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CityLab, March 16, 2018
The Seductive Power of a Suburban Utopia
“The idea was to move away from the metropolis and begin again,” said Keith Murphy, an anthropology professor at the University of California, Irvine, who teaches a course on utopias. “Serenbe is similar in its promise that a life away from the city and in proximity to nature provides a fresh start and a better existence.”

New York Magazine, March 16, 2018
National Geographic Replaces Racist Fictions With Post-racial Fantasies
Last year, I predicted 2017 (and the era of Trump more generally) would be a time of renewed faith in the political efficacy of interracial romance and procreation. This prediction was informed by two recent books — one by UC Irvine professor Jared Sexton, the other by NYU professor Tavia Nyong’o — which probe the way racial hybridity is used to avoid reflection and recollection on how white supremacy works.

Associated Press, March 17, 2018
Neighborhoods Cleaved by Montgomery’s Interstates
University of California Irvine professor Joe DiMento has studied the motivations and effects of interstate construction nationwide, focusing on Los Angeles, Memphis and his hometown of Syracuse in his book “Changing Lanes: Visions and Histories of Urban Freeways.”

Business Insider, March 17, 2018
The idea of social media ‘addiction’ is bogus – and using it is linked to some key benefits
Candice L. Odgers, a professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California Irvine, specializes in studying new technologies and adolescent development. She told Business Insider that social media may be having some positive effects on teens and young adults, but many people are not paying attention to that research.

Los Angeles Times, March 16, 2018
Tony DeLap’s hybrids of painting and sculpture are impossible objects
One pleasure of the show is the abundance of his early works, dated between 1961 and 1974, when DeLap’s well-known shaped hybrids of painting and sculpture began to emerge. … (DeLap was a founding faculty member at the then-new UC Irvine in 1965; he taught at the school for the next 26 years.) Eccentric barely begins to describe those early works. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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