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Harvard Students And DOJ Will Find Answers Elusive In Quest To Learn About Admissions Decisions

By Natasha Warikoo/The Conversation

After weeks of negotiation, Harvard University recently agreed to provide the Department of Justice access to its admissions files. The department is reopening a complaint by 63 Asian-American groups alleging that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The complaint was previously dismissed under the Obama administration. Some educators, elected officials and public policy advocates worry that government lawyers plan to use the case to argue that all race-conscious admissions - including affirmative action - are a violation of the Civil Rights Act.

Separately, Harvard undergraduates have recently begun to take advantage of their right to view their own admissions files, often only to become frustrated in their efforts to pinpoint exactly why they got admitted.

The inquiries of the Department of Justice and the curious Harvard students have something in common: Both are unlikely to turn up any evidence of why some applicants make the cut and others don't. That's because both inquiries rest on the faulty assumption that admissions decisions are driven by an objective, measurable process that will yield the same results over and over again. As a Harvard professor who has studied and written a book about college admissions and their impact on students, I can tell you that's just not how it works.

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Posted on December 14, 2017
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A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
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Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

Memory, Transitional Justice, And Theatre In Postdictatorship Argentina

By SIU Press
Drawing on contemporary research in memory studies and transitional justice, Montez examines the Argentine theatre's responses to the country's transitional justice policies - truth and reconciliation hearings, trials, amnesties and pardons, and memorial events and spaces - that have taken place in the last decade of the 20th century and the first two decades of the 21st century.

Posted on December 13, 2017

Turning Points Of The Civil War

By SIU Press
The assassination of Abraham Lincoln might have been the war's final turning point.

Posted on December 11, 2017

Before Breitbart

By Sid Bedingfield/The Conversation
White journalists helped revive the GOP in hand with prominent voices of the conservative movement that have long harnessed racial resentment to fuel the party's political ascendancy.

Posted on November 27, 2017

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