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Striving for Justice in a Multicultural Society

Friday, May 03, 2013

In countries across the globe, communities with very different cultural backgrounds are still trying to reconcile lofty ideals of universal justice with the tensions of tradition, as David Miller, professor at the University of Oxford, explains. And while the problem of justice in multicultural societies may seem like a very modern issue, Martha Nussbaum, professor of at the University of Chicago Law School, explores the original concepts of these ideas, all the way back in ancient Athens.

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School Rezoning Plan Strikes Personal Chord

Friday, October 26, 2012

A parent argues against the city's proposal to re-draw the lines for elementary schools in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She says it causes more problems than it solves.

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Class Parent: Mama, What Is Our Culture?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Because of baby sitter/husband communication bobbles, our undecorated flags were apparently sitting on the kitchen table rather than ready for posting outside my twins' prekindergarten classroom. No problem, the teachers said, bring them Monday. But I did have a problem: What is our culture, and how could we possibly depict it on a flag?

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Archdiocese Reviewing "Racial Realism" Writings of Bronx Principal

Monday, August 01, 2011

The Archdiocese of New York says it's looking into a Bronx Catholic School principal who has written books criticizing multiculturalism. The principal, Frank Borzellieri, also contributed articles to a controversial magazine devoted to "racial realism."

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The Takeaway

Your Take: The Challenges of Multiculturalism in The U.S. and Abroad

Monday, July 25, 2011

In the wake of twin terror attacks in Norway — apparently carried out by one Christian fundamentalist man who targeted liberal policies on immigration and Muslims — we've been asking you: What are the challenges of increasing multiculturalism in the U.S., and how do those challenges impact your life? Today we listen to and read your responses, as well as hear audio from one of the survivors of the attacks. 


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Europe's Multicultural Challenge

Friday, March 11, 2011

The U.S. is a nation of immigrants; it has a social pact that is based on everybody coming and building a future together, so a high level of tolerance is required...In Europe, people have a much more static culture. Identities are tied to long, long histories in certain places, among certain races, with certain religions, and it's much more sensitive to anything that disrupts the norms.

Christopher Dickey, Paris bureau chief and Middle East regional editor for Newsweek Magazine, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

John Galliano, Westboro Baptist Church and Multiculturalism

Friday, March 11, 2011

Christopher Dickey, Paris bureau chief and Middle East regional editor for Newsweek Magazine, discusses the different approaches by the U.S. and French governments to free speech and multiculturalism in the context of recent events.

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Global English: Future Tense

Friday, October 29, 2010

The world's current lingua franca picks up words and phrases from other languages and sends them back again. Leslie Dunton-Downer, author of The English is Coming!: How One Language is Sweeping the World, explores some of these.

We want your suggestions!  Nominate a word that should be a part of "global English" here.

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Global English: Made in New York

Monday, October 25, 2010

Leslie Dunton-Downer, author The English is Coming!: How One Language is Sweeping the World, joins us again to explore some of the words and phrases from other languages picked up by the world's current lingua franca.

We want your suggestions! Nominate a word from another language that should be a part of "global English" here.

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The Takeaway

Multiculturalism Fails in Germany

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood before the youth wing of her Christian Democratic Union Party over the weekend and said that multiculturalism has failed in the country. The integration of Muslim Turks and Germans has gone on unsuccessfully over the last 40 years.

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