Mark Berkson Ph.D., professor of religion at Hamline University
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Who is ISIS? A Cultural and Historical Perspective

December 1, 2017

On this episode of The Torch, we discuss the history of ISIS as an offshoot of Al-Qaeda, why ISIS calls itself a caliphate; the source of their wealth and power; whether their goal of a pan-Islamic state is achievable, and what the global community can do to prevent ISIS from gaining more power.

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Can Plants Think? The Torch Podcast

December 1, 2017

With almost 400,000 known species and thousands more identified every year, the variety of plant life is almost overwhelming—from the microscopic to the largest organism on Earth. In Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany, you will explore the astonishing adaptations that allow plants to live in an enormous variety of ecosystems, from deserts and the ocean floor to thousands of feet above sea level and on every continent. […]

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Historians Weigh In On The Confederate Statue Debate: The Torch Podcast

October 17, 2017

Recent events in Charlotesville, VA have reopened a national debate about how we should deal with public statues commemorating Confederate figures. These are tough questions with no easy answers, and Historians are often as divided as the general population on this topic. In this Torch episode, history professors Allen Guelzo from Gettysburg College, and Edward O’Donnell from College of the Holy Cross discuss the matter from both sides. […]

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Debate Tactics That Work: The Torch Podcast

September 12, 2017

The art of debate is an important skill that will benefit anyone who wants to make better decisions and think more clearly. Learn to unpack the structure of a formal debate and apply it to all aspects of your everyday life. […]

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