UCI News

KNBC, Sept. 16, 2021 (Video)
UCI Reopens for On Campus Learning After COVID Quarantine
It’s the first time the campus has opened since the coronavirus pandemic started in 2020. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.

Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 17, 2021
The 30% Female Author Experiment
Co-author Heidi Hardt, associate professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, said professors have many options for diversifying syllabi today. … Faculty members may want to reach out to professional networks and disciplinary organizations to learn more about crafting more representative syllabi, Hardt said. And given the variation in students’ attitudes, professors “might also find it useful to have a conversation discussing with students the selection of readings that appear in their syllabi.”

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 16, 2021 (Op-Ed)
Op-Ed: In Haiti, the battle for leadership is really a battle for loot
Amy Wilentz, UCI professor of English writes: “Another Haitian chief executive may be about to take a fall. … It’s all part of an intense battle among political factions to see who will inherit the mantle of the presidency and thus the spoils. [President Jovenel] Moise may himself have been the first casualty of this battle, and it has been difficult to imagine [Ariel] Henry emerging a victor from this very complicated imbroglio.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Nation, Sept. 17, 2021
Afropessimism and Its Discontents
Just what is Afropessimism? … The titular Godfather of Afropessimism, Frank B. Wilderson III, [UCI professor of African American Studies], states the case best in his 2020 book Afropessimism. … According to Wilderson, Blackfolk have never transcended slave status to become human in the eyes of the law, and are therefore still subject to routine systemic violence by various white authorities—not just the police—and routinely treated as a population who have no constitutional or human rights.

Sapiens, Sept. 15, 2021
These Unheralded Workers Are Helping Prevent the Next Wildfire
Salvador Zárate, UCI assistant professor of anthropology writes, “As an anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, I’m collecting ethnographic data to inform the future of county wildfire policy by talking with county officials, homeowners, independent weed abatement crews, and those that work for the Orange County Weed Abatement Program (OCWAP), the very program for which I worked every spring growing up and until my early 30s.”

Previously “In the News”