• There’s a better way to help than asking ‘How can I help?’
    September 15, 2017
  • August 25, 2017  

    The social media culture of “likes” is contributing to our conformity, says novelist and creative writing teacher Charmaine Craig. Instead of trying to empathize with the unfamiliar, we “like” and find refuge only in the things that seem most relatable. Craig offers her humble opinion on why we should move beyond what’s “relatable” or “likeable” and begin to open up to the unfamiliar. Continue reading

  • May 19, 2017  

    Richard Ford’s parents were ordinary people, “all but un-noticeable to the world’s disinterested eye.” But the acclaimed writer still decided to write a memoir of their lives because, to him, being their son felt like a privilege. And more simply, he missed them. Ford offers his humble opinion on the power of memoir to make us remember what’s most vital to us. Continue reading

  • May 5, 2017  

    As an African-American female scientist and president of Trinity College, Joanne Berger-Sweeney says she’s heard and been the target of a lot of hurtful talk. Yet, as colleges and universities are criticized for seeming to stifle speech and thought, she sees exposing students to different perspectives and helping them bridge divides as her most important work. Berger-Sweeney offers her humble opinion. Continue reading

  • April 28, 2017  

    One of the core tenants of the American Dream is the belief that individuals from all walks of life can make it big. Millionaire tech entrepreneur Jason Ford has done just that, but believes he and other successful people end up receiving a lot of help they often do not acknowledge. Ford gives his humble opinion on how community, race and privilege make a big difference in whether we get to the top. Continue reading

  • April 21, 2017  

    Many of us have psychological itches that need scratching, says Adam Alter. When he was a Ph.D. student, that compulsion took the form of an online slot machine game, which soothed his feelings of isolation. Today we seem to be constantly in need of interaction with our smart phones or tablets. Alter offers his Humble Opinion on why it’s worth going screen-free part of each day. Continue reading

  • April 14, 2017  

    More and more, people don’t care about expert views. That’s according to Tom Nichols, author of “The Death of Expertise,” who says Americans have become insufferable know-it-alls, locked in constant conflict and debate with others over topics they actually know almost nothing about. Nichols shares his humble opinion on how we got here. Continue reading

  • April 7, 2017  

    As a Syrian-American journalist who has covered Syria’s refugee crisis, Alia Malek understands where they are coming from and where they’re going. The circumstances today are so different from when her parents left Damascus, yet it could have been her family caught in the horrors of war. Malek offers her humble opinion about how to practice empathy for the victims of the Syrian conflict. Continue reading

  • March 31, 2017  

    Colleges’ intentions are good when they use affirmative action, says doctor and author Andrew Lam. But seeing Asian-American kids fear they will be disadvantaged because of race has made him think we can make the system better. Lam offers his humble opinion on giving truly disadvantaged but accomplished kids greater opportunity. Continue reading

  • March 24, 2017  

    Corporate-funded art or culture can easily be called a win-win, says contemporary art curator Nato Thompson. Social justice causes get money and sponsors get the benefit of looking good. But what’s the difference between advertisement and actual social good? Thompson offers his humble opinion. Continue reading

  • March 17, 2017  

    Stories are weapons, for good or ill, says writer Derek Thompson. Society is bound by the common stories we tell, whether it’s about who we should trust and admire, or who we should fear and look down on. Thompson, author of the recent book “Hit Makers: How Things Become Popular,” offers his humble opinion on the powerful stories we need to be passing on. Continue reading

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