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Who are you?
Melissa Harris-Lacewell is Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of the award-winning book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, (Princeton 2004). And she is currently at work on a new book: Sister Citizen: A Text For Colored Girls Who've Considered Politics When Being Strong Wasn't Enough. Her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that African Americans respond to these challenges.
Her academic research has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes and her interests include the study of African American political thought, black religious ideas and practice, and social and clinical psychology. Professor Harris-Lacewell's creative and dynamic teaching is also motivated by the practical political and racial issues of our time. For example, her course entitled Disaster, Race and American Politics explored the multiple political meanings of Hurricane Katrina. Professor Harris-Lacewell has taught students from grade school to graduate school and has been recognized for her commitment to the classroom as a site of democratic deliberation on race.
Question: Who are you?
Harris-Lacewell: I’m Melissa Harris-Lacewell. And I’m an Associate Professor of Politics and African-American Studies at Princeton University.Well that may be a tough question. I mean I grew up in Virginia. My father was a professor at the University of Virginia for 25 years, so I grew up in a small town – Charlottesville. And then when I was an adolescent, we moved to Chesterfield, Virginia, which is just outside of Richmond. So I grew up in the South, went to college and graduate school in North Carolina, so I’m very much kind of a Southeastern girl. But although that’s true, my parents are from very disparate places.
Question: What did you think you’d be doing professionally when you were young?
Harris-Lacewell: Oh gosh. Who knows? I don’t know if I thought about a profession. I suspected I always planned to work. It never occurred to me that I would be anything other than someone working. My father is a college professor. His twin brother is a college professor. My mother met my dad while working on her PhD, and her brother is a college professor. So I suspect that it’s probably the most . . . single most common profession in my family, is being a college professor. But it’s not as though I sort of thought from childhood, “Oh yes, this is what I’ll go on and do.” I can remember being in the eighth grade and wanting to be an archeologist. I can remember being in high school and wanting to be a novelist. But I guess I got good at being in school and thought it was a good idea never to leave.
Question: Who was your biggest influence?
Harris-Lacewell: Well certainly within my household my mother is a huge, towing figure – a little tiny woman, but a towering figure. And if there was one thing sort of intellectually I learned most from my mom it was reading. So even now my mother is a voracious reader – three of four books a week, always, all the time. Even while working full time. Even when she was a single parent in raising us, she always read three or four books a week. So there was certainly that.
I had amazing teachers at various points, so I remember very well my eighth grade English teacher who taught us “The Hobbit,” and I got very engaged in English at that point. I also had an amazing tenth grade English teacher who helped me to make the decision to go off to college early. So I’m officially a high school dropout. I don’t have a high school diploma. I just left after my junior year and went off to college. And then once I was in college, probably the two most important influences . . . so my main advisor, Maya Angelou, who was a professor at Wake Forest University while I was there. And I learned not even so much sort of the classroom from Dr. Angelou, but I watched a lot how she moved through the world; how she comported herself towards her students, towards the people who worked for her. I throw the same kind of Thanksgiving dinner every year that Maya Angelou used to throw; a much smaller scale, but she was a person who would bring together everyone from her hairdresser and her driver to Oprah Winfrey all around this huge Thanksgiving dinner table. And so I learned a lot from her just about sort of the notions that we can learn something from everyone in our lives, not just the famous, and important, and smart, and degreed people.
A Southern girl from a family of academics.
Sallie Krawcheck and Bob Kulhan will be talking money, jobs, and how the pandemic will disproportionally affect women's finances.
Health officials in China reported that a man was infected with bubonic plague, the infectious disease that caused the Black Death.
- The case was reported in the city of Bayannur, which has issued a level-three plague prevention warning.
- Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
- Chinese health officials are also monitoring a newly discovered type of swine flu that has the potential to develop into a pandemic virus.
Bacteria under microscope
needpix.com<p>Today, bubonic plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Unlike in the 14th century, we now have an understanding of how this disease is transmitted," Dr. Shanthi Kappagoda, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, told <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">Healthline</a>. "We know how to prevent it — avoid handling sick or dead animals in areas where there is transmission. We are also able to treat patients who are infected with effective antibiotics, and can give antibiotics to people who may have been exposed to the bacteria [and] prevent them [from] getting sick."</p>
This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<p>Still, hundreds of people develop bubonic plague every year. In the U.S., a handful of cases occur annually, particularly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/plague/faq/index.html" target="_blank">where habitats allow the bacteria to spread more easily among wild rodent populations</a>. But these cases are very rare, mainly because you need to be in close contact with rodents in order to get infected. And though plague can spread from human to human, this <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">only occurs with pneumonic plague</a>, and transmission is also rare.</p>
A new swine flu in China<p>Last week, researchers in China also reported another public health concern: a new virus that has "all the essential hallmarks" of a pandemic virus.<br></p><p>In a paper published in the <a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/23/1921186117" target="_blank">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>, researchers say the virus was discovered in pigs in China, and it descended from the H1N1 virus, commonly called "swine flu." That virus was able to transmit from human to human, and it killed an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people worldwide from 2009 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>There's no evidence showing that the new virus can spread from person to person. But the researchers did find that 10 percent of swine workers had been infected by the virus, called G4 reassortant EA H1N1. This level of infectivity raises concerns, because it "greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses," the researchers wrote.
The word "learning" opens up space for more people, places, and ideas.
- The terms 'education' and 'learning' are often used interchangeably, but there is a cultural connotation to the former that can be limiting. Education naturally links to schooling, which is only one form of learning.
- Gregg Behr, founder and co-chair of Remake Learning, believes that this small word shift opens up the possibilities in terms of how and where learning can happen. It also becomes a more inclusive practice, welcoming in a larger, more diverse group of thinkers.
- Post-COVID, the way we think about what learning looks like will inevitably change, so it's crucial to adjust and begin building the necessary support systems today.
Scientists uncovered the secrets of what drove some of the world's last remaining woolly mammoths to extinction.
Every summer, children on the Alaskan island of St Paul cool down in Lake Hill, a crater lake in an extinct volcano – unaware of the mysteries that lie beneath.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the perception of selfishness among many.
- Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.
- New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.
- Times of crisis tend to increase self-centered acts.