It was 86 years ago last week when a high school biology teacher named John Scopes got arrested for teaching evolution in his classroom.
by Joe Pace There is something surreal about the way some conservatives have seized on the death of Osama bin Laden as evidence that “torture works.” The claim rests on the assumption (for which evidence is ambiguous, at best) that, sometime circa 2004, detainees were water-boarded – tortured — into giving up the nickname of […]
Here’s what you need to know about the precedent-setting case of Nevada Commission on Ethics v. Carrigan.
A few days ago, the journalist Sebastian Junger visited West Point, where I am on the history faculty. He was there to show Restrepo, his documentary film about a U.S. Army combat team deployed on a dangerous assignment in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan, and then do an on-stage interview with me in front of […]
A high school teacher and active re-enactor writes about teaching the Civil War and avoiding “the theory of absolutes.”
The U.S. Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to resolve a conflict between Circuit Courts of Appeal as to the constitutionality of extended GPS searches.
The National Day of Prayer has been observed by every president since Truman. But is it constitutional?
In a fanciful, but compelling, column for the Washington Post, PJP Participant Jeff Greenfield, a former network news correspondent for CBS and ABC, fantasies over what could have transpired if the Navy SEALS had captured the al Qaeda leader. His discussion touches on a lot of tantalizing topics. For instance, if bin Laden had surrendered […]
2009 PJP Fellow Dorothoy Parvaz, who has been missing since she arrived in Damascus, Syria, on April 29 is being held by the Syrian government. Parvaz, who works for Al Jazeera English was there to report on the government protests. An update about her situation can be read here and here. For immediate updates on […]
Have you ever wondered how Washington felt as he stood on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City on April 30, 1789, as his inauguration began? Thankfully, he left us some clues, and they’ll be at The Center this July.