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Los Angeles Times, Jan. 28, 2018
UC Irvine chancellor: Students are not ‘snowflakes,’ but they need to understand free speech
UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman has plenty of experience with free speech issues. His campus has been rocked by controversial appearances of right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, a dust-up with College Republicans and annual skirmishes between supporters of Israel and Palestinian rights. Gillman has taught U.S. constitutional law for 30 years and launched a course on free speech three years ago. Now he’s written a new book, “Free Speech on Campus,” with Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Berkeley law school. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Jan. 26, 2018
The Facts Behind the Weaponized Phrase ‘Chain Migration’
Leo Chavez, a professor at the University of California at Irvine who studies media representations of immigration, said he had seldom heard “chain migration” in public discourse until the debate over immigration intensified in the past few months. “It’s an attempt to sway public opinion,” Chavez said …. It is not unlike “anchor baby,” “the browning of America” or even “Dreamers,” on the flip side, Mr. Chavez said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Jan. 27, 2018
We Need Protests. And Paintings.
Héctor Tobar, associate professor at the University of California, Irvine, writes, “To defend the place of millions of immigrants and their progeny in American society, we need not only protest of political changes but also more art. We need to bring the ambitions, the foibles and the soul of immigrant America into the collective American mind. And for that we need television shows and movies, and more novels, poems, paintings and songs. High art and low.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

AsAmNews, Jansa. 28, 2018
Orange County Report: AAPI are a lot more complicated than a simple stereotype
“Despite these numbers and the rapid growth of the AA&NHPI population, there is little research available that describes the distinct cultures and histories across ethnic groups, their social, political, and economic contributions to the county, or the needs of a population whose majority is immigrants and refugees,” said Dr. Linda Trinh Vo, study co-author and UC Irvine School of Humanities professor of Asian American Studies.

CNBC, Mad Money, Jan. 26, 2018
Head of esports scholarship program is bullish on competitive gaming, but not with games like NBA 2K
When Mark Deppe, the acting director for University of California, Irvine’s esports program, thinks of esports, he doesn’t think of traditional sports games like NBA 2K. … Deppe, whom Cramer dubbed “chief gaming officer,” helped develop UCI’s esports program in 2015. The move made UCI the first public university to offer an official program for esports.

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