National Forum

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Articles from Vol. 78, No. 1, Winter

Centennial Keynote Address
Thank you very much, Dr. Warren, President Nalley, and your fellow officers of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, distinguished members of Phi Kappa Phi, and honored guests who join us this evening for this auspicious occasion. First, please permit...
Economic Icons of Religious Beliefs
What do the Temple at Abu Simbel, the Colosseum in Rome, the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, and the new Bengals football stadium in Cincinnati have in common? Quite simply, each edifice is an economic icon of its society's religion, where religion...
Interstitial Cystitis
Exploring the Frontier I would like to start by answering the two questions people most frequently ask me when they find out I am from Hershey, Pennsylvania. Yes, the streetlights do look like Hershey's "Kisses," and, yes, the air does smell like...
Listening for the People's Voice
As co-director of a research endeavor called "The Campaign Mapping Project" funded by the Ford and Carnegie Foundations, I (and Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the University of Pennsylvania) have been exploring anew what we think we know about American...
Mozart and Leadbelly
Because I have lived in San Francisco most of my life, I have been asked many times about when I will write a novel or stories about California. And I always answer that I will write about California after I have written all of the Louisiana stuff...
Opening the Creative Mind
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Howard Gardner, both highly regarded for their research and writings about creativity, have contributed two landmark works within the last few years. Their findings will be of special interest to readers who are artists,...
Reconnecting Schools: A Necessary Condition for Change
Today we seem to have a constant concern for improving the educational system and enhancing learning. Calls for vouchers, charter schools, home schooling, theme schools, and professional-development schools echo the thought that education in the United...
Reflections on Global Warming
This is certainly an exciting time in our history. We have never been so successful in understanding the mechanisms of nature and, quite positively, reflecting on the consequences of the same achievements, as now. Unfortunately, throughout these times,...
The Importance of Human-Powered Mechanisms in Rehabilitation
In 1982, I was in a horrible mountain-climbing accident, and both my legs were amputated six inches below the knee because of tissue damage from frostbite. I had started climbing when I was eight years old and climbed nearly every day until my accident...
Three Notes: A Brief History of New Orleans
Usually music, for some reason, has been presented to lay people as being this very complex and mysterious thing that borders on magic. When you see people playing instruments or creating some kind of music, it looks not unlike watching the magician...
When Elephants and Rhinos Roamed Louisiana: Hunting Miocene Fossils on Fort Polk
It was a great pleasure to have presented the following talk to Phi Kappa Phi Centennial celebrants. The speakers said many wonderful things about the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships. I will merely reiterate that honors to students for excellence and scholarship...