Category Archives: Public Policy

Do College Students Need a Class In Dating?

Dating Tips for Undergrads? Here’s a link to some coverage of my Aspen Ideas Festival panel on the emotional health of college students. To be clear, I’m not suggesting that Yale should become a dating service! (Nor did I say, … Continue reading

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Facebook Privacy and Me

I like my privacy. I live in the woods. According to my husband, I am the “most paranoid, non-institutionalized” person he has ever met. Needless to say, I don’t have a Facebook. (However, also needless to say, I am a … Continue reading

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Why Ideas Matter

As I head out to Aspen tomorrow (to the Ideas Festival), I can’t help worrying that I’m both celebrating and somehow fetishizing the notion of “ideas” – treating them like tasty appetizers rather than the main meal of our daily … Continue reading

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Off To Aspen: Where Ideas Matter

I’m headed to Aspen again. Two years ago, I spoke at the Ideas Festival on the 21st Century Child. You can see me on the panel with Amy Chua, Ellen Galinsky, and Larry Cohen here, talking about the Goal of … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap: How Education Inequality Holds Us Back

My post at WBUR’s Cognoscenti: The achievement gap is more than a symptom of growing inequality in the United States — it’s one of the causes as well.  Inequality is rising on many fronts in the United States. The gap … Continue reading

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Aaron Alexis and the Threat of the Loner

Here’s an Op-Ed I wrote with my husband in Friday’s Washington Post: In seeking to find out what led to the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, we must ask the right questions. What features of American society make us more prone … Continue reading

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Empathy Gap

My family and Bangladesh go way back: I lived in Bangladesh for a year when I was in my early twenties. A decade later, in an odd twist of fate, my sister moved to Bangladesh, too, and stayed there with … Continue reading

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Two Degrees of Separation From a Bomber

A TIME.com column I wrote today with my husband, Nicholas Christakis: We spent a tense hour last Monday checking Facebook and Twitter to account for all 400 of our students at Harvard College, several of whom had been running in the marathon … Continue reading

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Painful Questions

How do we talk about the Boston marathon murders in a way that acknowledges the suffering and the evil, yet also places them within the broader perspective of suffering and evil that the human race has experienced, and is currently … Continue reading

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Who You Gonna Call In A Crisis?

I want to return to my “Big Fat American Government” piece I posted a couple days ago. I think the horrific explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas is a chilling counterpoint to the kind of government response … Continue reading

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