Campus Reform — a conservative media outlet that seeks to uncover "liberal bias" on college campuses — also often serves as a middleman that places college students on television networks like Fox News for short media segments. The articles and media segments that Campus Reform produces and facilitates then spread widely on social media — but only in certain circles. This system leads to a warped media narrative about college campuses in which the majority of students live in one reality, and a select few are deployed by a sprawling media empire to help create a divergent, parallel reality. When those two realities collide, rarely is it pretty.
In 2008, Eben Alexander, a former Harvard Medical School professor, entered a coma that would change the trajectory of his life forever.
Amid an ongoing lawsuit contesting the Peabody Museum’s possession of a series of daguerreotypes that depict two enslaved people, scholars and activists have focused their attention on the museum’s collection and acquisition practices. But the daguerreotypes central to the lawsuit were only discovered in the Peabody’s collection in 1976 — a discovery that raises questions about what other objects may languish uncatalogued and anonymous in the boxes, racks, and milk crates the museum secrets away.
Though many initially disputed the cookbook collection’s academic merits, it now seems emblematic of the way the academy has changed in recent decades; it is a testament to many fields’ fights for legitimacy.