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.
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.
Psychology professor Beth Hennessey writes about ADHD and immaturity, and how parents shouldn't have to game the educational system. "In my teaching of students at Wellesley College, I have long made the argument that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is over-diagnosed. Many children, solely by virtue of their birthdate, are prematurely singled out, put on medication and labeled as 'different.'"
Quinn Slobodian discusses America's top trade official, Robert Lighthizer, and his perspective on ongoing US-Chinese relations.
Professor of sociology and women's and gender studies, Rosanna Hertz, discusses her new book Random Families and increasingly donors and their offspring are going beyond an initial online connection and are choosing to meet and form relationships in person.
Wellesley College assistant professor of art, Alexandria Smith, discusses her first Boston solo show, and navigating the duality of existence. “The idea of visibility and invisibility was something that I think I was going for. How can these figures both be present and invisible at the same time? How can these figures both be independent but also together, and sort of joined, and be a part of their environment literally?"
History professor and author of “Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism,” Quinn Slobodian, discusses how President Trump, populists, and the far right want to keep the free movement of goods and money, but not of people as part of the rise of right-wing globalization.
Mathematics professor Ismar Volic pens an op-ed about how immigrants are ambassadors for values of tolerance and diversity, and what impact that has on the rest of the world. "President Trump and his administration on immigration are shortsighted and fundamentally ignorant of the world and all that ails it. The planned border wall, travel bans, the separation of immigrant children from parents ... these are not only designed to condition generations of immigrants to subservience and fear, but are also poised to suffocate the voice of multiculturalism that so many of us have acquired here and carry back to our countries."
President Paula A. Johnson joins Deqo Mohamed, a Somali doctor who helps run a 400-bed hospital in a refugee camp west of Mogadishu, on the BBC's The Conversation to discuss women's health and wellbeing, and how it is central to women's equality.