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Melania Trump’s pith helmet is not just a hat

Sometimes a hat is just a hat. But not when it’s a pith helmet worn by a white politician visiting Africa. Pith helmets are relics of colonialism and its big game hunting tradition. So why would Melania Trump wear one? On a solo tour of Africa, the United States first …

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Trauma 101 in the aftermath of the Ford-Kavanaugh saga

Brett Kavanaugh is now a United States Supreme Court justice. His contentious confirmation followed emotionally charged testimony to a U.S. Senate committee from the judge and Christine Blasey Ford after she came forward to allege he’d sexually assaulted her while they were in high school. As the dust begins to …

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AI’s first pop album ushers in a new musical era

Last December, the world ushered in a new era of popular music: human and artificial intelligence (AI) collaboration. Musical eras are often defined by their dominant modes of production — analog, electronic, digital — each bringing about new styles and ways of listening. This era is marked by the release …

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More college students expected to vote in 2018 midterms

In order to gain insight into the role that college students might play in the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6, The Conversation reached out to Nancy Thomas, director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. Thomas …

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The 13 most important governor elections in 2018, briefly explained

Republicans currently hold an astonishing two-thirds of the governors’ mansions across the country, giving the GOP an overwhelming advantage in controlling state governments. This year, 26 of those seats are on the ballot. Forecasts from leading election watchers show about 18 of the most competitive governor races in the 2018 …

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The controversy around hoax studies in critical theory, explained

An argument for men self-penetrating with dildos to reduce transphobia. An ethnography of men who attend “breastaurants” like Hooters. Research on rape culture among the dogs at Portland dog parks. These are all real articles, published in real, scholarly journals written by a group of three people — magazine editor …

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