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Bay Path University President Carol Leary to Receive Donna Shavlik Award at ACE2019

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The award will be presented at ACE2019 during the Women’s Leadership Dinner on Saturday, March 9. The ACE Women’s Network - Ohio will also be recognized with the ACE State Network Leadership Award.

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$30m WES Mariam Assefa Fund launched

The PIE News - ven, 06/14/2019 - 04:01

Credential evaluation organisation World Education Services has announced it will launch a $30m fund to support those working to assist immigrants and refugees to contribute to their new communities.

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund seeks to further help immigrants join the local workforce by enabling them to use their training, education and talent – a target the organisation has been tasked with since its inception in 1974.

“Newcomers are often held back from meaningful employment”

“The launch of the fund marks a new era for WES,” said Dewayne Matthews, WES board member and chair of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund Committee.

“It represents a profound commitment to building on the strategies that WES has long employed to foster the integration and empowerment of immigrants and refugees.”

The fund is named after the organisation’s outgoing executive director and CEO Mariam Assefa and will begin in the US this summer and later expand to Canada.

“Newcomers are often held back from meaningful employment, or [they are] underemployed in survival jobs,” said Monica Munn, senior director of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund.

“The fund will deploy catalytic resources to address that challenge. Our plan is to support organisations that are working to accelerate progress, spur innovation, and permanently dismantle the barriers that hinder economic advancement among immigrants and refugees.”

WES has provided credential evaluation to almost two million people worldwide in 45 years. In 2016, WES introduced an initiative to obtain recognition for Syrian refugees‘ academic credentials.

WES’s incoming CEO Esther Benjamin will begin her tenure on June 17.

“I’m delighted that this new initiative will, through its name and efforts, honour and build on the impressive foundation that Mariam Assefa established during her tenure at WES,” she said.

“I look forward to working with the WES Board and the WES Mariam Assefa Fund team to extend the ways we support and improve the lives of immigrants and refugees along their journey.”

“As the organisation transitions from one visionary leader to another, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund provides us with the opportunity to spark a lasting change that improves communities, economies, and individual lives,” added Hans De Wit, chair of the WES Board.

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UK: more students than ever are going abroad during their first degree – UUKi

The PIE News - ven, 06/14/2019 - 02:04

For the fifth year running, research by Universities UK International has revealed that more UK undergraduate students than ever are going abroad as part of their degree, up from 7.2% in 2014−15 to 7.8% in 2016−17.

According to UUKi’s latest ‘Gone International: rising aspirations’ report,   18,510 students had at least one period abroad as part of their undergraduate first degree, compared to 16,580 students in the previous cohort.

“These experiences have a huge and positive impact on our students”

Students from Northern Ireland were revealed to be the most mobile (12.1%), followed by Scotland (10.4%), England (7.5%) and Wales (6.5%).

Earlier this week, the UUKi supported the launch event of an initiative to increase the number of Welsh undergraduate students travelling overseas during their studies.

Unsurprisingly, language graduates had the highest mobility rate of 33.9% – rising to 87.1% if linguistics students were excluded. At the detailed subject level, mobility rates were highest for ‘Portuguese studies’ (99.2%) ‘Italian studies’ (97.3%) and ‘German studies’ (96.8%).

The next highest mobility rates were for combined subjects (32.8%), medicine and dentistry (30.8%) and veterinary science (17.2%), while the lowest mobility rates were for ‘computer science’ (2.1%), ‘education’ (2.2%) and ‘subjects allied to medicine’ (2.7%).

In terms of destination, across the three academic years, 50.8% of all mobility instances took place in the EU, and for the 2016-17 graduating cohort, more than half of mobilities (54%) of eight weeks or longer were facilitated through the Erasmus+ program.

Over a third (35.9%) of mobility from the UK was revealed to be to three countries: France was the most frequent (12.6%), followed by Spain (11.8%) and the US (11.5%).

The most frequent non-EU destinations were the US, Australia (5.4%) and Canada (3.9%), according to the report.

Commenting on the findings, director of UUKi Vivienne Stern said it is great to see the number of students studying, working or volunteering abroad as part of their studies continuing to grow.

“We know these experiences have a huge and positive impact on our students, both from these statistics and from the countless positive stories we hear via UK universities,” she said.

“This is why we launched our Go International: Stand Out campaign…we’re delighted that over 90 UK universities have now signed up to this campaign, pledging concrete action to increase opportunities for their students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to travel as part of their studies.”

This report also highlights the importance of Erasmus+ as a vehicle for outward student mobility, Stern added.

“In light of this, we encourage the UK government to commit to continuing funding study abroad opportunities for UK students, preferably through our participation in the Erasmus+ program.”

The examples of transformational international experiences highlighted in the report “demonstrate the ongoing importance of encouraging and supporting study abroad for the future benefit of global international relations and associated knowledge diplomacy”, the University of Kent’s  dean for internationalisation Anthony Manning said.

“They also highlight the urgency of our continuing need to lobby the government to find an alternative to Erasmus+, if our access to student financial support for this highly valuable activity is to be withdrawn in the near future,” Manning told The PIE News.

“While it’s pleasing to see that the number of students participating in work or study abroad continues to increase, its also evident that additional time and resource needs to be invested in order to help students from less-advantaged backgrounds to participate,” Manning added.

“This might include ‘gateway’ shorter-term experiences, as well as active and nurturing internationalisation at home experiences.”


Additional reporting by Viggo Stacey.

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Alternative marketing key in China – Sunrise

The PIE News - ven, 06/14/2019 - 00:53

Online marketing opportunities to reach prospective students in China are increasing, but universities should be aware that the country’s internet is “more restricted than ever”, according to a new report from Sunrise.

Maintaining a local Chinese version of websites hosted in China, along with producing Chinese language content and getting people to talk about an institution on popular websites were all highlighted by the report as important factors to be aware of.

The report also explained that universities should know about marketing opportunities beyond the stalwarts of Chinese internet – the BATs (Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent).

“Having a university Snapchat account is now fairly common”

“The Chinese internet is more restrictive than ever,” David Weeks co-founder and COO of Sunrise Education told The PIE News.

AI-based news aggregator Toutiao is one platform education providers should also take note of, according to the report. With around 90% of user demographic being under 30 years old and some 40% holding graduate degrees, it could prove popular with HEIs, Weeks explained, adding that Toutiao owner ByteDance recently announced it would allow certain Chinese media agencies to place advertising.

“While foreign universities and organisations can’t register accounts on Toutiao, they can now have a Chinese partner place ads on the platform that direct to a locally-hosted Chinese website.”

It could be a lucrative strategy for postgraduate providers, Weeks suggested, likening the marketing opportunities to LinkedIn marketing.

While WeChat and Weibo dominate the social media landscape, other companies are coming up that are worth knowing about, according to the report of the Sino-US firm.

Some have advertising opportunities right now, and others are on the cutting edge and will grow in the future.

“Some universities have actually seen a decline in recruiting because traditional channels are narrowing and there is a need to engage users either through search engines or through organic channels,” Weeks explained.

He said that prospective student engagement, whether through counsellors, on-campus recruitment efforts or education fairs, must also include social media and new websites.

According to the white paper, Douyin/TikTok is currently the most popular new app in China.

“In the first four months of 2019, the daily active users of Douyin/TikTok averaged 250 million, well above Weibo’s 200 million daily active users,” it explained.

As an app known for its viral, short-video content, it may have opportunities for international educators in the future.

“A couple of years ago people would’ve probably thought it was silly to have a university Snapchat account and now it’s fairly common,” Weeks said.

Education providers must be aware of the level of accessibility of their sites, he added.

“I’ve seen universities that have actually had their application form blocked in China. So they were wondering: ‘why did our applications from China decline’, and the answer is pretty obvious. Students literally couldn’t apply if they wanted to [while] inside China.”

“Some universities have actually seen a decline in recruiting because traditional channels are narrowing”

Weeks also noted that mobile search engine Shenma is “creeping up” on Baidu’s dominance over search engine use in China, and it is the default factory setting search engine on many mobile phones.

Shenma is also a “good deal more lenient” around their advertising policies, something which education marketers should note, Weeks said.

“Behind the firewall, there are agencies and companies that are better at SEO than sometimes the university itself.

“There’s a good chance that there are agents who have websites or pages about the university that have a higher hit rate than the university’s website itself.”

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Columbia law adjunct is latest to leave academe following release of new film on Central Park Five

Inside Higher Ed - ven, 06/14/2019 - 00:00

It’s been nearly three decades since teenagers known as the Central Park Five were convicted for a rape they didn’t commit, nearly two decades since their sentences were vacated and five years since New York City settled with them for $41 million. But the fallout from that case -- recently retold in a Netflix series by director Ava DuVernay -- continues, with implications for academe.

Most recently, this week, Elizabeth Lederer, lead prosecutor in the case, resigned from teaching law as an adjunct at Columbia University. Gillian Lester, dean of law, announced Lederer’s departure in an email to the school that included a quote from Lederer. She said she enjoyed teaching at Columbia and interacting with its many fine students, but that the “nature of the recent publicity generated by the Netflix portrayal of the Central Park case” makes it “best for me not to renew my teaching application.”

Lester, the dean, wrote that the miniseries, When They See Us, released May 31, has “reignited a painful -- and vital -- national conversation about race, identity and criminal justice.” She said she is “deeply committed to fostering a learning environment that furthers this important and ongoing dialogue, one that draws upon the lived experiences of all members of our community and actively confronts the most difficult issues of our time.”

Noting that she’d convened a special committee on diversity and inclusion last year, Lester also thanked the Black Law Students Association for its recent input on those ongoing goals.

Lester was presumably referring to a letter from the Black Law Students Association released Tuesday calling for Lederer’s termination. The "lives of these five boys were forever changed as a result" of her conduct, the letter says. Students, it notes, have previously pushed for Lederer’s termination, including following a 2012 documentary about the case co-produced by Ken Burns, to no effect. (At the time, Columbia reportedly removed a reference to the Central Park Five case from Lederer's online biography.)

A day later, Lester announced that Lederer told her she’d decided not to seek reappointment. University officials did not respond to requests for comment about the terms of Lederer’s departure, nor did Lederer. She has not publicly commented on the Netflix series or her role in the case.

Lederer still has her day job as a prosecutor with the New York County district attorney's office. But her departure from Columbia is surprising, not only because the case is decades old but because the institution has a particular reputation for welcoming controversial speakers and scholars. It was there in 2007, for example, that then president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran proclaimed there were no gay Iranians and expressed doubt about the Holocaust and Sept. 11. Columbia president Lee C. Bollinger introduced him as a “petty and cruel dictator” but said “this event has nothing whatsoever to do with any rights of the speaker but only with our rights to listen and speak. We do it for ourselves.”

Still, teaching law is very different than visiting a campus to speak, as many of Lederer’s critics have argued.

Elie Mystal, a writer for Above the Law, said there that if Lederer "had reckoned with her mistakes and apologized for them, I could see an argument for keeping her on as a lecturer. After all, lawyers are going to make mistakes. They’re going to pursue the wrong leads. They’re going to defend the wrong people or prosecute the wrong people. How they ethically deal with their bad calls is at least as important as how they make the good calls." Yet it appears "she’s unable or unwilling to do that," he wrote, and Columbia "should not be teaching their students that being a lawyer means never having to say you’re sorry."

Last week, Linda Fairstein, another prosecutor in the case -- who is portrayed even more negatively than Lederer in the series -- resigned from Vassar College's governing board. Similar to Columbia, Vassar faced pressure to end its relationship with Fairstein following the series’ release. Fairstein writes crime novels and was also dropped by her publisher.

Vassar's president, Elizabeth H. Bradley, said in a statement, "I am told that Ms. Fairstein felt that, given the recent widespread debate over her role in the Central Park case, she believed that her continuing as a board member would be harmful to Vassar."

Recent days have “underscored how the history of racial and ethnic tensions in this country continue to deeply influence us today, and in ways that change over time,” Bradley also said. “As I have received many emails and phone calls from people who have expressed a broad range of views on this issue, I am reminded of William Faulkner’s quote ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’”

Unlike Lederer, Fairstein has spoken out against the Netflix series. In an op-ed this week in The Wall Street Journal, she said it "attempts to portray me as an overzealous prosecutor and a bigot, the police as incompetent or worse, and the five suspects as innocent of all charges against them. None of this is true."

Some of the teenagers admitted to other, lesser crimes committed in the park that night in 1989. But DNA evidence now makes clear that they did not rape the jogger whose story preoccupied the city and the country at the time. Then New York City resident Donald Trump was among the teens' most vocal critics, even taking out a full-page newspaper ad to call for their execution.

Of the backlash against the series, DuVernay tweeted, “Expected and typical. Onward.”

While Columbia and Vassar say that Lederer and Fairstein, respectively, quit, Harvard University last month announced that it would not renew a deanship for law professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., who had been leading one of the university's residential colleges with his wife. Sullivan has been praised for his work for those who have been unfairly incarcerated. But some began to call for his ouster after he joined Harvey Weinstein's defense team.

Harvard attributed its decision to unspecified "climate" issues in the residential college, but some continue to suspect that Sullivan's affiliation with the accused sexual predator is to blame. Harvard has in turn been criticized for appearing to defer to student demands that brush up against the constitutional right to a fair defense.

Michael Olivas, professor of law at the University of Houston and former general counsel for the American Association of University Professors, said he found When They See Us so tough to watch that he couldn’t finish it. But he said he didn’t believe that Lederer’s actions disqualified her as a teacher. He also said that it didn’t appear that her academic freedom had been violated, since she’s a contingent academic who left of her own accord.

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New Corcoran exhibition highlights Mapplethorpe cancellation

Inside Higher Ed - ven, 06/14/2019 - 00:00

Thirty years ago, the Corcoran Art School and Gallery gained national attention when it canceled an exhibit of photographs, some sexually explicit, by Robert Mapplethorpe, amid political criticism over federal support for the show. Now, the gallery is hoping to confront one of the most controversial moments in its past with a new exhibition showcasing the history behind the cancellation.

The Corcoran became part of George Washington University in 2014. In the late 1980s, the Corcoran was at the center of the debate over freedom of expression in the arts when it planned to showcase the controversial works of Mapplethorpe, a photographer. The exhibition would never open -- instead the gallery bowed to political pressure and chose not to showcase the works.

This weekend the Corcoran will open “6.13.89: The Canceling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition,” displaying both internal and external documents related to the highly public controversy surrounding the original exhibition. Sanjit Sethi, director of the Corcoran school, said showing this exhibition will be vital to helping the gallery confront a dark moment from its past.

“The Corcoran has obviously gone through a significant degree of change over the years,” Sethi said. “It’s been going through changes and challenges over time. There’s no way as an educational community … that we couldn’t mark what happened 30 years ago. We really had to. There’s no way we couldn’t have conceptually or philosophically continued without asking ourselves, ‘How far have we come?’”

The current exhibition moves chronologically through a group of documents that depicts the story of the Mapplethorpe cancellation. The exhibition begins with documents discussing plans to bring Mapplethorpe’s “Perfect Moment” exhibition to the Corcoran, and moves through press releases and advertising discussing the planned exhibit of Mapplethorpe’s work. The documents were compiled after the Corcoran was incorporated into GWU five years ago and have not been publicly displayed before.

The exhibition then moves through the pressure that was exerted on the gallery regarding Mapplethorpe’s work, including a letter penned by members of the U.S. Congress condemning the exhibition and another artist's work.

"We, the undersigned Members of Congress, are outraged to discover two recent grants to 'artists' which lead us to question whether the National Endowment for the Arts is spending tax dollars in a responsible manner," the letter read.

Mapplethorpe’s “Perfect Moment” was particularly controversial because it was partially subsidized by the NEA. Mapplethorpe's art in the exhibit depicted the human form in a variety of ways, incorporating nudity, gay eroticism and images depicting sadomasochism.

Sethi said as he looks at cultural institutions today, he believes they have an obligation to protect freedom of expression -- regardless of NEA funding.

“I don’t think the NEA is funding too much in higher ed anymore,” Sethi said. “I think there’s the possible precipitation of another conversation of what it means to be American. Are we really for a dynamic, culturally accepting, norm-disrupting and culturally creative society, or are we for something more homogenous? That’s where I think all cultural institutions [are], regardless of whether they have NEA funding or not. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too -- you can’t assume someone else is going to push for those dialogues.”

Members of Congress spoke vehemently against the exhibition, and amid the pressure, gallery leadership made the decision to cancel the exhibition. In the center of the room in the 2019 exhibition is a case displaying the documentation surrounding the decision to cancel the exhibition created on June 13, 1989 -- giving the current exhibition its name. The document in the center is the press release announcing the cancellation of the exhibition and explaining the reasoning behind it. Sethi said the central location of these documents reflected what the exhibition is all about.

“This exhibition needed to be done internally by members of our community to be able to assess and understand what occurred,” Sethi said. “It’s important for us to look at through the lens of our students and the lens of our faculty.”

Several recent graduates of the Corcoran school worked to create the exhibition by analyzing the documents. One graduate, Maddy Henkin, said the documents give the exhibition the opportunity to tell several stories at once.

“What this exhibition is trying to highlight is various points of the story and individual narratives happening within this greater narrative,” Henkin said. “I think that’s the beauty of doing an archival show, because you can show so many aspects of a story.”

To the right of the central case in the exhibition is a group of cases showcasing the aftermath of the decision to cancel “Perfect Moment.” Press clippings, letters expressing displeasure and quotes from protesters are shown.

After the original cancellation, LGBT rights proponents and free expression activists protested at Corcoran, earning an apology from the Board of Trustees.

Sethi said due to the Corcoran’s commitment to artistic freedom of expression, the gallery needed to address and reflect on the Mapplethorpe incident.

“The Corcoran really has to be at the forefront of critical dialogues and conversations involving social critique,” Sethi said. “Other cultural institutions need to do the same, and they need to do a better job of it probably. We had to showcase this because we have this moment in time where we didn’t stand up for these issues, so it has to be a critical dialogue with us now.”

Though much has changed, Sethi said America is at the forefront of a new culture war, and to not reflect on the past will be disadvantageous to institutions like the Corcoran. Sethi said he hopes the exhibition will allow viewers to look back on the Corcoran’s past mistakes and help the Corcoran move forward as an institution.

“We need to do a better job of exhuming the ghosts of our past and talking about them, frankly.”

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Mexico backs down on rules that would have limited ability of researchers to travel

Inside Higher Ed - ven, 06/14/2019 - 00:00

Mexican scholars have warned of a breakdown of relations with the country’s president after he was forced to backtrack on strict new measures that would have banned all unauthorized foreign travel by researchers.

A “memorandum of austerity” published on May 3 outlined plans by the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador to reduce public spending on science, including a 50 percent cut in academics’ international travel expenditure and a 30 percent cut to budgets earmarked for travel within the country.

The plans would have required all staff employed by Mexico’s federally funded research agencies to seek authorization -- signed off by the president himself -- to travel abroad.

At a press briefing, López Obrador, who began his presidential term in December, told researchers planning work-related travel that “if … you can resolve something over the telephone, do it and save [money] instead.”

But the strictness of the proposals resulted in an angry backlash from academics, forcing the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) to adjust the criteria on June 5.

“Students, researchers and academics in the science and technology sector who do not hold command and liaison positions are not required to request authorization for academic commissions abroad,” the council said.

The news came as a relief to Marcos Namad, a postgraduate researcher at the publicly funded Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (Cinvestav). Having been accepted for a placement at a research center in Chicago in July, he was told that the austerity proposals meant that his trip would be canceled and that the money he had spent on flights would not be reimbursed.

Now that the restrictions have been loosened, his trip is unlikely to be affected. “Even so, there are many austerity measures that are affecting our salaries and academic work,” Namad warned. “Part of this problem is that there is no distinction between bureaucrats or public officials and researchers in government-dependent research centers.”

Eugenia Roldán Vera, a researcher in history and philosophy at Cinvestav, said the measures had had a chilling effect on the scientific community and were indicative of a growing divide between academe and the state.

“What scientists are most opposed to is not the fact that travel must be authorized [or limits on] travel funds,” she said. “What is unacceptable for all is that the president himself wants to authorize them. This dominance of the political over the academic is unprecedented.”

Public sector employees in managerial positions at public institutions such as Cinvestav still must refer travel requests to Conacyt representatives for authorization. To win approval, López Obrador said, applicants had to provide evidence that the trip was “most indispensable, [and] that they are not going to do political tourism … at the expense of the treasury.”

But Roldán Vera said the idea that the president perceived researchers as “public officials” was nonsense. “I think that there is a determined policy of reducing public spending on science from the perspective that science is superfluous for society, that there is a divorce between science and social welfare, and that scientists are a privileged class because we [have] earned good salaries,” she said.

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Colleges award tenure

Inside Higher Ed - ven, 06/14/2019 - 00:00

Clarkson University

  • Ali Boolani, physical therapy

Colby College

  • Denise Bruesewitz, environmental studies
  • Tasha Dunn, geology
  • Daniel LaFave, economics
  • Elizabeth McGrath, physics and astronomy
  • Ronald Peck, biology
  • Sonja Thomas, women’s, gender and sexuality studies
  • Natalie Zelensky, music

Indiana University Northwest

  • Tia Walker, chemistry
  • Micah Pollak, business

Norwich University

  • David Feinauer, electrical engineering
  • Llynne Kiernan, nursing
  • Sean Kramer, mathematics
  • Min Li, sociology
  • Tolya Stonorov, architecture
  • Matthew Thomas, psychology
  • Jessica Wood, nursing

University of San Diego

  • Emilie Amrein, music
  • Jessica Bell, chemistry and biochemistry
  • Barbara Bliss, business
  • Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, peace studies
  • Saturnino Garcia, engineering
  • Adam Haberman, biology
  • Imane Khalil, engineering
  • Koonyong Kim, English
  • Diane Keeling, communication studies
  • Marcelle Maese-Cohen, English
  • Rico Monge, theology and religious studies
  • Ivan Ortiz, English
  • Greg Prieto, sociology
  • Martin Repinecz, languages, cultures and literatures
  • Ruixia (Sandy) Shi, business
  • Steve Tammelleo, philosophy
  • Suzanne Walther, environmental and ocean sciences

Virginia Tech

  • Nicole Abaid, biomedical engineering and mechanics
  • Irving Coy Allen, biomedical sciences and pathobiology
  • Lara Anderson, physics
  • Thomas Archibald, agricultural, leadership and community education
  • Brian Badgley, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Edwin Barnes, physics
  • Scott Barrett, forest resources and environmental conservation
  • Andrea Bertke, population health sciences
  • Jennifer Bondy, sociology
  • Cayelan Carey, biological sciences
  • Leandro Castello, fish and wildlife conservation
  • Clayton Caswell, biomedical sciences and pathobiology
  • Julianne Chung, mathematics
  • Kelly Cobourn, forest resources and environmental conservation
  • Harpreet Singh Dhillon, electrical and computer engineering
  • Samer El-Kadi, animal and poultry sciences
  • Gonzalo Ferreira, dairy science
  • James Gray, physics
  • Adrienne Ivory, communication
  • Ran Jin, industrial and system engineering
  • Changhee Jung, computer science
  • Luke Juran, geography
  • Andrew Kemper, biomedical engineering and mechanics
  • Brook Kennedy, industrial design
  • Kiho Lee, animal and poultry sciences
  • Yang Liu, mechanical engineering
  • Nneka Logan, communication
  • Paul Marek, entomology
  • Frank May, marketing
  • F. Marc Michel, geosciences
  • Yuliya Minkova, modern and classical languages and literatures
  • Shalini Misra, urban affairs and planning
  • Kimberly Morgan, agricultural and applied economics
  • Marcus Myers, communication
  • Amanda Nelson, School of Performing Arts
  • Charles Nichols, School of Performing Arts
  • Kenneth Oestreich, biomedical sciences and pathobiology
  • Megan O'Rourke, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Bodicherla Aditya Prakash, computer science
  • Robin Queen, biomedical engineering and mechanics
  • Jennifer Sano-Franchini, English
  • Andrew Scerri, political science
  • Kendra Sewall, biological sciences
  • Nina Stark, civil and environmental engineering
  • Robert Thomas, forest resources and environmental conservation
  • Kelly Trogdon, philosophy
  • Xiaowei Wu, statistics
  • Ariana Wyatt, School of Performing Arts
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Chronicle of Higher Education: Food-Delivery Robots Are the Next Big Thing for Campus Dining. No, They Don’t Accept Tips.

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Brazil’s Lava Jato corruption investigation could self-destruct

Economist, North America - jeu, 06/13/2019 - 07:26

IT WAS BRAZIL’S most controversial trial since Tiradentes (“Toothpuller”) was hanged in 1792 for plotting in Minas Gerais against Portuguese colonial rule. In July 2017 Sergio Moro, a crusading young judge, convicted Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a popular former president, of corruption, sentencing him to nine years in jail for receiving a beachside apartment from a construction magnate who obtained padded government contracts. This week that conviction was called into question after the Intercept, an investigative news website, published hacked messages from Mr Moro and Deltan Dallagnol, the chief prosecutor in the case, which appear to throw doubt on the judge’s impartiality and the integrity of the prosecution.

For several reasons, Lula’s situation may not change much. But the sprawling anti-corruption investigation known as Lava Jato (Car Wash) may have suffered a fatal blow. The Intercept claims to have “an enormous trove” of hacked messages, many of them on Telegram, an encrypted communications app. In some ways, the material published so far amounts to less than is claimed.

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How Mexico and Canada are trying to bypass Donald Trump

Economist, North America - jeu, 06/13/2019 - 07:26

A FEW DAYS before Donald Trump announced that he was not going to act on his threat to impose a 5% tariff on Mexico’s exports to the United States, a group of Mexican and American businessmen had dinner with two American politicians, one local and one national, in a Republican-voting state. The Mexicans produced economic data showing what the cost of such a tariff on the state and counties might be. The next day both politicians made public statements of concern about the levies.

Since June 7th, when the proposed tariffs were “indefinitely suspended”, the focus has been on the work done by Mexico’s negotiators in Washington. They agreed to send 6,000 national guardsmen to Mexico’s southern border and to host asylum-seekers as they await news of their claims from the United States. Mr Trump later claimed to have a second “secret” deal with Mexico, waving a sheet of paper in front of photographers. It appeared to show a promise that there would be “burden-sharing” of processing refugees.

But the kind of work done in the American restaurant helps, too. Many in Mexico think their best chance of curbing Mr Trump’s worst instincts is by persuading friends who can appeal to his self-interest. In 2017 the president reportedly reversed a decision to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on his 100th day in...

Indigenous Colombians fear losing their hallucinogenic brews

Economist, North America - jeu, 06/13/2019 - 07:26

IT IS A wet evening deep in the Amazon rainforest when members of the Koreguaje, a tribe of indigenous Colombians, line up to receive brews of ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic potion made from vines. They are handed out by taitas, or shamans, who have travelled in by boat along a river to reach the jungle. As the brew kicks in, the participants’ stomachs rumble—diarrhoea and vomiting are the vine’s other main effects. The taitas play a harmonica tune as some people go outside in search of relief; others lie back in their hammocks. The ceremony ends with the taitas singing to participants and patting their backs with dried leaves. At dawn, the ground around the shack is littered with used toilet paper.

For centuries ayahuasca has been taken in ceremonies like this one by several tribes inhabiting the Amazon region. In Colombia, consuming the brew is as much a political symbol as a cultural rite. Under the country’s constitution, indigenous groups, who have long been persecuted by cocaine smugglers and others, are entitled to special rights such as collective land ownership and self-governance. But given that most people in Colombia have some Amerindian ancestry, claiming that status is difficult. Because ayahuasca has been used by these tribes since before the Spanish...

Canadians are embracing basketball

Economist, North America - jeu, 06/13/2019 - 07:26

PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL got off to an inauspicious start in Canada. The first game in what would later become the National Basketball Association was played in 1946 at Maple Leaf Gardens between the New York Knickerbockers and the Toronto Huskies. The rules had to be explained to ticket-holders. The Knicks were stopped on their way to the game by a customs officer, who supposedly told them they would not “find many people up this way who’ll understand your game”. The Huskies folded the next season.

That has not been a problem this year for the Toronto Raptors, who became the city’s first NBA team in 1995. As The Economist went to press, the team was preparing for their penultimate game of the NBA championship. If they win, they would take the cup, which would be a first for a Canadian team. Fans have filled the 19,800-seat Scotiabank Arena; tens of thousands more have camped outside. Canada’s usual game is ice hockey, a sport so loved that it can provoke riots among a people famous for saying “sorry” when others tread on their toes. But could basketball edge it out?

The Raptors benefit from good marketing. They appointed Drake, a rapper who has tattoos of the Toronto area code 416 and the CN Tower, as their “global ambassador” in 2013. His courtside antics are now part of the spectacle. It also...