Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to the Weekly Round-Up!
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Start off your weekend with Ikhide Ikheloa’s candid account of his life at the University of Mississippi. As the only black student in his class of no more than 25, Ikheola shares the nuances of his experience – from missing Nigerian beer, to black-on-black prejudice.
Race permeates almost every facet of life in South Africa, even filtering into dormitory assignments. Are universities a microcosm for wider societal tensions and barriers to racial integration in South Africa? Check out Eve Fairbanks’ depiction of race relations at the University of Free State.
The number of English majors is declining, as students are under pressure to choose degrees with more “occupational potential”. Verlyn Klinkenborg argues that studying humanities is still relevant and necessary. For him, a humanities degree is the gift of “clear thinking, clear writing and a lifelong engagement with literature” that keeps on giving.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his crew often publicly dismiss the value of intellectual inquiry into social and public policy. Joseph Heath defends sociological and criminological contributions to policy, arguing that criminologists are hated because they call out nonsense with long-term trends and statistics.
Finally, to all those in sexy foreign affairs programs, consider reading Brandon Scott’s “Myths of Foreign Affairs.” Unfortunately, your semester abroad doesn’t make you a global citizen. And you may have to work a bit harder to land yourself a gig in an intelligence agency.
Have a lovely weekend. We’ll be back on Monday with more rad articles from our amazing team of writers!