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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.

The Office of Communications collects and archives news reports featuring expert faculty commentary. To read or listen to Georgetown faculty members in the news, visit the GU in the News archive.

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  • For Critics of Islam, 'Sharia' a Loaded Word
    August 27, 2010
    "[There are] those who see sharia mandating that we live as Muslims did 1,300 years ago, and those who say sharia doesn't have a specific format as to how you live your life, that Islam gives you paradigms." Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplain, on two interpretations of Muslim sharia law.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Boston Man Set Free in N. Korea
    August 27, 2010
    "They gave him a very harsh sentence, eight years in prison. There were concerns about his well-being, an American thrown into a prison in the worst human-rights-violating country of the world. I think we had to pay whatever price we needed to get this American out." Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on former President Carter going to North Korea to gain the release of American prisoner Aijalon Mahli Gomes.
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    Source: The Boston Globe

  • Missing the Point
    August 26, 2010
    "The for-profit college industry is taking fire from all directions because a substantial number of for-profit colleges offer aggressively marketed programs of little value in the job market, leaving individuals unable to repay their debts and saddling taxpayers with the default burden. Much of the bad press is deserved, but the atmosphere of scandal and abuse detracts from a larger point: We have failed to adequately connect college and careers. The current abuses are but the worst-case examples of this failure." Anthony Carnevale, director and research professor of the Center on Education and the Workforce, in an op-ed on the implications of the for-profit education market.
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    Source: Inside Higher Ed

  • A Ban on Federal Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research
    August 25, 2010
    "The debate we're having right now is, do human embryos count as human beings?" Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, PhD, research associate professor, on a judge's recent court order banning federal funding for embroynic stem cell research.
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    Source: CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

  • How to Handle Hamas
    August 24, 2010
    "The biggest obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians is the emergence of Hamas as the de facto government of the Gaza Strip, where 1.5 million Palestinians reside. Peace talks can begin with Hamas on the sidelines, but they cannot finish if Hamas refuses to play ball." Daniel Byman, director of the Center for Peace and Security Studies, on the peace talks between Israel and Palestine.
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    Source: New York Times

  • Lobbying Regulated to Prevent Abuse in U.S.
    August 24, 2010
    "Here is the big thing: giving money to get something done -- that is illegal. Talking with someone to get things done -- that is not illegal. But there are lots of ways that money comes into the political process that make those boundaries hard to define. And, they are always open to dispute." Mark Rom, associate professor of public policy, on the boundaries between members of Congress and lobbyists.
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    Source: Voice of America

  • Palliative Care Not Only Improves Quality of Life, But Extends It
    August 24, 2010
    "Palliative care not only improves the qualify of life, but extends it for cancer patients." Christina Tafe, palliative care nurse at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, reacting to a study that suggests palliative care benefits terminally ill cancer patients.
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    Source: The Diane Rehm Show

  • Muslim Women Who Wear the Hijab and Niqab Explain Their Choice
    August 23, 2010
    “The women have sort of become the banner of Islam. The little scarf is saying, ‘I am Muslim, and I have a presence here.’” Yvonne Haddad, professor of Islam history and Christian-Muslim relations, on the significance of wearing the hijab to Muslim women.
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    Source: CNN

  • Commentary - Money & Happiness
    August 23, 2010
    "People within and across countries all say money matters. Richer people are happier than poorer people. And, overall, richer countries are happier than poorer countries. Of 54 African countries, only four ranked in the top half of those whose citizens said they're thriving and no country from western Europe ranked in the bottom half. " Nada Eissa, associate professor of public policy and economics, on whether money can buy happiness.
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    Source: PBS Nightly Business Report

  • Report Links School Meals With Higher Attendance
    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.
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    Source: Daily Comet

  • New York Mosque Controversy Echoes Anti-Catholicism of Another Era
    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.
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    Source: Catholic News Service

  • As Gays More Accepted, Religious Opponents More Vocal
    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.
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    Source: Religion Dispatches Magazine

  • Nonprofits Review Technology Failures
    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.
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    Source: The New York Times

  • Georgetown a "Great Place to Work"
    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.
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    Source: Georgetown University

  • Georgetown University has asbestos removed from dormitory
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    Source: MesoRC

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