Author: TheConversation

Howard Thurman: How meeting Gandhi introduced nonviolence to the civil rights movement

By Walter E. Fluker, Professor of Ethical Leadership, Boston University “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall.” – Mahatma Gandhi Director Martin Doblmeier’s new documentary, “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story,” is scheduled for release on public television in February. Thurman played an important role in the civil rights struggle as a key mentor to many leaders of the movement, including Martin Luther King Jr., among others....

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The unfortunate human nature of our appetite for self-destructive habits

By Mark Canada, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Indiana University and Christina Downey, Professor of Psychology, Indiana University Each new year, people vow to put an end to self-destructive habits like smoking, overeating or overspending. And how many times have we learned of someone – a celebrity, a friend or a loved one – who committed some self-destructive act that seemed to defy explanation? Think of the criminal who leaves a trail of evidence, perhaps with the hope of getting caught, or the politician who wins an election, only to start sexting someone likely to expose him. Why...

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Cyber-hygiene: Tips for cleaning up your a digital life in 2019

Elissa Redmiles, Ph.D. Student in Computer Science, University of Maryland Data breaches, widespread malware attacks and micro-targeted personalized advertising were lowlights of digital life in 2018. As technologies change, so does the advice security experts give for how to best stay safe. As 2019 begins, I’ve pulled together a short list of suggestions for keeping your digital life secure and free of manipulative disinformation. 1. Set your boundaries and stick to them As part of my research, I’ve recently been speaking with a number of sex workers in Europe about their digital security and privacy. One consistent thing I’ve...

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Vital financial data lost during the shutdown puts economic future at risk

By Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, Rochester Institute of Technology The shutdown may be over – for now – but its consequences will linger on. One of those concerns is the dizzying amount of economic data the federal government collects on everything from the state of the economy and investment to the cost of college and the quality of nursing homes. During the partial government shutdown, a lot of data simply weren’t collected, which means at a minimum there will be gaps in what people know about the U.S. economy, the jobs picture and housing,...

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Modern cocktails originated from the stomach-turning bootleg liquor of the Prohibition-era

Jeffrey Miller, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Hospitality Management, Colorado State University With America in the middle of a flourishing craft beer and craft spirits movement, it is easy to forget that Prohibition was once the law of the land. One hundred years ago, on January 16, 1919, Nebraska became the 36th of the country’s 48 states to ratify the 18th Amendment, reaching the required three-fourths threshold. The law forbid the production of beverages that contained more than one-half of 1 percent alcohol. Breweries, wineries and distilleries across America were shuttered. Most never reopened. Prohibition may be long dead,...

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Economic Segregation: Public schools rarely bring rich and poor students together

By Jack Schneider, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Massachusetts Lowell Five decades after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., many carry on his legacy through the struggle for racially integrated schools. Yet as King put it in a 1968 speech, the deeper struggle was “for genuine equality, which means economic equality.” Justice in education would demand not just racially integrated schools, but also economically integrated schools. The fight for racial integration meant overturning state laws and a century of history – it was an uphill battle from the start. But economic integration should have been easier. In...

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