One of the chapters in the book Angel Patriots: The Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth of America has a subtitle with the phrase, "Making Sense of the Senseless". Dr. Alexander Riley, professor of sociology at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, discusses the ways in which humans grapple with tragic events like the terrorist attack on 9/11 and try to give meaning to their experience.
In recent weeks Dr. Riley, who studies many facets of U.S. culture, has been writing about COVID-19 and the question of expertise and public opinion. Keystone Edition's Erika Funke had a chance to speak by phone with Dr. Riley about the pandemic in the lives of Americans.
Dr. Riley is author of the study Angel Patriots: The Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth of America, issued in 2015 by NY University Press. He teaches classes on "American Society & Culture"; "Science, Truth and Social Order", and "The Sociology of the Arts". For more information about Dr. Riley and his books, click here.