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CBS Los Angeles, Oct. 16, 2020 (Video)
Married scientists take on fight against breast cancer
Dr. Devon Lawson and her husband Dr. Kai Kessenbrock are breast cancer researchers at UC Irvine. … The two have been married 5 years and while they each have a different focus on breast cancer, their goal is the same. “This is what we’ve devoted our lives to doing so it’s very important to us to improve the situation for patients,”  Lawson said.

Harvard Magazine, November-December 2020
Off the shelf
The Religion Clauses: The Case for Separating Church and State, by Erwin Chemerinsky, J.D. ’78, and Howard Gillman (Oxford, $24.95). The dean of the UC, Berkeley School of Law and the chancellor of UC, Irvine, plumb the First Amendment enshrinement of the freedom of religion, and conclude that government ought to be strictly secular, “the best way to interpret the religion clauses for a society that is increasingly religiously diverse.” The Supreme Court, as currently constituted, seems poised and eager to challenge their interpretation.

The New York Times, Oct. 16, 2020
Ruth Kluger, author of a haunting holocaust memoir, dies at 88
[Ruth Kluger] first joined the University of California, Irvine, faculty in 1976, then left for Princeton, but returned in 1986. In the late 1980s, Dr. Kluger was directing the university’s Education Abroad Program in Göttingen, Germany, when she was struck by a bicycle and entered into a coma. When she emerged, her suppressed memories of the Holocaust were unleashed. She went on to write her autobiography, published as “To Continue to Live: A Childhood” in German in 1992 and in English nearly a decade later. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The New Yorker, Oct. 19, 2020
How Saidiya Hartman retells the history of Black Life
Frank B. Wilderson III, a former student of [Saidiya] Hartman’s who now chairs the department of African-American studies at the University of California, Irvine, described her as quietly persuasive. “She’s not an ‘angry Black woman,’ ” he told me. “She’s not Assata Shakur. But what they don’t know is that, where Assata Shakur will blow your head off, Saidiya has just put a stiletto between your ribs.”

Literary Hub, Oct. 19, 2020 (Podcast)
On the frontlines of the battle for democracy in China
“Today’s guest is Jeffrey Wasserstrom, [UCI Chancellor’s Professor of history], one of the leading American experts on Hong Kong. Jeffrey Wasserstrom’s Vigil represents a rare example of deep historical, cultural, and political context produced on deadline about a major ongoing news event. Drawing on a rich store of knowledge and wisdom, and writing with literary power as well as analytic rigor, Wasserstrom makes us understand the deep roots and the broad significance of the tragedy we see unfolding day by day in Hong Kong.”

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