US Civil War illustrates costs, benefits of diversity, say UCLA economists

Diversity is a double-edged sword, making individuals less likely to be altruistic than they might be in a more homogeneous setting but also inspiring them to scale new intellectual heights and to explore new horizons, argue two UCLA economists in a new book.
“People enjoy being around people they can relate to, and they are uncomfortable [...]

A look at a life, a war, and poetry under fire

‘I am large, I contain multitudes,” Walt Whitman wrote in the poem “Song of Myself,” describing his intimate connection to a teeming world – and intentionally warning biographers that the vastness of himself would not fit easily into any one book.
So it’s to Robert Roper’s credit that his biography, “Now the Drum of War: Walt [...]