Essential Reads

The Reality of Whiteness

Why are some white people so reluctant to acknowledge racism and white privilege? Opening minds and hearts to the need for more progress.

Taking a Stand When Taking a Knee

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
How we rewrite and romanticize memories of protests.

Why Is Doing Arithmetic With Fractions So Difficult?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Talking Apes
We may never use algebra or geometry, but we can’t avoid fractions in our daily lives. Although fractions are difficult, there are ways to improve the way we teach them.
 Ashlee Rezin, Chicago SunTimes

To Kneel or Stand: The National Anthem

By Michael B. Brennan PsyD on September 26, 2017 in The War Within
Would you kneel or stand?

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Understanding Hate in the Wake of Charlottesville

The tendency to dehumanize the "other" was on display in Charlottesville.

Old-Fashioned and Modern Racism At Play Post-Charlottesville

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Presence of Mind
A social-psychologist explains how white hate groups and some politicians exploit the dynamics of prejudice and how Confederate monuments cause psychological and social harm.

Empowering Students of Color (Part 3 of 8)

Authors Thompson and Thompson share strategies from their book Yes, You Can!: Advice for Teachers Who Want a Great Start and a Great Finish With Their Students of Color.

The Ethics of Engineering

By Chester S Spell Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Team Spirit
Life is full of ethical dilemmas. We asked project teams of civil engineering students to respond to some of them while designing a toll highway.

Projection in Race Relations

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in The Me in We
Considering projective mechanisms in U.S. race relations.

Mom? Dad? Can I Have Lunch with a Nazi?

If your child asked if it was okay to have lunch with a stranger who is a Nazi or KKK, chances are you would say “No.” So, is your child at risk for exposure to a hate group?

Top 10 Concerns Parents Have for Their Own Kids (and Others)

By Christopher Bergland on August 21, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Bullying/cyberbullying, internet safety, racial inequities, and school violence top parents' list of concerns for their children's well-being, according to a new 2017 report.

Mind the Gap

When those who fall outside of the dominant culture are judged because they fall outside of the dominant culture, are they given an equal opportunity?

Thresholds for Racism

Some people have high thresholds for racism. But subtle racism is more widespread than blatant racism. An awareness of history can improve accuracy in detecting racism.

The Civil War Continues in Charlottesville

The science of social connection explains the allure of racist supremacist movements, and what we can do to reverse bias and discrimination.
By Lizbeth Jacobs, with permission

The Virtues of Science-Based Thinking

By Mona S Weissmark Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Justice Matters
Did science-based thinking help pave the way for the Gates Foundation motto, “All lives have equal value"?

Where Do You Really Stand in the Wake of Charlottesville?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Following the Charlottesville riots, reactions are disturbingly mixed. Here’s how to strengthen your thinking about the effects of racism.

Taking Care of Yourself and Others During Racial Trauma

By Mariel Buque M.A. on August 16, 2017 in Unpacking Race
Taking care of yourself and others during racial trauma: a guide for healing in the face of race-based turmoil.

After Charlottesville: Is Racism a Mental Illness?

In what ways might racism be considered a mental illness? How might this understanding help us treat those who suffer from pathological bias?

Art, Not Hate, Has Many Sides

By The Research Lab on August 15, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Exploring friction without threat. By Lise Ragbir

Psychology Informs Us About Hate Groups

Decades of psychological research helps us better understand hate group behaviors. Learning from much of this research can make the incomprehensible more comprehensible.

Race in America: Tips on Talking With Children About Racism

Current events depicting racism often spark the race conversation. How can you have the talk with your kid?

Why Trump's Comments About Charlottesville Matter

Trump's choice not to immediately denounce white supremacists for their views and their violence was dangerous.

Mourning a Legacy of Racial Violence

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in The Me in We
How narrative can help us understand racial terror and heal intergenerational trauma.

Blood Spills Over a Statue of Lee

By David Niose on August 13, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Why would blood spill over a statue of a Civil War general? Because public displays validate ideas.

Health Care and Equality in India

By Marc Nemiroff Ph. D. on August 10, 2017 in Where the Heart Is
Indian health care: Is America listening?

They All Look Alike

Can we improve our ability to recognize the faces of people in groups other than our own? Experience with others can help.

Highlights of the 37th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

The 37th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival offered insight and history. An Inconvenient Sequel, The Young Karl Marx, Citizen Schein, 1945 and Paradise were highlights.

Sally Hemings

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on August 06, 2017 in The Political Animal
This summer, Sally Hemings of Monticello is getting her own room. Just steps from where Thomas Jefferson slept.

A White Man and a Black Woman Talk About Race

Do you find yourself avoiding conversations about race for fear of saying the wrong thing? Follow one man's example of how to do the race conversation right.

Therapy is Now Trending

By Mariel Buque M.A. on July 31, 2017 in Unpacking Race
Popular culture is heading to “the couch” and proudly proclaiming it.

Fact and Fiction in Mixed-Race Marriages

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 30, 2017 in Talking Apes
Biracial partners face some special challenges, but mostly they struggle with the same problems as other couples.
By Lizbeth Jacobs with permission

Why Are Conversations on Race Often Futile?

Why are national conversations on race often futile?

Exploring Justice in the Classroom

Are you ready to join a community of educators exploring justice in our nation's schools?