The New York Times Magazine, Nov. 7, 2020
Democracy Worked This Year. But It Is Under Threat.
This year’s election could well be a turning point for voting by mail in America. In February, Richard L. Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, who has studied elections for decades, convened a group of bipartisan experts who proposed a series of nuts-and-bolts changes to make absentee and in-person balloting more accessible. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]
The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 7, 2020
The Battle to Keep America’s Black Banks Alive
Black-owned banks boomed from 1910 to 1930, said Mehrsa Baradaran, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, who researches Black banks. … In that segregated era, they were often the only banks that would lend to people in Black neighborhoods. … An entrepreneurial spirit born out of exclusion reverberated into the 1960s, Ms. Baradaran said. The Civil Rights era produced another boom of interest in Black banks, from activists and the government. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]
South China Morning Post Magazine, Nov. 7, 2020
The future of Hong Kong is uncertain and unpredictable, says ‘global historian’ Jeffrey Wasserstrom
All in all, it has been a very Jeffrey Wasserstrom kind of year. Hardly a week has gone by in which global headlines have not seemed like an extension of his own interests as a historian, scholar and one of the West’s leading sinologists. Wasserstrom’s profile page at the University of California, Irvine (where he is Chancellor’s Professor of History) lists those interests as “China, Protest, Globalization, Gender, Urban”. Very 2020.
The Lancet, Nov. 7, 2020
Offline: Managing the COVID-19 vaccine infodemic
In their 2019 book, The Misinformation Age, [UCI Philosophy Associate Professor] Cailin O’Connor and [UCI Philosophy Professor] James Owen Weatherall explain how false beliefs persist and spread. They emphasise the social character of fake news. The connections between us in groups or networks enable the propagation of misleading evidence as well as true beliefs.
Los Angeles Times, Nov. 7, 2020
Orange County backed Biden, but Republicans poised for dramatic comeback after ‘blue wave’
Passions for and against Trump helped drive a “remarkable turnout,” with 77% of registered voters casting ballots, said Louis DeSipio, a professor of political science and Chicano/Latino studies at UC Irvine. … Another reason Orange County’s bluer tint may not be uniform up and down the ballot, DeSipio said, is that old habits die hard. “That reflects that some of the sort of long-term legacies in the community remain,” he said. “People don’t just sort of flip overnight from being a Republican to being a Democrat or an independent to a Democrat.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
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