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January 8, 2021

More than 150 years ago, a renowned physician named John Snow walked the gritty streets of London’s working-class Golden Square neighborhood, not far from his office in the city’s Soho...

December 18, 2020

Political Science Professor Jessica Trounstine’s book, Segregation By Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities, is the basis for a new initiative by the Association of...

November 6, 2020

John F. Kennedy won the 1960 presidential election by such a narrow margin that it’s easy to imagine how history might have turned out differently. What if Kennedy had lost a key...

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