According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in nine women experience symptoms of postpartum depression; One in one thousand women experience symptoms of psychosis, and up to four percent of women with untreated postpartum psychosis commit infanticide. A new law in Illinois allows postpartum illnesses like depression and psychosis to be mitigating factors in sentencing.Read more
Medill class of 2018 grad Hannah Wiley reported on the effects of austerity and Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico’s public schools for “In These Times” this month.Read more
The human brain is one of the most fascinating and challenging frontiers of scientific study today. What makes it particularly exciting, and what compounds its complexity, are neuroscience’s nascent attempts to go beyond understanding the brain to actually reconfiguring it. This prospect so captures the imagination that science fiction as recent as the film “Lucy” still fantasizes about the superhuman feats that could result from unlocking the brain’s latent potential.Read more
The Unite the Right rally that resulted in a fatality in August 2017 showed the resurgence of far-right groups in the U.S., and their potential for violence.
Horrified, John Bambenek, an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois and founder of information security firm Bambenek Consulting, decided to use his skills and experience to do something. Bambenek discovered after some preliminary queries that his knowledge of cryptocurrencies could shed light on far-right political activity.Read more
For a few weeks in May, a magical, fictional world hid on the fourth floor of the Pulaski Park Field House. This mysterious place is the Land of Melanin, a universe where three young warrior-explorers get lost in the play “Epic Tales From the Land of Melanin.”Read more
This audio diary-style piece features testimonials of three people with very different stories about why they stayed in Puerto Rico during and after Hurricane Maria, and touches on post-hurricane life, emigration and the colonization of the island.Read more
Since Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico—leaving thousands of people without basic necessities like electricity and water—Nelson Denis’s 2015 book “War Against All Puerto Ricans” has only become more popular. But like the island, the book has a deep-rooted and tumultuous political past.Read more