Essential Reads

A Snapshot of America in 2017

A new poll about Americans' attitudes about race suggests cause for concern and raises some tough questions.

What! Lynched Bananas, Swastikas on College Campuses?

By Rupert W Nacoste Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in A Quiet Revolution
Colleges and universities should not be surprised by the appearance of a swastika, lynched bananas on campus because we set up the environment that lets bigotry live and thrive.

The Psychological Toll Facing Immigrants in Today's America

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Unseen and Unheard
The US Congress has the power to relieve 800,000 people and their families the burden of unnecessary stress. The US Congress has the power to stop oppression. Will they do it?

Pre-employment Psychological Screening for Cops

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Cop Doc
Can pre-employment psychological screening of police applicants reduce reduce racism, sexism and homophobia? Let's separate fact from fiction.

More Posts on Race and Ethnicity

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?

Watch What You Say

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in How To Do Life
There are more minefields than ever.

The Big-hearted "Big Sick"

By Deborah King on July 24, 2017 in Mining the Headlines
A new way to view a Pakastani Muslim—as the lead in a romance with real heart.

Vernon Reid and the Power of Comic Book Complexity

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 24, 2017 in Brick by Brick
You can't have light without darkness.

Learning About Privilege

Privilege is usually completely invisible to those that benefit from it. By virtue of being born into certain groups, we find ourselves receiving unearned rewards.

What Can We Learn About Race From The Bachelorette?

With the first black bachelorette being cast on this season of The Bachelorette, how has the ABC franchise tackled the issue of race and dating?

Get the Science Right!

What popular books get wrong about human evolution.

Gender Bias in Science?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Where is the biggest, baddest, bias in social science on politicized topics?

What’s in It for Women? Vs. What’s in It for My Husband?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Living Single
A new study suggests that single women think differently than married women in a way that helps explain why they vote reliably for Democrats and married women do not.
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The "Lazy" Edge

Setting goals and striving as hard as you can is great—except when it backfires. A paradoxical story within a story illustrates the challenge and points to a solution.

Creating Safe Spaces

The idea of creating a safe space is well-intentioned. But creating a safe space takes work.

“Shots Fired” Cry Havoc’s take on Dallas Shootings of 7/7/16

By Julie K. Hersh on July 10, 2017 in Struck By Living
Two thought-provoking plays in Dallas, Texas address the anger and pain associated with race in the United States.

We Stand at a Difficult Moment in History

Did Anxiety Help Donald Trump Become President?

“Is Psychotherapy for People of Color?”

By Mariel Buque M.A. on July 10, 2017 in Unpacking Race
“Is Psychotherapy for People of Color?” Ways in which psychotherapy can be effective with Clients of Color.

Responding to Cultural Challenges on Campus

By Marcia Morris M.D. on July 09, 2017 in College Wellness
In the face of current cultural anxieties, we can continue to encourage safety, academic success, and social belonging.

Mattering and Morphing

Do you have trouble understanding your own and others' minds in their full complexity?

Empowering Students of Color (Part 1 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 Courage of Immigrants

By The Research Lab on June 29, 2017 in The Fundamentals
The true role of immigrants in our country. By Gregory L. Fenves, Ph.D.