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The sexual abuse and harassment scandals of 2017 felled many powerful men in Hollywood, Congress, Silicon Valley and elsewhere. Given how widespread workplace harassment is, what can be done to undo the system that has made it possible? The Time’s Up initiative plans to pursue justice for victims and accountability for wrongdoers. To get to the root of the problem, however, lawmakers must address the serious flaws in how workplaces are regulated, writes Elizabeth Tippett, an associate professor of law at the University of Oregon.

With news that the number of colleges and universities with test-optional admissions has topped 1,000, Joseph Soares of Wake Forest University offers insights into why that milestone is a welcome one for students. Soares draws on his research to explain why college entrance exams favor wealthy white students and why they don’t tell us more than high school grades about how well a student will fare in college.

A hundred years ago, a deadly flu swept around the world, killing an estimated 50 million people. Many know the “Spanish flu” as one of the biggest pandemics in history – but they may not realize that it didn’t actually start in Spain. Richard Gunderman of Indiana University busts 10 myths about the famous virus of 1918.

Bryan Keogh

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Oprah Winfrey spoke about the women of the #MeToo movement as she accepted a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. HFPA

Targeting hidden roots of workplace harassment is key to fulfilling Oprah's promise to girls

Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon

At the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey assured girls that the harassment scandals of 2017 will eventually lead to a brighter future. But deep workplace issues will have to be addressed first.

The number of colleges and universities with test-optional admissions policies recently topped 1,000 – a milestone that one expert says is a welcome trend. Shutterstock.com

More colleges than ever have test-optional admissions policies — and that's a good thing

Joseph Soares, Wake Forest University

The number of colleges that have test-optional admissions policies has now surpassed 1,000. An admissions specialist explains why that milestone is a welcome one.

Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital near Fort Riley, Kansas in 1918. AP Photo/National Museum of Health

The 'greatest pandemic in history' was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

Richard Gunderman, Indiana University

Don't believe these 10 common myths about the 1918 Spanish flu.

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There are over 200 mega-churches in California – Protestant, theologically conservative churches with at least 2,000 attending worship each week.


How California's megachurches changed Christian culture

Richard Flory

University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

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