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SNCF Members on the Issues

Our scholars seek to foster informed conversations and decision-making by bringing their expertise to bear on emerging policy developments. Please see below for our member’s latest activities.

  • SNCF Newsletter, Spring 2015

    May 20, 2015

    During spring 2015, SNCF members participated in a range of important events around the state, raising conversations about economic justice, living wages, mass incarceration, farming and foodways, education, voting rights, and women’s activism. The full newsletter can be read here.

  • SNCF Member Participates in Moral Mondays, Calls for Economic Justice & Living Wages

    May 15, 2015

      On May 13, 2015, SNCF member David Zonderman participated in Moral Mondays: Economic Justice and Living Wages. An excerpt from his speech follows. To see David’s full remarks, watch the Fusion Films video here. David Zonderman begins speaking at 31:50. “A living wage is a wage high enough that any woman or man, working a forty hour ...

  • Robert Korstad and Adrienne Herreveld, “Want to stop violent crime and racist policing? Fight poverty first,” Raleigh News & Observer

    May 12, 2015

    “Recently, the City of Durham tried to take a closer look at the challenges faced by its police department by enlisting the diagnostic arm of the U.S. Department of Justice to review spikes in violent crime despite an overall decline in criminal activityThe DOJ report’s recommendations echo trends nationwide, but they only address symptoms of ...

  • Michael Behrent, “‘Must teach more bill’ an attack on UNC professors,” Raleigh News & Observer

    April 7, 2015

    Michael Behrent brings our attention to Senate Bill 593, arguing that the bill is threatening public higher education in NC. “Do college professors teach too little? State Sen. Tom McInnis believes the answer is yes. He recently filed Senate Bill 593, which would require all professors in the UNC system to “teach a minimum of eight courses ...

  • Ted Fiske & Sunny Ladd, “Addressing the impact of poverty on student achievement,” EdNC

    March 12, 2015

    “Release of the first letter grades for North Carolina public schools on February 5 led to predictable debate over their fairness and usefulness. Whatever their limitations, though, the letter grades sent a clear message about what North Carolina needs to do to improve outcomes for kids. In a nutshell, we need to figure out how to ...

  • Charles Rowe, “The affordable care act one year later,” Asheville Citizen Times

    December 15, 2014

    Dr. Charles Rowe of the UNC School of Medicine Asheville Campus takes a look at the Affordable Care Act and what North Carolina’s failure to accept medicaid expansion means to the future of the state’s healthcare. Full Article

  • Mark Elliott, “On US Exceptionalism, history education vs. indoctrination,” Raleigh News & Observer

    December 15, 2014

    “The past was just as messy and complex and divided as the present. Two generations of historians have demonstrated how Americans from all stratums of society – women, slaves, Indians, patriots, loyalists, the rich and poor – shaped the founding of the nation. They did not all agree about everything, and the contentious democracy they ...

  • Patrick Conway, “What’s missing in NC jobless rate calculations are 300,000 workers,” Raleigh News & Observer

    November 3, 2014

    Patrick Conway unpacks the disconnect of perceptions surrounding the state of North Carolina’s labor market. While the governor suggests that the unemployment rate has declined over recent months, Conway suggests that these calculations are failing to take into account those individuals who have quit looking for work entirely. When taking those numbers into account, we realize ...

  • Helen Ladd & Edward Fiske, “A hidden, drastic change in NC school funding,” Raleigh News & Observer

    September 24, 2014

    Helen Ladd and Edward Fiske draw our attention to new legislation from the NC General Assembly that threatens to diminish per pupil funds allotted to schools across the state. The legislation is particularly dangerous for growing school districts because per pupil funding will now be based upon student enrollment in the spring semester rather than the projected ...

  • Libby MacRae, “NC Public Education and the Strange Career of Public Choice,” Public Schools First NC

    September 8, 2014

    Libby MacRae puts “parental choice” in public education in a historical context, writing, “parental choice has not always been synonymous with public good or with increased individual opportunity. Democratic forms of government rely on an investment in “the public.” In an increasingly class stratified world, public schools remain the institution that offers our citizens the ...

  • Leslie Maxwell, “Deserting the idea of the common good,” Raleigh News & Observer

    August 27, 2014

    “The number of homeschooled children is growing at a record rate in North Carolina, surpassing the number of the state’s children who attend private schools. During the 2013-14 school year, there were 60,590 home schools in North Carolina, a 27 percent increase from the 2011-12 school year.” In a recent OpEd in the Raleigh N&O, ...

  • Patty Williams & David Zonderman, “All of NC has a stake in strong public schools,” Raleigh News & Observer

    August 19, 2014

    Patty Williams and David Zonderman no longer have children in North Carolina’s public schools, but they remain committed to the success of public education in North Carolina. They write, “Strong school systems anchor neighborhoods and knit communities together as they educate children for the society and workplaces of tomorrow. The better the schools, the higher ...

  • Heather Ann Thompson, “The fury in Ferguson and our forgotten lessons from history,” The Huffington Post

    August 19, 2014

    Heather Ann Thompson writes about Michael Brown’s death, outrage in Ferguson, and the present moment’s connection to the past: “Despite the crystal-clear conclusions drawn by the Kerner Commission about why the ’60s had seen so much urban unrest, and what would happen if we ignored the lessons of the these rebellions, we are right back where we ...

  • Gene Nichol, “Higher wages key to escaping NC poverty,” Raleigh News & Observer

    August 14, 2014

    North Carolina is in the midst of a poverty crisis, writes Gene Nichol in a recent OpEd appearing in the Raleigh News & Observer. Moreover, inequality is growing and many of the jobs created in the state since January 2010 have been in service sector industries paying little more than the $7.25/hour minimum wage. What does this ...

  • Eladio Bobadilla, “Industrial Commission losses will hurt workers,” Raleigh News & Observer

    August 13, 2014

    The North Carolina Industrial Commission has historically been responsible for ensuring that North Carolina’s workers and their loved ones are protected if they are hurt (or even killed) due to a work-related incident. However, recent appointments by the General Assembly will threaten policies fundamental to workers’ well-being. To read more about how this is happening and its ...

  • Charles Rowe, “The theory of climate change very likely correct,” Asheville Citizen Times

    August 7, 2014

    Dr. Charles Rowe, Director of Radiology at the UNC School of Medicine Asheville campus writes, “among the knowledgeable, the only real discussion of the theory involves what percentage of the change is directly attributable to man. Most knowledgeable people who have studied the subject think man is over 90 percent responsible. The small percentage of ...

  • Amy Laura Hall, “The union label and working with dignity,” Durham Herald Sun

    August 3, 2014

    “Sitting in strategy meetings with electricians and clerical workers, historians and anthropologists, I learned a way of thinking about my work that is best characterized by the word “solidarity.”Along with the people baking bread or painting dorm room walls, we took pride in our labor, and I learned what it feels like to work with ...

  • Katie Rose Guest Pryal, “Shattering the Madness Monolith: On the Intersections of Race, Gender & Psychiatric Disability,” Vitae

    August 1, 2014

    Katie Rose Guest Pryal shares case studies of three women with psychiatric disabilities who are finding their way in the academic workplace. These examples exemplify that “our experiences of disability are not monolithic across race, gender, and sexuality, as these stories show.” As Pryal writes, “on’t presume that everyone’s story is the same as yours. Take time to ...

  • Heather Ann Thompson, “Doding decarceration: The shell game of ‘getting smart’ on crime,” Huffington Post

    July 10, 2014

    “What exactly it means today that we are seeing “U.S. Prison Populations Decline,” merits serious consideration and skepticism. There is absolutely no question that we must, in fact, decarcerate. In order to bring our incarceration rate even remotely in step with our crime rate — say even accepting the level of imprisonment we had back in 1970 — would ...

  • Willie Jennings, “Christianity’s Greatest Counterfit,” Religion Dispatches

    July 2, 2014

    “This is a perfect storm for Christianity. We now have a political party that deeply dislikes the first African American president (who is also a Christian), clearly opposes significant cooperation with him or his party, is reactionary on most issues from taxes to the environment to women’s health to full equality for LGBTQ folks, is ...

  • William “Sandy” Darity, et. al, “From a tangle of pathology to a race-fair America,” Dissent Magazine

    July 2, 2014

    “…if structural factors are largely artifacts of the past, what explains the marked and persistent racial gaps in employment and wealth? Is discrimination genuinely of only marginal importance in America today? Has America really transcended the racial divide, and can the enormous racial wealth gap be explained on the basis of dysfunctional behaviors?” William “Sandy” Darity ...

  • Lisa Levenstein, “NC Lawmakers Wily Ways on Women’s Health”

    June 8, 2014

    “The North Carolina legislature is once again deceiving the public. While cutting appropriations for essential social programs and services, the recently released Senate budget proposal includes an increase in funding for the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship. This anti-abortion organization sustains more than half of North Carolina’s so-called crisis pregnancy centers.” Read more here:

  • “Who is a Feminist Now?” NYTimes, May 21, 2014

    May 23, 2014

    Rachel Seidman, professor of history and women’s and gender studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and SNCF member is quoted in a recent article in the NYTimes about new definitions and understandings of feminism. It’s an interesting, thought-provoking read. Full Article on the NY Times website.

  • Tim Tyson & Reverend Barber, “60 years later, still fighting for the promise of Brown v. Board,” Raleigh News & Observer

    May 21, 2014

    SNCF member Tim Tyson and Reverend Barber of the NAACP share a compelling editorial, asking us to recognize the importance of continuing to fight for the promise of Brown v. Board of Education in today’s world. As our communities become havens for neighborhood schools that often leave socio-economically disadvantaged students behind, we must remember that, ...

  • Patrick Conway, “Why the decline in the unemployment rate isn’t necessarily a good thing,” The Herald Sun

    February 18, 2014

    Although North Carolina’s unemployment rate may appear to be on the decline, Patrick Conway asks that we restrain our optimism about economic recovery and take a different approach to understanding rates of unemployment in our state. “We can’t simply sit back and take credit for a recovery; we need to recognize that the current fall in unemployment ...

  • Amy Laura Hall, “‘Broken schools’ – or broken debate over education,” The Herald Sun

    February 18, 2014

    “It is a crucial time in our own little story, a time to look around and see one another for who we are — neighbors, together in this endeavor of public education, for the long haul and for our children’s good.” Amy Laura Hall asks, are our schools broken in North Carolina or is the debate ...

  • Helen Ladd & Edward Fiske, “In NC, a GOP assault with intent to destroy public education,” News & Observer

    February 18, 2014

    “Great states have great public education systems…providing each child with the knowledge and skills for success in life while promoting workforce development and an informed citizenry.” Over the past year, policies born out of the 2013 General Assembly have wreaked havoc on NC’s public education system. In this article, Ted Fiske and Heled Ladd examine the ...

  • Gene Nichol, “From silence to savagery, pain for the poor intensifies,” Raleigh News & Observer

    January 29, 2014

    “North Carolina has one of the country’s fastest rising poverty rates. A decade ago, we were 26th – a little better than average. Now we’re 11th, speeding past the competition. We’ve also seen, over the same period, one of the steepest increases in the ranks of the uninsured…That’s an earful. A fusillade. More than even ...

  • Jessie Wilkerson, “Remembering the Mothers Who Fought for Food Assistance,” Women AdvaNCe

    December 18, 2013

    Jessie Wilkerson, PhD Candidate in History at UNC-Chapel Hill and a member of the SNCF Graduate Student Committee writes a great article for Women AdvaNCe, calling our attention to the challenges confronting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). “Once again we are coming to a moment when years of hard work is being called into question ...

  • David Coates, “Freedom, to live, must be understood,” Greensboro News & Record

    December 18, 2013

    No matter where each of us stands on the key issues of the day, it is time for all of us to widen the debate on freedom in America. We need to move from a focus on negative freedoms to a focus on positive ones. We need to distinguish sharply between liberty and license. We ...

  • Sandy Darity, “Federal law requires job creation,” New York Times

    December 18, 2013

    America’s workers would not be subjected to low wage jobs if they were assured of employment at non-poverty wages. Maintenance of full employment with available jobs offering livable wages would accomplish that goal. To get from here to there would require the United States to comply with the terms of an existing law, the Full ...

  • Richard Kohn, “Reality v. Rhetoric: Nothing can hide the inconsistencies in Republican positions,” News & Observer

    December 18, 2013

    North Carolinians aren’t fooled. Most don’t devote much time to the Sturm und Drang of the daily political combat but rather live their lives as best they can in these challenging times. However, they recognize the inconsistency of the discourse. The gap between rhetoric and reality is obvious. No amount of advertising, advocacy, argument or misleading appeals ...

  • Helen Ladd, “Seasoned teachers worth so much more in North Carolina,” News & Observer

    December 9, 2013

    SNCF affiliate Helen Ladd, Professor of public policy and economics at Duke University, talks about the importance of keeping experienced teachers in North Carolina’s public schools. She questions how we can begin to give incentives to those teachers to stay in the educational system, and the implications that losing these teachers has on the quality ...

  • Jonathan Kotch, “Hard Truths: Why More North Carolina Children are Dying,” NC Policy Watch

    December 9, 2013

    “Hard Truths: Why more North Carolina children are dying” addresses the rising rates of infant and child mortality across the state of North Carolina. The article raises concern about the sharp rise in infant and child mortality rates over recent years, rates that are significantly higher for those living in poor communities. Historically, our state has ...

  • Joshua Davis, “The March on Washington, Moral Mondays, and the Media,” Huffington Post

    September 16, 2013

    Joshua Davis, Thompson Writing Fellow at Duke University and Co-director of the Media and Movement Project, draws parallels between North Carolina’s Moral Monday Movement and the March on Washington of 1963 through an exploration of the media’s engagement with both events and the historical implications of these powerful movements. The March on Washington, Moral Mondays, and ...

  • Gene Nichol, “In a growing state, a growing hunger,” News & Observer

    August 20, 2013

    This year in the Raleigh News & Observer, on the last Sunday of each month, UNC Professor and SNCF affiliate Gene Nichol examines the faces and issues behind the rising poverty numbers in North Carolina. In his most recent contribution to this ongoing series, Nichol discusses food security, hunger, and poverty, and its growing impact ...

  • William Chafe & Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, “Protesting the Worst Voter ID Law,” Jon Wiener on the Radio

    August 20, 2013

    Jacquelyn Dowd Hall of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and William Chafe of Duke University recently sat down on air with Jon Wiener to discuss the implications of North Carolina’s new Voter ID Law and what it has meant to participate in the state’s Moral Monday Movement. Listen to their discussion online ...

  • Charles Beem, “The Marriage Haves and the Have-nots,” NC Policy Watch

    July 25, 2013

    Charles Beem, Associate Professor of History at UNCP and SPNC Member, discusses the resounding effects of the fall of DOMA.  As a gay North Carolinian, Beem explains his continuing frustration with laws that effectively make homosexuals second class citizens through denying them civil rights such as marriage equality.   “The Marriage Haves and the Have-Nots”

  • Amy Laura Hall, “On the Record Extra: Duke prof discusses ‘Moral Monday’,” WRAL

    July 13, 2013

    Amy Laura Hall, Associate professor of Christian Ethics and SPNC member, talked with WRAL about the morality, positives and negatives of the Moral Monday protests that continue to rock Raleigh, NC throughout this legislative session. On the Record Extra: Duke Professor Discusses ‘Moral Monday'”

  • Lisa Levenstein, “Public Deserves to be Heard on Abortion Bill,” News & Record

    July 12, 2013

    Lisa Levenstein, Associate Professor of History at UNCG and SPNC member, discusses the alarming secrecy and “back-room tactics” legislators have used to impose harsh restrictions on women’s rights.  Levenstein cites a lack of scientific evidence and debate about women’s health and reproduction presented in the committee meeting.  In the one hour allotted for public input, ...

  • William Chafe, “Governor McCrory and North Carolina History,” NC Policy Watch

    June 20, 2013

    William Chafe,  Codirector and Professor of History at Duke University and SPNC member, speaks out agains Governor McCrory’s allegations that the growing swell of protesters at the NC Legislature each Monday represents nothing more than “outside agitators” conducting “unlawful demonstrations.” Chafe argues for a more responsive NC legislature that respects North Carolina’s long legacy of inclusive ...

  • Elizabeth McRae, “A Negative Vision for Public Education,” Asheville Citizen Times

    June 3, 2013

    Elizabeth McRae, Associate Professor and Director of the graduate program in history at Western Carolina University and SPNC Affiliate, discusses the damaging effects of legislation which drastically cuts resources to our public schools.  These legislative proposals include: Lifting class size restrictions in K-3 Restricting access to successful pre-K programs by lowing income qualifications Eliminating teaching assistants in second ...

  • Frank Stasio and Nicole Campbell, “Moral Mondays: Modern Civil Disobedience In the State Capitol,” The State of Things, May 22, 2013

    May 23, 2013

    Do you know about the growing Moral Mondays protests in Raleigh? SPNC member Prof. Jacquelyn Hall of UNC, a former President of the Organization of American Historians and leading scholar of southern history and also a participant, puts them in historical and contemporary context on this great panel on the State of Things:

  • Roger Hartley, “Improving NC State Budget Picture; Begin Restoring Damaging Cuts,” Citizen Times, May 17, 2013

    May 17, 2013

    “Improving NC State Budget Picture; Begin Restoring Damaging Cuts” Dr. Roger Hartley, Director of the MPA Program at Western Carolina University and SPNC Member, examines the improvement in our state economy and the questions our better financial position raise for our state budget.  Hartley notes that deep budget cuts persist despite rising tax revenues from corporate ...

  • William H. Chafe and Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, “A Positive NC History Worth Preserving,” News & Observer, May 9, 2013

    May 9, 2013

    A Positive NC History Worth Preserving Jacquelyn Dowd Hall and William H. Chafe, prominent historians in NC and SPNC members, were both arrested on Thursday, May 9th after participating in an event at the General Assembly to protest the radical, damaging policies pushed through our government by supermajorities with little respect for the general will. Their act ...

  • Helen F. Ladd, “The Perils of a ‘Private’ Vision for NC Schools,” News and Obsever

    April 10, 2013

    “The Perils of a ‘Private’ Vision for NC Schools,” News and Observer, April 10, 2013 Helen F. Ladd, Edgar T. Thompson distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Economics and SPNC Member; explores the drastic changes proposed and undergoing for our public school system.  North Carolina’s public schools, formally a model for other states, are now ...

  • Nancy MacLean, “Changes to our Unemployment Insurance a Cruel Blow,” Star News Online

    February 12, 2013

    “Changes to our Unemployment Insurance a Cruel Blow,” Star News Online, February 12, 2013 Nancy MacLean, Arts & Sciences professor at Duke University and SPNC member, explores the dramatic changes to the Unemployment Insurance system that were pushed through with minimal public input earlier this year.  MacLean, a 20th Century U.S. Historian, examines the social and ...

  • Lisa Levenstein, “McCrory’s Education Decree is Misguided,” News & Record

    February 4, 2013

    Originally published in the News & Record on February 4, 2013: “McCrory’s Education Decree is Misguided” On Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory vowed to change the system of public higher education in North Carolina. Instead of educating students broadly in the liberal arts, he wants universities and community colleges to train students narrowly for existing jobs in ...

  • Chuck Tryon, “Preparing Minds for Evolving Jobs,” News and Observer

    January 31, 2013

    Chuck Tyron, Assistant Professor at Fayetteville State University and SPNC member, joins the multitude of voices in condemning Governor Pat McCrory’s disregard for the value of many university courses and departments such as English and Gender Studies.   “Preparing Minds for Evolving Jobs,” News & Observer, January 31, 2013

  • Maxine Eichner, “What’s the Value of a UNC Degree?” NC Policy Watch

    December 19, 2012

    Maxine Eichner, Professor of Law at UNC’s School of Law, addresses the legitimacy of how The Strategic Directions Committee assesses the “value” of a UNC degree, especially in terms of how a degree helps “plug in” students to the work force.  

  • Julianne Hing, “The School-to-Prison Pipeline Gets Its First-Ever Airing in the Senate,” The Independent

    December 19, 2012

    For the first time, the provocative school-to-prison pipeline policies were the focus of a Senate hearing.  The school-to-prison pipeline refers to strict, zero-tolernace judicial policies in schools which lead to routine and systematic arrests and incarceration of children.  This issue is even more provocative given the dissproportionate punishement of children of color.    

  • Michael Schwalbe, “Just When Teen Smoking Rates Were Declining,” News and Observer

    December 19, 2012

    Michael Schwalbe, professor of sociology at North Carolina State University, discusses the imprudence with which the 2012 General Assembly defunded the immensely successful Tobacco Reality Unfiltered Campaign.  Though money from the 1998 Major Settlement Agreement continues to flow into N.C. ($433 million from MSA and tobacco excise taxes this year) the legislature is refusing to ...

  • Paul L. Thomas, Ed. D. “Obama Won, But Did Educators Lose in the Process,? AlterNet 11/12/12

    November 16, 2012

    Many voting blocks, especially those dedicated to progressive causes, are rejoicing as Obama secures four more years in office.  However, educators are still left without a viable, political solutions to the problem of lowering standards in education.  Thomas discusses the void in politics as both major parties view education only in terms of the accountability ...

  • David Zonderman, “Which Way, North Carolina?,” News and Observer

    November 10, 2012

    Originally published by David Zonderman in the News and Observer, November 9, 2012, “Which Way, North Carolina?” After decades of striving to embrace a more diverse population and nurture a vibrantly transformative economy, many North Carolinians – especially in the rural counties – are fighting a rear guard action to return to a past that never really existed ...

  • Omar H. Ali, “The State of Things,” WUNC

    November 7, 2012

    Dr. Omar H. Ali, Associate Professor of African Diaspora History & Politics at UNCG, discusses democracy, development, poverty, and the independent political movement on “The State of Things,” WUNC. “Meet Omar Ali”

  • William Chafe, “History Lessons: Beware the Power of Income Imbalance,” News and Observer

    September 23, 2012

    Originally published in the News and Observer, on Friday, September 21, 2012, “History Lessons: Beware the Power of Income Imbalance.” In the midst of one of the most important elections in our nation’s history, it is stunning how little attention the American people, the media and the candidates themselves pay to the lessons of our ...

  • “Who Needs Feminism?” Digital Project by Rachel Seidman

    September 19, 2012

    SPNC affiliate Rachel Seidman, a professor at UNC, has begun an innovative project combining the classroom with activism. In their effort to reshape the discourse around feminism, largely employed as a pejorative in the modern US political discussion, Seidman and her students ask a simple question, “Who Needs Feminism?“, yet received a massive response from ...

  • David Zonderman on Radio, Labor Day 2012

    September 1, 2012

    David Zonderman will be on local radio this Labor Day, September 3, 2012, on WPTF 850 AM, at 9:00pm. He will be featured on the Tom Kearney Show. This will be David’s second Labor Day discussion with Tom.

  • Benjamin Filene, “Hurting Ourselves with Cultural Cuts,” News and Observer

    September 1, 2012

    Originally published in the News and Observer (Raleigh), on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, “Hurting Ourselves with Cultural Cuts.” It’s easy to think of the arts and culture as extraneous. Certainly many North Carolina state legislators do. But that is terribly shortsighted. Over the last several years, relentless funding reductions have already significantly damaged the museums, historic ...

  • Rachel Seidman, “After Todd Akin comments: Why women – and men – still need feminism,” CSM

    August 25, 2012

    Originally posted in The Christian Science Monitor on August 23, 2012, “After Todd Akin comments: Why women – and men – still need feminism.” In 2012, is Women’s Equality Day still relevant? In the 21st century, who needs feminism? As it turns out, thousands of young women and men from across the globe, of all different races, ...

  • David Zonderman, “Real school reform needs to confront poverty,” NC Policy Watch

    August 25, 2012

    Originally posted August 21, 2012, “Real school reform needs to confront poverty.” With school bells set to ring soon across the nation, the debate over how to fix our “failing” public schools will once again heat up. Pundits across the political spectrum continue to peddle their cure-alls for what ails our education system. Some savants still ...

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