -- Corey D. B. Walker

“I have always thought what is needed is the development of people who are interested not in being leaders as much as developing leadership among other people.” - Ella J. Baker American higher education is in crisis. Public conversations on th...

March 12, 2015

democracy | Moral Monday | politics | political partisanship | civic solidarity | theology | public conversation | James Baldwin | Julien Benda | North Carolina | citizenship | society

Thinking Religion and Democracy in Dark Times -- Corey D. B. Walker

I think we must believe it is possible...  - James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time For many scholars and commentators, religion represents a unique challenge to democratic politics. But the challenge does not reside so much in a fundamental...

November 13, 2014