Museveni’s win in Uganda spells trouble ahead

People in Uganda went to the ballots this week amidst reports of fraud, media censorship and government intimidation. President Yoweri Museveni has been in office since 1986, and is expected to be re-elected – an outcome that many observers fear could lead to instability.   Government professor Nicolas van de Walle researches the political economy of […]

Dissatisfaction with outgoing president fuels pro-independence party in Taiwan

Taiwanese voters will elect a new president and parliament later this week, with polls currently favoring the Beijing-skeptic and pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, and its leader Tsai Ing-wen. Allen Carlson, associate professor in Cornell University’s government department, says that Tsai’s advantage in the polls is a product of voters’ dissatisfaction with the ruling party on domestic […]

Taylor Bell’s rap song is poetry, not crime

The case of Taylor Bell, a Mississippi high school student disciplined for posting online a rap song about sexual misconduct of the school’s coaches has drawn national attention. This week a number of high profile hip-hop artists – including Killer Mike, Big Boi and T.I. – signed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to hear the […]

Marine Le Pen is gone, but only until next time

Regional elections in France ended with the defeat in the second round of voting of the National Front – a right-wing, anti-European party that has recently gathered supporters for its nationalistic and anti-migrants stances. Mabel Berezin, a sociologist at Cornell University, author and expert on France and European politics says it would be a mistake to […]

Two drama critics receive 2015 George Jean Nathan Award

Photos available at The George Jean Nathan Award Committee has chosen two recipients of the 2014-15 prize for the year’s best work in dramatic criticism.  Brian Eugenio Herrera is receiving the award for his book Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance (University of Michigan, 2015).  Chris Jones has been chosen for his work as […]

After Paris attacks, two opposing strategies seen as the way forward

Barry Strauss, an expert on global history, government and conflict, and chair of the department of history at Cornell University, says in the days ahead, the world will react to the Paris attacks with measured responses. However, further attacks by ISIS, may force leaders into all-out war. Bio:   Strauss says:    “The Paris attacks […]

Inequality expert calls public housing smoking ban ‘misdirected energy’

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary has proposed a rule to require more than 3,100 public housing agencies across the country to implement smoke-free policies in their developments. Jamila Michener, an assistant professor of government in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University whose research focuses on poverty and racial inequality in […]

Astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger says new hot planet is a really cool new discovery

Lisa Kaltenegger, professor of astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University and director of Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute, comments on the discovery of GJ 1132b, a new planet only 39-light years from us. Bio:   Kaltenegger says:    “GJ 1132b is an interesting, close-by, very hot, rocky planet. It has […]

Newly spotted dwarf planet shows depth of solar system

Astronomers have found what seems to be the most distant object ever in our solar system. The object is three times father away than Pluto, and has been designated V774104. Joseph Burns, Irving Porter Church professor of engineering and astronomy, says the new discovery is yet another piece of evidence that the solar system is […]

New Spike Lee ‘Chiraq’ movie is a form of cinematic resistance

A trailer for director Spike Lee’s latest film “Chiraq” has been met with praise and criticism. The movie, a modern adaptation of the ancient Greek comedy “Lysistrata”, focuses on gun violence in present day Chicago and the women who decide to withhold sex from their partners in an effort to stop the bloodshed. Samantha Sheppard, […]