UCI News

Daily Pilot, July 2, 2018
Shakespeare under the stars returns to UCI with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Winter’s Tale’
Every summer since 2012, the New Swan has assembled a 15-ton portable showplace, modeled after the Globe Theatre from Shakespeare’s time, where two of the Bard’s works are mounted and performed in repertory. … The event is the brainchild of Eli Simon, artistic director of the New Swan Shakespeare Festival who’s marking his 30th year on the UCI faculty. … “The Winter’s Tale” is being directed by Beth Lopes, a founding New Swan company member and associate artistic director of the festival. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Nation, July 2, 2018
The Dark Side of the Chinese Dream
Rian Thum and Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Irvine, writes, “Donald Trump got one thing right in his campaign: Americans should worry about China. But trade is not the reason. Over the past year, the country has let a Nobel Peace Prize winner die in prison—something that last occurred in the Nazi era.”

Slate, July 2, 2018
Kneecapping Unions and Weaponizing the First Amendment
At the end of every Supreme Court term, Amicus host Dahlia Lithwick discusses the session’s most important decisions with a panel of legal experts. This year, she chewed over the term—including Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement and how it will transform the court—with Slate legal writer Mark Joseph Stern and University of California, Irvine, law professor Leah Litman. What follows is a lightly edited excerpt from their 45-minute conversation.

Daily Pilot, July 2, 2018
UC Irvine and other colleges are increasing mental health services
UCI’s Student Success Initiatives, which has operated in its current form for about a year-and-a-half, offers counseling, workshops and other services to typically at-risk populations, including low-income, transfer, older adult and parent students. It does interventions for students struggling academically, and attempts to provide campus connections for those who feel socially isolated. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

NPR, June 30, 2018
Justice Kennedy May Soon Find Himself Disappointed And His Legacy Undermined
Few doubt that any new Supreme Court justice appointed by Trump will move the court decidedly to the right, but as professor Rick Hasen, of the University of California, Irvine, put it this week, “The question is how John Roberts wants to move.” Court observers have “spent the last 11 years asking what Anthony Kennedy had for breakfast,” he said. Now it’s ” ‘What did John Roberts have for breakfast?’ and it’s a slightly different menu.”

Previously “In the News”