Tea, not populism
Associate Professor of History Charles Postel, in an April 30 Toronto Star article about Canadian and American politics, contrasted Tea Party populism with historical populism. "In the 1890s . . . (people) believed in income taxes, educational policy, creation of public schools and universities, credit and money policies," Postel said. "The feeling of empowerment, that ordinary people need to know these things for a more just society to exist, has been lost."
In an April 29 San Francisco Chronicle letter to the editor Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Joel Kassiola expressed his concern for affordable higher education: "I worry deeply about the privatization of higher education in the United States as a result of the Great Recession and worry that an entire generation will carry excessive loan debt to finance education at private schools because public education is under-funded by the state."
Busy as a bee
Associate Professor of Biology Gretchen LeBuhn discussed the Great Sunflower Project in an April 30 San Jose Mercury News report. On the enrollment of the 100,000th participant, "it's really exciting to have such a big group of people who are interested in helping," LeBuhn said. "So much of my work as a scientist is studying something all by myself and writing a paper that 30 people read."
Just for grins
Politico.com quoted Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman in an April 29 story about the importance of humor in politics. "What you think is funny and what you are willing to say out loud reveals something about you. It’s a moment of candor," Tuman said. "Obama has the ability to make fun of himself, which is important… it shows he doesn’t take himself too seriously all the time."
Associate Professor and Director of Labor Studies John Logan was interviewed on Al Jazeera English about the decline of unions in the United States on Sunday, May 1.
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