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John Ragosta
Huffington Post Publishes Ragosta Essay

In response to an attack on CIA Director John Brennan for taking the oath of office with a hand on George Washington's copy of the Constitution rather than the Bible, Visiting Assistant Professor of History John Ragosta wrote a response in an essay published by The Huffington Post. In “Bravo for Brennan!,” which appeared on the publication’s website on March 14,  Ragosta explained that “The Constitution does not require that a Bible be used for the oath of office.  More ...

Lolita Buckner Inniss
Inniss Publishes Letter to the Editor in The New York Times

Lolita Buckner Inniss, the Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professor of Women’s Studies, penned a letter to the editor that was published in The New York Times (3/7/13). The letter was in response to an op-ed, “The Good Racist People,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic.  More ...

Nigel Westmaas
Associated Press Quotes Westmaas

The Associated Press quoted Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Nigel Westmaas in an article titled “Guyana Officials stay nearly twenty years in mandates.” Westmaas discussed the country’s failure to hold municipal elections for nearly 20 years. Published on March 1, the article appeared in many news outlets including The Washington Post.  More ...

Gordon Hewitt
USA Today Quotes Hewitt Study

USA Today quoted a study co-authored by Assistant Dean of Faculty for Institutional Research Gordon Hewitt in an article titled “Crossing party lines: Individual decision or university influence?” on the publication’s college website. The study, titled “Indoctrination U.? Faculty Ideology and Changes in Student Political Orientation” appeared in PS: Political Science & Politics in October 2008.  More ...

Jenny Irons
Huffington Post Publishes Irons Opinion Piece

Associate Professor of Sociology Jenny Irons reacted quickly to a serious error made by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart last week when, in Iron’s words, he “lampooned Dick Molpus.” The white former Secretary of State and civil rights champion, Molpus was responsible for registering Mississippi’s 1995 decision to ratify the 13th amendment abolishing slavery. Irons, who had worked for Molpus in the 1990s, wrote an opinion piece in the Huffington Post titled “Civil Rights Champion Falsely Accused by Jon Stewart” in which she corrected Stewart's mischaracterization.  More ...

Ernest Williams
New Scientist Quotes Williams on Butterfly Migration

New Scientist magazine quoted Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology,  in “The chilly secret to monarch migration,” an article that examined possible trigger prompting these butterflies to leave the warmth of Mexico to travel to the United States in the spring. In the Feb. 17 article, Williams commented on how warming temperatures might change migration patterns.  More ...

Dan Chambliss in class
InsideHigherEd Retells 1988 Sociology 101 Story

In in the wake of an exam boycott recently at Johns Hopkins University, InsideHigherEd reported on a different boycott 25 years earlier on Hamilton's campus.  "Game of Theories," the story of Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology Dan Chambliss’ challenge to students in his introductory sociology courses and how first-year student John Werner '92 successfully  met it, was retold on Feb. 22.  More ...

S. Brent Plate
Plate Picks "Religious Oscars"

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate says, “This year's Oscar line-up is once again rife with religious references, and the entertainment industry may be overtaking religious institutions as the prime mythmakers and ritual producers in a society where the 'nones' are on the rise.”  More ...

Maurice Isserman
Alpinist Magazine Features Isserman Story of Everest Climb

 “MAD, ILL-EQUIPPED AND ADMIRABLE: EVEREST 1962,” an article written by Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History Maurice Isserman appearing in Alpinist magazine, tells the story of an American-Swiss team of four climbers who attempted to climb Mt. Everest from the north side.  Isserman wrote about the climbers’ adventures, from their initial planning to their illegal entry into Tibet and their near-fatal accidents which ultimately caused them to turn back.  More ...

Ann Owen
NPR's All Things Considered Interviews Owen

An All Things Considered report on National Public Radio that focused on the upside of Iowa’s drought last summer included an interview with Ann Owen, the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Economics. In “The Silver Lining In Drought: 5 Upsides To Rain-Free Weather,” Owen discussed the study, “Heat Waves, Droughts, and Preferences for Environmental Policy,” that she co-authored with Assistant Professor of Economics Emily Conover, Associate Professor of Economics Julio Videras and Professor of Economics Stephen Wu.  More ...

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