Professor discusses human trafficking

Tue, Sep 29, 2015 - 5:00am

by Sarah Gutierrez

Slavery is a topic discussed in history books – one that many think of as a practice of the past. On the contrary, there are between 27 and 36 million people living in slavery today, according to The Walk Free Foundation.

The Brookhaven College Institute of Political Studies hosted an event Sept. 17 to discuss human trafficking and slavery in the modern age in conjunction with the Open Book Project, held in the Performance Hall. Ahad Hayaud-Din, department chair and professor of political science at Brookhaven, said the event was the most highly attended to date.

Dr. Jacqueline DeMeritt,...

Artistic travels

Tue, Sep 22, 2015 - 2:27pm

by Kimberly Diggs

Composer/musician Claudia Howard Queen of the University of North Texas will give American insights for music-dance collaboration when she travels to Taipei, Taiwan, in November as part of her third Fulbright Specialist award.

Queen, associate professor of music for dance at UNT, will teach dancers how to work effectively with a musician in an improvisational dance concert setting. She also will perform with members of Ku & Dancers, Taiwan’s most noted improvisational dance company, as part of iDance Taipei 2015.

The Fulbright Specialist program, which complements the Fulbright Scholar...

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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