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The New York Times, Oct. 31, 2020
The year of blur
It is a “cascading series of events that just doesn’t seem to stop,” said Alison Holman, a professor of nursing and psychological science at University of California, Irvine, who studies the psychological effects of shared crises, including the current pandemic. … In researching the psychological repercussions of devastating Southern California wildfires in the 1990s, Dr. Holman said that victims felt like “time slowed down” and “the days blurred together. … They feel a sense of a blur, like time is just a blur. This is particularly true of young people,” she added, “who have a lot of life ahead of them.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

CNN, Nov. 1, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Our biggest Election Day concern
Richard L. Hasen, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law and political science and Richard H. Pildes write, “We understand that the country is living on a knife’s edge. Americans are much more likely than they were three years ago to say that violence could be justified in pursuit of political goals. While violence is unlikely to break out, emotions are high on Election Day and irresponsible coverage can act like a match in a dry forest. When we run into inevitable but fairly normal problems on Election Day, we hope voters and the media, in both producing and consuming information, will bear that in mind.”

The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 1, 2020
Florida to vote on raising minimum wage to $15
Minimum-wage increases “help some, while hurting others,” said David Neumark, an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine. He added there may be more effective ways of bringing Americans out of poverty, including helping them find jobs. “More than half of poor families have zero workers,” he said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

NBC News, Oct. 31, 2020
‘2020 is the time’: California voters weigh bringing back affirmative action
“Logically if one population increases, then the other has to decrease,” said Bethany Huang, a first-year student at the University of California, Irvine. “It feels like Asian American struggles are often overlooked. This only furthers that problem.” … Huang, a political science major who is running for a seat on the Irvine Board of Education, worries that Asian students like herself could face discrimination if Proposition 16 passes. “I think that’s not a great consequence,” she said. “It’s not fair to Asian American students to decrease their numbers in the UC system. They’re also people of color.”

Daily Pilot, Oct. 30, 2020
Around Town … ‘Pan-Damn-It!’ Zoom play highlights mask debate in schools
A one-act, 90-minute Zoom play called “Pan-Damn-It!” by Kyung Hyun Kim, a faculty member in the UC Irvine’s department of East Asian Studies and Visual Studies, will be live broadcast on YouTube on Nov. 15, starting at 4 p.m. Kim said the play was written based on a personal experience and highlights the mask debate in schools. The play is co-directed by Jane Page, a faculty member in UCI’s Drama Department, and Gavin Cameron-Webb, theatre director. The live Zoom reading will include professional and MFA actors and is sponsored by the Center for Critical Korean Studies and Illuminations at UCI. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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