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Livia Gershon

Livia Gershon is a freelance writer in Nashua, New Hampshire. Her writing has appeared in publications including Salon, Aeon Magazine and the Good Men Project. Contact her on Twitter @liviagershon.

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White Teachers, Black Students

Perception of black students by their white teachers may be racially biased.
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The Automated Future, and Past, of Fast Food

Automat cafeterias were the precursors of contemporary fast food restaurants.
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How Segregation Hurts Kids

Educational segregation hurts all kids, white, black, and Hispanic.
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Divestment: the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers’ Movement

Polaroid employees spearheaded an anti-apartheid divestment campaign against their own employer over their company's business in South Africa in the 1970s.
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Public Schools, Private Profit

How for profit publications impact public schools
Extra Credit Suggested Readings from JSTOR Daily Editors

Suggested Reading: Birthright Citizenship, Horror of Lip-Smacking, the Color of Music

Extra Credit: Our pick of stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. ...
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Modesty in Fashion

The intersection of religion and fashion has led to modesty in bathing suits.
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What State Fairs Used to Mean

The historical significance of state fairs
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Why It Matters Where We Get Lunch

Choosing a place to eat goes beyond just food.
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Which Kids Get Help in Class?

Addressing which students receive the most help.
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Who Wants Cruises To Come to Town?

The benefits and consequences of cruises.
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The Decline of Malnutrition: How The World Eats Now

There are still strides to be made in nutrition development.
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Immigrants and Politics in the 1890s and Today

A comparison between immigration policies in the 1890s and today.
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Donald Trump and the American Celebration of the Wealthy

A look into how wealth can transfer into fame.
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Adultery and Secret Lives Way Before Ashley Madison

Long before Ashley Madison, married people found ways to cheat.
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What Students are Forgetting this Summer

The gap between students when it comes to educational achievement may come down to more than schools.
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Birth Control’s Slow Path to the Mainstream

A look at changing public opinion of birth control.
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Gender Roles in Early Parenthood

Parenting roles have changed enormously over a generation, but gender roles are still being propped up in some ways.
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Panhandling and Other Jobs

A ban on panhandling simply ignores the issues behind the practice.
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Money and Power at Strip Clubs

A new viewpoint on who holds the money and power in strip clubs.
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When Are Celebrities Role Models?

EDITOR’S NOTE: After this post was published, the writer and editors discovered that the scholarly article from Social Psychology Quarterly ...
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What Gay Marriage Looked Like in the ’70s

In 1979, sociologist Joseph Harry took a look at what that era's marriage-like relationships between gay men were like.
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The Divisive Euro

In 1997, an economist looked at divided opinions about the Euro years before the currency was introduced.
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The Richest Places in America

What do the richest places in America look like?