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“There will be enough women on the Supreme Court when there are nine.”

Earlier this week, I saw the new film, “RBG” at a favorite local theatre. RBG, of course, is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court. The film documents her life’s work as a super smart … Continue reading

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Compassion Fatigue and Insurance Adjusters

Social scientists have been studying compassion fatigue since at least the 1980s. The term refers to the psychological state of feeling numb or uncaring as a result of an overload of caring. Workers who commonly experience compassion fatigue include social … Continue reading

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Manterruption

There is plenty of scholarly and anecdotal evidence that men chronically interrupt women. They interrupt women at home, at work, and at social events. When women protest being interrupted, they are accused of being bossy, bitchy, and emotional. In the … Continue reading

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White Male Fragility

Recently, there has been a lot of attention paid to white fragility, a term coined by Robin DiAngelo (2011) to explain how white people are triggered to hyper-react to even low levels of racial stress. DiAngelo notes that white people … Continue reading

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Wrong Thinkers Anonymous

After Charlottesville, I was one of the few people in my circle of acquaintances who refused calls to “punch Nazis.” I do not believe that meeting violence with violence will stop further violence. Instead, I try to understand why people … Continue reading

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The execution of Sociology

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has hit hard times due to the state’s budget crisis. Academic programs are being slashed across the state, and dozens of faculty jobs have been eliminated. Across Alaska, nearly 1000 people have lost their university … Continue reading

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Busted: How Your Professor Caught You Plagiarizing

Students: do you ever wonder how professors catch plagiarism? Following are some tips to avoid getting caught:   when you copy something from Wikipedia, make sure you delete hyperlinks after pasting into your document; avoid copying online material that uses words … Continue reading

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