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Questions of Color

Questions of Color

Race. It’s a loaded word that creates tensions in our communities. Drives explosive news stories. Underlies how we are perceived, and who we are. Yet race is a topic that’s uncomfortable to talk about.
The Dallas Morning News wants to help change that.
We asked regular people about their everyday experiences with race and diversity. Have they ever been followed in a store? What color emoji do they use? How do they define privilege? We tackled those questions and more …

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The 2017 Education Forum: Beyond Measure

The 2017 Education Forum

Beyond Measure: The Best Education for All

Throughout its history, the purpose of American public schooling has swung between two poles: a practical education focusing on skills and/or job preparedness and a more liberally spirited education like the top private schools typically provide, one that is focused on helping students lay the foundations for lifelong learning and growth as persons and citizens. The mode of practical education dominates public education, reducing our youngest citizens and fellow human beings to …

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The Swarming City

The Swarming City

Dr. Joan Arbery

In the biblical tradition, Cain’s curse leads to the building of the first city, often resulting in an understanding of the urban world as infernal. But is the city as dark and dangerous as we imagine? However much it causes harms–alienation, anomie, and diseases, among them–the city is equally a space for healing. Looking at Baudelaire’s Paris, Joyce’s Dublin, T.S. Eliot and Elizabeth Bowen’s London, and Borges’ Buenos Aires, we will re-envision their cities …

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Remembering Louise Cowan

Remembering Our Teacher, Dr. Louise S. Cowan

The Louise S. Cowan Memorial Fund

In response to gifts received honoring Dr. Louise Cowan, who passed away on November 16th, the Dallas Institute has established the Louise S. Cowan Memorial Fund.
We are deeply grateful to those who have made contributions and invite others who would like to do so to contact us at 214-871-2440 or jkalin@dallasinstitute.org. Or you may make your gift directly by clicking here.


A memorial mass was held Monday, November 23, at …

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