Penn State professor explains chilling effect Trump's 'Muslim ban' has on academia: 'It smells like fascism'

For two months, my academic colleagues and I have been wondering: in the academic branch of the culture wars, where will the Trump regime strike first?

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How a committed agnostic learned to embrace 'spirituality' to explain life and death to his exceptional intellectually disabled child

I have no regrets about having Jamie; quite the contrary—I am thankful for his presence in my life every single day. But at one point in our lives together, I did feel a pang of regret about the way I was raising him. It was at the 2005 conference of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, and one of the keynote speakers was talking about how and why we need to attend to the “spiritual development” of children and young adults with Down syndrome. One of her examples involved bringing a young man with Down syndrome to the cemetery in which his grandparents were buried, so that he could come to terms with their death.

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Why isn't there a Neil deGrasse Tyson for the humanities? We blame Camille Paglia

Last week, Adam Weinstein asked on Gawker: Where Is the Humanities' Neil deGrasse Tyson? Coming on the heels of Nick Kristof’s badly-framed and much-derided call for professors to speak more broadly and openly to nonacademic audiences (as if we don’t already do that, every chance we get), Weinstein’s question was easy to misframe and deride. Also, it was on Gawker, so it was all the more tempting for academics to dismiss, as if it were a “which obscure humanist are you?” quiz on Buzzfeed.

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