“First Generation Students Unite”

by on July 16, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


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“Cuts in food stamps are more than just a discussion topic.” – Travis Reginal, Yale

In this article, first-generation students at Ivy colleges speak out about their challenges, in particular highlighting their common experience of disjunction in class and with other students. Their reflections prompt this writer to appreciate anew MCNY’s cohort model, as it’s possible to observe MCNY students supporting each other daily — support which seems essential for folks as the very first in their families to attend college. Laura Pappano’s (2015) article originally appeared in The New York Times.

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The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

by on July 13, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


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In this collection of thoughts, well-known authors extol the creative benefits of keeping a daily journal.

 

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Bill Gates Tells People Not to be Like Him

by on June 4, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


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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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