This week at Ideas on Fire, we’ve been thinking about the classroom, specifically the pedagogy of politics in a divisive election year and progressive approaches to sexual education in the midst of a national discussion on rape culture. We’ve also been reflecting on the practice and purpose of self-care, from how women of color can survive the academy to how the very notion of “self-help” can erase other efforts at solidarity and coalition-building. We also came across a useful primer on the cost of publishing in academia, and a thoughtful exploration of how our food and writing rituals are often intertwined.

In the most contentious election cycle in recent memory, students want to and should have meaningful political discussions in the classroom. So How Do You Teach Politics in the Year of Donald Trump?

Stanford University aims to create “a campus culture that promotes healthy, empowered and consensual relationships” through the launch of an innovative program for incoming students that moves Beyond Sex Ed.

As a woman of color in the academy, it can be a struggle to survive an often toxic, exclusionary and isolating environment, day in and day out. We need an approach to Living Beyond Survival. Karen B. Hanna provides 11 Tips for Women of Color in Academia.

There is an increasingly vibrant public conversation happening on the topic of self-care. But in the very real struggle for work-life balance under late-stage capitalism, this discourse can also work to obscure the fact that the Way to Better Work-Life Balance is often Unions, Not Self-Help.

Academic publishing as an industry has seen a series of ongoing changes. A recent study on The Costs of Publishing Academic Monographs brings a necessary transparency to a nebulous process.

Food not only feeds our body, but can nourish our imagination. The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook highlights the intersection of the literary and the culinary.

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