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  1. The marriages and murders of the Harcourt brothers of Oxfordshire 

    “Since this had left him without a wife, he asked to be absolved from the crime of murder, and to be granted dispensation to marry again.” Dr. Hannes Kleineke explores the Harcourt brothers in a blog dedicated to medieval members of the Parliament of England.

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  2. Fifty Years of Mentoring

    “These days, there are two main populations I end up mentoring: CEOs, and kids. At some level, they’re totally different. But at some level, they’re surprisingly similar.” On his personal blog, Stephen Wolfram reflects on his role as a mentor to people of all ages.

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  3. Teachers & Writers Magazine

    Teachers & Writers Magazine is a resource for teaching the art of writing in kindergarten through college and in non-classroom settings. Its mission is to “educate the imagination.”

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  4. An Honest Living

    Steve Salaita spent 21 years in academia, a committed and passionate professor. Then he got fired. Now he drives a school bus, “one of the few institutions in the United States that protects the powerless from the depredations of commerce. “

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  5. Potty-Mouthed Professors: Why They’re the Best

    Is it acceptable to curse in college classrooms? For one professor, it’s a cornerstone of his pedagogy.

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  6. Why I Can’t Write a Good Personal Essay

    At Tenure, She Wrote, a grad student explains her decision no longer to write narratives of inspiration and gumption: “A little smarts and hard work and luck can’t make my chronically ill body ‘productive.’”

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  7. I Applied to 200 Jobs and All I Got Was This Moderate-Severe Depression

    “Like most ambitious English majors, I hoped I would find work in either teaching or writing after graduation. Long story short, I ended up graduating magna cum laude, won my department’s award, and learned that no one really wants to talk about E.M. Forster while playing beer pong. Go figure.”

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  8. Dentalium and Dreams Beyond the University

    Indigenous grad school student Erica Violet Lee meditates on wealth and abundance: “I want wealth by our definitions, because their definitions will always label us needy, at-risk, poor. I want abundance, in all the ways we define it for ourselves.”

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  9. Quanta Magazine

    Quanta Magazine publishes engaging, accessible writing on mathematics, physics, and computer science, allowing a wide, curious audience to explore the latest developments in these exciting fields.

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  10. What Does One Word Matter? Doctoral Women on Twitter.

    Medievalist Lucy Allen writes on the recent move among women in academia to add the title “Dr” to their Twitter name, which she views as “an act of faith, a promise to myself to keep my work from being erased.”

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  11. I’m Black, and I think Richard Spencer Should Speak At The University of Michigan

    “Let him expand upon all his twisted thoughts and ideals on a grand stage. Let him see just how meaningless his words really are, because at the end of the day he can’t change what we are.”

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  12. How We Escape It: An Essay

    “Writing is one thing, living is another—or maybe not. In this, our life-as-maze, we can either spend our days wishing the maze weren’t so difficult or accept the challenge and be a-mazed in turn.” At JSTOR Daily, Mary Cappello pens a scholarly longread on what it means to escape.

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  13. “Vibrator Nation” by Lynn Comella

    A Q&A with the Vibrator Nation author: “They led with sex education not titillation, and worked to advance a social mission that included putting a vibrator on the bedside table of every woman, everywhere, because they believed that access to accurate sexual information and quality products had the potential to make everyone’s lives better.”

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  14. The era of blind faith in big data must end

    Longtime WordPress.com blogger Cathy O’Neil advocates for morality in algorithms in her new TED Talk, “The era of blind faith in big data must end.”

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  15. Hobby Lobby’s Parallel Universe of Antiquity Studies

    From Fiona Greenland: “You don’t have to be a Near Eastern specialist to be concerned about the broader outcomes of a private group, with a pronounced political and religious agenda, having the power to control the empirical underpinnings of a discipline.”

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