The Charleston Shooting and the Surprising Persistence of ‘Millennial’ Racism

by Kathleen Goodwin Following the murders of nine members of the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston by 21 year old Dylann Roof, many have noted the significance of Roof's being born in 1994. Despite growing up in “post-racial” America, in an allegedly “colorblind” generation, Roof is a white supremacist who adopted the symbols…

The Armenian Genocide: Coming to Terms with History and Ourselves

by Kathleen Goodwin The extent of my identification with my Armenian heritage was once dyeing Easter eggs a mottled maroon the traditional Armenian way (with onion skins) with my Armenian grandmother. In high school when learning about the systematic eradication of Armenians during World War I, I didn't feel any sense of personal injustice. By…

Sexual Assault on Campus: A Response to Laura Kipnis

by Kathleen Goodwin At the end of February, Laura Kipnis, a professor in the Department of Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University, authored a piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” which explores the ban some schools have placed on sexual relationships between students and professors and how it relates to the…

Rethinking the Physician-Patient Relationship to Improve the Patient Experience

by Kathleen Goodwin I recently read the surgeon and public health researcher Atul Gawande's latest book, “Being Mortal” in which he writes about end-of-life care in the American healthcare system, which has developed into a series of increasingly radical attempts to postpone death, often at the expense of the comfort of patients during their remaining…

The Implications of Food Access: Ben Lerner’s New Novel and the Park Slope Food Coop

by Kathleen Goodwin Exaggerated concern about what one eats is predominantly an obsession of the privileged—usually the white, wealthy, and educated. Having the luxury of time to contemplate the calories in your food or the distance it traveled from field to supermarket aisle; and the money to purchase costlier foods that were produced without the…

The Implications of Gender Controlled Social Space on Campus Sexual Assault

by Kathleen Goodwin In recent months a spotlight, or rather a searchlight, has been shone on college campuses throughout the United States as both administrators and state and federal governments have finally been goaded into taking action to address the problem of campus sexual assault in a critical manner. This past May the White House…

What I Write About When I Read About Running

by Kathleen Goodwin I only recently had the pleasure of reading Haruki Murakami's memoir “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”, published in 2009. There were multiple times when reading this elegant little book when I literally gasped with astonishment at Murakami's ability to perfectly describe my own love/hate relationship with distance running…

To the Class of 2014: Why Liberal Intolerance Won’t Serve You in the Post-College World

by Kathleen Goodwin Here's a quick summary of the recent undergraduate commencement speaker protest trend: students at Rutgers University, Smith College, and Haverford College have protested against their school's commencement speaker invitations to Condoleezza Rice, Christine Lagarde and Robert Birgeneau, respectively. All three potential speakers cancelled their planned appearances at commencement exercises as a result.…