Dartmouth librarian Laura Braunstein co-founded Inkubator, dedicated to diversifying the world of crossword puzzles. The site publishes two puzzles a month by women and nonbinary people and offers mentorship for beginner puzzle constructors.
In a story about the virus surge, the paper turns for comment to Carlos Polanco '21, who says that during the protests that followed the killing of George Floyd, he used a mask and maintained a social distance from others whenever possible.
Dartmouth's Thalia Wheatley and students helped a new film, Welcome to Chechnya—which tells the story of a pipeline created to rescue LGBTQ Chechens from persecution—use "face doubles" to protect the identities of those in the film.
In an opinion piece, Dartmouth's Kendall Hoyt says collaboration on a COVID-19 vaccination is key. "A coordinated global effort would move faster and have a higher chance of producing an accessible vaccine at scale," she writes.
Dartmouth's Colin Calloway says 1779 holds one of 21 lessons from history: "At the same time that the American Revolution was raging in the East, a smallpox pandemic occurred in the West that affected the course of American history," he says.
As restaurants begin to put mannequins at some tables to look full and support social distancing, Dartmouth's Thalia Wheatley says the "uncanny valley," referring to the creepiness certain objects inspire, "says this is a really bad idea."
Pulitzer-prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed '81 writes about Juneteenth and why it matters. There's talk of making it a national holiday, she says, though there's "some danger that holidays allow us to become too self-congratulatory."
A reviewer says the book, by Dartmouth's Joshua Bennett, is "accessible, beautifully written," and filled with "arresting insights about four classics of African American literature," including works by Thurston and Morrison.
"We are fighting a virus that demands we change our behavior to survive, even as our country's racist history, also, demands that of us," writes Dartmouth's Alexander Chee on the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march.
In a story about the pandemic and the economy, Dartmouth's Bruce Sacerdote '90 says a second round of stimulus checks would be helpful. "It is critical that people have money for food and secondarily for rent and mortgage payments," he says.
Dartmouth's Jeff Sharlet examines the role religion plays at Trump rallies. "The gospel of Trump … is gnostic, a form of secret knowledge reserved for the faithful, a 'truth' you must have the eyes to see in order to believe," says Sharlet.
The Neukom Institute for Computational Science has announced its shortlist for the 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards, and the contest judge is Sam J. Miller, author of Blackfish City and other books, Tor reports.
Assistant Professor Joshua Bennett's poem "America Will Be" is part of a collection of 20 revolutionary poems by black writers published by the website Pop Dust. Bennett has published a number of books of poetry and of prose.
Dartmouth's Elizabeth Wilson says the pandemic has provided insights about change that might be relevant to dealing with climate change. "Sometimes, the first step toward any action is being able to imagine that it's possible," she says.
Why did the U.S. military embrace the Confederate flag? For answers, look to World War II, writes Dartmouth historian Matthew Delmont. More than 70 years after that war, he says, "it is well past time that these ties are severed."
"There's a sense that this is going to be a turning point. They can't let the intensity go," says Dartmouth's Matthew Delmont about the younger generation of activists involved in the protests since George Floyd's death at the hands of police.
Hurdles, anyone? They seem to work out well for Edie Wilson '22 and Parker Johnson '19. They met at Dartmouth—she ran the straight 400-meter race and he was a hurdler—broke up, and got back together during a new hurdle: COVID-19 quarantining.
Dartmouth's Gregory Tsongalis discusses safeguards such as wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. States that implemented "those types of precautions quickly showed much more containment of the spread of the virus," he says.
A story about racial justice revisits an interview in which Dartmouth's Ella Bell Smith discusses how race, gender, and economic class affect black women's and white women's work relationships, and how the differences can drive women apart.