"The Hunting Ground," a new documentary on sexual assaults on campus, had its debut Friday at Sundance and stunned many in the audience with the stories of women who had been sexually assaulted. The woman who without success has tried to bring charges against Jameis Winston, a football star at Florida State University, speaks publicly and at length for the first time.
The New York Times reported that "audience members repeatedly gasped as student after student spoke on camera about being sexually assaulted — and being subsequently ignored or run through endless hoops by college administrators concerned about keeping rape statistics low." The Los Angeles Times called the documentary "a devastating indictment of the plague of rapes on campuses." The Daily Beast detailed the portion of the film about the Winston case. (NOTE: This paragraph has been updated to remove a suggestion in the film, since determined to be incorrect, that no college presidents would agree to be interviewed on camera.)
The documentary will appear on CNN and also in theaters. The trailer follows.
Survey finds that U.S. students from majority religions feel more support on campuses than those from minority faith traditions -- and that very few students are frequently engaged in organized interfaith activities.
On many campuses, Martin Luther King Day was marked by lectures or service projects. But some campuses and some students saw protests of recent incidents (and many in the past) in which unarmed black men were killed by police officers. Organized under the Twitter hashtags of #ReclaimMLK and #TakeBackMLK, protesters engaged in civil disobedience they said was inspired by the slain civil rights leader who was honored Monday.
Dozens of Stanford University students were arrested when they blocked traffic on a bridge that crosses San Francisco Bay, The Los Angeles Times reported. The photograph at top right is among those posted to Twitter.
Protesters interrupted a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Harris-Stowe State University, a historically black institution in Missouri, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The protesters shouted that those in attendance were part of the "establishment," carried an upside-down American flag, and shouted, "No justice, no peace."
Clemson University faculty members and students are urging the institution to rename one of its most prominent building, Tillman Hall (at right), whose current name honors a racist, The Greenville News reported. Benjamin Ryan Tillman was a white supremacist politician who boasted of participating in the killings of black people. He was also one of the founders of the university. Many colleges and universities have faced similar debates.
A new study in the journal Science offers a new theory for gender gaps in academe. Researchers at Princeton University surveyed faculty members, postdocs and graduate students on whether they believed raw brilliance (as opposed to just hard work) was needed to get ahead in their discipline. In disciplines where there are strong beliefs about brilliance as a key factor to success, the number of women earning doctorates is lower than in other fields. The numbers of women earning doctorates go up in fields where scholars tend to believe that hard work and dedication are what matter.