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  • Thompson quoted in Times Union article on religious vaccine exemptions

    Debate over religious exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine is complicated, with employers having to determine if the objections are legitimate religious beliefs. Whether the religious belief is "sincerely held" is a primary metric used by employers when determining whether to grant the requests, says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. "The question is whether people are consistent," Thompson says. Read more in the Albany Times Union article, "How does religious exemption to vaccine work?"

     

    Art of Living, Virtual Memories Show podcasts feature Lasch-Quinn

    Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, professor of history, discussed her book, "Ars Vitae: The Fate of Inwardness and the Return of the Ancient Arts of Living" (Notre Dame Press, 2020), on the Art of Living podcast and the Virtual Memories Show podcast. In the book, Lasch-Quinn explores how different philosophies of the ancient Greeks and Romans continue to play out in our modern era.

     

    In Memoriam: Joseph Strasser, ‘forever an important figure in our history’

    Joseph Strasser ’53 B.A. (Hist)/’58 M.P.A./’20 Hon. was among the Maxwell School’s most generous supporters, having donated more than $7 million to benefit its students, faculty and Schoolwide priorities. He died at age 89 on Sept. 12 following a lengthy illness.

     

    Maxwell School announces Montonna Professor, Dean’s Award Recipients

    Osamah F. Khalil, associate professor of history and chair of the undergraduate program in international relations, was recently awarded the Dr. Ralph E. Montonna Endowed Professorship for the Teaching and Education of Undergraduates. He will hold the professorship for the 2021-22 academic year. In addition, Daniel McDowell, associate professor of political science, received the Maxwell School Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Mentoring, and Kristy Buzard, associate professor of economics, was awarded the Maxwell School Dean’s Award for Innovative Teaching.

     

    Three faculty members named O’Hanley Scholars

    The Maxwell School is pleased to announce three new O’Hanley Faculty Scholars: Saba Siddiki, associate professor of public administration and international affairs; Martin Shanguhyia, associate professor of history; and Chris Faricy, associate professor of political science. Each was selected for outstanding teaching, scholarship and other accomplishments, including success with external grant support and service to the institution. The O’Hanley Faculty Endowed Fund for Faculty Excellence was created with a major gift from Ron O’Hanley, a 1980 graduate of the Maxwell School with a B.A. in political science.

     

    Terrell discusses German Chancellor Angela Merkel's tenure with VOA

    Germany’s long-standing chancellor, Angela Merkel, steps down following federal elections later this month, marking the end of an era for Germany and the European Union. Robert Terrell, assistant professor of history, sees a mixed record, although he says assessments of Merkel "will continue to change as shifting social contexts inform the politics of memory." Read more in the VOA article, "What Did Merkel Achieve During Her 16 Years at Germany's Helm?"

     

    Maxwell professor reflects on US policy in Middle East post-9/11

    As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, SU News reached out to professor and Middle East expert Osamah Khalil to answer this fundamental question: How effective was America’s post-9/11 strategy in the Middle East? Read Khalil's full response via the SU News website.

     

    Thompson quoted in Spectrum piece on Kathy Hochul, Biden attending SU

    Prior to this year, no United States president, nor New York governor had ever graduated from Syracuse University. As of August 24, the college can claim both. "Certainly, the fact that Gov. Hochul graduated from the Maxwell School as an undergraduate meant that she was getting education in political science, economics, history and so forth, from some really leading people in the field," says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. "I think it will encourage applicants who have a desire to pursue careers in public service,” she says. Read more in the Spectrum News article, "Sitting U.S. president, NY governor both earned degrees at Syracuse University."

     

    Sharp examines racism, US history in Syracuse.com piece

    "Racism and the war on American history," written by Professor Emeritus James Roger Sharp, was published on Syracuse.com. "The root question is," says Sharp, "Should our children be taught the 'truth' about our past even though the past contains numerous shameful episodes—especially about slavery as it engendered a racism that we’ve had to deal with throughout our history? Certainly, we should celebrate our country’s achievements as well as the principles that we embrace, and recognize that our country, despite the flaws and failings, remains the beacon of hope and democracy throughout the world," he says.

     

    Thompson quoted in Global Sisters Report article on US sisters, racism

    Congregations across the United States are undergoing examinations of their histories and the lack of Black sisters and women of color. For many communities, sisters' efforts to eliminate racism are beginning by first addressing their own failures. The same way the United States cannot address institutionalized racism if it will not recognize the history that created it, Catholic sisters will not be able to build relationships with Black communities if they will not acknowledge how they have hurt them, says Margaret Susan Thompson. "They have to deal with their own histories to deal with the present," she says.  Read more in the Global Sisters Report article, "'Our reckoning': US sisters take up call to examine their role in systemic racism."

     

    McCormick quoted in Al Jazeera article on use of spyware in Mexico

    A rights group has called on the Mexican government to suspend all use of surveillance spyware until robust and transparent regulations are put in place that respect human rights. The administration of President Lopez Obrador says previous Mexican governments purchased and used the spyware. "This is something that could potentially be good because it does lend validity to the accusations that Enrique Pena Nieto and the old guard of the political establishment are corrupt," says Gladys McCormick, Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations. Read more in the Al Jazeera article, "Rights group calls for moratorium on the use of spyware in Mexico."

     

    Maxwell School announces 2021 faculty promotions

    The Syracuse University Board of Trustees has approved promotions for six faculty members at the Maxwell School. They are: Alan Allport, who was promoted to professor of history; Shana Kushner Gadarian, who was promoted to professor of political science; Dimitar Gueorguiev, who was promoted to associate professor of political science; Matt Huber, who was promoted to professor of geography and the environment; Guido Pezzarossi, who was promoted to associate professor of anthropology; and Junko Takeda, who was promoted to professor of history.

     

    Thompson discusses US-Vatican relationship in The Hill

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently visited with Pope Francis in what was seen as an attempt to reset relations between Washington and the Holy See following former President Trump’s administration. "In this meeting, it seems that there was far more cordiality and acknowledgment of what the U.S. and Vatican have in common," says Margaret Susan Thompson. "I think this is emblematic of Pope Francis’s entire papacy that he has always emphasized a more comprehensive view of Catholic social teaching, he is not a single-issue pope," Thompson says. "There’s plenty about the Biden administration that the pope can work with. There’s plenty of areas they can agree on." Read more in The Hill article, "Post-Trump, Biden seeks to restore US relations with Holy See."

     

    Khalil speaks to SBG about Iran's president-elect Ebrahim Raisi

    The Biden administration has made clear that reestablishing the nuclear agreement with Iran is a top concern for his administration. Experts say that may be increasingly possible following the election of hardline leader Ebrahim Raisi but any negotiations beyond the original 2015 nuclear deal could prove difficult if not impossible under Iran's new hardline president. The election of Raisi was a "mixed bag" for President Biden, says Osamah Khalil. "In the short term, it will likely enable a renewed JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). In the longer term, it will make it more difficult to have an expanded agreement or expanded relations with Iran," he says. Read more in the Sinclair Broadcast Group article, "Iran's new hardline president could complicate Biden's foreign policy agenda."

     

    Thompson quoted in The Hill article on banning communion for Biden

    U.S. bishops are set to open a debate over whether President Biden, the second Catholic president in U.S. history, and other politicians should be denied communion based on their stance on abortion. It promises to be a testy discussion on a sensitive issue that is dividing people from the top of the Vatican, with some bishops eager to make an example of Biden and others warning this would weaponize the Holy Communion. "There really is a tension between bishops and that tension has always existed in the USCCB (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops), it’s always been there. It’s just a question of what is predominant," says Margaret Susan Thompson. She was quoted in The Hill article, "Bishops to debate banning communion for president."

     

    Khalil weighs in on end of Israel PM Netanyahu's career in USA Today

    Israel's parliament cast a historic vote on Sunday that ended Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year tenure as prime minister and ushered in a "change coalition" that includes hardline factions, centrists and an Arab party, the first ever in an Israeli government. "It is a watershed moment," says Osamah Khalil. It may be a "Nixon-goes-to-China" pivot in Israeli politics—making it easier for future Israeli politicians to join forces with Arab parties after the hardline Bennett took that first step, he adds. Read more in the USA Today article, "'Watershed moment': Netanyahu’s fate on the line as Israel prepares for historic vote." Khalil was also quoted in the USA Today article, "Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel’s next prime minister if Benjamin Netanyahu is ousted?"

     

    Lasch-Quinn explores useful philosophy of Bridgerton in Zócalo

    In her piece published in Zócalo, "Can 'Bridgerton' Teach Us How to Live?," Professor Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn looks at whether the "voguish Netflix show that also carries strong resonances from the philosophical past" can help us learn how to live. "Even if renewed interest in ancient philosophies of living has reappeared on the horizon, this does not mean new references or allusions resemble anything more than bits and pieces, no longer recognizably related to a conversation about how to live a morally good life," writes Lasch-Quinn. "While 'Bridgerton,' like many other expressions of all kinds, might refer vaguely to Epicureanism, anyone reading the ancient texts, or about them, will see the difference," she says.

     

    McCormick comments on violence ahead of Mexico elections in Al Jazeera

    There have been 34 candidates murdered nationwide in Mexico ahead of the June 6 legislative elections that will fill thousands of local seats and nearly half of the country’s governors. "There’s always been violence with elections and electoral cycles especially at the mayoral level where you really see things get heated, but this time it feels like it’s way more than ordinary," says Gladys McCormick. "It’s a testament of the influence of organized crime with these local elections trying to sway the institutions,” McCormick says. "Organized crime has infiltrated municipalities, law enforcement at the municipal levels,” she says. "This is working its way up." Read more in the Al Jazeera article, "Another candidate assassinated in Mexico ahead of June 6 vote."

     

    Thompson talks to CNY Central about the Jan. 6 commission

    An independent, bipartisan commission plans to investigate the Jan. 6 riot, providing new insight into how and why it happened and the security vulnerabilities it exposed of the Capitol complex. "The group of people responsible for this is pretty extensive," says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. She was quoted in the CNY Central article, "Bipartisan commission to investigate January 6 attack on U.S. Capitol."

     

    Khalil discusses current violence in the Middle East with USA Today

    The current violence between Israelis and Palestinians is the deadliest seen in years. The events have prompted increased pressure on President Joe Biden to do more to resolve the conflict. "I don't think Biden wanted anything to do with this issue," says Osamah Khalil, associate professor of history. "He wanted to manage it, and by managing it meaning ignore it. And now, here it is." Read more in the USA Today article, "'Every incendiary ingredient imaginable': Here's what sparked worst Mideast violence since 2014."

     

    Khalil weighs in on Biden-Netanyahu relationship in USA Today

    The relationship between President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not been without tension over the years. But nothing frayed U.S.-Israel relationships more than the 2015 nuclear deal forged by the Obama administration in concert with other world powers. "Netanyahu had been so anti-Obama and had really ingratiated himself (with the GOP)," says Osamah Khalil, associate professor of history. "And the Republican Party itself wanted to use Netanyahu to criticize Obama in any way they could." That dynamic almost certainly "grated" on Biden as he continued his dealings with Netanyahu, Khalil says. Read more in the USA Today article, "From friendly to frosty, Biden and Netanyahu's decades-long relationship tested by current crisis."

     

    McCormick quoted in AP article on deadly protests in Colombia

    Thousands of Colombians have taken to the streets to vent their anger at the government. But the mostly peaceful, nationwide protests have turned deadly, with at least 26 people killed and human rights groups warning of increasing abuses by security forces. Police in Colombia have been "armed to the teeth" for decades as they fought along the military against guerrillas and drug traffickers, says Gladys McCormick. "Many of these officers kind of came of age as a result of that culture, but also they have the weaponry," McCormick says. "So, their go-to response is always to sort of like go hard line and then ask questions later." Read more in the Associated Press article, "Corruption, economic woes spark deadly protests in Colombia."

     

    Maxwell faculty, staff and students honored with 2021 One University awards

    Syracuse University announced its 2021 One University Awards, honoring members of the University community for their scholarship, teaching, academic achievement, leadership and service. The ceremony was held virtually this year due to COVID-19 precautions.

     

    Murphy receives 2021 Daniel Patrick Moynihan junior faculty award

    Tessa Murphy, assistant professor of history, is this year’s recipient of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research. The award will be presented at the Maxwell School’s virtual Graduate Convocation on Saturday, May 22. As this year’s Moynihan Award winner, Murphy will be the featured speaker at Convocation. The Moynihan Award is presented annually in recognition of a non-tenured faculty member of the Maxwell School with an outstanding record of teaching, research and service.

     

    Maxwell students chosen to be 2021-22 Remembrance Scholars

    Eight Maxwell School students were among those named 2021-22 Remembrance Scholars. The scholarships, now in their 32nd year, were founded as a tribute to—and means of remembering—the 35 students who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Those students, who were returning from a semester of study in London and Florence, were among the 270 people who perished in the bombing. The scholarships are funded through an endowment supported by gifts from alumni, friends, parents and corporations.

     

    History undergrads participate in 2021 Phi Alpha Theta conference

    The 2021 Western/Central New York Phi Alpha Theta Conference featured five Syracuse students and a recent graduate. Phi Alpha Theta is the History Honors Society and has almost 1,000 chapters across the country with over 400,000 members. This year’s regional conference was held on April 24 and hosted by SUNY Geneseo’s Department of History.

     

    Thompson discusses 19th century distrust of nuns in Global Sisters Rpt

    In the 19th century, immigrant nuns were viewed with profound hostility by members of the Protestant establishment. To suspicious Protestants, women religious were obvious stand-ins for Catholicism, says Margaret S. Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. "They are highly visible, there are more of them than priests, they wear habits, they look different, which is highly suspicious, and they don't marry. They give women options outside of marriage. So, in that sense, they are dangerous," she says. Thompson was interviewed for the Global Sisters Report article, "At America's Door: How nuns, once suspect, won the heart of non-Catholic America."

     

    McCormick talks to AP, Bloomberg about the US-Mexico border crisis

    A U.S. delegation discussed immigration and regional development in a series of meetings in Mexico on Tuesday at a time when the rising number of migrants arriving at their shared border has raised concerns in both countries. Gladys McCormick tells the Associated Press that while the Biden administration was employing a more diplomatic approach than Trump did, the U.S. delegation came in wanting "to have the Mexicans do some of their dirty work, which is yet again to stop the flow of people coming in on the southern border." McCormick was also quoted in the Bloomberg article, "U.S., Mexico Talk ‘Orderly’ Migration Amid More Crossings," and in the Sinclair Broadcast Group article, "Biden pushes for more cooperation from Mexico amid migrant surge."

     

    Three Maxwell students named 2021 Syracuse University Scholars

    Maxwell students Katelyn Bajorek, Patrick Linehan and Simran Mirchandani are among the twelve seniors that have been named as the 2021 Syracuse University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor the University bestows.

     

    McCormick discusses US-Mexico immigration in Al Jazeera article

    Cooperation with Mexico on immigration is expected to remain a top priority for the U.S. Despite President Biden’s pledge to loosen Trump’s restrictive border policies, he needs Mexico to regulate the growing number of Central American migrants who are arriving, in order to avoid overwhelming the U.S.’s processing capacity, or cause a political backlash. "[President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador] will have to start stationing more numbers of the National Guard not just at the southern border, but on the northern border too," says Gladys McCormick, Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations. She was quoted in the Al Jazeera article, "Biden to broaden US-Mexican relations, keep immigration at top."

     

    Khalil discusses impact of the Abraham Accords in Armada International

    Leaders in Washington, D.C., have concluded that President Biden will probably not seek to change "the Abraham Accords," the U.S.-brokered agreements that normalized Israeli diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates and with Bahrain. Osamah Khalil, associate professor of history, says that "the Abraham Accords will facilitate greater arms sales to the Persian Gulf region. Even before the agreement, the United Arab Emirates sought a greater role in U.S. military planning and operations and purchased large quantities of U.S. weapons." Khalil was quoted in the Armada International article, "New Dimension to Gulf."

     

    Khalil discusses the Arab Spring after 10 years on PBS NewsHour

    Ten years ago, longtime Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak was deposed. The Egyptian revolution was the high point of what became known as the Arab Spring, a movement that spread across the Middle East bringing with it the possibility of democracy. But for many Egyptians and much of the region, the intervening decade, has not been kind. "I think it's tempting to think about the Arab Spring as a failure. But I think the reality is that it's really still under way," says Osamah Khalil. "Many of those same issues that brought the protest to a head and the challenging of those—of the different Arab governments still exist." Watch the full PBS NewsHour interview, "Ten years after the Arab Spring, democracy remains elusive in Egypt."

     

    McCormick discusses security between the US and Mexico in The Hill

    "At the core of reimagining policies to help our Southern neighbor should be achieving robust government institutions and stronger rule of law," writes Gladys McCormick, associate professor of history and Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations. "There are mountains of challenges in tackling these two issues. One of the criminal acts that affect the majority of Mexicans today is extortion." McCormick's article, "Improving the security situation between US-Mexico," was published in The Hill.

     

    Allport reviews best books on first act of WWII in Wall Street Journal

    Alan Allport, associate professor of history and author of "Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-1941" (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group), selects his top five books on the harrowing first act of World War II in the Wall Street Journal article, "Five Best: Alan Allport on the Year 1940."

     

    Lasch-Quinn discusses Ars Vitae on New Books Network

    Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, professor of history, spoke with the New Books Network about her recently published book "Ars Vitae: The Fate of Inwardness and the Return of the Ancient Art of Living" (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020). Lasch-Quinn provides a cultural critique that connects the most pressing needs of the individual in modern society to the insights of the ancient approach to philosophy as a way of life.

     

    Thompson shares her thoughts on Biden, Harris with LocalSYR

    "President Biden served eight years as Vice President, so he was very much involved in the Obama Presidency," says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. "He saw things from the inside. But I think one of the things that’s going to make a big difference is his respect for and I think a reliance on expertise in a variety of fields." Thompson also believes Vice President Harris will play a big role over the next four years, especially because the Senate is so narrowly divided at this time. Watch the full interview via LocalSYR.com.

     

    Sharp op-ed on survival of democracy published on Syracuse.com

    "For democracy to survive, there has to be public confidence in the rule of law and regular and fair elections," writes James Roger Sharp, professor emeritus of history. "That is how democracies govern themselves, and efforts to destroy public faith in the system threatens that democracy." Sharp's op-ed, "Democracy on trial: Can we save it?," was published on Syracuse.com.

     

    McCormick speaks to AP about Mexico dropping case against Cienfuegos

    Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office announced it was dropping the drug trafficking case against its former defense secretary, retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos. Gladys McCormick says the only surprise was that Mexico didn’t make a better show of looking into Cienfuegos. "One would think that they would have at least followed through on some semblance of an investigation, even if it was just to put some window dressing on the illusion that the rule of law exists," McCormick says. Read more in the Associated Press article, "Mexico president accuses DEA of fabricating general’s case."

     

    Maxwell faculty speak to the media about violence at the US Capitol

    Several Maxwell faculty members spoke with various media outlets about yesterday's violence at the U.S. Capitol. Professor Emeritus William C. Banks said the fiasco was a "lawless threat" to the country's democratic institutions. "I hope and believe that this pointless and damaging spectacle will further diminish Trump and Trumpism going forward," he told China Daily. Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science, told WAER, "People are disappointed when their candidates lose. There's no question about that, and believe me, I've been on the losing side of many elections. But this has gone beyond that. This has gone beyond to what can only be called fanaticism."

     

    Takeda narrates early French-Persian trade relations

    In her new book "Iran and a French Empire of Trade, 1700-1808: The Other Persian Letters" (Oxford University Press), Syracuse history professor Junko Takeda explores the political, commercial, and cultural links between eighteenth century France and Persia. Her global microhistory reveals how trans-imperial trade impacted the lives of various entrepreneurs and mercenaries living on the edge of empire, while demonstrating how French engagement with the Asian continent shaped Enlightenment political thought and policy making across the Age of Revolutions.

     

    Lasch-Quinn talks to spiked about her new book, Ars Vitae

    Why write a book that appears to be calling for greater self-focus, for the cultivation of more "inwardness," when we appear to have a surfeit of damaging self-centered introspection as it is? Because, Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn says, today’s self-obsession entails "a false kind of inwardness. It’s a sham, It’s not the real thing." And this, reviewer Tim Black says, is what makes "Ars Vitae: The Fate of Inwardness and the Return of the Ancient Arts of Living" such vital reading. "It provides both a thorough-going critique of the therapeutic, self-obsessed ethos so dominant today, and a way beyond it, through the potential development of those inner, moral resources on which true selfhood and a moral community rest," he says. Read his full review, "Beyond the therapeutic," published in spiked.

     

    McCormick comments on release of Mexican Gen. Cienfuegos in WSJ

    "The Mexican attorney general may follow through on the pretense of investigating Cienfuegos, but nothing will come of it because he is untouchable," said Gladys McCormick, associate professor of history and Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations. She was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article, "Mexico’s President Pushed Hard for Release of General Arrested in U.S."

     

    Thompson discusses the possibility of Trump resigning with WPIX

    President Trump could resign shortly before his term ends on Jan. 20 at which point Vice President Mike Pence would assume office and could issue a pardon. "This would certainly be legal, if questionably ethical, especially if there were a prior agreement between Pence and Trump," says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. "You’ll recall that Ford pardoned Nixon under similar circumstances, though Ford denied throughout his life that there had been any agreement between him and Nixon." Read more in the WPIX-11 article, "Could President Trump resign?"

     

    Allport's book reviewed in WSJ, makes The Times best history book list

    Associate Professor of History Alan Allport's new book, "Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War: 1938-1941," was recently reviewed in the Wall Street Journal. "Britain at Bay"...might be the single best examination of British politics, society and strategy in these four years that has ever been written," says Paul Kennedy. "I put my copy down with deep satisfaction. History writing, and historical scholarship, sometimes seems as fine as ever it was." Allport's book also made The Times' list of the best history books of 2020.

     

    McCormick quoted in Al Jazeera article on release of Gen. Cienfuegos

    "At the end of the day, arresting Cienfuegos jeopardized future collaboration between the two militaries because it meant that no one on the Mexican side was safe from possible prosecution, even after helping the Americans," Gladys McCormick, Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations, tells Al Jazeera. "All in all, freeing Cienfuegos without any charges or penalties showcases that his arrest was a complete debacle for both the DEA and DOJ [Department of Justice]," she says. Read more in "Mexico denies deal to nab cartel leader in return for Cienfuegos."

     

    McCormick speaks to AP, Reuters about US case against Gen. Cienfuegos

    The United States dropped a high-profile drug trafficking and money laundering case against a former Mexican defense secretary, retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, an extraordinary reversal that followed an intense pressure campaign from Mexico. Gladys McCormick tells the Associated Press that prosecuting Cienfuegos would have been enormously fraught for the United States. "Following through on prosecuting Cienfuegos would have compromised intelligence gathering and joint military operations for years to come, which is part of the reason why the original arrest was so scandalous," she says. McCormick was also quoted in the Reuters article, "Mexico's president: we didn't threaten to expel U.S. drug agents over General Cienfuegos arrest."

     

    LA Review of Books reviews Lasch-Quinn's new book Ars Vitae

    Professor Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn's book, "Ars Vitae: The Fate of Inwardness and the Return of the Ancient Arts of Living," was recently reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books. "Lasch-Quinn has set out in 'Ars Vitae' to embody the best of what true philosophical writing has to offer. She writes in a way that makes her readers better thinkers, more reflective and self-aware, and she does so by showing the development of her own thinking — who her influences are, the sources from which she draws her wisdom, and how philosophy informs her understanding of herself, the culture, and the world in which she lives," says Matthew Clemente.

     

    Allport explores Great Britain’s WWII experience

    In his new book, "Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War: 1938-1941" (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group), Maxwell history professor Alan Allport traces the history of Great Britain in the early years of the Second World War. The book was also reviewed in the New York Times, “Rethinking Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlain.”

     

    Terrell remembers literary scholar Ruth Klüger in Syracuse.com

    Writer and literary scholar Ruth Klüger died October 5, 2020, at age 88. Her memoir "Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered" recounts her childhood in Nazi-occupied Austria; her deportation and imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps; her postwar years in occupied Germany; and eventual journey to America. Robert Terrell, assistant professor of history, reflects on her life and legacy, particularly in the present moment of radicalization, protest and multifaceted conversations about inequality. "She reminds us that making a more humane and tolerant world requires accountability and unmovable courage in criticism," he writes. Terrell's article, "Remembering Ruth Klüger and her case for accountability," was published by Syracuse.com.

     

    Bennett, Gadarian quoted in NYT on voters' fear for our democracy

    There have been other moments of interlocking crises and deep anxiety in America in the past century. But in those moments, the country didn’t have a president seen by many as having "taken a pickax to the tent poles of democratic institutions," says Professor Emeritus David Bennett. According to Shana Gadarian, "There are a couple ways in which the president has chosen an ineffective strategy." The first is that he has tried to tug on personal worries, like falling property values. "The second," she says, "is telling people not to be worried about something that is in fact worrisome." Read more in the New York Times article, "Americans Are Afraid. Not for Themselves, but for the Country."

     
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