“We can’t always explain how algorithms reach their decisions. The reasoning of algorithms, like the will of God, is unfathomable.”
In this interview series, public scholars talk about how they found their path and how they communicate to a wide audience.
"So many people don’t think about food as political."
“That is the paradox of assimilation … You can be essential—an essential worker—and at the same time excluded from the CARES Act.”
“There are two ways of reading Black invisibility and one of them is futuristic.”
“How might scientific storytelling, or stories of science, shape the struggle for liberation?”
“When I write, I try to begin from a place of authority and then I try to lose it over time. I want to transfer it to the reader.”
“I'll say something controversial. Bioethics tends to not interrogate the details of science, let alone the more technical questions.”
“A relentless assault on received orthodoxies has the effect of making you unpopular with the people for whom those received orthodoxies are orthodox.”
"The women in my book really disrupted France’s ideas about citizenship, about who belongs. I’d like us to be similarly disruptive."
“There were so many new laws, I had to make a map showing the spread and intensity of antimargarine laws in states over a quarter century.”
“Being in community with people and teaching and learning outside of the confines of our classroom: I still actually really believe in that.”
“We have to build against the legacy of inequality. Intentionally. We have to build our values into our design practices.”
“I was shocked to learn that Hispanic conservatives celebrate Cortes’s arrival in Mexico.”
“If we want democratic scrutiny, the demos must first have power.”
“Although I was reluctant to generalize about women’s friendship, I was also thinking about a model that would counter the male model of friendship.”
“Hurricane Maria ushered in a great deal of trauma and suffering, but it also allowed us to reassess the very nature of the political.”
“You don’t tell children not to grow. And you don’t tell a writer not to write.”
“First: Why are we not making more progress? Second: Why do so many people hate environmentalists?”
A professor of history at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, and the ...
Donna Riley is a lifelong social activist and student of liberation theology who also happens to be a ...