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The Class Ceiling, U.K. Version

Liam Kennedy London School of Economics Review of Books
An inquiry into how and why one’s class background in Great Britain privileges or thwarts access to elite occupations through an investigation of barriers to upward mobility.

Women and the Cuban Insurrection

Jennifer Triplett H-LatAm (Humanities and Social Sciences Online)
This study "is a thoroughly engaging and much-needed contribution to a gendered understanding of the Cuban Revolution in particular and of armed conflict in general," says reviewer Triplett.

The health effects of low-calorie/artificial sweeteners

editors, Harvard T. H. Chan Newsletter Harvard T. H. Chan newsletter
The health effects of low-calorie/artificial sweeteners are inconclusive, with research showing mixed findings.
Research is also looking at potential differences in effects from the various types of low calorie sweeteners. The following discussion involves research into LCS beverages.

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Kathy Engel Youtube
New York poet Kathy Engel responds to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s rescinding an award to Angela Davis.

The Conflicted Soul of Modern Liberalism

Warren Breckman The New Republic
Tracing the history of an idea, the author charts liberalism’s two century Jekyll and Hyde existence as a credo on freedom and an ill-fitting defender of mass democracy.

The Black Girl Looks at Other Black Girls

Khanya Khondlo Mtshali Los Angeles Review of Books
This first book by a young African American writer offers a glimpse into the post-Ferguson generation's thinking and concerns. In this essay, reviewer Mtshali engages in a productive dialogue with these ideas and concerns.