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What's Wrong With University Secret Donor Agreements

Alexa Capeloto The Conversation
Once courts resolve whether university-linked foundations are subject to disclosure requirements, the public might finally see whether their state schools are offering academic influence to all big donors – not just the Koch brothers.

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Remaking the University

Michael Meranze Los Angeles Review of Books
This new defense of a humanities education is a must read, says reviewer Meranze, "for anyone concerned with the relationship between humanistic activity and American democracy."

Scholars for Social Justice Launches with 100+ Members

Scholars for Social Justice Scholars for Social Justice
Scholars for Social Justice (SSJ) is a new formation of progressive scholars committed to promoting and fighting for a political agenda that insists on justice for all, especially those most vulnerable.

From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones

Eli Hager New York Times
“I knew that I had come from this very dark place — I was abhorrent to society,” said Michelle Jones, a Ph.D. candidate at N.Y.U. who was released from prison in August after serving 20 years. “But for 20 years, I’ve tried to do right, because I was still interested in the world, and because I didn’t believe my past made me somehow cosmically un-educatable forever.”

An Underground College for Undocumented Immigrants

Jonathan Blitzer The New Yorker
In Georgia, undocumented students are barred from the state’s top public schools. Together, students and professors decided to start a freedom school to help fill the academic void. By consensus, the group chose the name Freedom University. It recalled the activism of the past, and, on T-shirts, it also made for a gratifying taunt: “F.U. Georgia.”
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