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Susan Henking
Susan Henking is President of Shimer College in Chicago. She writes on religion, the history of sociology, gender, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, diversity, and leadership, and is the co-editor of two books, Que(e)rying Religion: A Critical Anthology and Mourning Religion. Dr. Henking is also a frequent contributor to Religion Dispatches and authors a blog on the liberal arts.

Entries by Susan Henking

Women in College Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 5:06 PM

As you explore options for college, you are likely to ask about programs, affordability, facilities, housing, sports, and safety. Are you, though, asking about leadership?

I believe you should, for who leads our colleges and universities affects decisions from how endowments are invested to which academic programs are prioritized....

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Declining Diversity in Higher Education

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 6:25 PM

The numbers say it all. Diversity is declining in higher education across the United States.

I do not mean there are declining numbers of women. Nor do I mean there are declining numbers of African-Americans or Blacks, Asian-Americans or Hispanics. I also do not mean that there is a...

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Nelson Mandela Reached Me

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 10:44 AM

Nelson Mandela has died. We extend our condolences to his family and his nation well. And, we stop and reflect on what he has taught us both as a person and as a part of a social movement.

At least three things stand out for me:

First, and most importantly...

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Reflections Since the Anniversary of the March on Washington

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 4:44 PM

On Intersectional Analysis:

Associated in large measure in my mind with the 1991 Stanford Law Review article by Kimberly Crenshaw titled "Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics and Violence against Women of Color," the notion of intersectionality reminds us that oppression occurs as a system of interrelated social relationships,...

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Marching on for Social Justice

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 12:26 PM

Today crowds congregate in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. They gather, too, to address ongoing issues related to civil rights in our country and across the globe. Though much has changed -- this March will feature a speech by the first African American...

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We Are Not All Trayvon Martin

(30) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 1:20 PM

Among the photographs posted to the Chicago Tribune website of the protest in Daley Square following the acquittal of George Zimmerman are several of the same young white woman wearing a t-shirt spray-painted with the slogan "We are all Trayvon Martin." I am gratified that this is a time in...

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Free Higher Education

(3) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 6:32 PM

Some time ago, I attended a gathering of college and university presidents brought together by The Chronicle of Higher Education. A number of luminaries were asked to get the conversation going by speaking about what they imagined for a positive future for higher education. To encourage them to let their...

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Violence and Education

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 6:51 PM

Recently a student asked me, "Why are you writing to presidents of colleges that have experienced violence?" I answered that I once had a terrible experience when I was acting as an administrator (it involved several accidental student deaths), and I received a few notes from utter strangers. They helped...

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Are You College-Age?

(7) Comments | Posted March 9, 2013 | 11:42 AM

When I was asked this question, as often happened, as an adolescent, I thought the answer was obvious. I had not finished high school so, no, I was not yet college-age. Later, when I had received an undergraduate degree and was over 25, I was college-age no longer.

Sometimes I...

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A Chain of Memory

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 3:51 PM

Liberal education is enriched by conversations we have with folks as disparate as Plato and Durkheim, Audre Lorde and Sigmund Freud, Lavoisier, Frederick Douglas, and Virginia Woolf.

What do these thinkers have in common?

They are dead.

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