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Our modern America
Dennis M. Clausen Ph.D.
Can people who are homeless teach us lessons in courage?
Those who embrace their mortality often live simpler, wiser lives.
Why accept only two dollars when you are offered twenty?
As Americans plunge into a steep economic recession and possible depression, can we learn any lessons from the homeless who are already struggling to find meaning in their lives?
Can literary studies help a wounded, deeply divided nation find a common ground of mutual understanding?
Technological innovations are necessary during the coronavirus crisis. But should we allow them to determine the future of higher education?
Are young people today handicapped by cellphone and social media addictions, or do some of them see the future more clearly than the rest of us?
Abandoning electronic devices and exploring our own deeper waters.
Literature challenges us to put aside our own self-centered perspectives and see the world through the eyes of others--and this is the very definition of empathy.
Why has Thornton's Wilder's Our Town, which is hardly a sentimental and romanticized play, become a safe harbor for anxious and disillusioned Americans?
When we look back at the small towns of our youth, what do we really see?
Do earlier generations idealize their memories of Christmases past, or did they really live at a time when gift-giving was less important than interacting with loved ones?
Are shaming tactics against women deeply rooted in American culture?
Did you ever feel like another person is inside of you?
Have you ever had the need to explore the mystery of your ancestry?
Dennis M. Clausen, Ph.D., is a professor of American literature and screenwriting at the University of San Diego.