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I sometimes tell my first-year undergraduate writers that I will order T-shirts or possibly hats emblazoned with the slogan “Death to the Word ‘Issue,’ ” perhaps in fiery red letters. Occasionally, I write this exhortation in the margins of their papers.

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This story was supposed to be born of joy and gratitude, and in anticipation of both it was already mostly written, in my mind at least. But the first feeling, joy, has been suddenly replaced by acute disappointment, with anxiety and occasion…

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I grew up a few miles south of Greensboro in Randleman. Our home was just five minutes from our most famous local citizen, NASCAR legend Richard Petty. Upon graduating from North Carolina State University, I was lucky enough to find a great j…

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In recent years, substantial resistance has grown against policies and programs in the U.S. that support diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Endeavors to legislate away equity efforts have been especially prominent in Texas, where elected officials have banned university DE…

Right now, we’re having a vibrant national debate about governments at all levels using their might to suppress speech. One such case now pending at the U.S. Supreme Court will either expand or reduce individual freedom.

When my son Rowan was 8 years old, he was diagnosed as autistic, something that should have been obvious given his aversion to hand-dryers and his proclivity for completing puzzles face-down. The doctor cautioned that Rowan would need more time to process things in school, but I soon realize…

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