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Clean Skin, Ancient Microbes, and Mom Shame

Well-researched stories from The New Yorker, Wired, and more great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Kimberlé Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw’s Intersectional Feminism

Legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw broke new ground by showing how women of color were left out of feminist and anti-racist discourse.
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T. rex Physics, Lost Vegetables, and Coming Dystopias

Well-researched stories from Wired, Atlas Obscura, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Former champion Takeru Kobayashi bites a hot dog as reigning champion Joey Chestnut (L) speaks at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest official weigh-in ceremony July 2, 2009 in New York City

Hot Dogs, Mourning, and Native Oklahoma

Well-researched stories from CNN, Maclean's, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Helpful Rats, Terrifying Chickens, and Risky Thinking

Well-researched stories from NPR, The Walrus, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Vaccine Tests, Confederate Names, and Real Pain

Well-researched stories from Wired, The Washington Post, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm: Sisterhood Is Complicated

A 1974 interview on feminism and politics with the first Black major-party candidate for president.
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Dark Matter, Dolphin Education, and Doomscrolling

Well-researched stories from Aeon, Science Magazine, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Media Literacy & Fake News: A Syllabus

Ten lessons from the past and steps we can take now to educate ourselves and our students about how to be a thoughtful consumer of information.
Young protestors take to the street to protest against police brutality on June 14, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Five Decades of Black Activism in St. Louis

Elizabeth Hinton, Percy Green II, Robin D. G. Kelley, Tef Poe, George Lipsitz, and Jamala Rogers trace the history from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter.
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Toilet Plumes, Black Commons, and Romanian Orphans

Well-researched stories from The Cut, The Atlantic, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Dorothy B Porter

15 Black Women Who Should Be (More) Famous

Honoring the scientists, poets, activists, doctors, and librarians--those we know and those we don't.
Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas by Mrs. Charles Stephenson

Juneteenth and the Emancipation Proclamation

The emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. took place over a protracted period. The articles in this curated list dig into the complicated history.
Attendees sing during the 48th Annual Juneteenth Day Festival on June 19, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Juneteenth in the Alternative Press

Reports in the underground press demonstrate how Juneteenth has been celebrated as both a social and political gathering in the twentieth century.
Dennis Franz and Rick Schroder in "NYPD Blue," 1998

Cop Shows, COVID Design, and Ancient Plague

Well-researched stories from The Conversation, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni on SOUL!, 1971

James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni in Conversation

In 1971, two legends of Black letters discussed Black manhood, white racism, the role of the writer, and the responsibility to teach.
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Filmmaker Marlon Riggs: “Notice Is Served”

The award-winning Black gay filmmaker, author, and activist Marlon Riggs left a legacy of protest against racism and homophobia.
Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson: Leave More Genius Work Behind

How do those who have been the objects of scientific study and medical experimentation become the agents or the producers of scientific knowledge?
People gather in the rain outside of the White House for a peaceful protest against police brutality on June 4, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Black Exhaustion, Police Violence, and Challenge Trials

Well-researched stories from NBC, the Marshall Project, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Audre Lorde

Barbara Christian on Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde's influence on contemporary intersectional feminism was profound, as pioneering Black literary scholar Barbara Christian wrote.
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Racism and Black Men’s Health, Ghost Forests, and Troublesome Tweets

Well-researched stories from Atlas Obscura, ScienceLine, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Little Richard, Cordons Sanitaires, and Shiny Chocolate

Well-researched stories from The Conversation, Items, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.

Zoom Fatigue, Bold Rats, and Drive-in Church

Well-researched stories from Quartz, Wired, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.

These Plants Are Ready for Their Closeup

Move over cats of the internet, here comes something greener.