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Students erect ‘shantytowns’ at Johns Hopkins University in 1986 to call for divestment from South Africa. JHU Sheridan Libraries/Gado via Getty Images

Calls for divestment from apartheid South Africa gave today’s pro-Palestinian student activists a blueprint to follow

In the 1980s, university administrators called the police on anti-apartheid protesters, threatened to revoke their scholarships and ordered staff to demolish encampments.
Some students walked out on Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s commencement speech at Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2024. The Washington Post via Getty Images

I served as a college president for nearly two decades – I know choosing the right commencement speaker can be fraught with risks

The right commencement speaker can create a memorable experience, generate favorable media coverage for the school and inspire donors. So why do colleges miss the mark on this once-a-year decision?
The ranks of Black teachers have been decimated since public schools were ordered desegregated in 1954. LWA via Getty Images

How Black teachers lost when civil rights won in Brown v. Board

As the nation marks the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board, one of its most significant side effects − the large-scale loss of Black teachers − continues to affect America’s schools.
A ‘divest from death’ banner at a University of Oregon protest against the Israel-Hamas war on April 29, 2024. AP Photo/Jenny Kane

Divesting university endowments: Easier demanded than done

Divestment from Israel may violate state laws – at least for public institutions. Private universities with large endowments may face other obstacles.
Columbia University President Nemat Shafik testifies before the House Committee on Education & the Workforce during an April 17, 2024, hearing on antisemitism on campus. Alex Wong for Getty Images

Columbia president holds her own under congressional grilling over campus antisemitism that felled the leaders of Harvard and Penn

A rhetoric scholar says Columbia University President Nemat Shafik fared much better than her predecessors at a hearing about how her school was handling antisemitism on campus.