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Interim Michigan State University President John Engler was picked to guide MSU amid the fallout from a sexual abuse scandal. But a report in Bridge raises questions about how Engler handled allegations of sexual abuse against female inmates in state prisons when he served as Michigan’s governor.


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On WestSouthwest, New Yorker Staff Writer David Denby on the Humanities and Demagoguery. And a Sociologist discusses gender discrimination and sexual harassment in higher education. 


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David Denby says if enough people in the United States had read Huckleberry Finn President Donald Trump wouldn’t have been taken seriously during his campaign. Denby, a staff writer for the New Yorker says he was thinking of the con men in Mark Twain’s classic. “Trump is a con artist.”


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A scholar at the College of Charleston in South Carolina says academia is hardly immune from problems with gender inequality and sexual harassment. Sociologist Kris De Welde will talk about the issue February 8th at Western Michigan University.


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On WestSouthwest, Kalamazoo State Representative Jon Hoadley says the Legislature should be using its investigations to hold Michigan State University accountable. And the director of a documentary on suicide discusses her film being shown by Western Michigan University in February. 


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