What’s new this week:

In a piece for The Washington Post, Grinnell College Professor Leif Brottem explains that extreme poverty still plagues rural Africa because we don’t know enough about where the poor actually live.

Wondering why you end up buying so much around the holidays? Professor Catherine Franssen of Longwood University shares some insight on holiday shopping and neuromarketing with CNN.

Richard Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards, weighs in on the public perception of higher education for The Chronicle of Higher Education, noting that even though most trustees believe that the public approves of higher ed, they have some serious work to do to regain public trust.

In an essay for Inside Higher Ed, Grinnell College President Raynard Kington warns of the threat to institutional mission when colleges and universities use a political litmus test to make decisions, as well as the challenges and limits of applying overly simplified labels.

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