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How one woman pulled off the first consumer boycott – and...

Tom Zoellner, Chapman University While many companies have trumpeted their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, others are beginning to face consumer pressure for...

Uprisings after pandemics have happened before – just look at the...

Susan Wade, Keene State College As a professor of medieval Europe, I’ve taught the bubonic plague, and how it contributed to the English Peasant Revolt...

Inside the Beatles’ messy breakup, 50 years ago

Tim Riley, Emerson College Fifty years ago, when Paul McCartney announced he had left the Beatles, the news dashed the hopes of millions of fans,...

Why are so few people born on Christmas Day, New Year’s...

Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University Christmas and New Year’s are days of celebration in many parts of the world when people gather with family and...

Spinster, old maid or self-partnered – why words for single women...

Amy Froide, University of Maryland, Baltimore County In a recent interview with Vogue, actress Emma Watson opened up about being a single 30-year-old woman. Instead...

Brexit: An ‘escape room’ with no escape

Terrence Guay, Pennsylvania State University Brexit is beginning to look a lot like an “escape room” with no exit. An escape room is an increasingly popular...

In the 1600s Hester Pulter wondered, ‘Why must I forever be...

Samantha Snively, University of California, Davis In 1996, a graduate student named Mark Robson was creating a digital catalog of the University of Leeds’ Brotherton...

The ‘inevitable sadness’ of Kazuo Ishiguro’s fiction

Cynthia F. Wong, University of Colorado Denver On a damp October day in 2006, I followed Kazuo Ishiguro and my 10-year-old daughter Grace to a...

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Why apparel brands’ efforts to police their supply chains aren’t working

Jason Judd, Cornell University and Sarosh Kuruvilla, Cornell University The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea For years, apparel brands...