Category: The Conversation


Returning the ‘three sisters’ – corn, beans and squash – to Native American farms nourishes people, land and cultures

By The Conversation

Historians know that turkey and corn were part of the first Thanksgiving, when Wampanoag peoples shared a harvest meal with the pilgrims of Plymouth plantation in Massachusetts. And traditional Native American farming practices tell us that squash and beans likely were part of that 1621 dinner too. For centuries before Europeans reached North America, many…


Are Religious Communities Reviving the Revival? In the US, Outdoor Worship Has a Long Tradition

By The Conversation

Religious communities have been forced to find alternative ways to worship together during the coronavirus pandemic. For some that has meant going online, but others have turned to a distinctly non-digital practice steeped in the history of the American religious experience: outdoor worship. Prayer sessions in parking lots and services in green spaces formed part of…


Coronavirus: Social Distancing May be a Rare Chance to Get Our Sleep Patterns Closer to What Nature Intended

By The Conversation

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting daily routines around the world. Overwhelmed hospitals, desolate schools, ghostly towns and self-isolation echo a campy horror flick, but an all too real one. Companies are laying people off by the thousands, the service industry is teetering on the brink of collapse, and socialist ideas suddenly don’t sound so bad to an average…