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Wed 12.04.13 | The Case For Free Tuition

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With college tuitions rising, student debt soaring, corporate agendas dictating research, and academic job security under attack, what do we do about the multiple crises in higher ed? Robert Samuels proposes that we make public higher education free. He says it's not only desirable but financially feasible.

Tues 12.03.13 | Deported, Exiled

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Deportation means sending noncitizens back to the countries where they belong, right? And isn't deportation about targeting people who've done bad things? Susan Bibler Coutin disrupts a number of commonly held beliefs about the process and effects of deportation. She also relates the situation of Salvadoran deportees to the context of their initial relocation to the US.

Mon 12.02.13 | The "New Negro" vis-à-vis Africa

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The ideas of W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and Booker T. Washington may have differed, but each made key contributions to the pan-Africanist project. Jeannette Eileen Jones describes how these thinkers and others viewed Africa, and what role they saw blacks in the West playing in Africa's liberation and advancement. Also, Davarian Baldwin discusses the volume in which Jones's essay appears.

Wed 11.27.13 | Life Without Parole; Native Struggles

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More than 3,200 people in the US are serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses. Jessica Henry takes issue with what she calls the "unjustified and almost commonplace imposition" of these kinds of sentences. Also, Tony Platt discusses efforts to repatriate Native American remains that were excavated over a period of almost 200 years.

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