What we’re reading

Last night, Viola Davis became the first African American to win the best actress in a drama category in the history of the Emmy Awards. She won for her role in How to Get Away with Murder. Her speech has garnered praise from many in the industry. A full list last night’s winners can be found here.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to the United States in the coming weeks amidst increasing tension between China and the U.S. The New Yorker explores factors adding to the tension in bi-lateral relations in a recent piece, including increased nationalism in both countries and wavering economic stability.

Responding to recent claims that college students are being unduly shielded from uncomfortable opinions — most notably The Atlantic‘s “The Coddling of the American Mind” — Kate Manne, assistant professor of philosophy at Cornell College, defends her use of trigger warnings in the New York Times. Her main point: what’s the harm? If it helps some people out, then why not do it?

Our Wesleyan counterpart, Wesleying (cleverer name than Blog?), published a very cool piece on the responsibilities of campus publications to represent all students’ lives, and the problems of having a homogeneous staff. The piece is a response to a highly controversial opinion article on the Black Lives Matter movement that was published in another Wesleyan campus publication.

Looking to change things up culinarily? Check out these quick weeknight recipes that can help make your life a little easier if you’re off meal plan and a little less monotonous if you still are.