Bill Gates Tells People Not to be Like Him

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A recent blog post by Bill Gates, perhaps the most famous college dropout in the world, urges students to not be like him and graduate from college.

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Why Write?

by on May 22, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


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Insightful essayist, Joan Didion, discusses her path to becoming a writer and how writing has enriched her life in these excerpts from “Why I Write.”

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Multitask May Mean Multidisaster!

by on April 10, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


Multitasking is bad for you (suggests data a click away).

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Checking in on MOOCs

by on March 11, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


moocIn the fall of 2013, we devoted our issue of Luminaria to exploring the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) phenomenon sweeping higher education. A year-and-a-half later, articles like this one in the Times, by an education analyst, suggest MOOCs have not reached their full power, because they do not yet issue degrees. Have you taken a MOOC? What do you think? Share your comments below!

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Diaz on Writer’s Block

by on February 27, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


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On writing his last book, The Brief Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz states, “This was a perfect storm of insecurity and madness and pressure and you name it…. Every now and then you catch one, bro, and I caught a f****** bad one.” Click below to read more from a piece published by New York Magazine.

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Scholars and Activists Speak Out About Why ‘Black Life Matters’

by on January 21, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


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This recent post from the Chronicle of Higher Education samples the comments of four scholars and activists from a recent conference at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, called “Black Life Matters.”

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Rules Are Never Neutral — Even in Grammar

by on December 12, 2014 in Must Reads with 1 Comment »


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In The Case for Black With a Capital B, Lori Thorps considers the evolution of the descriptor “Black.” In particular, she unfolds how political and cultural disenfranchisement — that is, racism — has been reflected in rules of capitalization in the US.

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The Importance of Straight Talk

by on November 20, 2014 in Must Reads with No Comments »


anne williamsIn this interview with the New York Times, Anne Williams-Isom, chief executive of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit antipoverty organization, talks about the importance of her mentors.

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Junot Diaz Reflects on Being a Student

by on November 6, 2014 in Must Reads with No Comments »


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In his New Yorker essay “MFA vs. POC,” Junot Diaz explores the role of race in writing workshops and the POC voice in literature.

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The Scariest Book You Ever Read

by on October 23, 2014 in Must Reads with No Comments »


mathisWhat scares us? In a blog post, two writers, Ayana Mathis (left) and Francine Prose, talk about their encounters with terrifying books. Interestingly, both refer to books they first read as young children.

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