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Rebecca Onie on the Situation of Health (and Health Care)

Posted on June 22, 2012

From TEDtalksDirector: Rebecca Onie asks audacious questions: What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily health care? What if doctors could prescribe food, housing and heat in the winter? At TEDMED she describes Health Leads, an organization that does just that — and does it by building a volunteer base as elite and […]

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Implicit Bias in the Law Conference – This Thursday

Posted on June 12, 2012

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 9:00 AM Location: Austin Hall, Ames Courtroom, Harvard Law School Address: 1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA Presenters include Situationist Contributors Mahzarin Banaji, Jon Hanson, Jerry Kang. From the conference web page: “Despite cultural progress in reducing overt acts of racism, stark racial disparities continue to define American life. This conference […]

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Implicit Bias Conference at HLS – More Details Soon

Posted on May 24, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 9:00 AM Austin Hall, Ames Courtroom, Harvard Law School 1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA< Despite cultural progress in reducing overt acts of racism, stark racial disparities continue to define American life. This conference considers what emerging social science can contribute to the discussion of race in American law, policy, and society. […]

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The Economic Situation of the Middle Class

Posted on May 2, 2012

From Harvard Gazzette: The American middle class has been battered by the loss of well-paying jobs for the 70 percent of the workforce without a college degree and failed by would-be protectors in government and private institutions, said panelists at the 35th Anniversary Forum of the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement on Friday. Former […]

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The Situation of Donald Trump

Posted on May 14, 2011

Michael Barbaro had an article in the New York Times earlier this week exploring several lawsuits against Donald Trump stemming from his educational ventures and real estate endeavors.  With respect to the latter, [o]ver the last few years, according to interviews and hundreds of pages of court documents, the real estate mogul has aggressively marketed […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Ideology, Public Relations | 1 Comment »

Unconscious Racial Attitudes

Posted on April 22, 2011

David Kairys posted his article, titled “Unconscious Racism” (forthcoming Temple Law Review, Vol. 83, 2011) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * This article is the introduction to a law review symposium on unconscious racism and social science and statistical evidence of bias as bases for race discrimination claims, focusing concretely on discrimination in […]

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The Unequal Situation of Seperation

Posted on January 5, 2011

From Rice News (by Mike Williams): However much people choose to live in a segregated society, the trend is a losing proposition for all. That was the takeaway message delivered by Rice’s Michael Emerson in a presentation to the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals (HAHMP) last week. Members came to campus to hear him […]

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Color Conscious Situation of Neighborhood Choice

Posted on December 30, 2010

From University of Michigan: Race is a powerful factor in white decisions about where to live, according to an innovative video experiment conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Michigan. The study appears in the latest issue of the journal Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. […]

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The Stressful Situation of Disease

Posted on October 26, 2010

Here is a synopsis of a recent article, titled “Do neighbourhoods matter? Neighbourhood disorder and long-term trends in serum cortisol levels (published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health), by Patrick H. Ryan (for Environmental Health News): * * * Children – especially African Americans – who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods have consistently low […]

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The Recovery Within Us: The Human and Legal Situation of “Wall Street 2″

Posted on October 12, 2010

The financial markets may fail, and personal lives may be wrecked, but as Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) says in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps: “nobody likes a cry-baby.” Oliver Stone’s new film is a rally for the old American strategy of overcoming calamity through love, capital, and labor productively employed. As the film opens […]

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Racial Prejudice in Real Estate Markets

Posted on May 26, 2010

Here is another segment from John Quinones excellent ABC 20/20 series titled “What Would You Do?” — a series that, in essence, conducts situationist experiments through hidden-camera scenarios. This episode asks, “what would you do if you attended a real estate open house where only certain people were welcome?” (and includes analysis from social psychologist […]

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The Situation of Mortgage Defaults

Posted on November 18, 2009

Brent White recently posted his thoughtful paper, “Underwater and Not Walking Away: Shame, Fear and the Social Management of the Housing Crisis” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * Despite reports that homeowners are increasingly “walking away” from their mortgages, most homeowners continue to make their payments even when they are significantly underwater. This […]

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Barbara Ehrenreich – a Situationist

Posted on October 14, 2009

Barbara Ehrenreich’s terrific, highly situationist, new book is now on the shelves, Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America. From a related Time Magazine article here’s a brief sample of her writing on the topic of optimism. * * * If you’re craving a quick hit of optimism, reading a news […]

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Posted in Book, Cultural Cognition, Deep Capture, Emotions, Ideology, Life, Positive Psychology, System Legitimacy | 4 Comments »

Rebecca Onie: Doing Something about the Situation of Medical Care

Posted on October 7, 2009

Rebecca Onie, a former student of mine, was recently named a MacArthur Fellow (“genius grant”)  for her amazing work as executive director of Project Health, a non-profit organization that she co-founded while a sophomore at Harvard College.  Project Health, dedicated to breaking the link between poverty and poor health, places undergraduate volunteers in medical clinics […]

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Posner on Keynes and the Economic Depression

Posted on September 25, 2009

Judge Richard Posner just published an essay, “How I Became a Keynesian” in the New Republic.  In it he describes how the economic depression led him to go back to read Keynes’s The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money and his new-found appreciation for Keynes and elements of Keynesianism.  Here are some excerpts. * […]

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Robert Reich on the Situation of Health Care Reform

Posted on July 2, 2009

From Bill Moyers’ Journal:  “Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich sits down with Bill Moyers to talk about the influence of lobbyists on policy, the economy, and the ongoing debate over health care.”  See the interview on the video below.  From the interview, here is a bit of what Reich had to say about trends in […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Distribution, Law, Politics, Public Policy, Video | 1 Comment »

The News Situation of Judge Sotomayor’s Nomination

Posted on May 26, 2009

As the the media quickly responds to news of Judge Sotomayor’s nomination, we thought it might be interesting to include some excerpts from a few different sources. * * * From Fox News: President Obama nominated federal Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, citing her “inspiring life story” and “distinguished […]

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A Choice Worth Having

Posted on January 21, 2009

Renowned social psychologist Barry Schwartz has begun writing a blog for the Psychology Today web site called “The Choices Worth Having.” Professor Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College.  He studies the relationship between economics and psychology, delivering startling insights into modern life.  In his 2004 book […]

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The Situation of the Obama Presidency and Race Perceptions

Posted on November 10, 2008

Rick Montgomery and Scott Canon have an interesting piece in the Kansas City Star on how attitudes towards race may change as a result of the first African-American becoming President of the United States.  We excerpt the piece below. * * * Barack Obama’s ascension to the White House raises anew the question of whether […]

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Jeffrey Sachs on Our Situation – Part III

Posted on October 17, 2008

On September 11, 2008, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs spoke to a packed hall at Harvard Law School in an address entitled “Representing the Voiceless: The Poor, The Excluded, and the Future.” The Situationist is posting a loose, unofficial transcript of his remarks over the next couple weeks.  You can link to Part I here and Part […]

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