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  • Mom Gets Quick Lesson on Teaching Diversity
    February 18, 2015
    "When kids are taught that people are different and it's OK that they're different, that's probably one of the best ways to teach them ... there isn't just one way to live," Marcia Chatelain, professor of history, on teaching children about diversity.
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    Source: Chicago Tribune

  • The Local Roots And International Reach Of Black History Month
    February 17, 2015
    "He gave a great appreciation for the working man. So he was able to relate to those on high and those on low and God knows in DC, then and now, one has to be able to manipulate that," Maurice Jackson, associate professor of history, on how Carter G. Woodson came to be known as the "Father of Black History."
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    Source: NPR: The Kojo Nnamdi Show

  • Oil Increases After OPEC Lowers Outlook for U.S. Crude Output
    February 9, 2015
    “The rig count might be a bit misleading for the market...It looks like the drillers are staying in the sweet spots, so there might be a modest output reduction." Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the growth in US oil production and market competition with OPEC.
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    Source: Bloomberg Business

  • Is OPEC Winning an Oil Price War Against the US?
    February 9, 2015
    “The rig count doesn’t tell you the whole story...It’s an indicator that’s important, but it’s not a direct translation [to production levels],” Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the growth in US oil production and market competition with OPEC.
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    Source: Christian Science Monitor

  • End of OPEC is Closer to Reality
    February 9, 2015
    "Each producer in the United States will do what's best for his or her specific company, not what's best for oil," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on US oil production and OPEC's declining role in the global oil market.
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    Source: CNN Money

  • Taking the mask off Leviathan gas negotiations
    January 29, 2015
    "All the around the world, places with small amounts of players and buyers don’t have competitive gas markets," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on Israel’s small gas sector.
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    Source: The Jerusalem Post

  • Where Is All That Excess Oil Going?
    January 28, 2015
    "Some people out there think that oil is going to get more expensive so it's worthwhile now to buy oil, lock it in, and have those supplies, have them stored and have them available to sell a few months down the line, if you actually believe it's going to go up," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the effects of low oil prices.
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    Source: NPR

  • Obama delivers State of the Union Address on Tuesday
    January 19, 2015
    “‘They like to talk about protecting the rights of the American citizen, and protecting free speech rights against unreasonable searches and seizure, but at the end of the day, politicians are very weary of terrorist attacks,’” Mark Rom, associate professor of government and public policy, on the 2015 State of the Union address.
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    Source: Al-Jazeera America

  • Teach or Perish
    January 19, 2015
    “But no decision we ever made could have been more catastrophic than this one: Somewhere along the way, we spiritually and emotionally disengaged from teaching and mentoring students,”Dr. Jacques Berlinerblau, professor and director of the Program for Jewish Civilization, on higher education.
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    Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • What are the Consequences of Cheap Oil
    January 6, 2015
    Cheap oil is "a sign of recession in a number of markets and we don't know exactly how that's going to affect other places in the world," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the effect of the declining oil prices.
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    Source: BBC World Service

  • Oil touches $50, and the signs still point down
    January 5, 2015
    There is "a strong chance that President Barack Obama could move to restore talks with Iran without any preconditions. That could also have a short-term affect and mean lower prices," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on falling oil prices.
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    Source: Houston Chronicle

  • Will the U.S. exploit the weakened Russian economy?
    December 17, 2014
    Economic tools are “a crude instrument: sometimes they move regimes to change…sometimes sanctions or economic downturn actually galvanizes the population in favor of its government,” Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on U.S.-Russia relations.
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    Source: Fox Business

  • Can Israel Solve Europe’s Energy Woes?
    December 16, 2014
    "The markets that have security-of-supply problems are mostly landlocked, and most of them — even if you could get additional gas supplies there — can’t afford alternative sources of gas," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the prospects of US LNG exports to Eastern Europe.
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    Source: Foreign Policy

  • What do the plummeting oil prices mean for countries around the world?
    December 11, 2014
    OPEC controls “a minority of the world global oil production, so they really don’t have the power to influence prices like the in the past…There’s no force that controls the oil market...and actually, this period isn’t so special, oil prices are about cycles," Brenda Shaffer, professor in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, on the oil market.
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    Source: Al Jazeera America

  • Fast-food workers’ strike adds momentum to movement
    December 5, 2014
    "These kinds of actions aren’t going to get anywhere without national scope, a big movement — and that’s what they seem to have here. They do have momentum, which is interesting since until the past couple of years the job action had almost fallen out of the repertoire of American workers," Joseph McCartin, professor of history, on fast food workers' strikes.
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    Source: SF Gate

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