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Faculty and staff news roundup - March 30, 2021

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Sujung Kim, associate professor of religious studies, was interviewed March 26 for the University of California Irvine’s podcast Nature: Mono. She talked about her recent book, “Shinra Myōjin and Buddhist Networks of the East Asian ‘Mediterranean.’”

Derek Ford, assistant professor of education studies, was quoted March 25 by the Indianapolis Recorder in “Workers face power struggle on the job and in life.” He also will be a featured speaker on the April 10 international webinar, “For a Peaceful Pacific: Opposing NATO's Military Aggression,” organized by the organization No Cold War. He will be speaking about Korea as a pivot point in the growing U.S. aggression against China, and will appear alongside Ajamu Baraka, the national organizer and spokesperson for the Black Alliance for Peace, and Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army colonel and State Department official. Register here.

Smithsonian Magazine noted that Nahyan Fancy, professor of Middle East/comparative history, is the co-author of an upcoming article about plague outbreaks. Fancy’s co-author is the subject of the March 25 Smithsonian piece, “Did the Black Death Rampage Across the World a Century Earlier Than Previously Thought?

Jeff McCall, communications professor, wrote an opinion piece, “Mediated mob action disrupts the nation’s discourse,” which appeared in The Hill March 24. He was quoted by Fox News March 27 in “Critics blast reporters as ‘afraid to really challenge’ Biden during presser: ‘They served as cheerleaders.’

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