The Freedom Project in the News
Mustafa Akyol, senior visting fellow with the Freedom Project, was interviewed by PRI's The World about his new book, The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims.
WGBH Radio launched new higher-ed program, On Campus Radio, in which the pilot segment featured Wellesley professors and students weighing in on free speech on campuses.
Mustafa Akyol, a senior fellow of Wellesley’s Freedom Project, was interviewed by a BuzzFeed article on the diplomatic feud between The Netherlands and Turkey.
Tom Cushman, professor of sociology and director of the Freedom Project, penned a letter to the editor in the Washington Post about the use of the term "safe space,"writing that “people can enter into this sphere or not, and choose to express their views or not, or retreat to voluntary associations for aid and comfort.”
Thomas Cushman, professor of sociology at Wellesley, and director of the Freedom Project, penned a letter to the editor in the New York Times, in which he criticized Jochen Bittner's Op-Ed piece about Brexit. Cushman wrote that Bittner's piece "represented everything that was wrong with the rhetoric and strategy of the Remain camp, and illustrated why Leave gained so much momentum."
WGBH talked to Tom Cushman and Jonathan Imber, professors of sociology, on exposing students to new viewpoints.
Joshua McCabe, post-doctoral fellow in the sociology department at Wellesley, penned a letter to the editor in the New York Times, expressing mixed feelings about a piece by Jeff Madrick, entitled, "Handouts Are Often Better Than a Hand Up." McCabe wrote that, while he applauds Madrick's proposals to tackle child poverty, he said "they ignore fiscal reality by adding yet another new benefit on top of our current maze of programs." And he stated that children deserve more than what will only amount to a stopgap measure to curb poverty.
Historian of medicine at Wellesley, Susan Reverby, spoke with PRI's The World, after protesters call for removal of a NYC statue of a doctor who experimented on female slaves.
Wellesley’s Muslim Chaplain, Amira Quraishi, spoke with NPR about a summer program for Muslim campers, to help young Muslims find a sense of community.
Wellesley President Paula A. Johnson focused on freedom of expression when she led the Independence Day service at Union Chapel.
American Studies professor Petra Rivera-Rideau discusses Daddy Yankee's career and rise in mainstream American music. Rivera-Rideau says part of Daddy Yankee's success, among others, comes from the fact that he slows down the chorus, and that enables English speakers to sing along.
Sociologist and American Studies professor Michael Jeffries discusses #OscarsSoWhite as the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were announced. Four years since the #OscarsSoWhite controversy—when a sea of white faces made up the only actors nominated for Academy Awards—questions about diversity remain, with just one black actor and one black actress out of 20 overall acting nominees, and not a single woman nominated for directing or cinematography. Jeffries weighed in on if progress was being made.
Mention of Spanish professor Marjorie Agosin's book about the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina, and comment from her about the roles that mothers played in using symbols and leveraging alliances for their cause. “In Latin America they stigmatize the poor, the missing, the students,” Agosin said. “If you establish an alliance of people from the middle class, the upper class ... you see that it happens in every aspect of society.”
Economics professor Olga Shurchkov weighs in on recent research from European scholars that found that people prefer politicians with glasses. "Because all the experiments are so well controlled and the participants had no other information, only the image, any characteristic associated with appearance, such as glasses, then becomes more much important to the decision-making process," said Shurchkov. "In the real world, people would know other information about a candidate, and so glasses may not be as important a factor as it was in a study like this."
In the midst of a debate about pulling American troops out of Syria and partially withdrawing from Afghanistan, political science professor Stacie Goddard discusses how the U.S. got there in the first place, and the history of American military's involvement in those countries and conflicts.
Professor Emerita Susan Reverby's 2010 discovery of unethical experiments on Guatemalan patients in the 1940s with syphilis is acknowledged in the wake of a U.S. federal judge ruling that the company and organizations running the experiments—Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johns Hopkins University, and the Rockefeller Foundation—must face a $1 billion lawsuit over their roles. The experiments aimed to find out if penicillin could be used to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, and individuals were subjected to the medical experiments without their knowledge or consent.
Feature on art professor Alexandria Smith and her first exhibition, and approach to her painting and teaching.
Rosanna Hertz, sociology and women's and gender studies professor, discusses sperm donor siblings and the growing movement to connect genetic families.
As sperm donation becomes more common, some parents are now starting to introduce kids to their genetic relatives at an early age. In The Atlantic, Professor of sociology and women's and gender studies, Rosanna Hertz, discusses her new book Random Families, and the changing norms around donor-sibling networks.