As part of "The Struggle to Define Free Speech: From Skokie to Paris", students will consider how different societies define freedom of expression, analyze historical sources that reveal contrasting views on freedom of expression in the case of Skokie, Illinois, where a Nazi group attempted to demonstrate in the 1970s, and explore the current free speech controversy in the wake of theCharlie Hebdo attacks.
Wendy Schiller comments on Governor Gina Raimondo's handling of her first major snow storm: “My initial impression is that Governor Raimondo took early and forceful steps to ensure public safety and coordinate emergency and public works personnel."
Ashutosh Varshney,Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences and director of the Brown-India Initiative, writes about the new role Obama sees for India as part of his global vision.
Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences and director of the Brown-India Initiative, on BBC World Service: "The United States clearly sees india now as a prominent partner in it's global vision."
Kenneth Wong, chair of education, comments on Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval's pitch to appoint local school board members. "This is a very significant development," said Wong, referencing the national implication of Nevada's consideration and also noting that "rarely are governors involved."
Stephen Kinzer, journalist in residence, says in Al Jazeera: "Journalism becomes more important when institutions weaken. It also becomes more dangerous. This is true not only in Iran, China, Turkey, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Nicaragua but also in the United States."
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Political Science Richard Arenberg writes about the Senate's history of protecting the rights of the minority through filibuster and how the use of the “nuclear option,” in particular, has started the Senate down a dark path.
Jeff Colgan, assistant professor of political science and international studies, comments on the recent plummet of oil prices in an article on how the oil market got to this point. “We probably won’t see $100 a barrel for a while,” said Colgan. “Fracking does put a bit of a ceiling on the price.”
Wendy Schiller comments on how Senator Jack Reed will continue to be influential in Congress despite now being in the minority party: “Even in an age of high polarization, I think someone like Jack Reed manages to cross party lines in his relationships.”
Richard Holbrooke Assistant Professor of Political Science Jeff Colgan in Ami Magazine: “When oil prices are rising, there is also a rise in nationalism. Oil-producing countries are more assertive."
As part of the Choices Program's Teaching with the News initiative, students will gather information about Nigeria and the Boko Haram insurgency, identify core challenges faced by the government and people of Nigeria, and form “expert” groups and create policy recommendations.
Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy, and Eric Lonergan in the Harvard Business Review: "Modest innovation to address the intertwined problems of deflation and inequality is needed."
A new study by researchers at MIT and Brown University finds evidence of bias against immigrants from Latin America in the green card approval process. Former Watson Postdoctoral Fellow Ben Rissing co-authored the study and joins Take Two for more.
Richard Arenberg, adjunct lecturer in Public Policy and Political Science, writes about the end of the era of the “Watergate Babies,” which was the nickname applied to the class of House Democratic freshmen elected in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandal and the mark they left on Washington.
In a forum in the Boston Review, Faculty Fellow Glenn Loury says: "...making Brown a poster child around which to organize a movement for social justice might be a profound mistake, for doing so creates a situation where the success or failure of that movement hinges on the facts of his case."
Stephen Robert, chairman of the Watson Institute in Haaretz: "If Israel’s leaders are determined to stand alone, they will almost certainly stand alone. But they should remember that revolutions seem impossible until they happen, then they are inevitable."
A recent BBC documentary revealed harsh working conditions in Taiwanese factories owned by Pegatron, a major supplier of Apple iPhone and iPads. Commenting in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, Richard Locke, director of the Watson Institute and chair of the Apple Academic Advisory Board, commended Apple for its efforts to improve labor conditions across its supply chain, and said that effective policing was often the issue.
Stephen Kinzer, journalist in residence, pens an op-ed on the release Tuesday of a long-delayed US Senate report on CIA abuses. He writes that the report's findings should "make Americans proud as well as ashamed."
Professor of Sociology and International Studies Michael Kennedy on the Stanford University Press Blog:"In order for that debate to carry consequence, it requires that basic questions academics pose find receptive ears among politicians who legislate the rules but have little time for much beyond immediate and lobbied concerns."
A Brown University class focused on international climate change policy will culminate the semester this month with hands-on learning in Lima, Peru. "I thought it was an opportunity to give them the benefit of some of these connections that I had been making in doing my research in the past,” said Timmons Roberts, environmental studies professor.