Contemporary Social Issues: Analyzing Critically, Arguing Persuasively

Fall and Winter, 2004-05


Discussions, essays...

Margaret Warner interviewed Zbigniew Brzezinski and Walter Russell Mead on Bush's Inaugural Address. Here is a transcript of that interview, January 20, 2005, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, PBS.

Inagural Address of George W. Bush, 2005. This is a .pdf file (8 pages). Also here is a PBS web-page devoted to the event, with a link to the text of the address.

AnneMarie wrote and sent this article to the Nisqually Valley News, in response to Don Brunell's op ed piece on the minimum wage. Brunell is President of the Association of Washington Business. I haven't yet found his bit on line, but if I do, I will post it as well. --- Chuck

"What the World Wants from America" by Roger Cohen, NY Times, Jan. 16, 2005 - about the "...view of America as an unrivalled power with a single focus, unterested in consultation..." Relevant to Brzezinski's discussion.

"A Question of Numbers" by Roger Lowenstein, NY Times, Jan. 16, 2005. An excellent article on the history of social security, attempts at reform, and what is under discussion in the current efforts at reform.

"Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century". Key Findings, August 2000, Project for a New American Century

NSC 68: "United States Objectives and Programs for National Security" (April 14, 1950); A Report to the President, Pursuant to the President's Directive of January 31, 1950

"Must Schools Fail" by Richard Rothstein. The New York Review of Books, Dec. 2, 2004. This article reviews much of our curriculum on education and the schools. Rothstein includes Lareau's Unequal Childhood in his discussion.

Kathleen M. Sullivan, "What Happened to 'Brown'?", The New York Review of Books, Vol. 15, No. 14, Sept. 23, 2004. Sullivan reviews three recent books on Brown v. Board of Education, including Bell's Silent Covenants.

"The British Evasion" by Paul Krugman. The New Yoirk Times, Jan. 14, 2005. Krugman compares Britain's experience with "privatization" of their verstion of Social Security. He cites an article by Nora Cohen, "Bloody Mess." She is a British journalist.


Historical Maps of the Middle East: Perry-Castañeda Library ap Collection (U. of Texas at Austin)

History in the News: the Middle East - a website from the SUNY at Albany. Excellent source for maps, timeline..

Foreign Policy
:online edition of this bi-monthly journal

PBS "Global Connections: the Mideast" - this includes a timeline and other resources

Justice Talking

"Justice Talking is an award-winning radio that engages listeners in timely, refreshingly honest debates on the current legal battles that capture our nation’s attention."

Each weekly program unapologetically tackles tough, provocative issues featuring reports from the field, polling analysis, and compelling debate between the nation’s leading advocates and political opposites.

With knowledge and insight, veteran NPR correspondent Margot Adler leads listeners through a fast-paced hour, peppered with questions from a live studio audience. Justice Talking is an entertaining and enlightening mix of voices and opinions -- tune-in and listen to the sound of democracy." [from the site] The archive includes debates on issues we will be studying.


"Hiding the Homeless" Date of Debate: 12/9/2002. Robert Ellickson and Maria Foscarnis debate the enforcement of vagrancy laws and imposing fines on the homeless.

"Abstinence-only education" Date of Debate: 12/9/2003. Wade F. Horn and James Wagoner debate the Bush administrations support of this approach to sex-education in the schools. Check the JT archive for related programs.

The Homeless Guy - Blog site with links to other blogs

U.S. Census Bureau: Poverty

Facts About Homelessness






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