From Research Trends, a special issue on arts and humanities. The major that could end racism: Katie Hyslop Goes inside one University of British Columbia professor's quest to help popularize indigenous studies. The awesomest 7-year postdoc: Radhika Nagpal on how she learned to stop worrying and love the tenure-track faculty life. Nora Caplan-Bricker on how higher education has bigger problems than student loans. Is women's empowerment behind the humanities “crisis”? Nora Caplan-Bricker wants to know. Slow and fast learning in the digital age: Linda Essig on how the proliferation of online learning tools requires us to take a closer look at how we think, teach and learn. In college admissions, affirmative action and its critics both have the same problem. Culture shock: There’s a reason why they call it the humanities. James M. Lang on how how college classes encourage cheating: Our universities motivate students to be dishonest — here’s how to fix them. No laughing matter: Why the university novel is now more tragedy than comedy. From THE, decline and fall of American presidencies: Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald Kauvar and E. Grady Bogue on forced departures and how to avoid them. Carole Cadwalladr on porn wars: the debate that's dividing academia. From The University Bookman, Peter Augustine Lawler on deinstitutionalizing the humanities. Ripping off young America: Matt Taibbi on the college-loan scandal. So you are starting your first year at a research university.