A March 7 Jewish News Weekly article and a March 9 Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles article featured Fred Astren, professor and director of Jewish studies, discussing a $3.75 million gift from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund to sponsor a permanent professor of Israel studies, the largest endowed chair ever received in the CSU system. "You can approach Israel in two ways. One is to teach the conflict. The other is to teach about a society, a normal place where people live lives. … It is intellectually dishonest to choose one and ignore the other,” Astren said. “It would simply be impossible to move forward in Israel studies without this gift. Israel studies will soon be a part of the intellectual conversation of this campus in a way it hasn't been before."
Bamboo body wear
Assistant Professor of Consumer and Family Studies Connie Ulasewicz was featured in a March 9 KRON 4 News Weekend broadcast on sustainable fashion. Having recently co-authored "Sustainable Fashion: Why Now," timed for a release to coincide with Earth Day, Ulasewicz offered the benefits of going green when buying new clothes. "You can find clothing that isn't the old hippy organic. There is much nicer clothing out now," Ulasewicz said. Showing garments made from bamboo to the KRON anchors, Ulasewicz noted, "people may think of bamboo as being scratchy, but it's very soft. It fits on the body, and it feels better after washing."
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