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  • Sep 22, 2017

    Palestinians, Israelis, and Syrians

    Is there a more frustrating dispute than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?  It is so filled with fierce misunderstanding that every word, every historical event, every intention can cause unhappiness.  And yet the problem remains–and will remain–until we have leaders (perhaps including a few SEGL graduates) who fix it.Read More

  • Sep 18, 2017

    Ghosts of Rwanda: Fall 2017 tackles genocide

    Every SEGL graduate remembers “Ghosts of Rwanda Night.”  Since our first semester, the powerful PBS Frontline documentary has served as an early turning point for our students.  The film’s tragic story and graphic images provokes inspired soul searching.  What is the best response to mass atrocities?  Should American leaders always prioritize American interests, or is it worth risking American lives to help stave off tragedy abroad?  How do we prevent such human rights abuses from ever occurring? Ghosts, and our second case study of the semester, poses these questions.Read More

  • Sep 5, 2017

    Ethics, the Media, and Fake News: Week One at SEGL

    What is truth is no longer just a question for philosophy majors.  Today, we must ask it every time we consume the news.  This question of truth dominated our first case study of the semester, on media literacy and media bias.  Along the way, our students met with two respected newspaper journalists and one of the most powerful TV news hosts in the business.Read More