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Past and Present: A Tribute to Yitz Greenberg

How do we understand the past? This is the basic question of historiography, or how we approach history. One way we can understand history is that the past is fundamentally different than the present. The people who came before us were fundamentally different than us. And of course, that’s true:...

Where have I traveled? Reflections on turning 40

Men at Forty  by Donald Justice (1925-2004)    Men at forty  Learn to close softly  The doors to rooms they will not be  Coming back to.    At rest on a stair landing,  They feel it 

What Have You Learned So Far? A Conversation With Michelle Sawwan

This month's conversation highlights an accomplished Ask Big Questions Alumna. Michelle Sawwan was an ABQ fellow from 2012-2013 while she was completing her master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Virginia. She went on to work in student affairs administration, and is...

Public Infrastructure

As you may have heard, the Washington Metro subway is in bad shape. So bad, in fact, that they had to shut down the entire system for a day to do emergency repairs earlier this year. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: the Metro is in such a state of disrepair that the system may have to shut...