Author Archives: Doug Bennett

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).

Merrymeeting Bay Smelt Shack

Yesterday’s New York Times had a feature article in the Food section on An Icy Portal Into the Small World of Smelt.  Written by Dave Sherwood, a resident of Bowdoinham, ME, the article had this lovely picture of Merrymeeting Bay: Says Sherwood, … Continue reading

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Free Speech at Friends Central?

On his blog, Chuck Fager has been doing his best (here, here, here and here) to keep us abreast of the recent controversy at Friends Central School concerning a cancelled invitation to a Palestinian (Sa’ed Atshan, a Swarthmore Professor) who had been invited … Continue reading

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A Connectedness of Yearning

What I remember best is the silence.  It seemed to charge the room with a connectedness of yearning. That take on his first Quaker Meeting is from Edward Sorel’s Mary Astor’s Purple Diary (Liveright, 2016), a book I read after … Continue reading

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Abandonment of the Use of Force

December 17, 2016 On August 14, 1941, Churchill and Roosevelt met in Newfoundland and issued The Atlantic Charter,a broad statement of U.S. and British war aims.  War aims? The U.S. was not yet officially at war: the U.S. would not … Continue reading

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What to Make of Trump’s Election

November 9, 2016 A friend writes this morning  “just wondering what your Quaker Friends are saying after this election?  I write her back: Well I’m wondering, too, what Quakers make of it and wondering even more what I make of … Continue reading

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Streams

October 29, 2016 Of revenue, that is.  Streaming is overtaking other music formats, according to the Recording Industry of America. Source: BloombergView

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Seymour Chwast for Peace

October 21, 2016 A poster by Seymour Chwast for the  Hague “Appeal for Peace” conference, 1999. Courtesy Pushpin Gallery.

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