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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.

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  • 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

  • Faith Attacks are Political Tradition
    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."
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  • GU Faculty Teach German Better
    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
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    Source: USA TODAY

  • Islamophobia and the Muslim Center at Ground Zero
    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."
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    Source: CNN

  • After Attacks in Uganda, Worry Grows Over Group Trevor Snapp/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A doctor treated a man hurt i
    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.”
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    Source: The New York Times

  • Why Tunisia Revolt Could be Huge
    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.

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    Source: CNN

  • What the U.S. and Other Democracies Must Make Clear to China
    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. "

    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.
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    Source: The Washington Post

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