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A Marine Biology Student’s Education Through the Scientific Art of Biography

Apr 9, 2014

by Ariana Meltvedt Snow* These reflections result from a February 2014 address at OSU’s Center for the Humanities delivered by Mary Jo Nye, Professor Emerita of History at OSU.  Professor Nye, who spoke on “Biography and the History of Science,” has written biographies of many scientists including the English physicist and Nobel laureate P.M.S. Blackett [...] Read full story.

Does Crisis in Ukraine Shatter the Nuclear Order?

Mar 18, 2014

Ukraine’s inability to stop Russia from seizing Crimea may sound the death knell for the global nuclear order. For years I have written about the environmental dimensions of nuclear power and nuclear weapons programs, and more recently I have been exploring the connection between environmental crisis rhetoric and the proliferation of nuclear communities all over […] Read full story.

Hydro Power and the Public Good

Mar 8, 2014

Driving eastward from Portland, Oregon, in the shadow of Mount Hood, it is easy to get the feeling of entering a gorgeous wilderness, away from human development.  On the right, the verdant cliffs and hills of the Cascades.  On the left, the wide Columbia River, flowing toward the Pacific.  Depending on your mood, the scene […] Read full story.

John Evelyn meets Raymond Chandler

Feb 28, 2014

You could smell them before you saw them, what Raymond Chandler called “that peculiar tomcat smell,” so evocative of southern California.  I did not expect to smell them in a forest in Galicia, in northwestern Spain, where I spent a … Continue reading  Read full story.

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God and Genocide in the Old Testament

A Socratic Club debate with Richard Hess and Tracy Lemos…

The Clinic as Biological Warfare

Join us for a lunch bunch with Philosophy professor Stephanie Jenkins.

This paper examines the debate between the two predominant models of disability (i.e. medical and social)


Linda Hogan

A Chickasaw novelist, essayist, and environmentalist, Linda Hogan is the author of seven poetry collections including Seeing Through the Sun (1985), which won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and The

Poor People Power: The State, Social Provisions, and American Experiments in Democratic Engagement

The highly segmented U.S. welfare state has shaped citizenship status, bolstering the status of recipients of social insurance and other “hidden†benefits while demeaning low-income recipients of means - tested assistance…
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