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Education. Jobs. Health. Poverty. Crime. Immigration. Environment. Campaigns. Rights. What does research show? Avoiding jargon, Maine’s Scholars Strategy Network explores pressing issues and democratic life.

Why talking politics on Thanksgiving could help us emerge from our political bubbles

Amy Blackstone, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on November 22, 2016. This year, nearly 49 million Americans will travel to visit family and friends over the Thanksgiving weekend. These gatherings, typically associated with gratitude and love, also can be stressful. In the wake of one of our most contentious presidential […]

Moving forward: Six things you can do if you are dissatisfied with Tuesday’s election

Robert W. Glover, University of Maine Many of us, from all parties and political leanings, are dissatisfied with the outcome of Tuesday’s election and are struggling with what to do next. Earlier this week, I had someone email me seeking advice on the best way to influence/sway presidential electors and attempt to change the outcome […]

The life-threatening consequences of policy-making by anecdote for older Mainers

Sandy Butler, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on October 11, 2016.   A September U.S. Department of Agriculture report on food insecurity shows that the number of Americans in food-insecure households has dropped, though numbers remain above pre-recession levels. That’s a welcome piece of news for most Americans. But as […]

Maine misses out when higher education remains unaffordable

Susan Feiner, University of Southern Maine and Flynn Ross, University of Southern Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on September 28, 2016 Paying for college is not simply an individual problem. Families, communities, counties and states suffer from the public’s declining commitment to higher education. In Maine, as in most states, inflation-adjusted public […]

Nature, nurture or something in between? Criminal behavior and a disciplinary tug-of-war

Michael Rocque, Bates College Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on August 16, 2016 Fifty years ago this month, 25-year-old Charles Whitman, after killing his wife and mother, climbed the University of Texas, Austin, bell tower and began to pick off passers-by one by one with the arsenal of guns he brought along. In […]

Trump and Trumpism could win in November, unless the rest of us set aside our differences

Theda Skopol, Harvard University Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on August 2, 2016 From the lips of an authoritarian, blustery contender for the highest executive office in the land come a steady stream of threats, insults and big lies. At huge rallies, he eggs on violence and stokes popular hatred and divisions. He […]