Tag Archive for The New York Times

Two Steps Backwards in the Caucasus

Peter Rutland, professor of government, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, professor of Russian and Eastern European studies, writes in an op-ed published in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune about two recent symbolic events in the Caucasus region that threaten to ignite hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Roth OpEd: Liberal Education Is Freedom

In an OpEd for The New York Times, President Roth discusses the recent calls to further specialize education and narrow what we teach students from K-12 and on to college at the exclusion of the liberal arts, especially the humanities. Roth says this drive to turn students into “human capital” is not a new and in fact the esteemed 19th Century educational philosopher John Dewey argued against the very same calls, saying in part “that learning in the process of living is the deepest form of freedom.”

Tucker: Akin’s Science Sound…For the 12th Century

Writing for The New York Times OpEd pages, Associate Professor Jennifer Tucker says that the science behind Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin’s comments on rape is  completely sound, at least from the perspective of the 12th Century. Tucker, who is an associate professor of history, associate professor of science and society, chair and associate professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, says that what may be worse is that, as a current member in the House of Representatives, Akin sits on the House Science and Technologies committee.

Cutler Discusses Union Busting In Connecticut

A piece in The New York Times explores the situation of 600 SEIU workers from five nursing homes owned by HealthBridge who staged a walkout on July 3 when asked to pay for their health care. The ensuing relationship between the workers and HealthBridge have become “toxic” with charges of sabotage and misdealing flying. Jonathan Cutler, associate professor of sociology, says the situation looks more and more like a case of union busting by the employer.

How the Civil War Became a Revolution

In an opinion piece published in the New York Times and an interview on NPR’s Fresh AirEmeritus Olin Professor of English and American Studies Richard Slotkin discusses how the North and South strategies changed in the summer of 1862, marking a turning point in the Civil War. At that time, both sides committed to an all-out total war and Lincoln squared off against Gen. George McClellan, an ardent Democrat who held fantasies of both a dictatorship and a military coup against the Union.

Bloom ’75 Publishes Children’s Book

The New York Times reports that Amy Bloom ’75, the Kim-Frank University Writer in Residence, will publish a children’s book under the name Amy Beth Bloom titled Little Sweet Potato (Harper Collins) in August. According to The Times the story “follows the trials of a “lumpy, dumpy, bumpy” young tuber who is accidentally expelled from his garden patch and must find a new home. On his journey, he is castigated first by a bunch of xenophobic carrots, then by a menacing gang of vain eggplants.”

Lim on Cuomo’s “Historic” Governorship

The New York Times turned to Associate Professor of Government Elvin Lim for a story examining New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s frequent use of the term “historic” to describe legislation passed under his watch. From legalizing same-sex marriage in the state to establishing a loan program for energy-efficient home improvements, Cuomo’s administration has “made history” more than 80 times since taking office 16 months ago, judging by press releases issued by his office. “A rich person does not brag about it — only the nearly rich does,” says Lim, who is author of “The Anti-Intellectual Presidency,” a critique of presidential oratory.