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Mark: my words

Mark: my words is a blog penned by President Mark Putnam meant to encourage civil discourse, explore important issues, and stimulate creativity and innovation. Created in 2010, many blog entries make their way into new and traditional media outlets. Members of the Central College family, higher education professionals, students and casual readers have used the blog to teach, start conversations and reflect on life patterns.


Are We An Honest People?

The mystery surrounded a missing book. The book was not to be removed from the library at any time. This was not the first time he had given this assignment for this particular course, but it was the first time the rare book had simply disappeared.

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Defining the Other: The Basis for Bias

People order the world in different ways. We are shaped by the experiences we have amassed in the settings that have defined our personal and group identity. It’s not so much a matter of what we value. Often we value many of the same things.

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Chutes and Ladders

As I listened she expressed a bit of concern about the two questions her daughter is constantly asked, “What are you going to major in?” followed by “What career are you going to pursue?” My reply to her comment took her by surprise. I said, “Don’t worry about these answers now. High school students almost always get them wrong.”

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The Echoes of Downton Abbey

Societal change is difficult to describe, much less interpret accurately.

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Changing Christmas Wishes

The Christmas season began for me each year when the Sears catalog arrived. It had a curious title, “The Wish Book.” First published in 1933, the Wish Book was the source document for many childhood Christmas lists.

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A Walk Around the World

Paul Salopek is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow, who has spent much of his career exploring the world and writing stories about the human experience. In 2013 he will begin a significant journey. Carrying only a backpack, with no entourage to support him, he will literally walk around the world. The trip…

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Living at the Edge of Risk

More than 80 years since the early days of the Dust Bowl, we face similar questions about the trade-offs between immediate economic interests and prolonged environmental impact.

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A Twinkie is Intellectual Property

It’s been a long time since I have eaten a Twinkie. It’s not that I am particularly disciplined about sweets. I have celiac disease, which means I am among the growing population of citizens who have discovered they are gluten intolerant. No wheat. Not now. Not ever. It’s not been easy, but I’ve had to…

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Redefining Our Political Culture

Students will redefine our political culture. They will challenge each other on the issues and yet maintain the quality of relationships that reinforce a healthy community.

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Deflating a Legacy – The Lessons of Lance Armstrong

When our older daughter Emma was in kindergarten 16 years ago she knew the rules for the classroom were set by her teacher. One day Mrs. Bentley had to step into the hallway to speak to someone as her students were doing quiet work at their tables. The instructions were clear – everyone was to…

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