Category: College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

A How-To Guide To Buying Artifacts Looted by the Islamic State

May 29th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Michael Danti, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Michael Danti, College of Arts & Sciencest

Let’s say you’re a rich Manhattan hedge fund manager in the market for an artifact from Palmyra, the archeological wonder in Syria currently being pillaged by the Islamic State…

Expert quote:

“There’s a scholarly community that’s complicit with the dealers and the buyers who will authenticate. It’s pretty hard to tell the difference between legal and illegal sometimes.”

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TV Confessions: Robert Pinsky

May 29th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Robert Pinsky 0 comments

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Robert Pinsky, College of Arts & Sciences

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The science behind why those huge snow piles just won’t melt

May 28th, 2015 in 2015, Boston.com, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Dietze, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Michael Dietze, College of Arts & Sciences

It’s been a pleasant May and a scorching past few days, and yet some of those no-good-dirty-rotten mounds of this winter’s historic snow still haven’t melted. How is that possible?…

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China Reforms Head Down Path Littered With Crisis Casualties

May 28th, 2015 in 2015, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

More than three decades after Deng Xiaoping led Communist China down the path of economic liberalization, its current-day leaders are taking the nation into what may be the trickiest reform stage yet…

Expert quote:

“History shows that if China prematurely opens the capital account before properly sequencing in other reforms the results could be disastrous for financial stability and longer-run growth prospects. I worry that they are forgetting the past.”

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Archaeology’s victims of war

May 27th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, FoxNews.com, Newsmakers, Robert Murowchick 0 comments

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Robert Murowchick, College of Arts & Sciences, International Center for East Asian Archaeology & Cultural History

The Middle East is largely considered to be the epicenter of the “cradle of civilization,” and has historic sites that date back thousands of years…

Expert quote:

“Unfortunately, there is no shortage of depressing case studies for the destruction of cultural heritage sites during times of war. What better way to display the destruction of your enemy than by looting their art and sacking their historical buildings to whatever extent your military technology allows – from battering rams to siege engines to napalm. It’s a human character flaw and the United States is as guilty as most other countries in playing its part over the past couple hundred years.”

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This Mental Health Issue Is More Prevalent Than All Forms Of Cancer Combined

May 27th, 2015 in 2015, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Huffington Post, Newsmakers, Todd Farchione 0 comments

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Todd Farchione, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

As many as 4.3 million American adults who work full-time have experienced an anxiety disorder in the past year, according to a new study…

Expert quote:

There are ways to get help and there is more than one option availableThey can get over this. There’s no reason that people should suffer in the way that they’re suffering.”

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Masons: Hall’s history is Franklin’s history

May 25th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, William Moore 0 comments

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William Moore, College of Arts & Sciences

The Gothic Revival facade of one of Middle Tennessee’s oldest buildings leans out by about eight inches…

Expert quote:

“The fraternity went through a significant loss of strength, between the 1970s and the beginning of the new millennium, so buildings were being lost frequently as lodges merged and consolidated.”

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Probing climate change winners, losers among state’s wildlife

May 25th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Primack, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

Will there be a time when the state’s official bird will be driven out of the commonwealth because it will no longer be able to survive in a changing climate?…

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Can we fix our Pakistan problem?

May 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Adil Najam, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, NPR, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

Seymour Hersh’s LRB scoop on the execution of Osama bin Laden – too hot, apparently, for the New Yorker to handle – is a persuasive and unnerving re-write of the Obama White House account…

Expert quote:

“This is an absurd relationship on both sides. The Sy Hersh story is the perfect metaphor for the US-Pakistan relationship and the absurdity of it. Why? Because nothing that can be said or heard about it can or should be believed… It’s not about the details. What he’s really pointing out in stark ways…is: This is not a friendship. It is not an alliance…”

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Todd Sampson opens his mind to brain training

May 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Todd Farchione 0 comments

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Todd Farchione, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

Todd Sampson is standing on the precipice of a Sydney office tower, 21 floors off the ground, preparing to step onto a thin wire cable…

Expert quote:

“The longer you stay in the situation, the easier it gets.”

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