Major American movies primarily star white actors; poor white students fall behind their black peers in the U.K.; and a Chinese college nixes its plan to prohibit PDA. These discoveries and more, below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
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Banking on Student Debt
Colleges and universities are certainly banking on student debt—four-year schools so that they can raise tuition, for-profit schools so that they can engage in deceptive practices and outright fraud.
An Arab Spring for Women
The “Arab Spring” has received copious attention in the American media, but one of its crucial elements has been largely overlooked: the striking role of women in the protests sweeping the Arab world.
Poor White Pupils Lag Behind Black Peers in the UK
White, British schoolchildren in the country’s poorest communities lag behind their black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi peers, a Financial Times analysis of more than three million sets of exam results reveals.