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The book cover for Marlena Williams's "Night Mother: A Personal and Cultural History of The Exorcist."

Exorcising ‘The Exorcist’

Scott McLemee reviews Marlena Williams’s Night Mother: A Personal and Cultural History of The Exorcist.

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4 Ways Universities Gaslight DEI Initiatives

The slowdown, the pushback, the shutdown and the blowback are all common gaslighting tactics, Megan MacKenzie, Özlem Sensoy, Genevieve Fuji Johnson, Nathalie Sinclair and Laurel Weldon write.

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Who’s Afraid of Open Science?

Tom Ciavarella calls for an open debate on the White House’s open science policy.

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Our Transcripts Are Academic Rap Sheets—and We Can Do Better

Learning (not rigor) is what prepares students for life after graduation, and our teaching—and transcripts—should reflect that, Jane L. Lubischer writes.

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In Our Own Backyards

The Supreme Court decision on race-conscious admissions was a wake-up call to embrace the full diversity of the talent pools in our cities and communities, Nancy Cantor writes.

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A Proposal to Revive the English Major

G. Thomas Couser proposes rebranding and reimagining the English major as Global English Studies.

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AI, Expertise and the Convergence of Writing and Coding

The common challenge in teaching writing and coding is helping students develop professional expertise when access to such expertise has been democratized via AI, Marit J. MacArthur writes.

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Tackling Pedigree Bias in Faculty Hiring

No more CV skimming: faculty search committees should consider an initial anonymized review of candidates’ research proposals, John M. Herbert writes.