UCI News

The Guardian, Nov. 14, 2019
Second death in Hong Kong protests as Xi Jinping demands end to violence
Hong Kong police have been heard referring to protesters as “cockroaches” …. “That combination of dehumanisation and claiming that protesters have done things that the authorities don’t just feel are incorrect but completely beyond the pale, that has disturbing echoes from the past,” said Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a historian of modern China at the University of California, Irvine. “In the Hong Kong case now it sometimes seems as though the police are placing a whole generation – youths in their teens and early 20s – into the category of people who can be treated in brutal ways.”

CNN, Nov. 14, 2019
Russian spies likely intercepted ambassador’s cell phone call with Trump
“All communications devices of all senior government officials are targeted by foreign governments. This is not new,” Bryan Cunningham, executive director of the Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute at the University of California-Irvine, told CNN last year. “What is new in the cell phone age is the ease of intercepting them,” Cunningham added. “Of course, calls are only secure if both parties use a secure device.”

The Atlantic, Nov. 13, 2019
Why Colleges Are Betting Big on Video Games
E-sports scholarships are still rare, but the idea is quickly becoming normalized in American higher education. Major universities with considerable overhead have started devoting a corner of their scholastic budget to competitive gaming, as a way to both juice scholastic recruitment and future-proof their sports programs for a world where more people are watching Twitch than CNN or MSNBC. … High-profile colleges are vying to compete, with lucrative incentive packages. … UC Irvine distributes up to $6,000 to its varsity rosters, and $1,000 to its junior-varsity rosters.

Orange County Register, Nov. 14, 2019
Opinion: Backyarding: from Cape Town to California
Jan Brueckner, professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine and others write, “Recent legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom will allow property owners to construct dwellings of 800 square feet or more in their backyards and to convert garages into living space.  Renting out these backyard dwellings could generate new income for homeowners while also helping to ease California’s housing affordability problem.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Baltimore Sun, Nov. 15, 2019
BMA exhibit of black abstract artists explores what’s real and what only appears to be real
Bridget R. Cooks, an associate art professor at the University of California-Irvine, notes in a booklet accompanying the show that it wasn’t until well into the 20th century that works by black painters and sculptors could be found in America’s most prestigious cultural institutions. “Although African American artists exhibited their work in private homes, businesses, churches and the occasional world’s fair,” Cooks writes, “they did not exhibit their art in a mainstream museum until 1927.”

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