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Monday, February 25, 2013

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Meiners discusses potential impact of sequestration

KDFW/FOX 4 interviewed Roger Meiners, the Goolsby Distinguished Professor of Economics and Law and chair of the Department of Economics at UT Arlington, about the sequestration set to take effect this week. “There may be a few furloughs, that is, they may require some federal employees to take a couple of weeks off without pay, and that’s unfortunate, but this is an effort to engineer a crisis,” Meiners said. “Then you get, of course, people saying ‘Oh we have to have this protected.’ Government spending has been going through the roof. If we’re going to get it under control, it means we have to get serious about where there’s going to be cuts.”

Farrar-Myers discusses steps leading to sequestration

Raycom News Network interviewed Victoria Farrar-Myers, UT Arlington distinguished teaching professor of political science, about how the government got to sequestration. “This Congress is the most polarized in history. Between Republicans, Democrats and median voters, there are not all the moderates that used to cross over,” Farrar-Myers said. “We’re not seeing crossover anymore, not seeing outside conversations. We see small groups – gangs of four, gangs of eight – and legislation is being torpedoed by the smallest piece of something.” CBS Atlanta, Fox 5 Las Vegas, CBS 19 Cleveland, CBS 5 Phoenix, Hawaii News Now and more than 30 other RNN affiliates also carried this story.

Dulaney discusses Black History Month

The Dallas Morning News interviewed Marvin Dulaney, associate professor and chair of the Department of History at UT Arlington, about the relevancy of Black History Month. “I’m hoping for a time that we get rid of it,” Dulaney said. “Not because I don’t think black history should be celebrated, but because I’m hoping for infusion and inclusion; that it would just be redundant to do a black history month.”

Saxe discusses JFK's role in black history

The Associated Press quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate political science professor, in an article about President John F. Kennedy, who holds a complex place in black history. “Kennedy was sort of remade after his death,” Saxe said. “He did speak on civil rights, he talked about it, but never got much legislation through.” The Associated Press article was carried by numerous media outlets including the Huffington PostWCNC-TV (Charlotte, NC), New York PostSacramento BeeHouston ChronicleFort Worth Star-Telegram,Philadelphia InquirerDenver Post and Stars and Stripes.

May research into Jupiter Hammon leads to invitation from Yale

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and About.com reported on research by Cedrick May, UT Arlington associate professor of English, and doctoral student Julie McCown, which led to the discovery at Yale University of a rare poem by Jupiter Hammon, the first African American to publish literary works in America. May was invited to Yale Feb. 21 to discuss his work, the Yale University Library website noted.

Smith discusses Oscar-nominated films

The Arizona Republic interviewed Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at UT Arlington, about this year’s Oscar-nominated films. Many of the films are based on true stories. “It’s refreshing to see mainstream film directors acquiring an appetite for cinema that forces us to face our issues head on,” Smith said.

UT Arlington launches Maverick Veterans' Voices

KTVT/CBS 11 mentioned UT Arlington’s newly launched Maverick Veterans’ Voices, an oral history project that will document the experiences of student veterans and their families -- information that will eventually be made available to researchers online.

Library receives NEH grant to help bring about better understanding of Muslim cultures

The Examiner.com reported on a National Endowment for the Humanities grant given to 843 U.S. universities and libraries, including the UT Arlington Library, to help bring about a better understanding of Muslim cultures globally. Two Irving public libraries and Texas Christian University are the only other DFW recipients of the grant that includes a library collection of 25 books and 3 documentary films about Islam in America and in the world.

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