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A sign of how historical #MeToo felt in 2017 is this appearance by #MeToo founder Tarana Burke with TV personality Allison Hagendorf on stage at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square on Dec. 31, 2017, in New York. (Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

#MeToo: Must sexual assault be denounced in public every time?

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, says power and privilege can have a lot to do with who feels comfortable declaring #MeToo. Let's be aware of this power division.
Sunflowers and luffa vines — related to cucumber, gourd and squash — are tended by a Community Roots participant and mentor in a Brooklyn school community garden with their instructor (right). (Pieranna Pieroni)

At a New York City garden, students grow their community roots and critical consciousness

Urban gardening is a departure point for learning about land and relationships, as well as food, consumer culture and social activism.
Some minorities are less likely to think that their college dreams could become a reality. AP Photo/Tim Boyd

Can people ‘like me’ go to college? Inequality and dreams of higher ed

While most Americans do aspire to higher education, college is not a reality for many. But why is the gap between hopes and reality larger for some? And how can we strive for equity?
Nelson Mandela, accompanied by his wife Winnie, walks out of the Victor Verster prison on February 11, 1990. Ulli Michel/Reuters

The Mandela Foundation’s verdict on the Mandela era: it failed …

The foundation founded by Nelson Mandela in 1999 has done a major revision - it has written off most of his reign as comprising "grand symbolic gestures".
Claudia Rankine, winner of the Forward Prize. Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

The white privilege of British poetry is getting worse

Claudia Rankine, winner of the Forward Prize, has provoked discussions about poetry and race in the US. Why are these conversations not happening in the UK?
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is hailed as one of the greatest novels ever set in Africa. Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

What a less Eurocentric reading list would look like

There's a fierce debate underway about changing university curricula in Africa and the UK to be less Eurocentric. Three academics offer their suggestions for a decolonised reading list.
It’s not that Shakespeare needs to burn out – but it’s time for him to fade away. Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

It’s time to take the curriculum back from dead white men

When literary studies degrees focus almost entirely on the work of white, male writers, we do our students and the academy a great disservice.
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Un-doing white privilege: a love letter

Warning, anger ahead: Hatred is the fury of those who do not share our goals, and its object is death and destruction. Anger is a grief of distortions between peers, and its object is change ― Audre Lorde…

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