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Fighting Anti-Semitism: Teaching the Holocaust in the Age of Twitter and TikTok

Fighting Anti-Semitism: Teaching the Holocaust in the Age of Twitter and TikTok

In the age of the Internet, anti-Semitic remarks and Holocaust denial speech no longer circulate only in marginal hate groups but are exposed to everyone on social networks. High-profile figures like Ye – formerly known as Kayne West – or NBA player Kyrie Irving have echoed anti-Semitic ideas on their online accounts recently. Beyond these media figures , worrying survey results also […] … learn more→

Online racial harassment leads to lower academic confidence for Black and Hispanic students

Online racial harassment leads to lower academic confidence for Black and Hispanic students

Online racial discrimination or harassment has a negative effect on the academic and emotional well-being of students of color. That is the key finding from a study I published recently in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. For the study, I surveyed 356 Black and Hispanic teens across the U.S. I analyzed their responses to questions about […] … learn more→

From the myth of romantic love to gender violence: new forms of abuse in adolescent couples

From the myth of romantic love to gender violence: new forms of abuse in adolescent couples

Adolescence is the stage of the life cycle in which the couple becomes one of the fundamental socialization and support figures. When based on reciprocity, companionship, equality and affection, they are a source of benefits for psychosocial development. But when these love relationships are based on violence, they have serious consequences for mental health and are a predictor of […] … learn more→

How equity, diversity and inclusion policies are becoming a tool for capitalism

How equity, diversity and inclusion policies are becoming a tool for capitalism

In capitalistic economies like those in the West, wealth and status accumulation often drive our every endeavour. Education, skills training and social networks, among other aspects, become tools that we use in this rat race to push ahead for our interests. Such questionable ethics seem ripe for a reassessment. I once believed equity, diversity and inclusion […] … learn more→

Video of college student arrest raises questions about use of police on campus

Video of college student arrest raises questions about use of police on campus

When a video emerged of a 20-year-old Black student being arrested at Winston-Salem State University on Dec. 14, 2022, after she got into a verbal argument with her professor, it brought renewed attention to the often controversial role of campus police. Here, Jarell Skinner-Roy, a University of Michigan doctoral student who is examining how students of color […] … learn more→

Teen Sexual Violence on the Rise: What's Happening?

Teen Sexual Violence on the Rise: What’s Happening?

The massive consumption of pornography – full of violent sexual practices against women – by millions of children, adolescents and adults is not innocuous in the construction of their sexual desire, and, consequently, in the sexual relations they have with other people. . According to data published annually by one of the most visited pornography […] … learn more→

‘There’s a lot of places where you can’t be seen’: how bullying can be invisible to adults

‘There’s a lot of places where you can’t be seen’: how bullying can be invisible to adults

School bullying is a huge and distressing problem. In 2015, 43% of Australian year 8 students experienced bullying each month. A 2022 Mission Australia survey of Australians between 15 and 19 found 47% were “extremely” or “somewhat” concerned about bullying. The picture is similar overseas. In 2020, the World Health Organization reported one in three students around the world aged 11-15 […] … learn more→

Are conspiracy theorists true believers, or are they just acting out fantasies?

Are conspiracy theorists true believers, or are they just acting out fantasies?

Democrats are killing and eating children. Vaccines contain Satan’s DNA. Canada has a new queen who is really an extraterrestrial with special powers. It’s difficult for many people to understand how anyone could believe such wild conspiracy theories. But in my view as a philosopher who studies the imagination, the key to understanding online conspiracy theorists is to understand how the line […] … learn more→

Citizen assemblies and the challenges of democratic equality

Citizen assemblies and the challenges of democratic equality

There are a wide range of ways to create decision-making bodies in democratic societies. Elections are one of the most common, with individuals stepping forward and seeking public support. If elected by their fellow citizens, they then take action on their behalf. This is known as representative democracy. An alternative form is direct democracy, which involves all […] … learn more→