Wednesday's News & Ideas - 11/15/2017

  • Faculty as barrier to change
  • The need for cross-sector collaboration
  • Preparing for a mass shooting
  • Moore & the moral mirror of hatred
  • Barbie in a hijab
  • Winemaking in the Stone Age

Many trustees see faculty as barrier to change
Inside Higher Ed: College and university trustees widely agree that the public’s perception of higher education has been eroding and that higher education’s business model needs to change -- but many see significant barriers to putting changes in place.
Inside Higher Ed: The administrator as change agent

The need for cross-sector collaboration
Stanford Social Innovation Review: With the rise in complex, interdependent and emergent challenges, effective change to secure a brighter future will require transformative, collaborative leaders who can effectively lead cross-sector collaborations.

Could it happen here? How churches are preparing for a mass shooting
Religion News Service: A church security training ministry has been so overwhelmed with requests for training about how to stop an armed, violent intruder that one Boston church will have to wait a year for its session.

Roy Moore and the moral mirror of hatred
The Week: Many Americans have expressed shock and dismay at the news that a public figure who presented himself as a model and guardian of Christian morality could have violated those morals in such a profound way. But it must be said: These allegations should sadden everyone but surprise no one.
Bloomberg: Roy Moore seeks refuge among his evangelical Christian supporters

Barbie heads into new ground with hijab-sporting doll
NPR: Mattel unveiled its first hijab-wearing Barbie doll on Monday, modeled after fencer Ibtihaj Muhammed, who has broken ground herself as the first U.S. Olympic athlete to compete in the head scarf.

The Spark

Oldest evidence of winemaking discovered at 8,000-year-old village
Just a few thousand years after the first wild grasses were domesticated, the people at Gadachrili had not only learned the art of fermentation but were apparently improving, breeding and harvesting vitis vinifera, the European grape. “They’re working out horticultural methods, how you transplant it, how you produce it,” an archeologist says. “It shows just how inventive the human species is.”

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