In the Media

Rutland: BRIC’s Influence May Be Growing

Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, professor of government, has an interesting piece in The Moscow Times regarding a strengthening relationship between Brazil, Russia, India and China, or “BRIC.” The four countries represent powerful economies and may be reacting to opportunities presented by the recent decline of U.S. and European economic influence.

Posner ’09, Odede ’11 to Build School in Kenya

Kennedy Odede ’11 grew up in Kibera, Kenya’s worst slum, taught himself English and made it to Wesleyan. Now, Odede and Jessica Posner ’09 have received a Projects for Peace Grant and is going back to Kibera to build a school for girls. Odede and Posner were also featured on a show on WNPR’s “Where We Live” that focused on “Responding to Needs in Africa.” Their part starts at roughly the 49 minute mark.

Rutland: Russia-Japan Island Conflict Remains

Writing a piece for The Moscow Times, Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, professor of government, points out how Japan and Russia are strengthening economic ties, moving forward on a variety of partnerships, and in general acting like long-standing allies. Yet one thorny territorial issue remains that has precluded the countries from signing a peace treaty with each other dating back to the end of World War II.

Price on Black Nationalism Today

Melanye Price, assistant professor of government, was a featured guest speaker for the University of Nevada’s College of Liberal Arts on April 23. She was broadcast on 88.9 KNPR Nevada Public Radio.

In a lecture titled “Dreaming Blackness: Black Nationalism and African-American Public Opinion,” Price spoke about ways African-Americans have come to understand Black Nationalism, an ideology important to the Black Power movement of the 1960s.

Ron Bloom ’77, Obama’s Auto Czar

The April 27th New Yorker has a piece that in part profiles Ron Bloom ’77 who is one of two “Auto Czars” appointed by President Obama to preside over the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler as the government attempts to bail-out both companies. Bloom had previous success helping to right U.S. Steel. There is a link to a synopsis of the story here (the full text is subscriber only).