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The Washington Post, Dec. 7, 2016
Obama won lots of votes from racially prejudiced whites (and some of them supported Trump)
Michael Tesler, associate professor of political science at UC Irvine, [writes]: The debate about the importance of racism in electing Donald Trump rages on. It even led to a shouting match last week between Clinton and Trump’s campaign aides. A prominent argument against a “whitelash” sweeping Donald Trump into office is that Trump appears to have won the votes of at least some working-class whites who voted for Obama.

The Guardian, Dec. 6, 2016
China asks U.S. to block Taiwan president trip after talk of Donald Trump meeting
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a China expert from the University of California, Irvine, said Beijing’s initial public response to Trump’s decision to engage with Taiwan’s leader had been “relatively measured”. … “There is a good argument to be made for why it is foolish to not recognize that the president of Taiwan is an important figure and worth having dialogue with,” he said.

Chicago Tribune, Dec. 6, 2016
Voices Heard Festival puts a spotlight on music by black women
Flutist Nicole Mitchell left Chicago for Southern California five years ago, but she remains a potent force in new music here. … So why has Mitchell devoted her recent, 10-week sabbatical from teaching at the University of California, Irvine, to initiate this event? “There’s no time better than the present to create a platform for black women as visionary, creative people,” she says. “Especially, this moment, right now, in consideration of our world, and where we’ve been headed lately.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 7, 2016
What you should know about the professor who has Trump’s ear on the economy
Peter Navarro, a professor and author who became known during the presidential campaign as the only academic economist directly advising the Trump campaign, continues to be one of the most public voices on economic matters for President-elect Donald J. Trump as he prepares to take office next month. … Mr. Navarro … is a Harvard-trained professor of economics and public policy who has been on the faculty of the business school at the University of California, Irvine since 1989.

WNPR, Dec. 6, 2016
A show about nothing (Really!)
Why is there something rather than nothing? This has been described as perhaps the most sublime philosophical question of all. … Guests … James Owen Weatherall, professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine; author of Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing.

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