Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

A centuries-old word with a modern twist

The acceptable use of a singular “they” pronoun made official a linguistic trend already in use for centuries. People who are not represented by binary pronouns say it’s a helpful step, but a small one.

Tina Rodia

Democracy in Israel

Perry World House hosted a conversation to look at how the proposals from Israel’s new far-right government could weaken the country’s democracy.

Kristen de Groot



In the News


USA Today

How does the brain process memory during sleep? New study offers clues

Anna Schapiro of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the dominant theory of how the brain consolidates memories during sleep had been assumed but hadn’t been tested before.

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Irish News

Time of reckoning for Sinn Féin

In a letter to the editor, Brendan O’Leary of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the successful implementation of a referendum in favor of Irish reunification requires careful thought about how to reduce the numbers of those who would find losing “almost impossible to accept.”  

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The Week

Why are so many seniors homeless in America?

Dennis Culhane of the School of Social Policy & Practice says that people older than 60 are the fastest rising group within the homeless population.

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The New York Times

The politics of delusion have taken hold

In his new book, “Our Common Bonds,” Matthew Levendusky of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses the distorted views and misperceptions driving partisan hostility.

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Associated Press

How and when to remove children from their homes? A federal lawsuit raises thorny questions

PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts explains why the child welfare system can be particularly risky for Black and Indigenous families.

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