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Orange County Register, Oct. 7, 2020
UC Irvine explores legacy of slavery with 1619 Project webinar series
The 1619 Project, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Magazine and podcast series on the legacy of slavery in the United States, will be the topic of a seven-part series presented by the UCI Humanities Center throughout the rest of October. The hour-long virtual programs on Zoom are free and open to the public. Registration is required and limited to 1,000 participants. The first webinar, “The 1619 Project and the Matter of Black Lives,” is Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m. and features UC Irvine faculty members from various departments at the university — African American studies, drama, history, law and political science. [Access the Orange County Register here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 7, 2020
California voters to decide whether to end cash bail system with Proposition 25
A national conversation about long-standing systemic inequities in the criminal justice system picked up in June after the death of George Floyd, …. That broader discussion has brought more attention to California’s proposal to replace the money bail system, said Katharine Tinto, a UC Irvine law professor and director of the school’s Criminal Justice Clinic. “Money bail is at the heart of the criminal justice system because people who cannot afford to bail out plead guilty to crimes in order to get out, in order to save their job, save their home, save their kids,” Tinto said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

TIME, Oct. 6, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: The overlooked queer history of medieval Christianity
Roland Betancourt, UCI professor of art history and visual studies writes, “In fact, we can find across the medieval world the potent glimmers of queer community and the role it played in formulating a language for Christian subjects as marginalized and persecuted peoples. Many stories of how queer figures maneuvered across various secular and religious spaces of the medieval world share a jaw-dropping candidness about same-gender intimacies and sexuality, and can provide important evidence about how medieval writers thought about the intersections of gender and sexual desire.”

BBC – The Food Chain, Oct. 8, 2020 (Audio)
Facing fat hatred
Emily Thomas examines how society sees fatness – exploring the idea that we live in an inherently fat-phobic world. We hear from those who say viewing fatness as a health problem alone, obscures some uncomfortable truths about poverty, racism, misogyny and ourselves. What would a less fat-phobic world look like and how could we get there? Contributors: … Sabrina Strings, UCI associate professor of sociology …. [starts 13:15].

Psychology Today, Oct. 8, 2020
Why our sense of time is distorted during the pandemic
If the hours, days, and months in 2020 have all become a blur to you, you are not alone. Dr. E. Alison Holman, PhD, FNP, UCI professor of nursing at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing and Department of Psychological Science, discusses the implications of distorted time perception for our collective health. …  Her team started a prospective longitudinal study addressing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic among a national sample of Americans in March 2020.

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