What’s new this week:

Grinnell College Professor Mark Laver explains in an essay for Salon why Megyn Kelly’s shoddy understanding of the history of blackface isn’t surprising—and how children’s music classes play a role in normalizing blackface minstrelsy.

In this Inside Higher Ed article on a new Campus Labs study about students and activism, Professor Barbara Trish of Grinnell College suggests that while traditional political party groups on campus can still play a role, it’s unsurprising that students are more interested in issue-based groups because ties to the electorate have been declining for decades.

Why do people love pumpkin spice so much? According to Longwood University Professor Catherine Franssen, how our brains respond to nostalgia, marketing, and sweet tastes plays a big role. Read more in this Live Science piece.

Farmer School of Business Professor Arthur Carvalho weighs in on MIT’s billion-dollar investment to launch a new college of computing, the growth of artificial intelligence, and what mean for business education for Poets & Quants for Undergrads.

This Poets & Quants for Undergrads article highlights the new Advancing Women in Entrepreneurship program at Farmer School of Business, which will be led by Professor Elizabeth Troy. The curriculum is specifically designed for women business leaders of the future, with the goal of building an environment where women founders are just as common as men.

President Raynard Kington of Grinnell College shares how he navigates the struggle with balancing personal and professional opinions in this Chronicle of Higher Education essay.

Kington and Grinnell are also included in this Atlantic piece on how colleges are emphasizing humanities and the importance of a broad liberal arts education.

This Live Science article on cellulitis includes expertise from Professor Julie Maher of Carthage College.

This week on Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog, be sure to check out a post on higher ed brands we can believe in.

What we’ve been talking about:

This week, Erin delivered a general session keynote on effective media management at the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers’ Fall Workshopin Point Clear, Ala.

What’s next on our calendars:

Teresa and Erin will be heading to the 2018 American Marketing Association Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education in Orlando, Fla; they will lead a roundtable on November 5 and on November 7, they will lead a workshop on understanding and planning for institutional crises.

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