Ending DACA: A terrible idea

The wrong thing to do I had a fantasy last weekend as the media kept reporting that the president would announce an end to the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program. I fantasized (in retrospect) that his exposure to the people of Houston, in their time of distress… Read More

From 1918 flu to African Americans in WWI to Silent Sam (again)

Why historical context is critical I  am reading Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I (Harvard University Press, 2009), by historian Adriane Lentz-Smith, PhD, associate professor of history at Duke University. Dr. Lentz-Smith is an alumna of Yale University who completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill. I found… Read More

Celebrating those who work

Many amazing people Every day, and especially Labor Day, I’m aware of how privileged I am to have worked in outstanding organizations with fabulous people. Among those places have been the National Cancer Institute and, now, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — the Gillings School. What excites me… Read More

Silent Sam “talks” too much

Enough already, Sam! In the past few days, I said I wasn’t going to write about Silent Sam, the Confederate memorial statue on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus since 1913, unless there were new events. That was before a day filled with multiple conversations with people in our school, email exchanges… Read More

Natural disasters exert unnatural impact

Houston Our hearts go out to people in Houston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana that are being pummeled by wind and rain. Hurricane Harvey is being called by some the worst storm in Texas history since 1961’s Carla. Images of people being rescued in boats on flooded streets… Read More