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Left of Black S5:E10: Telling the Stories of Black Life on Film

Left of Black S5:E10: Telling the Stories of Black Life in Film Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in the Left of Black studio by Emmy Award Winning filmmaker and MacArthur Genius Award recipient Stanley Nelson (@StanleyNelson1). Show More Summary

Dorkly Presents “Mutants Vs. Clown” and Other Embarrassing Moments in X-Men Comic History - Excelsior!

20 minutes agoOdd : Geekosystem

Any comic with a decades-long history is bound to have had some hiccoughs along the way, which I guess explains 1960 Professor X's romantic feelings for 15-year-old Jean Grey. It was just a very, very creepy hiccough.

It’s True! ‘Star Wars’ Teaser Coming This Weekend to Some Places

36 minutes agoOdd : Nerd Bastards

Good news, everyone. It’s true. The first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released this weekend. And in the tradition of Professor Farnsworth, the term “good news” also has a downside, because there are only so many theaters in the country that plan on showing it. As per our report on […]

Masters in Business: The Robert Shiller Interview

In the latest “Masters in Business” podcast, I speak with Robert Shiller, Stirling Professor of Economics at Yale University and winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in economics. Shiller makes a key point about finance:  “We really do not know the future. Since we don’t, we are talking finance and insurance. They are really about an uncertain...Read More

Dunkin Donuts Has A Fake Cronut Now. Don't Wait In Line For It.

2 hours agoSports : Deadspin

There's a famous study that suggests that the ability to delay gratification is among the most important determinants in whether a person will have a successful life. A Stanford professor gave hundreds of kindergarteners the option of...Show More Summary

Rudy Giuliani Labeled a 'White Supremacist' by Prof. Dyson for Saying White Police Officers Wouldn't Be in Black Communities 'If You Weren't Killing Each Other'

Rudy Giuliani is on the receiving end of a social media backlash for suggesting that a majority of black people are killed by other black people, not white police officers, for which Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson called the former mayor a "white supremacist."

Learning From the Silk Roads: Spices and the Demos

In my last post, I suggested a connection between spices and democracy. This notion sent Professor Rao, my old friend and foil, into paroxysms of laughter. RAO (holding his belly): What?? What on earth do spices have in common with democracy? We all know spices on the Silk Road were luxury items enjoyed by aristocrats only. Show More Summary

Creative Alternative To Turing Test Proposed

A Georgia Institute of Technology professor has proposed an alternative to the Turing Test in assessing artificial intelligence. It would be based more on creativity than communication. The idea of the test comes from a 1950 paper by Alan Turing in which he talked about the possibility that a computer could one day pass itself […]

The Future Weighs in on Bill Cosby and Celebs in Crisis

Let the thought leadership commence. Bill Cosby just had the kind of week undergraduates taking a PR course in the future will one day sit back and discuss. I can see it now: SCENE: AN ACADEMIC CLASSROOM IN THE FUTURE The PROFESSOR in a tweed jacket, early 50s, stroking smugly his goatee. Show More Summary

Joseph Ruane on ‘Ireland’s Crises: North-South Intersections': From the Taming of the Celtic Tiger to the Rise of Sinn Fein in the Republic

4 hours agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Professor Joseph Ruane, Visiting Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin and Professor Emeritus University College Cork, presented the 25th John Whyte Memorial Lecture last week at Queen’s on ‘Ireland’s Crises: North-South Intersections.’ Ruane’s wide-ranging talk focused primarily on crises in the Republic of Ireland. Show More Summary

Brzezinski: Dyson's 'White Supremacist' Remarks 'Lowering the Conversation'

On Monday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, co-host Mika Brzezinski spoke out on remarks made by Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson, accusing him of “white supremacy” in pointing out black-on-black crime statistics. “In places like this and on ‘Meet the Press,’ there should be room for a conversation to happen,” Brzezinski said. Show More Summary

The Land of Ice and Snow: On Lars Iyer’s ‘Wittgenstein Jr.’

No one’s sure whose idea it was to call the new professor Wittgenstein, but it seems somehow fitting. He is a maddening teacher. No one quite follows what he's trying to convey. But he seems, in some essential way, like the real thi...

To Find the Most Creative Ideas, Look Outside Your Industry

Three professors explain how reaching beyond the obvious experts can add fresh solutions to your business problems.

"I’m not worried about being the Cosby chair... It’s not a worry to me."

"It’s a difficult time for him. But it ain’t the end of the world. If Hillary can run for president — she went through all that rigmarole. People forget easily."Said Aku Kadogo, the Spelman College Cosby Endowed Professor in the Arts,...Show More Summary

The Sociology of The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games books are often brought into sociology classrooms, where they are used to discuss anything from economic inequality to capital punishment. In a recent interview with Flavorwire, Mari Armstrong-Hough, a professor in the sociology department at Davidson College, described the social theory behind the books as a model of total resistance: We see politicking, […]

Blame Congress for Enabling Obama's Unilateral Executive Actions

6 hours agoNews : Reason

Writing at the Los Angeles Times, South Texas College of Law at Houston professor Josh Blackman argues that any analysis of President Barack Obama's unilateral executive action on immigration must begin with the fact that "Congress shares...Show More Summary

U.S. Schools Teach Children That Native Americans Are History

“They were coming to college believing that all Indians are dead,” said education professor Sarah Shear of her experience in the classroom. Her students’ seeming ignorance to the fact that American Indians are a part of the contemporary U.S., not just the historical one, led her to take a closer look at what they were […]

New book about El Sistema paints unflattering portrait

7 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

When Geoffrey Baker, a music professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, traveled to Venezuela to work on a book about El Sistema, he was expecting to write a predictably upbeat account of the country's much lauded classical-music education system.

"Organic minerals have to be chosen carefully"

Adding organic trace minerals to animal diets has to be done carefully. This is what professor Josef Kamphues from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover said at the minerals forum, organised by Novus during EuroTier.

Uber removed blog post from data science team that examined link between prostitution and rides

Earlier today, Gina Neff, an associate professor of communication at the University of Washington & School of Public Policy, noticed something missing from Uber’s Data Blog: Spurious: Uber took down data science blog post showing correlation between prostitution and ridership. Show More Summary

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