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Blog articles offer practical advice, personal experiences, and responses to current events from the vantage point of life in academia.

By Julie M. Dahl

I have had the conversation hundreds of times. A fellow academic asks me what my field is and then follows up with the inevitable question: “Are you faculty?” Off campus, the question takes a slightly different...

By Sara Scheunemann

Have you ever wished that everyone you loved lived in one place? As a child, my world was compact. All the people I loved lived in the same small Midwestern town, and my grandparents’ farm...

By Tish Harrison Warren

Though each of their stories are different and each individual circumstance matters, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray have become, collectively, icons of victimization and injustice...

By Andrea Lama

On Saturday, April 25, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook the Himalayan country of Nepal. It struck the country’s capital city, Kathmandu, as well as surrounding villages. More than 5,000 lives have been lost...

By Christine Twedt

Where do we want to go out to eat this weekend? What book will I start reading? What job shall I pursue next? How will I invest my time and energy? We make choices in our lives, big and small...

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun
For our household, 2015 was supposed to be the year of the family. After nearly a decade of unpredictable adventures in Silicon Valley and abroad— mostly thanks to my husband’s social enterprise startup...
By Jasmine Obeyesekere Fernando

We mourn the murder of people in Garissa, among them students from our sister movement in FOCUS Kenya — another grim reminder that in parts of the globe today, Christians are randomly killed...

By Ann Boyd

When I was 26 years old, I began to grasp the profound significance of Easter. Despite being surrounded by liturgy in my Catholic childhood days, despite the growth of my gratitude for the cross...

By Christena Cleveland

I’ve been a social justice warrior since midway through the first grade. The “new girl” in my class, who also happened to be blind, was unable to participate in our lunchtime kickball game...

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