Seth C. McKee, Daniel A. Smith, William D Hicks, and Mitchell Sellers (Florida): Evolution of an Issue: Voter ID Laws in the American States. Emboldened by the Supreme Court decision that struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, a growing number of Republican-led states are moving aggressively to tighten voting rules. Are white people unenthusiastic about civil rights? Joan Walsh on how the angry right gets mad when you accuse it of race-baiting. If you're a consumer of conservative talk, you're apparently sure that arguing with liberals inevitably means being called a racist. Is America’s militia movement on the rise? Self-styled “patriots” gather to plan and train in close-quarters battle. Meet Richard Spencer, the man trying to make white separatism respectable. Rick Perlstein on growing up in the John Birch Society. Lydia DePillis on how Goya brought ethnic food to white America: The nation's biggest Hispanic-owned food company has learned how to manufacture authenticity. Fewer Latinos will speak Spanish, more non-Latinos will, report says. Myth buster: Latinos are not "natural conservatives". Lisa Wade on the racial empathy gap: Why, with all other things being equal, do people react more strongly to images of light-skinned individuals being harmed than they do to those involving dark-skinned individuals? Meghan A. Burke on colorblindness vs. race-consciousness — an American ambivalence. Racism is dying — at least when it comes to geography. Segregation may be less of a problem, but it's still a problem. XJ Selman and A.C. Grimes on the 4 worst attempts to talk about racism.

Margaret L. King (CUNY): The Venetian Intellectual World. Kaarle Nordenstreng (Tampere): How the New World Order and Imperialism Challenge Media Studies. Michael J. Saraceno (St. Joseph) and Rachel B. Tambling (UConn): The Sexy Issue: Visual Expressions of Heteronormativity and Gender Identities in Cosmopolitan Magazine. “I was Sarah Palin’s road kill”: Years of attacks didn't prepare Bill Ayers for the charge that Obama was "palling around with terrorists". What does the GOP want? Andrew Sullivan wonders. Simple, logical and doomed: Why Esperanto will never quite become the international language of choice. Eric Posner on three ways Obama could raise the debt ceiling on his own. Corey Robin reviews Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal. Rightbloggers' shutdown shuffle shifts spotlight from GOP to Obama's war on veterans. Can all women be pharmacists? Michael Selmi and Sonia Weil review Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men. Igor Volsky on the complete guide to the rise of the debt ceiling truthers. Keith Humphreys on how Obama’s impeachment would probably benefit Obama. Ezra Klein on the 13 reasons Washington is failing. David Weigel on how Democrats got a spine: The Republican Party taught them how to be uncompromising. Annmarie Adams reviews Sex and Buildings: Modern Architecture and the Sexual Revolution by Richard J. Williams.

Heather Douglas (Waterloo): Pure Science and the Problem of Progress. From Big Questions Online, why should scientists care about religion? Nidhal Guessoum wants to know. Can science deliver the benefits of religion? Tania Lombrozo investigates. What’s God got to do with evolution? Sarah Coakley, Cambridge professor of divinity, discusses how theology throws light on evolution, gender and other issues. Hemant Mehta interviews creationist, filmmaker, and banana-enthusiast Ray Comfort. Out of the smoke of his burning armchair Florida State University philosopher Alfred Mele has been awarded a $4.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to get to the bottom of the question for the ages. Four reasons you shouldn’t exist: Dave Goldberg on how physics says you’re an impurity in an otherwise beautiful universe. Ryan O'Hanlon on how to feel about space and time maybe not existing: Don't worry — everything's gonna be fine, you know nothing. Hayley Birch, Colin Stuart and Mun Keat Looi on the 20 big questions in science: From the nature of the universe (that's if there is only one) to the purpose of dreams, there are lots of things we still don't know — but we might do soon. From Big Think, a look at 10 examples of settled science that are “controversial”. Elorm Kojo Ntumy, Elsa Moriarty, Josh Hrala on the 6 most intriguing stupid questions answered by science. Michael Shermer on why we should choose science over beliefs.