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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. “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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. The Rise of the Crowd-Sourced Syllabus

    From the Trump Syllabus 2.0 to the Native Lives Matter Syllabus, crowd-sourced syllabi have popped up as resources for educators and readers looking for background about complex current events.

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  12. Poems on the University

    The language of higher-education procedure and bureaucracy in verse form, with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

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  13. Academia, Love Me Back

    “There are students who will be assumed capable without the need to list their credentials in the beginning of a reflective piece. How many degrees do I need for someone to believe I am an academic?” After receiving feedback on a paper, Tiffany Martínez reflects on her work and place in academia.

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  14. The PEI Bomb Threat and the Politics of Twitter

    “I will never give in to fear that is based on Twitter logic. I will never develop policy with bigots who masquerade as Twitter experts. I will not connect random dots between violence downtown and the brown neighbour next door.” Reflections on violence, Twitter, and politics, from a Canadian looking south.

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  15. “Diversity” Is A Problem

    Melissa Hillman on the struggle for real diversity in academia, theater, and beyond: “The problem with diversity without equity is that diversity can be accomplished in ways that entirely preserve the white male power structure.”

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