A message from Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton

Among the great strengths of our university are the bonds that hold us together. During troubling times, we call on each other for support and look for opportunities to grow.

How to Make Black Lives Matter

Young people nowadays would stand to benefit from those of us with resources to listen to them, and to employ our assets in accord with their interests.

The Murder of Michael Brown

Brown’s death has become a marker: shorthand for an array of urban and suburban ills.

Leading by example

The issues that affect us may be different, but no deed is too small if everyone is contributing to improve the world we live in.

Hope in Ferguson

Hopeless situations need not stay that way. But meaningful change requires more than structural fixes, legal fights, and opinion pieces.

Reflections After Ferguson

Together, [my son] and I got him and me through his teen years, the years that Michael Brown would not live through.

Fairness in the voting booth

The choice of voting procedure can have a profound impact on whether an elected body is representative of its constituency.

Protect all of our sons

How do I prepare a jewel of five years for a lifetime of society that is not prepared for him?

Big Problems, Fake Solutions

The Black Lives Matter movement is calling for fundamental change. But all elites are offering is tepid reform.

Podcast: Faith and Protest in Ferguson

Ferguson continues to work toward healing and define common goals, in many cases with the help of religious leaders and institutions.

Law and Violence

The law that structures our society kills people. Some of the people it kills are innocent.

After Ferguson

Challenging racism requires more than just changing the actions of individual political agents.

Difficult Days Ahead

What is happening in our region today must be connected to history.

This Book Has No End

The conclusion of the Mosaic Project provides us the opportunity to measure our progress.


Too often in news outlets protesters are portrayed as violent cartoons.

Podcast: Stripes and Scars

Now is an appropriate moment to carefully consider the complex relationship between violence and protest.

Reflections on Ferguson

My great fear is that we won’t use this tragedy to make progress on changing what must be changed.

Confronting Our Separation

The events of the last several weeks are not academic abstractions to me.

Black Men Under Pressure

I’m hoping that we can move beyond rallies and rhetoric to bring about real change.

The Hope of Ferguson

We don’t need peace right now—we need unrest.