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What We're Reading: June 9, 2016

Untangling Gun Violence from Mental Illness (Atlantic) by Julie Beck “Unfortunately, a consistent and dangerous narrative has emerged—an explanation all-too-readily at hand when a mass shooting or other violent tragedy occurs: The perpetrator must have been mentally ill. ‘We have a strong responsibility as researchers who study mental illness to try to debunk that myth,’ … Continue reading "What We’re Reading: June 9, 2016"

What We're Reading: May 12, 2016

Harvard to ban members of single-sex clubs from student leadership roles (Guardian) by Alan Yuhas “Harvard University will bar members of single-sex clubs, fraternities and sororities from fellowships and leadership roles on campus, college president Drew Gilpin Faust announced on Friday, in an effort to prevent sexual discrimination.” Should We Really Be Keeping Cats And … Continue reading "What We’re Reading: May 12, 2016"

What We're Reading: May 5, 2016

When in drought: the California farmers who don’t water their crops (Guardian) by Charlotte Simmonds “Is it possible to grow healthy grapes without watering them? Actually, if conditions are right, he says, it’s possible to grow even better ones. Less water means smaller, more intensely flavoured grapes with a higher skin-to-fruit ratio.” What Fiorina Has … Continue reading "What We’re Reading: May 5, 2016"

What We're Reading: April 28, 2016

Obama administration urges states to curb use of solitary confinement (Guardian) by Ed Pilkington “This year Barack Obama announced far-reaching reforms that would dramatically reduce the use of solitary, or ‘restrictive housing’, within the federal prison system. He said the practice of placing inmates in tiny cells with virtually no human contact was overused and … Continue reading "What We’re Reading: April 28, 2016"

What We're Reading: April 7, 2016

The Shocking Sexualization of Female Politicians in Porn (The Establishment) by Soraya Chemaly “Arguably, these sexist words and images are part of a long history of political satire employing sexualization. However, while male politicians have been and are sometimes skewered in similar ways, it happens relatively rarely and with very different outcomes in terms of … Continue reading "What We’re Reading: April 7, 2016"

What We're Reading: February 11, 2016

Ai Weiwei’s Photo Reenacting a Child Refugee’s Death Should Not Exist (Hyperallergic) by Nitasha Dhillon “Why was this image created, and why is it circulating?” What happens next in Aleppo will shape Europe’s future (Guardian) Natalie Nougayrède “It is hardly a coincidence that the bombardment of Aleppo, a symbol of the 2011 anti-Assad revolution, started … Continue reading "What We’re Reading: February 11, 2016"

What We're Reading: December 17, 2015

Focus Fracas (Chronicle of Higher Education) by Frank Furedi “Serious reading, I’m told, has become a lost art. Indeed, the precarious status of people’s attention has acquired the status of conventional truth.” The Necessary Recklessness of Campus Protests (Atlantic) by Nshira Turkson “Over the past few weeks, college students in the U.S. and abroad have … Continue reading "What We’re Reading: December 17, 2015"

What We're Reading: December 10, 2015

29 Scholarly Societies’ Statement on ‘Campus Carry’ (Inside Higher Ed) “Twenty-nine scholarly societies on Monday issued a joint statement opposing the Texas “campus carry” law that will significantly expand the right to carry arms on public university campuses.” How Mark Zuckerberg’s Altruism Helps Himself (New York Times) by Jesse Eisinger [PRO PUBLICA] “Mark Zuckerberg did … Continue reading "What We’re Reading: December 10, 2015"