Education

Understanding Poverty
8:30 am
Thu April 9, 2015

University of Mary Washington's $2 Challenge

Inside the shelter, TDC 2012

This week’s rain was good news for farmers and gardeners, but at the University of Mary Washington, it was a bit - upsetting.  More than 80 students are living outside this week - in cardboard boxes and makeshift tents - learning how it might feel to be poor. 

“We may need another tarp  but we also need twine, and we need something to prop the middle of the tarp up.” 

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Education
9:20 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Tapping Into Open Minds Behind Bars

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Many universities offer students a chance to study abroad, but Virginia Commonwealth University is offering a whole different travel experience - sending a handful of students to jail. 

As a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, David Coogan had heard of the school to prison pipeline:

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Campus Rape Allegations
8:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Reactions to Columbia University's Rolling Stone Article Analysis

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The Columbia Journalism School report criticizing Rolling Stone’s reporting on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia provoked little response from UVA students.  But the fraternity where the alleged attack took place said it’s suing Rolling Stone.   

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Sexual Assault Policy Changes
6:11 am
Thu April 2, 2015

UVA Implements New Sexual Misconduct Policy

With no fanfare, the University of Virginia has announced a new sexual misconduct policy, prompted by a federal investigation.  

UVA spent about a year trying to figure out how it could better handle cases of sexual assault, harassment, and stalking, after the U.S. Department of Education said the school might be guilty of discrimination based on gender.  That announcement came after a former student said she was raped in 2011 and that administrators botched an investigation, losing key evidence.

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Age of Distraction
5:09 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

The World Beyond Your Head

Matthew B. Crawford

Virginia’s Festival of the Book recently wrapped up in Charlottesville, but one of its featured authors didn’t go far.  Matthew Crawford returned to his workshop in Richmond, where he produces custom motorcycle parts and meditates on the distractions of modern life. 

If you knew Matthew Crawford in high school, you might be surprised to hear that he got a PhD in political philosophy at the University of Chicago - a school deeply committed to scholarship.  At age 16, scholarship was the last thing on Crawford’s mind.

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