Offering an Alternative

“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you,” said Peter Dinklage’s character, a clever dwarf in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Sage advice for complex times. But what might it be like to wear your identity like armor? One […]

Optimism and Realism in the Holy Land

As President Barack Obama prepares to visit Israel, what should he say about prospects for peace in the Middle East? Most commentators are pessimistic: they believe that the Arab-Israeli conflict is unsolvable: The two-state solution is at an impasse. Israel refuses to dismantle its West Bank settlements. The Palestinians refuse to renounce the right of […]

What is Marriage? What is Chess?

Last month, Harvard Law School hosted “What is Marriage? A Debate” between Andrew Koppelman, a professor at Northwestern Law School (arguing for same-sex marriage) and Sherif Girgis, a student from Yale Law School (arguing for traditional marriage). In arguing for same-sex marriage, Professor Koppelman used an interesting analogy: He compared marriage to the game of […]

Can MOOCs Pass the “Heft Test”?

“You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for a buck fifty in late charges at the public library.” So said Matt Damon’s character in Good Will Hunting, a 1997 film about a clever janitor who easily solves math problems that leave MIT students stumped. He raised an interesting argument: Why attend college when […]