On Wednesday evening a crowd of students at the University of Virginia rallied to support college junior Martese Johnson, 20, whose bloody arrest early that morning by Alcoholic Beverage Control officers outside a bar near the school’s campus sparked outrage and accusations of excessive force and racism.
Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider the grand jury’s clearing of a white police officer in the chokehold death of black Staten Island man Eric Garner. “Are grand juries going to allow police officers to be held accountable?” Scheer asks.
A dot for every person. That’s what demographic researcher Dustin Cable of the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service did with census data to show how population in the United States breaks down by race.
Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia, believes intuition—not reason—guides people’s behavior, and with his new book, “The Righteous Mind,” he wants to teach you how to better sell your politics.
The well-intentioned handwringing over what to do about the slow asphyxiation of the traditional American humanities education continues over at Salon.com, where novelist Kim Brooks laments the failure of liberal arts colleges to prepare students for professionally and financially rewarding careers. (more)