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Groundbreaking Researcher Urges Conversations About Race Anew

For students, stepping out of comfort zones and interacting across racial and ethnic lines is key to their education, says Beverly Daniel Tatum.


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An Aspiring Grad Student Nurses a Dream in the Darkness of War

Bushra Dabbagh hoped to escape Syria to study biotechnology and entrepreneurship at Northeastern University. But President Trump’s travel ban may stop her from reaching her goal.


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Chemist Turned Politician Sees Thousands of Other Scientist-Lawmakers as the Solution

Grounded in facts and reason, scientists could solve the nation’s policy problems, says Shaughnessy Naughton. Her advocacy group 314 Action is trying to get them in the game.


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The Nontraditional College President: Here to Stay

The corporate outsider as college president has become a faculty boogeyman, but Scott Beardsley, dean of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, can defend him (yes, usually him).


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Why Do We Ask ‘Why?’ A Scientist Tries to Pin Down an Elusive Human Trait

In a new book, the astrophysicist Mario Livio explores the nature of curiosity and its “irresistible appeal.”


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‘What Are the Pathways?’ Listening to Black Men on Campus

A sociologist at the University of Louisville describes what colleges need to do to graduate more black males.


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Start With Childhood Education to Revive Public Higher Ed, Says SUNY’s Departing Chancellor

Nancy Zimpher, who steps down in June as chancellor of the State University of New York, says that rather than focusing on the lack of state funding, public-college officials should be talking about how higher education can do a better job.


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Director of Haven for Technological Disruption Explains New ‘Disobedience Award’

A $250,000 prize highlights how positive disobedience encourages creativity and change.


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Attack on Central European U. 'Sets a Dangerous Precedent for Academic Life'

Hungary’s bid to shut down the institution is part of a larger battle that pits the cosmopolitan values of liberal democracy against an ascendant wave of nationalist authoritarianism in Europe and elsewhere.


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A Christian Conservative Professor Accuses Colleges of Indoctrinating Students

Carol Swain, a political scientist and a Christian conservative, is retiring early from teaching a year after Vanderbilt students called her a bigot and petitioned for her suspension.


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The Factors That Predict College Success and Why Society Fears Demographic Change

A higher-education researcher knows that determination is just one of the ingredients low-income students need to have a shot at succeeding in college.


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A Sociologist Looks at the Failure of the For-Profits and the Rise of Trump

The author of a new book on for-profit higher education says the industry takes advantage of the slack in the labor market.


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Why Trans* Students Matter

The author of a recent book on transgender college students worries about President Trump's rollback of Obama-era protections and advocates moving beyond "best practices" for inclusion.


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Battle-Hardened Climate Scientist Braces for Trump Era

Michael Mann has been fighting climate-change deniers since the late 1990s. Now he’s telling his fellow scientists to warm up for a new round of attacks.


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The Far Right’s ‘New Offensive Against Academia’

George Ciccariello-Maher, the Drexel University professor who caused a furor by tweeting "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide," says academe must brace for the fight of its life.


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'You Have to Understand the World in Which You Live'

After going a few rounds in the political arena, Penn’s Zeke Emanuel wants to turn academics loose on crucial international issues.


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Campus Identity Politics Is Dooming Liberal Causes, a Professor Charges

Rage over racial, gender, and sexual identity has no sense of proportion and creates a damaging spectacle, says Mark Lilla, a professor of humanities at Columbia University.


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‘I Fit in Neither Place’

The cultural challenges of first-generation students, says M. Sonja Ardoin, aren’t easily resolved — even years later, when as faculty members they’re asked, "What wine will you have?"


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A Push to 'Expand White Privilege'

The white supremacist Richard Spencer sees college campuses as an important recruiting ground and hopes to visit "all the major ones."


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The Case for Trading Identity Politics for ‘Intellectual Humility’

Charles C. Camosy, an associate professor of theology at Fordham University, talks about why academics are out of touch and what they should do about it.


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Are Students ‘Learning Anything About Love Here’?

Anna Deavere Smith, master of documentary theater, talks about personal narrative, empathy, and colleges’ potential to reach vulnerable students and to disrupt cliques.


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‘It’s Easier to Kludge It’

A University of California professor who just wrote a book about public higher education in shambles talks about restoring support, kludging administrators, and California noir.


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‘We Need to Rethink’

Marvin Krislov, president of Oberlin College, reflects on student demands, inauthentic bánh mì, and the tumultuous final years of his decade-long term.