Welcome back! This week we bring you a new installment in our Wonderful/Wretched series on racial dynamics in the Twin Cities along with an analysis of the role social trust may play in combating the pandemic. We also feature an interview with Editor Doug Hartmann about athlete activism and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Special Features:

Wonderful/Wretched Memories of Racial Dynamics in the Twin Cities, Minnesota” by Walter R. Jacobs. In this series, social scientists with ties to the Twin Cities share their stories and reflections about experiencing race in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”

In “Power of Social Trust and the Pandemic,” Ron Anderson explores how the social forces of trust and solidarity may influence peoples’ beliefs, attitudes and social relationships in the time of COVID-19.

Editors’ Desk:

We repost “Athlete Activism from Black Power in 1968 to Black Lives Matter: An Interview with Douglas Hartmann,” by Estelle Brun, a Research Assistant at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS). Hartmann discusses the parallels between two eras of powerful sports protest.

From Our Partners:

Council on Contemporary Families:

Will COVID-19 Push Women Out of the Labor Force?” by Barbara Risman.


Vaccines, Masks, and Routine Disruptions during COVID-19” by Rashawn Ray and Fabio Rojas.

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