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Rex Tillerson, I have a modest proposal for you: It has to do with flattering your boss — and preventing nuclear war with North Korea

When I was a child, we learned how to use grammar and punctuation properly. This educational practice has withered over the last half-century, and nothing suggests it will be revived. We also learned how to respond to a nuclear attack — how to crouch under our desks, how to cover our heads, and how to…

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No matter how ugly our heritage, pursue an honest assessment of it

In 2017, the complex legacies of historical figures are proving impossible to restrain in stone or confine with bronze. All over the nation, statues, memorials, and monuments are giving us big trouble. Here’s the source of the problem: Our predecessors on this earth did not make it a priority to design and construct a legacy…

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MSU hosts symposium on Montana author Ivan Doig

Beginning in 1978 with the publication “This House of Sky,” Ivan Doig went on to write over a dozen more books of memoir and fiction, most set in the Montana he knew so well. His work is beloved by readers of Western literature and in 2007 earned him the Wallace Stegner Award, which recognizes individuals…

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MSU sets Doig Symposium for Sept. 13-16

Family, friends and scholars who study the life and work of the late novelist Ivan Doig will be featured during a four-day symposium scheduled for Sept. 13-16 at Montana State University. “Doig Country: Imagining Montana and the West,” is coordinated by the MSU College of Letters and Science, the Center for Western Lands and People…

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When To Stop Honoring A Questionable Historical Figure? CU’s Had That Debate

It’s not just statues of Confederate leaders that lead to debates over controversial figures in U.S. history. Buildings on college campuses across the country bear the names of men who were members of the Ku Klux Klan, were openly racist or, in Colorado’s case, participated in the killing of American Indians. State Historian and University…

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