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Having trouble choosing among a torrent of Giving Tuesday appeals? There’s a curriculum for that, say three professors who teach about philanthropy. By giving away money (that isn’t theirs) in hands-on “experiential philanthropy” classes, students learn how to use their own money and time to make a difference. And two other scholars identify five things that give people “a taste for charity.”

Many on the right lament the recent rise of white identity politics on websites like Breitbart. But argues journalism professor Sid Bedingfield, these outlets have been around for decades. He tells the story of the white journalists and newspaper editors who exploited the racial resentment of the Civil Rights Era to help build the GOP’s southern firewall.

And did you know that organisms from the simplest bacteria through to people have finely tuned internal clocks that keep their circadian rhythms in sync with Earth’s 24-hour days? University of Maryland Baltimore County Biologists Hua Lu and Linda Wiratan study these circadian clocks in plants and their pathogens and pests, with the hope that insights could eventually improve agriculture, and maybe even lead to specially timed precision medicines for human beings.

Emily Schwartz Greco

Philanthropy + Nonprofits Editor

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Academic research and coursework on giving and volunteering are growing more popular. Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com

Learning by giving: How today's students can become tomorrow's philanthropists

Jodi Benenson, University of Nebraska Omaha; David Campbell, Binghamton University, State University of New York; Lindsey McDougle, Rutgers University Newark

After taking a class in which they give money away, students get more interested in donating to and volunteering at local nonprofits.

Charitable donors may share some common traits. AP Photo/Mike Groll

5 reasons why people give their money away – plus 1 why they don't

Sara Konrath, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Femida Handy, University of Pennsylvania

Donors who support charitable causes have a 'taste' for giving, researchers found.

Political reporter William D. Workman speaks at a GOP event in 1962. Courtesy of South Carolina Political Collections, University of South Carolina

Before Breitbart, there was the Charleston News and Courier

Sid Bedingfield, University of Minnesota

In the 1960s, white newspaper journalists exploited racial divisions to help build the GOP's southern firewall.

Though not this obvious from the outside, plants are keeping time. Hua Lu

Studying circadian rhythms in plants and their pathogens might lead to precision medicine for people

Hua Lu, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Linda Wiratan, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Precisely calibrated timekeepers are found in organisms from all domains of life. Biologists are studying how they influence plant/pathogen interactions – what they learn could lead to human medicines.

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