• 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

  • March 10, 2017  

    Happiness. That’s what most people say they want in life, according to journalist Emily Esfahani Smith. But should that be our main goal? Smith, who is trained in psychology and is the author of “The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters,” offers her humble opinion on why the search for meaning is so important. Continue reading

  • March 3, 2017  

    Millennials are turning away from religion faster than any other age group, yet the majority still believe in god or a universal spirit and are hungry for meaningful connection. Casper ter Kuile, a researcher at Harvard University, shares his honest opinion on the changing shape of American religion and how millennials are creating new forms of spiritual community. Continue reading

  • February 21, 2017  

    When Annabelle Gurwitch started to look for a retirement community for her aging parents, she discovered there are limited options for those on a limited budget. But despite some early bumps and disappointments, the support her parents ultimately found turned out to be priceless. Gurwitch, author of “Wherever You Go, There They Are,” shares this essay. Continue reading

  • January 27, 2017  

    What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “white supremacy”? For actor comedian Peter Kim, it’s facing the commonplace cultural assumption that white is the default race in America. Continue reading

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