For Arab artists with something to say, this sheikh is a loudspeaker

Fri, Sep 18, 2015 - 4:31pm

by Elizabeth Blair

Wealthy art collectors often spend millions of dollars on trophy pieces by European masters, then keep them hidden from view. Not Sheikh Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi: He spends his fortune on artworks by living, Arab artists, then shows them to as many people as possible.

Al Qassemi is a bit of a paradox. He's a member of an Arab royal family, but he recently showed up at NPR's New York bureau by himself and casually dressed, looking more like a grad student than a sheikh. While clicking through the artworks on his Barjeel Art Foundation...

Book Review: Hostile Environment

Mon, Sep 14, 2015 - 9:00am

George Yancey (PhD, University of Texas) is professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, specializing in race/ethnicity, biracial families and anti-Christian bias. He is the author, coauthor or coeditor of books such asCompromising Scholarship: Religious and Political Bias in American Higher Education, Dehumanizing Christians: Cultural Competition in a Multicultural World, There Is No God: Atheists in America, Beyond Black and White, Beyond Racial Gridlock and...

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Look Out: Drones That Shoot Tasers Now Legal for Police Use in First State

Fri, Sep 11, 2015 - 5:17am

by Mark Karlin

The good news is that a new law that was passed this year in North Dakota requires police in the state to obtain a court order before using a drone for surveillance. 

The bad news, however, is that according to an August 27 Ars Technica article, the same legislation allows local police to equip drones with non-lethal weapons such as tasers and utilize them for law enforcement:

Legal experts are very concerned that a ...

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New law permits North Dakota cop drones to fire beanbag rounds from the sky

Thu, Aug 27, 2015 - 7:00am

By Cyrus Farivar

Legal experts are very concerned that a new North Dakota law which allows law enforcement drones to be armed with so-called less-than-lethal weapons—including stun guns and beanbag rounds—could be highly problematic. The law, however, explicitly forbids lethal weapons. Previous drafts of the bill specifically included...

UNT’s Texas Fashion Collection items featured in NorthPark Center’s exhibit

Fri, Aug 21, 2015 - 11:33am

When NorthPark Center in Dallas wanted a fashion exhibition for its 50th anniversary, they turned to the University of North Texas’ Texas Fashion Collection and its director Myra Walker.

Walker curated Art Meets Fashion: 1965–2015, which will run from Aug. 22 to Nov. 1 at NorthPark Center, considered the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s most prestigious shopping center. The exhibition, part of the center’s “50 Years of Style” celebration, features 29 pieces, with 24...