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Dance Magazine, April 9, 2018
Donald McKayle Dies at Age 87
Revered for his passion and humanism, McKayle powerfully showcased the depth of the human condition through dance. He not only broke barriers as the first black man to direct and choreograph a Broadway show, he brought the black experience to the stage, highlighting social injustices as well as the struggles and triumphs he witnessed around him. … Most recently, he was beloved as a teacher, …. Although he officially retired as a professor from the University of California Irvine in 2010, he returned to the dance department annually to choreograph and teach.

Fortune, April 6, 2018
Commentary: It’s Easy to Blame Smartphones for Teens’ Mental Health Issues. But It’s Wrong.
Candice Odgers, professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine writes, “When I looked past the headlines and at the data, I usually found no association between time spent online and mental health for most teens. When there was a link, it was tiny, with an unclear relationship between cause and effect.”

Financial Times, April 6, 2018
Steamship globalisation [Subscription required]
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, [UCI chancellor’s professor of history], writes, “In A World of Empires, Edyta Bojanowska opens an intriguing window on to this earlier age of globalisation. She does so by focusing in tightly on a long journey from St Petersburg to Japan made in the 1850s by the steamship Pallada, part of a squadron of Russian vessels whose mission was to establish trade relations.”

CNN Politics, April 7, 2018
Trump’s originalist, Neil Gorsuch, finds his place
Professor Rick Hasen, of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, who has penned a new book on Scalia, says the exchange highlights Gorsuch’s fidelity to originalism. “Like Scalia,” Hasen said, Gorsuch believes “other methodologies would unconstitutionally turn judges into legislators.”

Los Angeles Review of Books, April 8, 2018
Pedagogic, Not Didactic: Michael Cart on Young Adult Fiction
Jonathan Alexander, chancellor’s professor of English at UC Irvine, writes, “I recently “sat down” (virtually) with Michael Cart to pick his brain about the continuing commercial success of YA, its cultural relevance, and his thoughts about the genre’s future.”

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