#348: ‘Four Years Being Seen As Family’

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Hi loyal readers! Thank you for being here. There’s plenty of doom out in the world right now – and plenty of pieces detailing that doom. If you’ve been a subscriber for any length of time, you know that I don’t shy away from doomsday articles. But this week – the beginning of a one-month break between jobs – I was in the mood for something different.
Today’s issue explores the theme of belonging from three perspectives. The lead article charts the rise of Black colleges and universities as joyful, safe, and transformative alternatives to predominantly white elite institutions. The second piece examines the controversial claims of Landmark Forum, which promises its participants breakthrough personal growth in just one three-day workshop. And the third article investigates whether belonging to a fantasy sports league is the answer to men’s inability to forge meaningful relationships. (Answer: No.) Please enjoy!
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Why Students Are Choosing H.B.C.U.s: ‘Four Years Being Seen as Family’
This month at Article Club, we’re discussing “The Roe Baby,” by Joshua Prager. Please join us: hltr.co/roe1. Here’s an interview with Shelley Thornton, the daughter of Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in Roe.
This month at Article Club, we’re discussing “The Roe Baby,” by Joshua Prager. Please join us: hltr.co/roe1. Here’s an interview with Shelley Thornton, the daughter of Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in Roe.
The Landmark Forum: A Program For Personal Transformation, Or A Cult?
Can Men Be Friends? My Life in Fantasy Basketball.
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