Talks at AU This Week: Politics of Environmental Sacrifice; Blog Impact on Politics
For Washington, DC area readers, talks this Thursday evening and Friday afternoon may be of interest. Details below. For directions and a map of American University, go here.
Panel on "The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice"
Thursday, Sept. 30
5:00 – 6:30pm
A reception and book signing will follow from 6:30 – 8:00pm
School of International Service Building
Founder’s Room, Terrace Level
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC 20016
Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute
Leslie Fields, National Environmental Justice Director, Sierra Club
John Meyer, Department of Politics, Humboldt State University, (Co-Editor)
Matthew Nisbet, School of Communication, American University
Paul Wapner, School of International Service, American University
Moderator: Michael Maniates, Dept. of Political Science, Allegheny College, (Co-Editor)
If the current impasse over energy and environmental policy teaches us anything, it should be that the election of sympathetic leaders is insufficient to tackle environmental challenges meaningfully. Politicians appear stymied by the fear that substantive action will be viewed as harmful to their constituents, especially during economic hard times.
This panel will explore new strategies and ways of thinking about environmental challenges featured in Michael Maniates and John Meyer’s new MIT Press book The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice.
Can this fear be successfully countered by optimistic narratives about bold technological innovations? Must environmentalists also confront the fear of ‘sacrifice’ that is so often the basis for oppositional attacks?
Media & Communication Research Group Seminar Series
Inside the Monkey Cage:
The Impact of Blogs on Politics and Polarization
Henry Farrell & John Sides
Dept. of Political Science
George Washington University
Friday, Oct. 1
12 noon- 1:115pm
Located on 6th floor of Butler, connected to Mary Graydon Center
In this presentation, Farrell and Sides consider how blogs and related forms of electronic communication have changed from a neglected oddity to a significant topic of social science research. This talk will provide an overview of current research, focusing on debates over how blogs and other forms of electronic communication reshape patterns of public debate and in particular whether they have significant consequences for political polarization.
Henry Farrell, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Political Science and John Sides, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. They are the authors of numerous peer-reviewed research articles and scholarly book chapters in the areas of international affairs, public opinion, and mobilization respectively. They also contribute to the popular political science blogs “The Monkey Cage” and “Crooked Timber.”
The Media & Communication Research Group (MCRG) in the School of Communication is a collaborative network of American University faculty and students studying the influence of media and communication on public life, civil society, and social problems. MCRG also serves as a public forum for discussion and debate and as the host for a speaker and seminar series.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
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- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
Lauren Miranda sent a nude selfie to a boyfriend years ago. Somehow one of her students discovered it.
- Math teacher Lauren Miranda was fired from her Long Island school when a topless selfie surfaced.
- Miranda had only shared the photo with her ex-boyfriend, who is also a teacher in the school district.
- She's suing the school for $3 million as well as getting her job back, citing gender discrimination.
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- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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