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Learning the lessons of Red October

Learning the lessons of Red October

April 13, 2018

Ronald Grigor Suny, one of the preeminent historians of the Soviet Union, ethnic conflict, and nationalism, will speak as part of the Russian Studies program’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.

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Political scientists monitor threats to US democratic institutions

Political scientists monitor threats to US democratic institutions

April 11, 2018

“One of the greatest threats to democracy is the idea that it is unassailable.” That’s the tagline of Bright Line Watch, which neatly sums up the group’s motivation. Made up of four political scientists including University of Rochester professor Gretchen Helmke, the non-partisan initiative has set out to monitor democratic institutions in the United States and potential threats to those practices.

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Quadcast transcript: Political scientists monitor threats to US democractic instituions

April 11, 2018

You are now listening to the UR Quadcast, the official Quadcast of the University of Rochester. Sandra Knispel: “One of the greatest threats to democracy is the idea that it is unassailable.” That’s the tagline for Bright Line Watch, a non-partisan group of political scientists. The scholars monitor US-American democratic practices, the resilience of the […]

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Equal Pay Day points to 100-year wage gap for women’s work

Equal Pay Day points to 100-year wage gap for women’s work

April 10, 2018

The Susan B. Anthony Center’s Equal Pay Day panelists will discuss issues of gender pay inequity on the date that marks how long women have to work into the new year to earn the same as men did in the previous year.

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Kevin Beckford is a man on a mission to increase staff diversity

Kevin Beckford is a man on a mission to increase staff diversity

March 30, 2018

Kevin Beckford talks about why diversity matters as he begins his new role as the University’s first senior director of staff diversity, equity, and inclusion. “I actually think it’s a work in progress,” he says. “I don’t think you ever achieve a plateau where you can say, ‘We’re there.’”

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Federal budget process is broken

Federal budget process is broken

March 27, 2018

“We need to take a look at the bigger picture here, which is that this bill does nothing to deal with our long-term budget challenges,” says Rochester political scientist David Primo. “Whether you are on the left or the right, that should be a big concern.”

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Adolescence expert Judith Smetana wins psychology career award

Adolescence expert Judith Smetana wins psychology career award

March 16, 2018

An expert in teen–parent relationships, psychology professor Judith Smetana is being recognized by her peers with the 2018 John P. Hill Memorial Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence.

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Quadcast transcript: Multinationals pull strings at World Bank

March 14, 2018

Intro Sandra Knispel: The World Bank’s goal is to end poverty. It was founded in 1944 at the Bretton Woods Conference to rebuild Europe and other parts of the world devastated by World War II. The Bank is independent and gives loans to countries solely based on need and merit of the project. But that’s […]

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‘We still have a lot of work to do’

‘We still have a lot of work to do’

March 7, 2018

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day marked by rallies and celebrations around the globe. The University’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia will host a panel discussion with local activists promoting gender equity.

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