Demonstrators in front of the White House call for greater gun control following the Feb. 14, 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The Parkland school shooting not only spurred unprecedented national protests for gun control – it also prompted debates about the best ways to keep students safe.
Protesters fill the streets outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
This year, The Conversation celebrated the 50th anniversary of 1968 with its first podcast, 'Heat and Light.' These are some of the most interesting stories we uncovered – ones that still resonate in 2018.
Clergy sex abuse was among the biggest religion stories of 2018. In this photo, a demonstrator holds up a protest sign at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma
For scholars, researching the Catholic Church can mean a laborious process involving several years. And talking to survivors of clergy sex abuse can carry its own pain and personal toll.
The Kavanaugh hearings were about the only thing Congress has done with a link to #MeToo.
In the last year, workplace culture faced major upheaval for working women. We at The Conversation put together our reporting on that very topic from 2018.
Maybe it’s time to reconsider those long-held ideas?
Popular wisdom may be popular, but sometimes it's downright wrong. Five stories from The Conversation's 2018 politics coverage interrogate popular wisdom – and find it lacking.
Some tropical frogs may be developing resistance to a fungus that has devastated species like
Atelopus varius, the variable harlequin frog.
A look at new research published in 2018 on fossa, deepsea corals and tropical frogs developing resistance to a deadly fungus.
Beware the strings attached to social media
and smartphone use.
Academic research highlights the dangers – personal and societal – of giving too much time and attention to social media.
A colorful Martin Luther figure, part of an exhibition in Germany, in 2017.
AP Photo/Jens Meyer
On Oct. 31, 1517, a German monk, Martin Luther, started the Protestant Reformation. Its impact went far beyond the split in the Church that most people are familiar with.
A homeless man in Times Square.
AP Photo/Julie Jacobson
With such an enormous challenge, where would it make sense to start? We looked into our archives for stories on what it would take to eradicate homelessness in the US today.
Father and son reunited after being detained in Texas.
A record number of immigrant children are being detained in the US. Here's what you need to know.
Members of Chile’s bishops conference, in May 2018, who say they are open to whatever Pope Francis proposes to overhaul the Chilean church devastated by a clergy sex abuse and cover-up scandal.
AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia
Pope Francis has been accused of a cover-up in the sex abuse scandal involving Theodore McCarrick, a former archbishop. Experts explain why it's hard for the Catholic Church to hold clergy accountable.
A man reads the newspaper by flashlight during the Northeast Blackout in August 2003.
AP Photo/Joe Kohen
As South American countries recover from a massive blackout, the US isn't immune: The Northeast Blackout of 2003 cut power to 50 million people, and many threats to the electricity grid remain.
Who’s in control of what’s flowing in these wires?
D Sharon Pruitt
Experts explain the task of securing the electrical grid against cyberattacks, and discuss potential solutions and the risk of failure.
Can they be confident their votes will count?
Russian government agents allegedly penetrated US state and county election databases. Scholars of election security offer insight and recommendations about what to do now.
Kentucky bourbon is among the products targeted with retaliatory tariffs by the EU.
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
Trump has started a trade war with China and much of the world. Here's what you need to know.
The sun sets behind the Statue of Liberty, July 1, 2018.
AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File
July is the hottest month in much of North America. Experts explain who is most affected by heat waves and ways to cope with them.
Many observers had hoped that the court's decision on Gill v. Whitford would provide some clarity on whether gerrymandering is constitutional.
The United Nations has called a new Trump administration policy of separating migrant families and detaining children ‘abuse.’
Trump hopes migrants won't come if they know their children will be taken away. That grim logic ignores the inescapable dangers that drive thousands of Central Americans to flee their homes each year.
Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth in the Gaza Strip.
AP Photo/Adel Hana
What does this move represent? It depends on who you ask, according to scholars in this roundup of articles from our archives.
What will he decide to do?
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
Facebook says it's going to continue to respond to widespread concerns about its practices and role in society. Researchers of privacy and online trust offer ideas for immediate action.