Reading List – On Role Models

Professor says career ‘effectively ended’ by union’s transphobia claims | Higher education

“We have acted – and will continue to act – firmly and promptly to tackle bullying and harassment, to defend the fundamental principle of academic freedom, to support our community and continue to progress our work on equality, diversity and inclusion. We care deeply about getting this balance right.” Yes a vocal bullying minority is trying to impose its views but the adults are behaving like adults.


Arkansas governor who vetoed anti-trans law defends other anti-trans bills 

As we have seen before, the anger of America’s voters does not always equate to recklessness.


A Jazzman’s Blues movie review

On a recent appearance on “The Today Show,” Perry said, “I had to be strategic in what I was doing before, so I had to make sure I had a hit after a hit after a hit, so this one I just wanted to take my time and do it at the right moment.”

A Jazzman’s Blues review – soulful Netflix drama is Tyler Perry’s magnum opus

So Perry took 30 years to build an empire. In the end, there’s no doubt it was the right move. If he had tried starting his career with Jazzman, the world probably never sees the film at all, let alone in this stunning, unadulterated form. Perry not only fulfilled his promise – you could call this his magnum opus. But (and I can’t believe I’m writing this) his best might indeed be yet to come.

Trump’s march back to power has faltered. Now comes the real challenge for the global left

American democracy is flawed and under threat. But an overlooked virtue of well-rooted democratic political systems, not just the US version, is that they rarely produce catastrophes, even if sometimes they can come close. The midterms were just such a non-catastrophe.

Why Oprah hates politics

A doctor told Oprah to ’embrace hunger’. How it changed her view of medicine forever.

“Overall, I was able to adjust because I have the ability [and] really strong sense of being in this present moment and living this moment without having to worry about the next. You can do that when you don’t have to worry about where your next paycheck is coming from. I didn’t have to worry about, “Am I going to have rent? Am I going to be able to get food? Am I going to be able to keep the lights on and am I going to be able to take care of my children?”
And I make no apologies for it. Because I worked to earn it. Nobody gave it to me, I didn’t have a father that took over the business or a husband who left me money, or uncles who helped me. I feel completely responsible for having created the life that I have and also equally grateful and blessed for it.”