Tuesday, January 29th's event, Critical Conversations: Experiences of Incarceration in the United States & Syria, hosted by Middle East Studies, was featured in The Providence Journal. "We also wanted to bring into the academic environment the perspective of people who have been imprisoned."
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in Politico, "Now a group of exiled Turkish writers, journalists and political reformers has launched a campaign to win the Nobel Peace Prize for their country’s most prominent cultural activist."
James N. Green, Director of the Brazil Initiative, comments on a bill pending in Brazil's National Congress that would go as far as to bar the use of "gender" in teaching, saying "with the election of Bolsonaro and a more conservative Congress, there is a possibility the bill might get traction."
Professor Rose McDermott says younger women are more sensitive to perceived harassment than older ones. “How we draw the line between inappropriate or patronizing behavior and genuine harassment is really challenging because women themselves don’t agree...Those in-between spaces are getting harder to negotiate.”
A team of university economists, among them Professor Glenn Loury, said Asian-American applicants to Harvard whose grades and test scores were in the top one percent fared worse in "personal" ratings from the school than white applicants in the top 50 percent.
The WomenStats Project links the status of women to the security and behavior of countries, offering insights into women's lives all over the world. The database helped uphold a ban on polygyny in Canada when Professor Rose McDermott submitted empirical research that used WomenStats numbers to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
More female candidates than ever are running for political office in Rhode Island this year. Political scientist Wendy Schiller said the establishment party's endorsement controversy and recent pushback against pay equity, abortion rights and new sexual harassment laws has received stinging national media attention, and outrage among far-left-leaning voters could spur big wins for progressive candidates.
Professor Ashutosh Varshney compares his studies of villages in the Gujarat state of India, where Muslims and Hindus coexist more harmoniously than in other parts of the country, to that of Galilee, where Jews and Arabs interact daily, primarly economically.
Natalie Portman's decision not to attend an awards ceremony in Israel to protest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's policies signals a potential turning point in discourse on the country for young American Jews.
Catherine Lutz, a professor of anthropology, called National Geographic's past coverage "a kind of white view of the world ... it's safe, and it's basically free of problems." The magazine's forthcoming issue will confront its own racist past.
Professor Catherine Lutz comments on National Geographic's recent admission of its racist past. “There was a lot of ways that the racism was complex more than just captions saying, ‘These are savages.’”
"To the list of landmark genocide studies must now be added Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz, Brown University Prof. Omer Bartov’s masterfully researched and hauntingly rendered history of atrocities committed against — and by — the religiously and ethnically mixed former residents of a place that today is part of Ukraine."
In response to a Brazilian samba school’s use of blackface in a Carnival parade, James N. Green, director of the Brazil Initiative, said it made sense that there would be confusion over how to interpret blackface in Brazil, since it originated outside the country.