Chenoweth on Success of Nonviolent Uprisings

Appearing as a guest on Los Angeles-based NPR-affiliate KPFK’s “The Insighters,” Erica Chenoweth, assistant professor of government, discussed the success of nonviolent uprisings in country’s with oppressive regimes during the last 100 years. Chenoweth lays out evidence that shows such uprisings often have been successful, despite “conventional wisdom” to the contrary. Chenoweth has a new book coming out this year on the subject titled Why Civil Resistance Works. She has also created an online “Skeptics Guide to Nonviolent Resistance.

Ulysse on Haitian Icon Paulette Poujol-Oriol

Gina Ulysse, associate professor of anthropology, associate professor of African American studies, associate professor of sexuality, gender and feminist studies, writes in Ms. of the passing of noted Haitian author, actress, playwright, and feminist cultural icon Paulette Poujol-Oriol , who died in March at age 82.

Foyle: Support on Libya Hinges on ‘National Interest’

In a recent report from NPR News, Douglas Foyle, Douglas J. and Midge Bowen Bennet Associate Professor of Government, discusses the “rally round the flag” effect that usually accompanies military action by the U.S. and why it is not as pronounced with regard to Libya. Foyle says the tepid response by the U.S. public regarding the American incursion into Libya so far is because many people are not convinced that this use of military force serves the national interests of The United States.

Chenoweth on the Success of Nonviolent Uprisings

On a recent broadcast of the BBC World Service, Erica Chenoweth, assistant professor of government, discusses the success rate of nonviolent uprisings versus armed uprisings worldwide since 1900, which is the subject of her upcoming book, Why Civil Resistance Works. Her findings indicate that nonviolent uprisings are successful more than 30% of the time, even when they are undertaken against oppressive governments. In the piece she discusses some of the reasons why. Her segment begins at 43:35.

Basinger, Dombrowski ’92 on Celebrity Culture Today

In The New York Times OpEd forum “Room for Debate,” Jeanine Basinger, Chair and Corwin Fuller Professor of Film Studies, and Lisa Dombrowski ’92, associate professor of film studies, both examine the question of the difficulty of celebrity for film stars today as opposed to the old studio system that produced such luminaries as Elizabeth Taylor.

Basinger says that one of the big differences today is the scale and scope of scrutiny: “Today we’ve added on TV coverage, instant Internet coverage, international coverage — and all the news seems to be entertainment news.”

Dombroski says that the studio system protected stars, though there were caveats to this, while stars today are “freelancers supported only by agents, managers, and personal publicists whose employment relies on the approval of the star.”

Roth Reviews Barkan’s ‘Michelangelo: A Life on Paper’

In a review for The Washington Post, Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth discusses the new book by Leonard Barkan: Michelangelo: A Life on Paper. While volumes have been written about the great artist and his work, Roth says this book is different and intriguing because of its perspective. “It focuses…on the artist’s ‘life on paper,’ the hundreds of sheets that have survived containing drawings, poems, doodles, instructions to assistants and ‘notes to self.’ For Barkan, a professor of comparative literature at Princeton, these sheets are a treasure trove of aesthetic delights; traces of the historical context of Renaissance art making; and, most important, a window onto the personality and artistic practice of a figure who came to define genius.”

Dupuy on Aristide Arrival in Haitian at Eve of Elections

In an OpEd for British newspaper The Guardian, Alex Dupuy, chair and professor of African American studies, Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor of Sociology, cuts through the hype surrounding the return to Haiti of Jean-Bertrand Aristide and discusses the realities of the former-president coming back home just a few days before the national election. “Whatever the hopes of Aristide’s Fanmi Lavalas base, though, I don’t see any real prospect of a political comeback for the former president,” Dupuy writes. “Even assuming there is no attempt to indict him for human rights abuses or corruption allegedly committed by his 2001-2004 government, Aristide would still have to tread carefully to avoid being made to regret his decision to return.”

Dupuy also comments on Aristide for The New York Times and the difficulties facing Aristide in re-building his political party and power base.

Haddad on Being in Japan During Quake, Aftermath

In an OpEd for The Hartford Courant, Mary Alice Haddad, an assistant professor of government who is teaching this semester in Japan, discusses the readiness and resilience of the Japanese people in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami. Haddad comments on how 90 percent of Japanese adults belong to volunteer organizations predicated on community service and post-disaster response. She also discussed the situation on the ground for WNPR’s “Where We Live.

Dupuy Discusses Aristide’s Possible Return to Haiti

In a CBS News Story , Alex Dupuy, chair of African American studies, Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor of Sociology, discussed the possible return of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to the island nation. While some in Haiti, and in the news media, say that “thousands” hope and wish for the Aristide’s return, Dupuy indicates that, despite these reports, there really isn’t a groundswell of support for an Aristide come-back