Esther Cepeda / Politics

The Right Note On Gender and Hiring

CHICAGO -- In the 1970s and 1980s, symphony orchestras around the world began implementing a system of "blind" auditions -- performances given from behind a screen -- in order to diversify their ranks while ensuring that elite talent and ...

Misreading Our Demographics

CHICAGO -- "War" is too strong a word to use in regard to race relations.

Despite continuing income inequality or how often the justice system seems to lack fairness when applied to nonwhites, few Americans would say that whites are waging a war ...

The Matter With Class

CHICAGO -- "In every walk of life, there are senseless rules, payoffs and shakedowns, quirks, unjust rituals," explains Jerene Johnston, the matriarch of the privileged Southern family so deliciously skewered in Wilton Barnhardt's irresistible ...

A Lesson in a STEM Study

CHICAGO -- Every once in a while, research quantifies the effects of certain education policies on students. Then, the results are often shelved in favor of the prevailing "common sense." As in: If you want more scientists, mandate more science ...

Marketing's Mixed Messages

CHICAGO -- Like beauty itself, the degradation of women is in the eye of the beholder. What's clearly demeaning in one person's view is but an updated version of Helen Reddy's feminist anthem, "I Am Woman," in another's.

Take Olivia Wilde's ...

Mindsets Worth Changing

CHICAGO -- School starts next week and my two sons are inconsolable about having to return to their hated "prisons."

Based on the teachings of professor and researcher Carol Dweck, author of "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," they surely ...