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The New York Times

(Op-ed) History, Totally Destroyed

"The world-historical confrontation between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, which may well proceed from verbal to actual Armageddon, demands a new understanding of history: It has all, undeniably and inexorably, been leading up to this."

Associated Press

Service dogs on campus: It’s not about bringing your pet

"At Dickinson College, training service dogs is not just a task for one person. The school has a Special Interest House called the Dickinson Dog House."

U.S. News & World Report

Gauge How College Tour Groups Shape Campus Visits

"Cost should factor into a family's decision to use a service for visiting different campuses, experts says."


National Geographic

Iceland Volcano May Be Ready to Erupt

"Earthquakes happen when waves of energy move through a solid, says Ben Edwards, a geology professor at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania."

U.S. News & World Report

Gauge How College Tour Groups Shape Campus Visits

"“…It's important to ask about how the tours are organized, says Stefanie Niles, president-elect of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Niles, who is also vice president for enrollment management at Dickinson College…”"

Weather.com

Health Crisis in Puerto Rico Is Likely Just Getting Started

"“Hurricane survivors can face mental health issues like PTSD, anxiety, depression and substance use disorders long after rescue and recovery efforts end,” said Christine Guardino, psychology professor at Dickinson College."


ShareAmerica

Keeping Nigerian youths from Boko Haram’s clutches

"For seven years Ensign was president of the American University of Nigeria, the first Western-style university in sub-Saharan Africa. Today she is president of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania."

Associated Press

NASCAR Faces a Generation That's Just Not Into Cars

"I know that NASCAR is thinking about it and worried, just as the car companies are worried," said Cotten Seiler, a professor of American studies at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and author of the book "Republic of Drivers: A Cultural History of Automobility in America."

CityLab

What I Learned in the Monument Wars

"Philadelphia’s timely new exhibition of temporary public art offers both beauty and confrontation."


The Guardian

(Op-ed) Congress could help Puerto Rico recover. What's stopping it?

"Puerto Rico deserves a just recovery. Its debt must not stand in the way Puerto Rico’s struggle to rebuild after Hurricanes Irma and Maria is being made harder by its own government, and an indifferent White House"

Wall Street Journal

(Op-ed) Texting and Twitter Make This a Golden Age for the Written Word

"Texting and Twitter Make This a Golden Age for the Written Word Slang in the 1970s spread mouth-to-mouth. Now new idioms flow across the globe in written form."

The Washington Post

Taking a back seat with Uber, Lyft or a taxi: Is it about being first class?

"Cotten Seiler, a professor of American Studies at Dickinson College, says taking the back seat in the age of Uber is indicative of the larger shift that’s been underway for some time about how we view the experience of driving, mobility and the automobile."

The Washington Post

The sharing economy helps fight climate change (but not as much as you think)

"Cities produce a rising share of the global greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dickinson College President Margee Ensign Joins Global Leadership Advisory Committee

"The USGLC is a broad-based influential network of more than 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, academic, military, faith-based and civic leaders united in support of U.S. global engagement."

The Huffington Post

Communicating Across Cultures: The Missing Link

"The U.S. against the world. White nationalists versus the rest of the country. It’s a frightening and disheartening world. "

U.S. News & World Report

Liberal Arts Colleges Cater to Employers’ Needs

"Many liberal arts colleges are helping grads translate their skills into successful careers."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Program Started by Dickinson College President Margee Ensign Now an Educational Haven for Escaped Boko Haram Refugees

"A program established in Nigeria by Dickinson President Margee Ensign today welcomed more than 100 young women who until recently had been held captive by the terrorist group Boko Haram."

WORT Public Radio

What to do about the Disaster in Puerto Rico

"Marisol LeBrón is Professor of American Studies at Dickinson College. She is currently at work on a book about the growth of punitive governance in contemporary Puerto Rico, and she is one of the creators of the Puerto Rico Syllabus, a digital project about the Puerto Rican debt crisis. "


CNN

‘White Supremacists by default’: How ordinary people made Charlottesville possible'

""When a police officer shoots an unarmed black person, even then it's controversial to say racism is a factor," says Erik Love, a sociologist at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. "We say, 'Why don't we talk about these other issues. What about the crime rate, what police officers need to protect themselves.' And suddenly we're not talking about race anymore.""

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Americans must not be led down Trump’s Islamophobic path

"As I describe in my new book, Islamophobia and Racism in America, the use of outright anti-Muslim bigotry is not confined to presidential elections. Some Republican lawmakers have used Islamophobia in state and local elections."

CNET

Total solar eclipse 2017: 6 bizarre things that will happen

"When he was 15 in July 1963, NASA researcher and Dickinson College Professor of physics and astronomy Robert Boyle witnessed his first solar eclipse in Bangor, Maine."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Northern Arapaho Boys

"Their trip took 11 or 12 days. Frank Vitale IV, with the Dickinson College archives, suspects the children likely traveled by rail based on the transportation available at the time, but they also could have spent some time on a boat."

Philadelphia Inquirer

Excavating the hidden history of Indian children who died in Carlisle

"A few states have begun to include in their teaching curricula what happened at the boarding schools where tens of thousands of Native Americans were sent. This month Dickinson College concluded a training program that armed 20 eager educators – half of them natives – with up-to-date knowledge about what has been a largely hidden history."

BBC

Italy’s mysterious medieval garden of monsters

"According to Melinda Schlitt, art history and humanities professor at Dickinson College in central Pennsylvania, the answer to understanding the garden’s purpose lies in the inscriptions Orsini left behind."

Discover Magazine

The Lava Catcher

"Lava melts ice, right? It seems like a no-brainer, but it’s not quite that simple. Benjamin Edwards, a geologist at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., has explored scores of volcanoes in British Columbia, Iceland, South America and Russia. His specialty is studying what happens when flowing lava meets ice and snow."

The Atlantic and Hechinger Report

The new minority on campus? Men

"As enrollment declines, colleges reach out to high school boys"

Associated Press

A century after deaths, Native American students return home

"Three Native American children named Little Plume, Horse and Little Chief died about 135 years ago while attending a government-run school in Pennsylvania. On Monday, a team of experts made final preparations to exhume their bodies and take them home."

The Wall Street Journal

(Op-Ed) All the President’s Men and Their Styles of Masculinity

"Trump may be the first man with his particular sort of swagger to make it to the White House."

City Lab

What Facebook Can Learn From Company Towns

"As the technology firm plans to build a village in Silicon Valley, history suggests what can sustain a company town long after its founders are gone."


The Chronicle of Higher Education

(Op-ed) Let’s Train ‘Extension Agents’ for the 21st Century

"The traditional roles of generating new knowledge and ensuring that students are educated to meet society’s challenges remain central. But precisely what knowledge and skills should students possess to deal with current challenges? And do institutions of higher education now have responsibilities to society that go beyond these traditional ones?"

Wall Street Journal

(Op-Ed) Left or Right? Thoreau Wouldn’t Have Understood the Question

"In some ways he looks like a progressive—but he was also an extreme individualist."

CNN.com

Know more about fado

"So where did this music of longing and desire come from? To get the answer, I reached out to Professor Ellen Gray at Dickinson College. She’s the author of “Fado Resounding,” a deep-dive into the social context of this much-loved art form. "

The Washington Times

(Op-Ed) Stop talking about impeachment (at least for now)

"We don’t want to normalize the idea that an acceptable response to the election of a leader you disagree with is to use provisions created for use only under the most extreme and rare of circumstances — the commission of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” "

Shape Magazine

What We Really Mean When We Call People Fat

"Why are Americans so obsessed with weight and—worse—so mean to those who don't meet the healthy-weight requirements? This three-letter word is a loaded term."


CNBC

(Op-Ed) Why the Handel-Ossoff Race Never Mattered (outside of Georgia)

"The most expensive congressional race in history just wrapped up, but its significance stops at its astronomical price tag. "

Southern Living

The Best New Summer Books of 2017

"When packing a beach bag, space is at a premium—you need a page-turner with characters that win you over instantly and a story that transports you to another world. "

Associated Press

Businesses Can Give Interns a Chance to Shine _ or Whine

"Fresh face or long face? Which one you see on interns at small businesses may depend on whether the boss gives them a chance to shine or do only menial tasks."

Inside Higher Ed

Presidents Ask for Carbon Pricing

"More than 30 college and university presidents have weighed in on climate change policy, signing a letter asking state and federal elected officials to try to put in place some type of carbon pricing to charge for greenhouse gas emissions."

The Huffington Post

Can Colleges Create a Climate for Pricing Carbon?

"This is the opening of a letter signed by presidents of thirty U.S. colleges and universities, giving their support to the student-driven #PutAPriceOnIt campaign that is coordinated by Our Climate."

Philadelphia Inquirer

The who’s who of 2017 college graduation speakers

"Another commencement season — another round of tears, joy, and speeches — has arrived."

VICE

Rural Film Festivals Are the Next Frontier of LGBTQ Tolerance

"Far from the coasts, with moving stories in darkened theaters, people's minds are changing."

Live Science

Thyroid Gland: Facts, Function & Diseases

"the thyroid gland is the body's master metabolic control center," said Cindy Samet, a chemistry professor at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania."

The Wire

Should You Feel Sad About the Demise of the Handwritten Letter?

"Personal handwritten letters have long made the case that writing allows people to grow closer in ways conversation might not."


The History Channel

Sound Smart

"House Divided Project Director and Associate Professor of History Matthew Pinsker has helped inaugurate the series with several episodes from the antebellum and Civil War era."

The Huffington Post

Nitrogen Pollution: An Emerging Focus of Campus Sustainability Efforts

"Many colleges and universities are working to transition toward sustainability in their academic programs, operations and engagement with communities."

Daily Mail

DailyMail.com spoke to three military experts about the advantages and disadvantages of American military actions against North Korea

"Special forces raid, missile strike, cyber warfare or MORE negotiations: Trump's choices for dealing with Kim Jong-un - but experts say there are NO good options"

Wall Street Journal

The ‘Postmodern’ Intellectual Roots of Today’s Campus Mobs

"If reality is nothing but a ‘narrative,’ then of course it’s important to control what people say."

Christian Science Monitor

From caricature to man of character: How time and art change image of Bush

"Such short memories, too, belie how intensely the left felt about Bush when he left office, says David O’Connell, professor of political science at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and author of “God Wills It: Presidents and the Political Use of Religion.”"

The New York Times

When Mothers Bully Back

"Many years ago, I threw a playground ball at the head of a boy who was repeatedly dunking my young son underwater."


Houston Chronicle

Rare.org's Brett Jenks to Receive Dickinson College's $100,000 Rose-Walters Prize for Environmental Activism

"The prize money will help Rare launch a major initiative for conservation."

Premium Times Nigeria

Days after resigning as AUN President, Margee Ensign appointed president of another university

"Few days after she resigned as president of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, Yola, Margee Ensign has been appointed as the 29th President of Dickingson College, Philadelphia. "

Philadelphia Inquirer

Dickinson College names new president

"Dickinson College has named a higher education administrator who has worked in Africa for the last 15 years as its next president."

New York Magazine

Maybe Plants Remember Stuff

"In a post at the Brain Blog, Dickinson College philosopher Chauncey Maher advances the argument that some plants, at least, seem to partake one of the most fundamental of human pastimes: remembering."

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars and Students, 2016-17

"Twenty-one associate-degree colleges and eight special-focus institutions had at least one Fulbright scholar in the 2016-17 academic year. Nine bachelor's-degree colleges had at least 10 students who won a Fulbright award for that year."

University Business

Transfer trailblazers in higher ed

"Taking articulation agreements between community colleges and four-year institutions to the next level with a focus on pre- and post-transfer success."

Christian Science Monitor

How did banned chemicals wind up in the deepest depths of the ocean?

"A recent study found unexpectedly high levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) inside creatures living at the bottom of the Kermadec and Mariana trenches in the Pacific Ocean, two of the deepest places on Earth."

The Atlantic

On Not Saying His Name

"Why have many of the president’s critics taken to talking about him without using the words “Donald Trump”?"


Reader’s Digest

How to Guarantee Your Teen Gets the Best College Tour

"Checking out colleges in person is a pretty key part of the application process. Use these pro tips to get the most out of every campus visit. "

The Huffington Post

What Should We Be Doing To Actually Increase Our Security?

"Mr. Trump’s executive order to bar entry into the U.S. by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspend entry of all refugees for 120 days immediately disrupted the lives of numerous people."

The Huffington Post

The Significant Downside if Trump Plays Nice With Russia?

"“Stepping back from that level of tension would be welcome, especially at a time when the U.S. faces many international challenges—from the Middle East to the Korean peninsula to the South China Sea,” said Russell Bova, professor of political science at Dickinson College. "

Wall Street Journal

The Wax Presidency Wanes as a Human Comes to the White House

"To intellectuals, Trump is all too human—and that’s distracting them from important policy debates."

National Geographic

Watch: 6-Foot Snake and Her Babies Rescued From Backyard

"The 16 eggs will be raised in captivity and then released into the Australian bush, according to the reptile-relocation group."

C-SPAN

Colonial America, Race, and the Origins of Country Music

"Dickinson College professor Cotten Seiler teaches a class about the emerging definitions of whiteness and blackness in Colonial America and how it impacted the origins of country music. "