Editor's note

Many communities in the South are taking down statues that glorify the Confederacy. While some applaud the removals as long overdue, others see them as an attempt to erase our nation’s past. Tensions ran so high in New Orleans recently that work was done in the dead of the night to discourage protesters. Political scientist James Glaser of Tufts University shares an idea of how we can better recognize our nation’s full history without leaving these relics in place.

When it comes to environmental stories, particularly those dealing with climate change, it’s often bad news. There’s a place for doom and gloom, notes UCLA’s Jon Christiansen, but in helping make a series of online videos on global warming, he found that it is hopeful messages that people respond well to -– when they’re done right.

Emily Costello

Senior Editor, Politics + Society

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Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard is removed from the entrance to City Park in New Orleans. REUTERS/Cheryl Gerber

What to do with Confederate statues?

James Glaser, Tufts University

A scholar of southern politics finds inspiration in an unexpected place.

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    Dustin Hornbeck, Miami University

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