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Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D., is a teaching associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches Psychology of Race and Ethnicity, Theories of Psychotherapy, and a graduate-level courses on restorative justice. An autobiographical essay of Mikhail's interests in race relations and basketball is available here.

Since 2009, Mikhail has been studying and working with conflict, particularly via Restorative Circles (a restorative practice developed in Brazil by Dominic Barter and associates) and other restorative responses to conflict. Together with Elaine Shpungin, he now supports schools, organizations, and workplaces in developing restorative strategies for engaging conflict, building conflict facilitation skills and evaluating the outcomes associated with restorative responses via Conflict 180.

In addition to conflict and restorative practices, Mikhail also has a long-standing interest (going back about 20 years) in race and racial dynamics and regularly explores these themes in his Psychology Today blog Between the Lines., as well as in contributions to a variety of anthologies on popular culture, ranging from Harry Potter to vampires to superheroes. In addition to OpEdNews, Mikhail's commentary has also appeared in a many other online publications, including Buzzflash, Jewcy, Colors, Race-Talk, Truthout, Tikkun, Alternet and The Huffington Post, and he has been a guest on a variety of radio programs, including Illinois Public Media and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Mikhail's academic work includes several book chapters and more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics such as racial identity, undocumented immigration, and restorative justice. Mikhail also recently co-edited an academic textbook: Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Age and, in 2006, co-authored a book on the Russian-Jewish diaspora: Building a Diaspora: Russian Jews in Israel, Germany, and the United States.

Born in Kiev, Mikhail immigrated with his family to the United States as a child in 1977. He currently lives in Urbana, Illinois with his wife and two children.

All material on this site published under his byline remains the property of Mikhail Lyubansky, copyright 2008-2016. Permission is granted to repost and distribute, with proper attribution.

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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 27, 2012
Ten Things Everyone Should Know About White Privilege Today Understanding privilege can help us make sense of our relationships, connect across differences, and make the world better in the process.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 6, 2009
The Color of Blood: Racial Dynamics in Harry Potter (Part 2) The Harry Potter books and films have deliberate and unmistakable messages about race and racism. But what are they really saying and are these really the lessons we want our children to learn? This is the 2nd of a 3-part series examining racial dynamics in the Harry Potter universe.
The devastation of the Tsunami has been heartbreaking, From ImagesAttr
(44 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Japan's "civilized" response to the earthquake and tsunami has inspired all the wrong questions Japan can use all the support it can get. Too bad so much of it has come bundled with racist assumptions about cultural superiority.
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(52 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 6, 2011
A Few Words In Defense of the N-Word, in the Novels of Mark Twain So, what's wrong with a little racial sensitivity?
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 11, 2008
On 9-11, patriotism, and the U.S. flag I was already married and in my 30s in 2001 and already a member of the faculty at a small liberal arts college. I'd been politically conscious for years already, and, as an immigrant, had been reflecting on what it means to be "American" since early childhood. By all accounts, you'd think that I would have grasped the notion of patriotism long before 2001. Maybe I had, but 9-11 changed everything.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 16, 2010
Race is Sexy. Sex is Racy. Now "Get Lost" The photos are edgy. They're sexually charged, literally (and symbolically) hot and wet. They're also undeniably racially provocative. The white model (Daria Werbowy) is apparently "Lost", at least that's what the title of the spread implies. But lost in what?
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(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 25, 2009
Gates and Crowley: It May Not Be Racist, But It Is Most Certainly Racial Reasonable people may disagree on who was right and wrong, but there is an undeniable racial element to this incident that is reminiscent of the climactic scene in the film Crash.
(39 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Robin Williams and the Mask of Humor Don't let the humor fool you: There is often a lot of pain underneath
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 30, 2009
A Black Boy Even Taller Than Ron: Racial Dynamics in Harry Potter (Part 1) The Harry Potter books and films have deliberate and unmistakable messages about race and racism. But what are they really saying and are these really the lessons we want our children to learn?
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(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The Tiger Mom in (Scientific) Perspective Amy Chua's arguments seem scientifically plausible. The three laws of behavior genetics suggest otherwise.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 20, 2008
The "real" Thanksgiving Question: What do Puritans, buckles, teepees, and turkeys have in common? Answer: They all have nothing to do with the original Thanksgiving
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 8, 2009
The Trouble With Elves: Racial Dynamics in Harry Potter (Part 3) The Harry Potter books and films have deliberate and unmistakable messages about race and racism. But what are they really saying and are these really the lessons we want our children to learn? This is the 3rd of a 3-part series examining racial dynamics in the Harry Potter universe.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Beauty May Be In Eye of Beholder But Eyes See What Culture Socializes Kanazawa's claims aside, there is no single "objective" standard of beauty. The adage that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is incomplete. Sure, there are individual differences. The point is that there are also group differences, not in attractiveness (as Kanazawa claims), but in cultural messages about what is and is not attractive.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 26, 2012
Studies of Unconscious Bias Suggest Racism Not Necessarily Perpetrated By Racists Research shows that when people hold a negative stereotype about a group and meet someone from that group, they often treat that person differently and honestly don't even realize it.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 6, 2011
The Racial Politics of X-Men The X-Men franchise draws deliberate parallels between the oppression of mutants and that of other marginalized groups. What does it have to teach us about our own culture's racial history and prejudices?
Harvard Sociologist, David Williams, From ImagesAttr
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 6, 2013
The Health Outcomes of a Racist Society Residential segregation and other societal racist structures increases health risks and mortality. David Williams and other scholars empirically illustrate the problem...and the potential interventions.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 13, 2014
Is Nonviolence Effective? The evidence for the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance is mounting. In the past 100 years, nonviolent campaigns were nearly twice as likely to achieve full or partial success as were violent campaigns and the advantage for nonviolent campaigns held even when controlling for the authoritarianism of the regime.
(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Going Where Glenn Beck Wouldn't: Defining White Culture Glenn Beck refused to define white culture, but it can, in fact, be defined. There are three tenets of white culture. Avoidance of self-racialization is one of them.
(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Racial Scoop on NYPD Officers' Dirty Dancing White men "keeping order and control" over Black women's bodies, while at the same time using those same bodies for their own sexual gratification has a long and painful history in this country. Are the women and police officers in this video aware that they are playing out the slavery script?
Dominic Barter workging with community leaders to develop a restorative system, From ImagesAttr
(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 10, 2010
The U.S. (in)Justice System Doesn't Work. The Alternative Just Might To the uninitiated, restorative processes may appear idealistic and naive. After all, they reject the two core aspects of the traditional justice system: the assignment of blame and the administration of punishment. Instead, the goal of the Circle is for the parties involved in the conflict to first gain mutual understanding of the others' experiences and needs and then to restore or build a mutually satisfying relationship.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Racial Implications of a Barack Obama Presidency This article describes the benefits of a Black Presidential candidate for different U.S. racial groups and society at large.
(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A Racial Analysis of Sterling's Comments, NBA's Response There is much to celebrate about the NBA's stand against Sterling but also much to be concerned about. Classic studies in psychology suggest that any one of us could have been in Sterling's place. Do we have a greater responsibility as a society than just removing the bad apple?
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(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 28, 2009
Accusations of "Racism" In Sotomayor's Speech Off Base, Out of Touch, and Very Telling Conservative media's response to Sonia Sotomayor's nomination is telling proof that we are not yet anywhere close to a post racial society.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 22, 2011
The Cost of Vengeance: The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Part 2 Nietzsche observed (about those who fight monsters), "If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." Is Lisbeth Salander really safer as a result of taking vengeance? Are the rest of us?
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Are stereotypes unfairly stereotyped? Think you know what stereotypes are? If you're relying on definitions from mainstream dictionaries, you're probably, well...guilty of stereotyping. But don't worry. That might not be a bad thing
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 5, 2014
Undocumented Migrants Hurt American Economy, Or Do They? In his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of his desire for a day when all Americans could peacefully coexist as equals. 51 years later our society is still in many ways divided, not only by race, the primary focus of King’s efforts, but also by immigration status. Here we summarize key findings from our study of undocumented immigrants
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Study Finds Smiling Men are Less Attractive to Women A new study suggests that smiling is seen as sexually attractive on women but not on men. The findings explain some enduring widely-believed phenomena and raise interesting questions about inter-racial attraction.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The Racial Politics of Avatar (Part 2) Avatar's racial politics are more complex than its critics claim. But the film has some noteworthy sociopolitical flaws, and these flaws also deserve some attention.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 19, 2008
"Pretty little children": Some thoughts on how racism is socialized in immigrant communities Negotiating the U.S. racial hierarchy remains one of the primary and most salient experiences for most immigrants...Here's one person's story, with some critical analysis.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 29, 2010
Ladies and Gentlemen: The U.S. (in)Justice System Incarceration rates are skyrocketing, particularly for men of color. The racial bias in law enforcement and incarceration rates is well-documented. Are we at the dawn of a new civil rights movement?
It's not just the sign. It's also that no one seems to mind, From ImagesAttr
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Obama spoke about Education. We Should Start with Bachmann and the Tea Party Michele Bachmann took some liberties with U.S. history. The comments say a lot about her political priorities.
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Our Justice System Requires Us To Punish Wrongdoers. What if There Were a Better Way? What if conflict was seen as something to engage rather than to avoid? What if there was a way of "doing justice" that involved neither fault-finding nor punishment? Restorative Justice systems are challenging all of our sacred cows concerning justice. For those that are open to what they offer, they may deliver far more than anything we dare to hope for.
The tide seems to be turning regarding the N-Word even in Black circles, From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 4, 2010
Should Black People Stop Using the N-Word? Which word from the headline would you like to see eliminated from the English language? One (Black) person's answer just might surprise you.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 28, 2009
The Racial Politics of Avatar Avatar is so heavily loaded with racial allegory that it's impossible, even for a casual viewer, to ignore its sociopolitical currents. On the surface, Avatar is an obvious, at times even heavy-handed, pro-environmental and anti-war missive. But that's just the top layer. Underneath it is a bevy of subtle story lines and images that both arise from and comment on contemporary racial politics.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The Cost of Justice: The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Part 1 Lisbeth Salander's anger is righteous. Her violence apparently justified. After all, we neither mourn for the monsters that heroes kill, nor question their choice to kill them. But is there anything she might have done that might have served both her and society better?
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 21, 2014
Obama Shields 5 Million Undocumented. Should We Worry? Economic and social science data show little need for concern about immigration reform.
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The Meaning of Life, According to Twilight, is Love, Only Love Twilight tells us the meaning of life is love. Is the message anti-feminist?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 16, 2009
Negotiation Genius (A Book Review and Upcoming OEN Feature) Stephen Covey, the author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" described it as the most comprehensive, wise, practical book on the subject I've ever seen." Here's a more in-depth review, and an introduction to a series of excerpts from the book that will be posted in the coming week.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 9, 2011
About Those Whites-Only Scholarships Do race-based scholarships (and race-based affirmative action in admissions) ultimately do more harm than good for both students of color and for our society? Two race-bloggers discuss the "whites-only" scholarships and their implications for scholarships targeting students of color.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 16, 2014
"This Lady Refused to Sit Next to a 'Negro'" - The Rest of the Story The behavior in the "Despicable" PSA is deplorable, but just because we don't stoop to that level doesn't mean we're off the hook for being racist. The problem is much more serious and insidious and requires a great deal more honesty, both with ourselves and each other. Oversimplified depictions of racism stand in the way of self-responsibility and restorative actions.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 8, 2011
Did Kanye Create a Monster? One of the defining characteristics of monsters is that they don't have redeeming qualities. The moment we begin to like or sympathize with any part of the monster, it is no longer a monster but a flawed being. What, then, are we to make of Kanye West's new video?
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(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 4, 2009
Obama's Cairo Speech: An Imperfect but Well-Executed First Step Barack Obama's speech to "the Muslim world" was highly anticipated and desperately needed. Here's a first look at what it did and didn't do.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 1, 2011
"No Wedding No Womb" Might Save Lives--Are We Content With That? Is there a cost to promoting marriage and two-parent families?
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 6, 2008
Obama for Skeptics A response to the most frequent "reasons" independents and moderates offer for not supporting Barack Obama, or for professing equal love for both candidates.
Which apple do you want? When it comes to apple picking, we can be as biased as we like. In evaluating job candidates, we need to learn to recognize our biases and push them to the side., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Universities Not Immune to Implicit Bias Implicit bias is evident across academic departments, including in the sciences, where one might be tempted to believe that applications are more likely to be evaluated objectively.
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(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Is This Joke Racist? A racial joke, an analysis of said joke, and a question for OEN readers.
This video clearly wants to make a social statement. Does it succeed?, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Racism in the Elevator. Misogyny in the Video Production Room. Does fighting one "ism" give us license to perpetrate another?
DeWolf family members and Ghanaian Beatrice Manu at a river ceremony in Ghana where captured Africans were brought for a last bath., From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 9, 2013
A Story of Slavery From the Deep North Did you know Northerners were involved in the slave trade? This is a review of the documentary film Traces of the Trade, which examines one White Northern family's history with slavery.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 6, 2011
When it comes to non-white characters in fiction, is it better to be stereotyped, tokenized, or erased? Sure, we all want non-white and non-straight characters that are as complex and realistic as those that are white and straight, but what if writing such characters is simply not part of that particular writer's repertoire? Do we still want those writers to take their best shot (knowing they won't come up to snuff), or would we rather they just leave those "minority" groups out altogether?
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 19, 2010
A Few Words in Favor of Compassion for the Cruel If we are kind to those to whom we should be cruel, will we ultimately be cruel to those to whom we should be kind?
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 13, 2013
Three Recommendations for Joe Biden's Gun Task Force It's easy to point the finger at the mentally ill and media but solutions lie elsewhere. Here are three empirically-based recommendations for reducing violence:
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Michael Brown and Eric Garner: Four Cognitive Illusions That Illustrate Why We Don't All See The Same Reality It's not just that we don't all interpret the facts in the same way, we tend to not even agree on what is "true". Here are four cognitive illusions that help us understand why we don't all see the same social reality, in Ferguson and elsewhere.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 10, 2010
Introducing OEN's First Special Issue: Restorative Justice Usually, like most news/opinion sites, we focus our attention on the problems. Today, we want to focus on some creative ways of working through them. As befitting an alternative news site, we want to highlight an alternative way of "doing justice".
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Restorative Justice for Trayvon Martin Two cities. Two people of color fatally shot by those charged with security and law enforcement. Two communities torn apart across racial lines. One city reacts conventionally with criminal charges and court proceedings. The other additionally engages in a Restorative Circle, a restorative process designed to create conditions for mutual understanding and repair of harm.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuning into the election's racial frequency "When it comes to African-American audiences, some have called Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid a 'dual-track' candidacy, one that seeks to prove he is in tune with the needs of the black community while also not alienating whites." The purpose of this article is to examine what he needs to do in order to appeal to both of these groups and whether simultaneously appealing to both groups is even possible.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 11, 2010
John Mayer's Longing for Blackness is a "Very" Wide-Open Window Into U.S. Race Relations Mayer took a lot of heat for the N-word, and rightly so. But let's place his words in context: He wasn't insulting anyone but rather lamenting that, even as an honorary member of the Black community, he still didn't have full access to all its privileges.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 4, 2011
Want to know what "race" is or isn't? Don't ask the dictionary! Dictionaries do a lousy job defining race. A new study suggests that the social cost of this may be higher than we thought, but there is also reason for optimism.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 5, 2011
Ethical Lessons from Kanazawa: Recommendations for Writers and Editors Professional degrees give Psychologists and other scientists presumed trust and an assumption of competence, but as uncle Ben told Peter Parker when he first became Spiderman, "with great power comes great responsibility"
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 7, 2008
Out of the ashes: A new German Jewry? At the end of WWII, the roughly 750,000 German Jews were reduced to a mere 10,000. In the early 1990s, the newly unified Germany decided to rebuild its Jewish population -- by targeting Russian-speaking Jews from the former Soviet Union. Remarkably, about 200,000 Russian Jews have since emigrated to Germany. This group now comprises 90% of the nation's Jewish population. This is the story of the new Germany Jewry.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 4, 2018
The Racial Politics of Black Panther In which we delve into the Black Panther's racial symbolism.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 30, 2014
Racism Insurance Promo for Dear White People: A Critique The Racism Insurance skits are laugh-out-loud funny, and most of us can use more laughter in our lives. But they are not just funny. They also shed some light on real-world racial dynamics. There is content in these clips worth examining more closely.
Love is a choice. Which one will you make?, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 27, 2013
What If We Choose To Do It With Love? We tend to think of love as an emotion, which of course it is, but it is also a choice. It is a choice we can make in regard to not only a romantic partner but also a friend, a stranger, and even someone we regard as an enemy. Unlike emotional love, this kind of love is not fleeting. soft or irrational. Rather, it is an orientation toward justice and healing.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 22, 2008
Creating institutional change: A short primer A brief overview on how individuals can change institutions.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 1, 2014
What not to Wear: 5 Most Racist Halloween Costumes This Year Even if only for a day, there is no denying it's fun to be someone else. For some, part of the fun is to be as different as possible. Perhaps that's why some men put on drag, why some demure women get their sexy on, and... why some white folks are drawn to blackface.
a replica of the Birmingham cell where MLK was inprisoned, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 12, 2014
A Reading of the Letter From Birmingham Jail: A Review Though not as universally known as the "I Have a Dream" speech delivered just a few months later, Letter From a Birmingham Jail, which King started to write on the margins of a newspaper, is the source of many of his most well-known words. A new film gives these words screen time, much to the benefit of anyone who takes the time to watch.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 26, 2010
No Wedding No Womb: Does Focusing on Individual Change Distract from Fighting Structural Racism? "No Wedding No Womb" (#NWNW on Twitter) is essentially a "don't have kids out of wedlock" movement, so why the big controversy? One (almost) middle-aged White guy's take on a Black women's movement.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 28, 2016
When "Fun" Gets Racist, What Should Schools Do? Five ideas for creating the right conditions for safe and appropriate outcomes.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 23, 2016
New Study Reveals Six Benefits of School Restorative Justice Zero tolerance and other punitive approaches have not garnered much research support for reducing conflicts or violence. A new study identifies the many benefits of school-based restorative practices
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 29, 2009
Michael Jackson, Not Too Many Words Michael Jackson changed with the times and, despite his flaws. evolved into precisely the kind of progressive force we wish all artists would be.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Twenty Tweets About Troy Davis and the Death Penalty With Davis's execution just hours away, it is time to not only take immediate action to save his life (see last tweet) but to examine the system of capital punishment more broadly, a system that is racially biased beyond a reasonable doubt.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 5, 2011
Come Learn about Restorative Circles: A Community Response to Conflict and Injustice Internationally-known restorative-justice practitioner/teacher Dominic Barter will lead a 5-day learning event in Champaign, IL October 12-16.
C'mon! Can't you read the sign?, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 24, 2011
10 Reasons not to Read This (Political Edition) You think you already have good reasons. Wait until you see these.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Five Mistakes Filmmakers Make in Depicting Racial Dynamics Every so often, Hollywood produces a film about racial issues that is so honest, so truthful, so powerful that I wish every person could see it. Do The Right Thing (1989) and Crash (2005) are two good examples. These aren't perfect films. They just know how to deal with the racial themes they take on. Unfortunately, these are the exceptions rather than the rule. Here are five common mistakes filmmakers make in depicting race.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 6, 2012
How Super is Superhero Justice? Like speculative fiction in general, superhero stories are ultimately about ourselves. The fictional universes allow the writers to manipulate the circumstances to better examine the most complex aspects of the human experience, none more so than the issues of morality and justice
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 28, 2010
"I Forgot Obama was Black": Reflections On Chris Matthews's Comment For many, Chris Matthews's post-speech comments took the luster off President Obama's first State of the Union address. I offer a few brief thoughts about Matthews's comments, what he probably meant to say, and why many didn't hear it that way.
Is social media about to be racialized?, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Should social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin collect information about users' race and ethnicity? Facebook does not currently ask about race, but researchers have figured out how to reliably ascertain this information from other information in the profile. Should we be worried?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 2, 2016
Is Restorative Justice Exhausting? School teachers and staff are already stretched thin. Is restorative justice the final straw?
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 30, 2009
Multiculturalism is For Sale: A Photo Journal Multiculturalism is for sale everywhere. But it's far from the real thing.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 9, 2009
Zen and the Art of Watchmen This is an article about the way we perceive and judge the world. It is not intended as a movie review, but because it'll probably function as such for some readers, I tried not to give away anything of import. Nevertheless, readers who haven't read or seen Watchmen and don't want to know anything about it may not want to read any further.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 9, 2010
What works well for you when you are interested in inviting white people to talk about racism? How do we create a conversation no one wants to have?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 2, 2014
Is It Possible to Parent Without Threats or Coercion? Is it possible to parent nonviolently? Ana Joanes's new documentary follows three families as they try to parent without threat or coercion, yet with the general philosophy that everyone's needs (both their children's and their own) matter.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 9, 2011
Kids On Color: New Site Helps Parents and Kids Talk About Race Sometimes the conversations we shy away from having with our kids are exactly the ones we most need to have. Professor of media, culture, and communication, Charlton McIlwain, hopes his new website, Kids on Color, helps families do just that.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 13, 2013
Confronting the Violence That Betrays Young Lives Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) statement on mass killings
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Is This Obama/Blagojevich Video Racist? Is this video funny? Is it racist? The answers are not always clear and may say more about you than the video
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Erica Kennedy's Feminista is Funny, Charming, and Just Possibly Too Close To Home Can an assertive, feminist, biracial woman find true love? And, if so, what will this love look like? A journey into (and out of) the shadow of materialism, feminism, and self-absorption and a search for true love. [A Book Review]
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thanksgiving's Many and Complicated Needs The early relationship between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag in many ways continues to be controverial, but two peoples came together in peace and mutual assistance that first year and the resulting Thanksgiving, in turn, paved the way for a half century of peace. Is this event worth celebrating, or is it yet another example of white insensitivity toward its indigenous peoples?
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Restorative Justice in Urban Schools: A Book Review Restorative Justice in Urban Schools is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand the challenges that face the restorative justice movement in this particular context.

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