Nicolas Boccard (Girona): In Pursuit of Happiness. Scott Connors (Washington State), Claire Henderson (Western), and Mansur Khamito, Sarah Moroz, and Lorne Campbell (Western Ontario): Time, Money, and Happiness: Does Putting a Price on Time Affect Our Ability to Smell the Roses? David Fagundes (Houston): Buying Happiness: Property, Acquisition, and Subjective Well-Being. Why is the welfare state under attack when happiness economics shows it is the system most conducive to human wellbeing? Income inequality leads to less happy people. Why does happiness inequality matter? According to a new report, income inequality isn’t the only thing we should be concerned about. Money can’t buy happiness? That’s just wishful thinking. Yang Chuyi on happiness level as an alternative to economic growth.


Michael Loadenthal (George Mason): Activism, Terrorism, and Social Movements: The “Green Scare” as Monarchical Power. From Political Theology Today, the Trump phenomenon is worldwide and is driven by social media; and does the 2016 election mark the end of white Christian America? “I’m sorry, but this one falls on the voters”: David Weigel on why you should stop blaming the candidates if you don’t know “what they stand for”. Laura Marsh on the myth of the millennial as cultural rebel. Sahng-Ah Yoo reviews The Human Right to Citizenship: A Slippery Concept, ed. Rhoda E. Howard-Hassman and Margaret Walton-Robert. Rachel Cusk on making house: Notes on domesticity. William Wan goes inside the Republican creation of the North Carolina voting bill dubbed the “monster” law. A study shows that luxury shoppers are the worst.


Christian Albrekt Larsen (Aalborg): Nationalism in Contemporary Nation States: Imagined Political and Cultural Community Across 44 Countries. Paul Anderson and Soeren Keil (Canterbury Christ Church): Minority Nationalism and the European Union: The Cases of Scotland and Catalonia. National borders are “the worst invention ever”, says EC chief Jean-Claude Juncker, adding more must be done for refugees and their children. Ruth Wodak (Lancaster): Discourses about Nationalism. Alfonso Del Percio (Oslo): Nation Brands and the Politics of Difference. Caroline Howarth (LSE): Everyday Multiculturalism as Critical Nationalism. Could e-nationalism be a thing and is it a threat to national identity? How to understand nationalism: Joshua Kurlantzick reviews A Life Beyond Boundaries by Benedict Anderson. Shahrzad Sabet on key ingredients of opposition to free trade? Prejudice and nationalism. James O’Malley on how rising nationalism will change the politics of space.

You can download Nationalism and its Futures, ed. Umut Ozkirimli (2003).


Michael S. Sinha (BU) and Wendy E. Parmet (Northeastern): The Perils of Panic: Ebola, HIV, and the Intersection of Global Health and Law. U.S. investigating potential covert Russian plan to disrupt November elections. About as clear cut as they get: Josh Marshall on how the Trump-Bondi case looks like money in exchange for killing an investigation and possible lawsuit against Trump (and more and more). Peter Beinart on the cowardice of Donald Trump: He’s built his reputation on straight talk — but when the Republican candidate sits down with the groups he vilifies, he exhibits a striking change. Will innuendo in the presidential race bring on apocalypse? Paul Krugman on how Hillary Clinton gets Gored. Casey Quinlan on how conservatives are really scared of this purple “gender unicorn”. Was a researcher just served a world first CRISPR meal? Sarah K. Burris on anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly’s philosophy perfectly captured in 15 disturbing quotes. You can download New Ways in Geography by Dragos Simandan (2005).


Mark Rush (Washington and Lee) and Bryan Alexander (NMC): The American Vision of Liberal Education and the Challenges of Globalization: An Exploratory Inquiry. Can liberal education save the sciences? Lorraine Daston investigates. Leslie Henderson, Glenda Shoop, and Lisa V. Adams on why training good doctors starts with the liberal arts. Yoni Appelbaum on why America’s business majors are in desperate need of a liberal-arts education. The humanities are more economical: Danielle Allen on what teaching political philosophy and efficiency have to do with each other. Catharine R. Stimpson on the nomadic humanities. Meet the parents who won’t let their children study literature: Forcing college kids to ignore the liberal arts won’t help them in a competitive economy.

Michael Roth on how Jeff Selingo’s There is Life after College places too much emphasis on vocational education and not enough on the virtues of the liberal arts. Not just college: Michael J. Petrilli on technical education as a pathway to the middle class. David V Johnson on making football a college major.

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