Geography of Hate: Geotagged Hateful Tweets in the United States

“The Geography of Hate is part of a larger project by Dr. Monica Stephens of Humboldt State University (HSU) identifying the geographic origins of online hate speech. Undergraduate students Amelia Egle, Matthew Eiben and Miles Ross, worked to produce the data and this map as part of Dr. Stephens’ Advanced Cartography course at Humboldt State University.

The data behind this map is based on every geocoded tweet in the United States from June 2012 – April 2013 containing one of the ‘hate words’. This equated to over 150,000 tweets and was drawn from the DOLLY project based at the University of Kentucky. Because algorithmic sentiment analysis would automatically classify any tweet containing ‘hate words’ as “negative,” this project relied upon the HSU students to read the entirety of tweet and classify it as positive, neutral or negative based on a predefined rubric. Only those tweets that were identified by human readers as negative were used in this analysis.”

http://users.humboldt.edu/mstephens/hate/hate_map.html#

One Easy Thing All White People Could Do That Would Make The World A Better Place

Two sisters — one looks white, the other black. Here’s what happened when they went to the store. Spoiler alert: they weren’t treated the same way.

http://www.upworthy.com/one-easy-thing-all-white-people-could-do-that-would-make-the-world-a-better-place-5

The Unfinished Business of the 1963 March on Washington from the Economic Policy Institute

This infographic compares 1963 to 2012, illustrating how much further there is to go…

http://www.epi.org/multimedia/infographic-unfinished-business-1963-march/

Seeking Edge in Academics, Chinese Spend Summer in U.S. by By JANE PERLEZ and HELEN GAO, NY Times

“By some estimates, more than 100,000 Chinese students, some as young as 10, flocked to the United States this summer to delve into American life and culture. Some studied diligently in programs intended to improve their SAT scores. Others kicked back and enjoyed more leisurely pursuits, on group tours that visited Las Vegas, New York and Disneyland. Some attended outdoor camps.

The surge in students traveling to the United States for the summer is the latest iteration in China’s booming multibillion-dollar overseas education business. Until recently, the vast number of Chinese education agencies that broker students’ entry to American colleges and private high schools concentrated on preparing them at home in China. They coached well-off, fee-paying, and, in some cases, brilliant Chinese students in the intricacies of the American admissions process.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/30/world/asia/well-off-chinese-students-summer-in-us-seeking-an-edge.html?hpw

Liberal Education in Authoritarian Places by By JIM SLEEPER, NY Times

The challenge of US Universities opening branch campuses abroad. “At its best, a liberal education imbues future citizen-leaders with the values and skills that are necessary to question, not merely serve, concentrations of power and profit. Universities that abandon this ideal are lending their good names to the decline of liberal education; turning themselves into career-networking centers for a global managerial work force that answers to no republican polity or moral code; and cheapening the value of the diplomas they hand out, at home and abroad.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/opinion/sunday/liberal-education-in-authoritarian-places.html?hp

World of Grief and Doubt After an Adoptee’s Death by By RACHEL L. SWARNS and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN, NY Times

Issues of culture, diplomacy, expectations, and child rearing often emerge in international adoption cases.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/us/widening-ripples-of-grief-in-adoptees-death.html