Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor

Harry Bruinius

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Past articles by Harry:

Margaret Sullivan: ‘There is a moral component to a life in journalism’

When Margaret Sullivan began her storied career in journalism in the late 1970s, 7 in 10 Americans said they trusted the news, she reports. Coming of age just after the era of Watergate, she describes how exciting it was to work in a newsroom, a job that was not only enjoyable but also a vital part of civic life, especially on a local level. Local newspapers were financially successful then, and… → Read More

‘Goodnight Moon’: 75 years in the great green room

Decades after its first publication, Margaret Wise Brown’s classic children’s book “Goodnight Moon” still brings families together. → Read More

Post-pandemic city: What does ‘downtown’ mean in a world of hybrid work?

Downtowns designed to serve a 9-to-5 workforce mull a makeover as workers embrace hybrid working models. → Read More

Why Americans struggle over the future of masculinity

In the United States and nations from China to Brazil, concerns rise about masculinity under attack. → Read More

Pulling punchlines: Comedy can be offensive. But should it be reined in?

Amid the push and pull of cancel culture versus free speech, is it possible for humor to still be a uniting force, instead of a divisive one? → Read More

In New York politics, an end to the old boys’ club?

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul could become the first female governor of New York, if Andrew Cuomo resigned or was forced from office. → Read More

The case of the cursing cheerleader: Justices give students free speech win

For the first time in over 50 years, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of high school students’ free speech rights. → Read More

Between religious and LGBTQ rights, what does fairness look like?

The clash between religious and LGBTQ rights is among the most acrimonious in U.S. politics. But one group is trying to find space for mutual respect. → Read More

Respect: Is it the glue a polarized nation needs?

Respect is a core civic value to American democracy, but it can also be used as a tool of repression. How can it knit together a fractured nation? → Read More

Biden, Warnock, and the resurgence of the liberal Christian

The election of President Joe Biden and Sen. Raphael Warnock “represents an opportunity for Christian political discourse to move from the culture wars to the social gospel.” → Read More

Why “the 26 words that created the internet” are under fire

As “Section 230” becomes a political buzzword, critics says social media companies are too powerful as algorithms shape flow of information. → Read More

In Kamala Harris’ richly textured background, a portrait of America today

The California senator was raised in a multicultural, interfaith family, and has also created one of her own. → Read More

The promise – and limits – of police taking a knee

Officers taking a knee in the wake of George Floyd’s killing mark a powerful change in tone after the controversy over Colin Kaepernick’s protest. → Read More

Why both left and right are knocking charter schools

In many ways, charter schools have become ensnared in a growing clash of civic values involving egalitarianism and religious liberty. → Read More

Beyond Weinstein conviction, how #MeToo changed America

A very public reckoning today for Harvey Weinstein will likely ripple through many more private lives. → Read More

Can diversity be ‘too much of a good thing’? More Americans wonder.

A growing number of Americans express reservations that openness to diversity is “essential to who we are as a nation,” according to Pew research. → Read More

Vaping and a culture that substitutes one risk for another

New York and Michigan became the first two states to ban flavored e-cigarettes this week, and the White House has said it will enact a federal ban. → Read More

In this Pennsylvania swing county, ‘socialism’ is a hot topic

People had strong opinions about socialism when our reporter went to Pennsylvania to ask them what they thought. But the more they talked, the more common ground he found. → Read More

After a mass shooting, what does healing look like?

After a mass shooting, headlines focus on PTSD. As an inverse counterpoint, trauma experts have noted what they call “post-traumatic growth.” → Read More

What does Lady Liberty stand for? A look at changing attitudes.

The museum, which opens Thursday, shows how symbolism involving the Statue of Liberty has shifted over time. → Read More