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Immobile in America

TCF fellow Rick Kahlenberg reviews author Robert Putnam's work, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Kahlenberg explains how Putnam describes the gaps in class and race, as well as how these gaps take effect on an individual's education and future accessibility to success.

One study Putnam cites finds that after controlling for family and academic background and school inputs, students who attend a high school with classmates from a high socioeconomic status have a 68 percent higher probability of enrolling in a four year college than a student who attends a school where classmates have a low socioeconomic status.

Read Kahlenberg's full review.

Tags: socioeconomic diversity, race inequality, class segregation

Where the Bodies Are Buried

For the New Yorker, TCF fellow Patrick Radden Keefe has published a new article on the I.R.A. and the controversy that has continued to surround the decades-old murder of Jean McConville.

The disappearance of Jean McConville was eventually recognized as one of the worst atrocities that occurred during the long conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles. But at the time no one, except the McConville children, seemed especially concerned. When Helen returned home, she and Archie went out to look for Jean, but nobody could—or would—tell them anything about where she had been taken or when she might be back. Some weeks later, a social worker visited the apartment and noted, in a report, that the McConville children had been “looking after themselves.” Their neighbors in Divis Flats were aware of the kidnapping, as was a local parish priest, but, according to the report, they were “unsympathetic.”

Read Radden Keefe's piece here.

Tags: patrick radden keefe, new yorker, ireland

Mourning David Carr, Another Stranger Who Made My Life Brighter

February 14, 2015 BY: Harold Pollack TOPICS: Additional Focus, Special Projects

TCF fellow and Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, Harold Pollack writes a heartfelt and poignant piece on the recent passing of famed New York Times columnist David Carr. Pollack writes that although he had never met Carr, he was one of the individuals who made his life a bit brighter everyday upon reading Carr's witty column on his morning commute. Carr will be deeply missed by those inside and outside the journalism community for his dedication and contribution to the reporting field.

Carr’s death stops me in my tracks for many reasons. He was struck down at the top of his game. He had such tremendous human vitality. I would so look forward to catching his latest column on my morning commute. He was just someone who made my life a little brighter, provided a flash of wit and insight, delivered with apparently effortless style.

Read Pollack's tribute to Carr in Washington Monthly.

Tags: reporting, journalism, david carr

Bloom Of Arab Spring Fades In Egypt

NPR's Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins talks with TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis about his book, Once Upon A Revolution and the effort to build a new political order in Egypt. Listen to the interview here and read some excerpts from Chapter 1 from the book.

Read the book excerpt here.

Tags: international relations, egyptian uprisings, egypt, arab spring

The Final Betrayal of Egypt’s Revolution

The 2011 Egyptian Revolution made global news when it succeeded in toppling then-dictator Hosni Mubarak. TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis writes on the series of protests and revolts by Egyptian civilians that succeeded in toppling several regimes in just a few years through an intricate narrative titled "Once Upon A Revolution." In this Foreign Policy excerpt of the book, the two individuals who Thanassis followed are highlighted as we see the revolutionary actions unfolding:

“I don’t care who will lead the country. We just want Morsi to leave,” said a lady in a fine tailored dress, sipping tea on a terrace near the presidential palace on a break from chanting.

Read the rest of the excerpt.

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Tags: mubarak, morsi, foreign policy, egyptian uprisings, egyptian revolution

Library Journal Review Out

TCF fellow and award-winning journalist Thanassis Cambanis has received acclaim for his newly released book (1.20.2015) titled "Once Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story." Cambanis chronicles two unique and diverse revolutionary movement leaders and tells their story throughout the protests happening in 2011 during the Egyptian uprising. The Library Journal Review has called the book "A welcome addition to the literature on Egypt's uprising and a solid source for the general reader."


Read the remainder of the reviews and purchase the book here.

Tags: mubarak, international relations, egyptian revolutions, arab spring


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