Double Down posts from March 2018

Mar 29, 2018 | Posted by By Christianna Shortridge

Why should the federal government fund the humanities? This is a question I’ve been hearing for the past 25 years through my work in and around Congress. As administrations and Congresses come and go, the humanities remain. The humanities have been around much longer than our federal government; they are what holds us together as a civil society, they connect us, and they will never disappear.

Mar 22, 2018 | Posted by By. Todd Felts, Ed.D.

As a professor who teaches strategic communications, I was recently asked to moderate a discussion on pain and healing. I wasn’t sure what contribution I might make to the dialogue. At the Reynolds School, I teach students to identify audiences, develop a hook for a story, and share messages to resonate across communities and on social media during times of crisis. What could I offer to a discussion about current practices and pitfalls in treating pain or exploring non-traditional routes to pain management?  


I decided I would learn from the three panelists. I knew they would bring a wide-...

Mar 15, 2018 | Posted by By Nevada Humanities staff

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Mar 8, 2018 | Posted by By: Barbara Kohlenberg, Ph.D.

We live in a world full of pain. It is estimated that 50% of the U.S. population has been exposed to trauma, and yet only 5% of men and about 10% of women go on to be impaired by that trauma, or to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  How can we understand this? We have rampant human suffering, where people are subject to the unbearable (loss, physical assault, violent deaths, illness, divorce, natural disasters, war, exploitation, betrayal…). And yet most people who have experienced trauma come through it and months or years later, are seemingly back to feeling themselves. And sometimes, traumatized people even emerge from their trauma with increased awareness of the fragility of life and thus stand...

Mar 1, 2018 | Posted by By George Perreault

For Joe Crowley


sun skin wind same as walked

Uncle Joe’s service, the world

still dressed gray and brown


but almost as if soft rain

had tumbled down the night,

a gate swings open and you


among the throng tasting

not yet a bud or...