News organizations often turn to Georgetown faculty members for insightful, expert commentary on current events. From opinions on unfolding events to providing in-depth analysis, Georgetown scholars and researchers appear daily in local, national and international news reports.
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- August 23, 2010
"The research found that the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has not had a dramatic effect on health into adulthood, but it has had a significant effect on educational attainment. The NSLP today is still broad in its reach, but it targets poorer children. There are higher standards for eligibility and also special funding for poorer schools. Had these elements been in place at the inception of the program, there may have been a more detectable effect on health in its early years."
Peter Hinrichs, assistant professor in the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, on the correlation between the National School Lunch Program and school attendance.learn more
Source: Daily Comet
- August 20, 2010
"The neophytes in society are always on the outside. With Catholics, people feared they would have loyalty to a foreign power, the Holy See."
Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and the Amaturo Chair in Catholic Studies, on the similarities between historic mistrust of Catholics and Muslims.learn more
Source: Catholic News Service
- August 20, 2010
"There are very few things that have changed in American public opinion as dramatically as support for gay and lesbian rights. Since 1994 the numbers really pop off the charts over a 20-year period. These trends occur across all religious communities. So the white evangelical fundamentalists today are far more accommodating to gays and lesbians than they were twenty years ago. So are Catholics and mainline Protestants."
Clyde Wilcox, professor of government, on public opinion trending toward support for gay rights.learn more
Source: Religion Dispatches Magazine
- August 16, 2010
“We are taking technology embedded with our values and our culture and embedding it in the developing world, which has very different values and cultures.”
Soren Gigler, visiting assistant professor in the Center for Latin America Studies, on technology's possible shortcomings in developing countries.learn more
Source: The New York Times
- August 3, 2010
“We are proud of the innovative ways our faculty teach and encourage student learning, and this recognition reflects our efforts to support these important initiatives. But it is important to remember that this is just one measure of our success. We will continue our efforts, not only to enhance teaching innovations on campus, but also to enrich the work experience for all our staff and faculty members.”
- Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. learn more
Source: Georgetown University
- August 3, 2010
- August 1, 2010
Clyde Wilcox, professor of government, on "security moms and dads" who are worried about the construction of a mosque in their neighborhood:
"[These are] people who might think that having a mosque nearby might make their lives more dangerous. By just opposing the construction, you can appeal to all of these groups without more explicit arguments and claims."learn more
- July 25, 2010
Heidi Byrnes, the George M. Roth distinguished professor of German, on what educators should ask when recruiting students for foreign language coursework:
"Who's my audience? And I think the potential audience has to be everybody."
Colleges Strive to Make Foreign Languages Relevant
Source: USA TODAY
- July 19, 2010
John Esposito, director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, in an op-ed on the proposed Muslim center near ground zero in New York:
"The proposal by the Cordoba Initiative to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero has drawn major media attention and engendered fierce debate. Right-wing political commentators, politicians, hard-line Christian ministers, bloggers and some families of 9/11 victims have charged that it is insensitive to 9/11 families, dishonors memories of the victims and will be a 'monument to terrorism.'
But here are the facts: The center is not at ground zero but two blocks away, and the Cordoba Initiative seeks to build a center, not a mosque. The center is not designed as a local mosque for a Muslim community but rather to serve the wider community."learn more
- July 12, 2010
“Al Shabab is emerging as one of these archetypal 21st-century terrorist groups,” said Bruce Hoffman, an expert in counterterrorism at Georgetown University. “Ten years ago, no one would ever have heard of them. These are not the kinds of groups that would have had the ability to operate across borders.”learn more
Source: The New York Times
- January 17, 2010
"To appreciate what has happened in Tunisia, consider one elemental fact: in 60 years, there has never been one case of a successful, popular revolt toppling an Arab regime. On the contrary, despite periodic legitimacy crises, Arab autocracies have demonstrated a remarkable capacity for self-preservation."
Daniel Brumberg, associate professor of government, on the revolt in Tunisia.
- January 16, 2010
"When Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Washington this week, there will be lots of ruffles and flourishes. Both governments will refer to the "positive, cooperative and comprehensive" relationship they seek to build. There is nothing wrong with positive diplomacy, but President Obama should not shy away from highlighting an area where the United States and China sharply diverge: political values. "learn more
Michael Green, associate professor of foreign service, co-wrote an op-ed on Chinese President Hu Jintao's first visit in five years to the United States.
Source: The Washington Post
- January 13, 2010
"I think the answer is somewhere in between. In many ways, it's not a partisan issue. It's a trains-running-on-time issue." learn more
Viet Dinh, professor of law, on the need for more federal judges.
Source: (San Jose, Calif.) Mercury News