Rutgers, Penn take steps to confront ties to slavery on their campuses
PHILADELPHIA —As part of continued racial reckoning, Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania are taking steps to educate the public about ties to slavery on their campuses. Rutgers said Tuesday it plans to erect four historical markers on its New Brunswick, New Jersey, campus that show how the university’s earliest benefactors, including the university’s first president, Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh, and New Jersey’s first governor, William Livingston, built their fortunes through slavery. “These markers are an invitation for us to talk about the complicated legacies of namesakes and...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Georgia colleges address concern about white privilege teaching
ATLANTA — Presidents, deans and educators in Georgia’s public university system — in response to recent questions from a state lawmaker on the topic — say they’re not teaching courses that identify white, heterosexual, Christian men as “intrinsically privileged and oppressive.” The majority of the 26 University System of Georgia colleges and universities did say they’re teaching one or more courses that delve into topics such as “privilege” and “oppression,” but insist it’s not being done to malign white people. State Rep. Emory Dunahoo, a Republican, asked University System of Georgia Chancel...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
International student surprised by GoFundMe support, raising $4,700 to graduate
Michigan State University international student Kaishi Chhabra was shocked to find out her roommate set up a GoFundMe account to help her avoid deportation "If she is unable to finance this semester, she will be disenrolled and forced to leave the United States immediately," stated Chhabra's roommate, Emily Bevard. Chhabra came to MSU from a third-world country to study journalism. Her father became unable to support her tuition fees due to a financial crisis back home. She declined to say where she is from because it would pose a threat on her family. "Because of COVID, my dad was unable to p...
Detroit Free Press
Movie fans who identify with villains share similar dark characteristics
It takes one to know one. Fiction fans who favor villainous characters appear to share a “Dark Triad” of characteristics with those shifty individuals. Citing a report from the journal Poetics, the Academic Times reports that those who identify with antagonists frequently share those characters’ sense of narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism, the latter of which Psychology Today describes as “a personality type that does not choose to be, but simply is, a master manipulator.” The study was based on a survey of more than 1,800 North Americans and asked participants to rank, on a scale of...
New York Daily News
Rutgers to name iconic residence hall for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who started her career as a law professor there
PHILADELPHIA — A 17-story residence hall at Rutgers University's Newark, New Jersey campus, once home to the university’s law school, will be named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who began her historic career focusing on equity and justice as a law professor there. The neoclassical residence hall, which is home to about 330 students, including 100 law students, faces Newark’s Washington Park, soon to be renamed Harriet Tubman Square, the university said. The change was approved by Rutgers’ board of trustees at a meeting Thursday. “When I think of Ruth Bader Ginsbu...
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