• Poetry

    by Fátima Vélez, translated by Camilo Roldán

    pan nuestro / acera nuestra / no debe / desperdiciar dinero / no debe / enamorarse / no debe / decir de más ...

  • Essay

    Bread and Conflict in Ukraine

    The Central Role of Wheat in War Determines Whether Nations Starve or Survive

    by Allen M. Featherstone

    Russia and Ukraine control about 11.2 percent of the world’s arable land, and supply 28 percent of its exported wheat ...


Could a Truth Commission Unite America?

How Fractured Nations and Communities Reckon with History and Move Toward Repair

by Gloria Y.A. Ayee

Can democracy stand the test of time? Many factors have triggered the deep schism in American politics today. But a root cause of our faltering democracy may be our failure to grapple with the truth about the nation’s history of discrimination and institutionalized racism. Because Americans can’t even agree on basic truths about our history of exclusion, slavery, and Jim Crow segregation, we have become mired in contentious debates about what role, if any, the government should play in addressing past injustices and their present-day legacies. To forge a path ahead, Americans must acknowledge our problematic past and collectively commit to upholding the principle of liberty and justice for all.
  Where could we possibly start? As a first step, we can look to other nations that were once deeply divided, and learn from their efforts to address their difficult histories in pursuit of accountability and justice. The United States might do well to ...


The Bridges My Father Built

A Lifelong Educator, He Left Behind Many Legacies—Including a Suspension Bridge and a Bust of JFK I Spent Years Trying to Find

by Cindy Wenig with Cari Lynn

In the 1960s, my father’s crowning achievement was building, entirely by hand, a 60-foot steel suspension bridge over the lake at Camp Pontiac, the summer camp his family owned in Copake, New York.
  My dad, Norman Horowitz, had no engineering training, just a love for the beauty and symmetry of bridges. Using an old World War I Army Manual, steel from the local junkyard, and cobblestones he foraged near his home in the Bronx, he spent four years building the bridge. When it was finished, it connected the camp’s main campus with the manmade “Animal Island,” which, back in the day, housed a petting zoo.
  My dad, whose favorite book was Profiles in Courage, dedicated his bridge to the late President John F. Kennedy, installing at its foot a podium with a bust of JFK that was a replica of the famous Robert Berks sculpture at the Kennedy Center ...

  • The Takeaway

    Heather McGhee Offers a New Story of American Solidarity

    The 2022 Zócalo Book Prize Winner Sees Hope Beyond America’s ‘Zero-Sum’ Mindset

    by Sarah Rothbard

    The 2022 Zócalo Public Square Book Prize event’s return to in-person programming for the first time in three years—and the hopeful chord struck by the winning author—arrived at the ASU California Center in downtown L.A. at a necessary moment.
      The event also streamed live online, which allowed Georgia poet laureate and 2022 Zócalo …