To our Friends and Partners

Dear McCarthy Center Friends and Partners, This moment in time is a true test of our authenticity as an institution committed to the public good.  With rapidly changing national, state, local, and institutional policies designed to contain the pandemic, there is real danger that our connections to each other will diminish. In this context, we […]

Reflecting On 2017

Professor David Donahue, Director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Sankofa, the African word that means we need to know and understand our past to head intelligently into our future.  Sankofa is usually symbolized by a bird whose feet are moving forward but whose head is looking back. […]

The Worst that Could Happen with Betsy DeVos

David Donahue, Director and Professor, Urban Education Reform A recent article by Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post was headlined “What’s the worst that could happen with Betsy DeVos as education secretary?” Only in a Trump administration where knowledge and expertise are not considered assets would DeVos be nominated for secretary of education. DeVos has […]