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 the Charlie 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.