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Troubling Handling of International Issues at USC

According to an article in the Daily Trojan (the college paper at the University of Southern California), last week 2 representatives of a pro-Israel group were removed from an open meeting at the request of organizations petitioning for California’s divestment in Israel. When the pair arrived, it seems that attendees started yelling at them. The …

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Medical Props for TV

For anyone who’s ever been fascinated by science fair projects or Hollywood prop departments (I fall into both categories), you’ll appreciate this video from the New York Times. Diann Duthie is the art director for “The Dr. Oz Show” — a daily talk show hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz — that presents palatable high-level explanations …

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Are the Humanities Dead, or Are Academic Programs Just Too Narrow?

In The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s ongoing “Brainstorm” blog series, Diane Auer Jones (a former assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department¬† of Education) argues that the humanities aren’t dying–rather, the academic world is no longer the center of humanities education. She writes: “[T]raditional institutions of higher education may no longer be the …

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