Friday Five: Worth the Wait

This week’s Friday Five is coming a bit late, but we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share several thought-provoking articles from the week.   The posts below tap into a growing ambivalence and uncertainty that has hit America’s educational institutions.  Questions about accountability, sustainability and the preservation of knowledge exist in the minds […]

Friday Five: ‘Tis the Season

The snow is falling, the bells are ringing and controversy is in the air.  This week was filled with lots of brouhaha—check it out below! Social media is abuzz debating Beyonce’s feminism and Duck Dynasty’s homophobia but unfortunately not enough people are talking about R. Kelly’s sexual predation on teenage girls. Get the scoop @VillageVoice […]

Friday Five: Going Places

Where are you this week? Our Friday Five looks at different spaces and places through some of the week’s most interesting articles: Is Jezebel your go-to site for feminist thought? What are your thoughts on The American Prospect’s discussion of the site’s evolution? Although western cultures seem increasingly concerned with measuring, ranking, and numbering our […]

The Friday Five: Fright Edition

We saw our fair share of ghost, goblins & ghouls this week, but sometimes reality can be scarier than fantasy.  These week’s Friday Five features some of the most frightening stories of the week: We find Hanna Rosin’s “End of Men” argument quite horrifying—not because we buy it but because we’re afraid that others will! […]

The Friday Five: Campus Happenings

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.”—Thomas Jefferson In some ways, college campuses can offer a refuse from the political and economic grind of day-to-day living–an enclave […]

The Friday Five: Going Dark

Even though many Americans seem not to care, the government shutdown did grab some attention this week.   This week’s Friday Five highlights some of the most interesting, albeit not the most visible, perspectives regarding what happens when the lights go out in Washington. Are you feeling frustrated? So are these people! @Buzzfeed Perhaps the US […]

Friday Five: Making the Invisible Visible

In the early 90s, a series of books titled Magic Eye were published.  If you were a kid at that time—which some of us here at the Fifth Floor were—you probably remember having your mind blown by what was inside.  After staring at a page with a pattern of dots for some time, a 3D […]

The Friday Five: Today’s Dreamland

This week, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Across the nation, Americans contemplated both the great change and stagnation that has occurred over the past half century.  In this week’s post, we look at articles that reflect the complexity of the contemporary context, within which the civil rights debates of previous […]