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Tackling tough topics from racism and bullying to Indigenous identity and the holocaust, young adult fiction can challenge stereotypes and encourage critical thinking. Pictured here, an illustration from ‘Skim’ by Mariko Tamaki, the fictional diary of a depressed Japanese-Canadian girl. Handout.

Best of young adult fiction: Classic and revolutionary reads for 2018

Five novels for young adults that boldly tackle tough issues - from racism, to Indigenous identity and the Holocaust - to cultivate critical thinking in the classroom and at home.
Detail from Gerhard Richter’s Reader (804), 1994 Oil on canvas. 72 x 102cm. Collection: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA Purchase through the gifts of Mimi and Peter Haas and Helen and Charles Schwab, and the Accessions Committee Fund: Barbara and Gerson Bakar, Collectors Forum, Evelyn D. Haas, Elaine McKeon, Byron R. Meye

Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images is an unmissable show

Gerhard Richter - one of the giants of post-war German art - is elusive, enigmatic and seemingly impossible to pin down. The first retrospective exhibition of his work in Australia is a brilliant and challenging event.
With a new wave of authoritarianism in the United States and beyond, it’s time for universities and colleges to defend democracy. (Shutterstock)

Why universities must defend democracy

The rise of neo-Nazism under President Donald Trump signals a new wave of authoritarianism. Now more than ever, colleges and universities must help students become informed and compassionate citizens.
An orange flag with the traditional Indian swastika on top of ancient Hindu temples in the Himalayas. (Shutterstock)

How Nazis twisted the swastika into a symbol of hate

The swastika, an ancient and innocent symbol in many cultures for hundreds of years, now represents racial hatred. Should the swastika be banned in North America as it is in Germany?
Protesters with opposing views face off at a ‘Free Speech’ rally in Boston. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Warning signs of mass violence – in the US?

Two genocide and mass atrocity prevention scholars argue Trump's response to the Charlottesville attack is a red flag.
Students at Ponar Forest in Lithuania, where Nazis massacred many Jews. Daniel B. Bitran

Why tourists go to sites associated with death and suffering

In recent years, the number of people traveling to sites of death, natural disaster, acts of violence, tragedy and crimes against humanity has dramatically increased. Is it immoral?
Gebhard Fugel, ‘An den Wassern Babylons.’ Gebhard Fugel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why a 2,500-year-old Hebrew poem still matters

Psalm 137 – best known for its opening line, 'By the Rivers of Babylon' – is a 2,500-year-old Hebrew psalm that deals with the Jewish exile -remembered each year on Tisha B'av.
Legacies of genocidal phases have scarred the Aboriginal psyches. AAP/Neda Vanovac

Could there be a link between genocide and suicide?

Very little is known about suicide and suicide attempts during modern genocides – but we do know there is an aftermath of suicide among victims.

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