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.
Psychology professor Tracy Gleason describes the Theory of the Mind that young children are working through when they play pretend. Gleason says that kids must come to terms with the reality that other people have their own minds, with thoughts of their own. Pretending to be someone, or something, else allows for children to understand the complexity of others.
Education professor Soo Hong discusses how having a diverse teaching staff can allow more students to recognize themselves in their role models.
Philosophy professor Eric Matthes helps to define cultural appropriation in response to a recent public incident in the fashion industry. Matthes says that cultural appropriation involves case-specific elements.
International Relations professor Craig N. Murphy argues that in the face of threats to economic integration in Europe, NGOs must continue to push to keep Europe interconnected. Examining the history of international standards bodies, Murphy says that countries like the UK cannot simply opt out of globalization.
Economics professor Phillip Levine discusses his website which helps students find comprehensive estimates for their financial aid at multiple institutions of higher education across the country. Levine’s financial aid calculator allows for students and parents to easily compare the estimated costs of attending college.
History professor Quinn Slobodian discusses developments between far-right leaders and libertarian leaders in Europe. According to Slobodian, this alliance has been made over a shared, “anti-immigrant European chauvinism and anti-regulation Euroskepticism.”
Economics professor David Lindauer weighs in on the future of US-China trade relations. According to Lindauer, the trade war is about forcing China to become a more compliant member of the World Trade Organization as well as make China more hospitable to US businesses.
English professor Cord Whitaker weighs in on the medieval scholar community’s view of race in the Middle Ages. Whitaker says that the community is often unwilling to think critically about the racial and political landscape of the time period.
A review of Environmental Sciences professor James Morton Turner’s new book which describes the last few decades of the Republican attitude toward environmental policy.