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Curt Smith critiques plans for the Obama library

Curt Smith critiques plans for the Obama library

June 11, 2014

As the June 16 deadline for bids for the library approaches, universities in Chicago, Honolulu, and New York City have expressed interest in housing the Barack Obama Presidential library. Curt Smith offers strong views about the three leading contenders vying for the project.

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New book aims to bridge gap between research, policy, practice in classroom

New book aims to bridge gap between research, policy, practice in classroom

May 12, 2014

Kara Finnigan, associate professor at the Warner School and education policy expert, and her co-authors argue strongly for the value and use of research evidence in this era of education reform.

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New book explores awkward moments in film and media

New book explores awkward moments in film and media

May 7, 2014

Films like This is Spinal Tap have built large followings around their use of awkward and cringeworthy comedy. But according to Jason Middleton, assistant professor of English and director of the film and media studies program, the use of staged “awkwardness” extends far beyond the domain of contemporary popular culture and into the earliest days of filmmaking.

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Symposium explores trouble with ‘Post-Blackness’

Symposium explores trouble with ‘Post-Blackness’

April 8, 2014

The Humanities Project presents a symposium in which 16 distinguished scholars will discuss what it means to be black in the 21st century.

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Video gamers’ aggression linked to frustration, not violent content

Video gamers’ aggression linked to frustration, not violent content

April 7, 2014

The disturbing imagery of videos games are often accused of fostering feelings of aggression in players. But a new study shows hostile behavior is linked to gamers’ experiences of failure and frustration during play—not to a game’s violent content.

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Policy experts debate the future of finance

Policy experts debate the future of finance

April 1, 2014

The Politics and Markets Project, a new initiative aimed at fostering discussion among college students about key issues of the day, presents “Wall Street and Your World.”

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Poli-sci fellowship endowed

Poli-sci fellowship endowed

March 24, 2014

Douglas and Constance Beck have committed more than $1 million to establish a fellowship for doctoral students in political science and related fields.

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Seeking eudaimonia: Philosophers, social scientists turn to Aristotle’s ‘human flourishing’

Seeking eudaimonia: Philosophers, social scientists turn to Aristotle’s ‘human flourishing’

March 24, 2014

How do we develop good character? Philosophers and social scientists are teaming up—and turning to Aristotle for guidance.

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