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A September Night
George Marion McClellan
A speaker describes a September night in the bayou.
Banksy and the tradition of destroying art
Banksy, the popular street artist, is not the first artist to destroy his own work.
Is college worth it? Is this even the right question?
Josipa Roksa and Richard Arum
Josipa Roksa and Richard Arum discuss whether college is preparing graduates for life after school.
Will the 'right' college major get you a job?
Glenn Altschuler discusses how important the major you choose in college is to your success after college.
I went from prison to professor
Dr. Stanley Andrisse discusses how he went from being incarcerated to being a professor.
College students with disabilities are too often excluded
Christa Bialka discusses the experiences of students with disabilities on campus.
Think journalism’s a tough field today? Try being a reporter in the Gilded Age
Randall S. Sumpter
Randall S. Sumpter discusses journalism practices during the late 19th century in America.
The US has become a nation of suburbs
Christopher Boone discusses the trend of suburban living in America.
Shirley Chisholm's Presidential Announcement Speech Transcript
Shirley Chisholm, an African American woman, announces her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 1972.
Excerpt from “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
British Colonial Christian preacher, Jonathan Edwards, describes hell as a real place.
Making college more affordable: The importance of pre-collegiate preparation
Reynold Verret discusses how we can make college more accessible for students of various social and economic backgrounds.
Women's colleges play a unique role in quest for equality
Kimberly Wright Cassidy
Kimberly Wright Cassidy discusses the accomplishments of women’s colleges.
Avoid high student debt and dropping out by asking these 4 questions about any college
Jake Murray discusses four important questions students should ask about any college they consider attending.
Making college more affordable: What needs discussing is the total cost of a degree
The president of Pennsylvania State University discusses how we can make college more affordable.
Making college matter
Leo M. Lambert and Peter Felten
Leo M. Lambert and Peter Felten discuss how students can make their time in college matter.
Making college more affordable: more than one funder has to step up
Jill Tiefenthaler, President of Colorado College, discusses how different funders could help make college more affordable.
Why double-majors might beat you out of a job
Matthew J. Mayhew and Benjamin S. Selznick
Matthew J. Mayhew and Benjamin S. Selznick discuss why employers are interested in double-majors.
Animal emotions stare us in the face — are our pets happy?
Mirjam Guesgen discusses how one day we might be able to understand our pets’ facial expressions with an app.
Why I teach math through knitting
Sara Jensen discusses teaching math through knitting.