humanities and social sciences

Mar 20, 2017  |  Research and Innovation

Critical Thinking Instruction in Humanities Reduces Belief in Pseudoscience

A new study finds that teaching critical thinking skills in a humanities course significantly reduces student beliefs in “pseudoscience” that is unsupported by facts.

Mar 16, 2017  |  The Abstract

The Importance of African-American Speech: Q&A With Walt Wolfram

Linguistics scholar Walt Wolfram reflects on the importance of understanding and appreciating African-American speech -- a subject he has been devoted to for more than five decades.

Mar 16, 2017  |  Research and Innovation

Documentary Explores the Historical, Cultural Importance of African American Speech

Researchers and filmmakers are premiering a documentary film devoted to the history of African American speech, its cultural importance, and how it has shaped modern American English.

Mar 14, 2017  |  Research and Innovation

Money, Not Access, Key to Resident Food Choices in ‘Food Deserts’

A new study finds that, while access to healthy foods is a significant challenge, the biggest variable limiting diet choices in so-called “food deserts” is limited financial resources.

Mar 2, 2017  |  Faculty and Staff

Balaban Honored for Community Service

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs has awarded English professor John Balaban its prestigious George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature.

Feb 14, 2017  |  Research and Innovation

Pilot Project Offers Blueprint for Addressing Mental Health Needs of Homeless Children

Lessons learned from five-year pilot project to meet the mental health needs of children in homeless families could serve as a blueprint for similar efforts around the country.

Feb 13, 2017  |  The Abstract

From the Big Red One to ‘The Big Red One’ – War, Movies and Sam Fuller

From obscure arthouse films to big-budget blockbusters, movies are experiences shared by the audience; they reflect our world back to us, often offering insights we never thought of. But what shapes the filmmakers behind the movies?

Feb 2, 2017

To Lose Weight, and Keep It Off, Be Prepared to Navigate Interpersonal Challenges

A new study highlights an unexpected challenge for those who have made a new year’s resolution to lose weight: the people around you may consciously or subconsciously sabotage your efforts.

Feb 2, 2017  |  Campus Life

5 Questions With S. James Gates Jr.

Discover how theoretical physicist Sylvester Gates Jr. envisions the intersection of science and society at the the 2017 Humanities and Social Sciences Diversity Lecture.

Jan 25, 2017  |  Research and Innovation

Foreign Affairs Expert Offers Insight On Impact of U.S. Withdrawal From TPP

Reporters interested in learning more about what the TPP withdrawal may mean for international trade or U.S. foreign policy in Asia can contact Jessica C. Liao.