UCI News

The Atlantic, June 24, 2020
What America asks of working parents is impossible
Three core myths animate much of American life, according to [Christine M.] Beckman and [Melissa] Mazmanian, professors at the University of Southern California and UC Irvine, respectively. The first myth, they explain in their recent book, Dreams of the Overworked: Living, Working and Parenting in the Digital Age, is that of the “ideal worker,” who “has no competing obligations that might get in the way of total devotion to the workplace.” The second is that of the “perfect parent,” who “always puts family first.”  … I recently spoke with Mazmanian about these ideas and how the pandemic changes them.

Vox, June 24, 2020
How police unions became so powerful — and how they can be tamed
1.Song Richardson, the dean of UC Irvine School of Law and an eminent criminal law expert, and Berkeley’s Catherine Fisk have proposed asystem of “minority unionism” for police departments. The idea is to use the increasing racial diversity of many police departments to push for useful reforms by enabling the creation of groups like, say, a Black Lives Matter organization within a police department that also has the right to bargain around disciplinary issues with the department.

Mail Guardian, June 24, 2020
‘Afropessimism’ and the rituals of anti-Black violence
Frank Wilderson III is professor and chair of the African-American studies department at the University of California, Irvine. … Amid the current international Black Lives Matter protests that are leading to the toppling down of the statues of slavers and imperialists, the Mail & Guardian interviewed Wilderson on his latest book and the genesis of Afropessimism as a field of thought. This is part one of a three-part interview.

Ms. Magazine, June 23, 2020
Introducing the Ms. Podcast: “On the Issues” with Michele Goodwin
Join host, Dr. Michele Goodwin, as she and special guests tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering your concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality. … Michele Goodwin is … Chancellor’s Professor of law at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. … Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood, has been described as a “must read.”

Los Angeles Times, June 24, 2020 (Op-Ed)
Op-Ed: DNA testing isn’t enough. We need the right to fingerprint matching
Simon A. Cole, director of the National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the University of California, Irvine Newkirk Center for Science & Society, University of Michigan Law School & Michigan State University College of Law and Barry Scheck write, “Improved fingerprint technology and the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system (the latest version of the repository of fingerprints submitted by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies) allow for better post-conviction database searching than earlier systems. The failure of states to provide post-conviction access to fingerprint databases is inexcusable.”  [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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