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Weekly Review
November 18, 2022
At AKA, we closely follow trends and latest developments
in higher education and the nonprofit sector.

Here are some recent articles and reports that we found particularly informative.
From The Atlantic:
The End of Affirmative Action Would be a Disaster
By Lee C. Bollinger and Geoffrey R. Stone
Some claim that affirmative action has already done what it initially set out to do. Using an array of data, the authors argue that this is far from true and that Black students’ educational opportunities remain separate and unequal. For example, predominantly white school districts collectively receive $23 billion more a year than predominantly nonwhite school districts. Read this article

From The New York Times:
What Happens When a Cascade of Crises Collide?
By Thomas Homer-Dixon and Johan Rockström
The “perfect storm” metaphor applied to the world’s numerous simultaneous crises implies that their concurrence is a temporary coincidence and blinds us to the hidden processes by which these crises worsen each other, causing worldwide damage greater than the sum of their parts. Read this article
Dear Artists: Do Not Fear AI Image Generators
By Paul Ford
New systems, like the numerous AI image generators springing up, always seem, at first, to devalue craft, shift power, and wreck cultures and scenes. They do all of that. But the author suggests we do not have to choose between the AI-image generator’s “unthinking digital pseudo-brain” and the works produced by a single artist’s human mind. The miracle is that we can learn from both, whenever we like. Read this article
Further Reading
From Scholars At Risk Network:
Free to Think: Report of the Scholars at Risk Academic Freedom Monitoring Project
This report documents 391 attacks on higher education communities in 65 countries and territories between September 2021 and August 2022. It explores the trends of these attacks with the aim of raising awareness and of urging diverse state and non-state stakeholders to protect and promote academic freedom. Read this article
From The Economist:
Climate adaptation: The challenge of the age
This special report highlights different approaches to and rationales for climate adaptation, looking at the impact of different forms of governance, public vs. private funding, the role of business, and the moral case for greater support by rich countries for poor ones. Read this article
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