UND historian: Increase voter turnout by abolishing Electoral College
The 2016 presidential election sparked an unprecedented interest in the Electoral College. In response, I asked scholars from across the state and nation to write short essays on the subject. The resulting anthology, "Picking the president," examines the Electoral College from a variety of disciplines, including political science, history, philosophy, communications and math. As the book's editor, I did not opine on whether the Electoral College should be maintained or abolished. Instead, I aimed only to facilitate and expand the growing public interest in a topic fraught with momentous implications. But here, I'd like to highlight one of the most elemental yet overlooked flaws of the system: The Electoral College does nothing to deter states from disenfranchising citizens.
Trump says he wants to fix our divisions. But he may gut an institution that does exactly that.
Few institutions on our shores serve to connect red and blue; poor and rich; black, brown and white; secular and religious; and urban, rural and coastal communities. Those institutions that do provide connective tissue ought to be given more resources. One such institution is the National Endowment for the Humanities. Yet the president’s budget is expected to propose zeroing out the NEH budget. At approximately $150 million a year, that budget is already a minuscule portion of federal expenditures.
Think&Drink series returns to downtown bismarck
Engage in the humanities first-hand by joining these casual conversations that combine public discussion of philosophy and cold pints of locally-brewed beer. The 2017 Spring Think&Drink schedule is finalized and tickets are on sale now.
Must Not Abandon Liberal Arts
Learning technical skills without understanding the complexities and histories of social conflicts; or the breadth and depth of human experience expressed through art, literature and film; or the philosophical and ethical questions that have driven humankind forward for thousands of years; will lead to a society that has technology without morality. We will know how to build walls and create databases with precise skill, without knowing what historically happens when societies choose to operate based on fear and isolationism.
If you cherish freedom, support the humanities
The humanities allow us to know what we value, how to talk to other people, and even how we might govern ourselves instead of being ruled. Choose a "hot topic," be it abortion, refugees, energy, the environment, trade, foreign relations, or job creation in your community, and notice that having a real discussion about any of them involves the humanities. Without them, we cannot know what we value or what our principles are, and we grope in darkness.
Rebecca Goldstein: The humanities help us discover
the meaning of life
"Science is the best at answering what exists; the humanities aim to tell us what matters."