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From Coups to COVID: Voices in the National News in 2020


From climate change to Title IX, from coups to international recruitment, faculty have presented their views in major news outlets throughout the year. Likewise, faculty and staff have lent their expertise in articles on myriad topics reflecting the breadth of their research. Students have also shared their successes in the national media.

Listed below are 10 examples of those opinion pieces, feature stories, and expert commentary. Dozens of additional articles and essays may be found online.

Essays/Op-eds

Go Ahead, Drop My Course” – The Wall Street Journal – Feb. 3
Authored by Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology Daniel F. Chambliss
Subtitled “There’s nothing morally wrong with not wanting to work hard at school,” this essay addresses the role of motivation in education.

The pandemic is hitting counties that voted for Hillary Clinton harder - for now” – Vox – May 1
Authored by James S. Sherman Professor of Government Philip Klinkner

How Colleges Can Keep the Coronavirus Off Campus” – The New York Times – June 1
Co-authored by President David Wippman

How a Political Dispute Over the Early American Postal System Could Have Jeopardized the Whole U.S. Constitution” – TIME – Aug 24
Authored by Sidney Wertimer Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring Robert Martin

No, Trump is not attempting a coup.’ Here’s why the distinction matters.” – The Washington Post – Nov. 15
Authored by Assistant Professor of Government Erica De Bruin

Let Trump try to defend racist, traitorous Confederates. Congress can still prevail.” – The Washington Post – Nov. 29
Authored by Chamberlain Fellow and Professor of History Ty Seidule

Expert Commentary

“Diversity in college and why it matters” – U.S. News & World Report – March 31
This article quoted Vice President of Enrollment Monica Inzer extensively.

There’s Still Time To Get A (Remote) Summer Internship” – NPR – May 21
Ngoc Ngo ’20 discussed how the Career Center had made her multiple internships possible.

Incomes rose in April, but only because of government relief payments” – American Public Media’s Marketplace – May 29
Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Economics Ann Owen commented.

Enlightenment On Middle Eastern History And Culture Through Artwork” – Forbes – Oct. 6
This article featured the Wellin Museum’s exhibition “Michael Rakowitz: Nimrud.”

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