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The Dangers of Distorting History

Dr. Torsten Kathke ((Co)Action Blog) 2018-08-25 15:11

In the current media climate of "fake news" accusations and divisive partisanship in the United States, it is no wonder that history as a powerful way of making sense of the past and its connections to the...

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Laos Dam Collapse Sparks Compassion amid Criticism

Erik Fruth ((Co)Action Blog) 2018-08-07 17:56

The dam collapse in southern Laos’ Attapeu Province in July 2018 led to an outpouring of global generosity and some serious criticisms about the safety of hydropower dams in the Mekong river basin....

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The Labor Force Participation Rate as an Indicator of Regional Economic Wellbeing

Dr. Pieta Blakely ((Co)Action Blog) 2018-06-26 22:43

On a national and local level, we typically interpret unemployment rates as an indicator of economic well-being. This paper argues that the Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) offers a more...

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Who's responsible for social and economic mobility?

Dr. Tracy A. Corley ((Co)Action Blog) 2018-07-05 15:30

A community college system leader discussed community college policy making and influence in Massachusetts with Tracy Corley. This article is the first of a series about the role of community...

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From Transactional to Transformative: The Case for Equity in Gateway City Transit-Oriented Development

Dr. Tracy A. Corley (Research Reports) 2021-01-31 14:38

Lab contributor Dr. Tracy Corley led the authorship of a report that kicks off broader discussions about the role of equity in transforming cities and towns. This timely report examines geographic and...

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