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What’s missing in the teaching of Islam

What’s missing in the teaching of Islam

There has been much misinformation about Islam. Reports in Western media tend to perpetuate stereotypes that Islam is a violent religion and Muslim women are oppressed. Popular films like “American Sniper” reduce places like Iraq to dusty war zones, devoid of any culture or history. Fears and anxiety manifest themselves in Islamophobic actions such as […] … learn more→

I may require shaming or even shunning: Twitter and the public discourse

I may require shaming or even shunning: Twitter and the public discourse

Twitter has been central to a number of controversial cases that have tested the definitions and the limits of academic freedom. The brevity and compression of tweets means that they exist outside of any fixed context and they are therefore very frequently totally ambiguous. What seems very provocative or even outrageous to one reader may […] … learn more→

Anxiety and depression drive students to utilize mental health centers

Anxiety and depression drive students to utilize mental health centers

College students are experiencing an increase in anxiety and depression rates, and this has created a lot of demand for experts offering solutions to mental health issues. Schools today are trying their best to offer students solutions to meet their demands to fight depression and anxiety. In 2016, a survey was conducted by the American […] … learn more→

The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

Imagine, for a moment, the technology of 2017 had existed on Jan. 11, 1964 – the day Luther Terry, surgeon general of the United States, released “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States.” What would be some likely scenarios? The social media noise machine explodes; conservative […] … learn more→

A Liberal academic teaches Liberals..or tries

A Liberal academic teaches Liberals..or tries

Hey, how about that last election? It’s so funny how many people are still puzzling over how the polls could all be so wrong, for so long, so consistently. I mean, Hillary was presented as way ahead, and after every debate, the mainstream media was only too happy to tell us that Hillary’s lead extended […] … learn more→

Louisiana Lawmaker Says to Defund Libraries and ‘Send Users Back to Mexico’

Louisiana Lawmaker Says to Defund Libraries and ‘Send Users Back to Mexico’

This is a republish of this article This column has discussed book after book that has been banned and/or challenged for various reasons. Most incidents are the result of ignorance and intolerance, others may even be innocently well-intentioned; but what happens when entire libraries are threatened in order to serve the arrogant hatred of racism […] … learn more→

Was 2016 just 1938 all over again?

Was 2016 just 1938 all over again?

On December 31 1937, Cambridge classicist and man of letters F L Lucas embarked on an experiment. He would keep a diary for exactly one calendar year. It was, as he put it: “an attempt to give one answer, however inadequate, however fragmentary, to the question that will surely be asked one day by some […] … learn more→

Fake news: the solution is education, not regulation

Fake news: the solution is education, not regulation

After Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, the BBC ran a quiz asking readers to distinguish fake news stories from real ones. They asked, for example, which of these widely reported stories was an actual event: Putin issues international arrest warrant for George Soros Black Lives Matter thug protests President Trump with selfie…accidentally […] … learn more→

Teaching and learning in a post-truth world

Teaching and learning in a post-truth world

In today’s post-truth environment, university educators face new challenges. Their students are surrounded by a broader spectrum of ideologies and beliefs than ever. Some are fuelled by the US alt-right movement and the growth of similar identitarian movements across Europe. With Brexit and Trump as its mascots, 2016 has ushered in what David Simas calls […] … learn more→

Think again before you post online those pics of your kids

Think again before you post online those pics of your kids

You might think it’s cute to snap a photo of your toddler running around in a playground or having a temper tantrum, and then posting it on social media. But did you ever think it might be a mistake, or even illegal? The French government earlier this year warned parents to stop posting images of […] … learn more→