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October 21, 2002

UCSC in the News

David Wellman of community studies was tapped by the New York Times for comment about President Bush's intervention in the labor conflict at West Coast ports.

Forrest Robinson, professor of American studies, was interviewed on KSCO Radio during the national "Banned Books Week." Robinson has written, taught, and lectured on Huckleberry Finn, one of the most frequently banned books in American history.

USA Today quoted psychology's Craig Haney on the risk of describing the killer terrorizing the Washington, D.C., area as "cowardly," saying it's a "bit of a gamble" to hope that angering the assailant will prompt an ill-considered move that will aid law enforcement efforts.

The work of Alva Noë, associate professor of philosophy, was cited in New Scientist magazine. Noë, along with psychologist Kevin O'Regan of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, argues for a "sensorimotor theory of vision," which the New Scientist article called "dramatically different from exiting theories of perception."

Political scientist Dan Wirls provided analysis for Salon.com of a recent speech by President Bush, in which Bush relaunched a "kindler, gentler" rationale for his administration's policy on Iraq.

"Art of the Lega: Meaning and Metaphor in Central Africa," an exhibit curated by assistant professor of art history Elisabeth Cameron, was reviewed in the Kansas City Star.

Pagan Time: An American Childhood, by Micah Perks, assistant professor of literature, was reviewed in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Perks's memoir was described as "vibrantly written, amusing, at times astonishing" by the reviewer.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel did a retrospective on the contributions of graduates of the Center for Agroecology's apprenticeship program, highlighting the accomplishments of several alumni. Pacific Grove-based KAZU Radio produced a feature about the apprenticeship in organic horticulture, too, and the station interviewed Paul Ortiz of community studies about his book of oral histories told by African Americans who had lived in the segregated South.

Highlights of Making the News columns from the 2001-02 and 2002-03 academic years.

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