‘Tiananmen Square and what it means to be free’

St. Louis American

Benjamin Akande, director of the Africa initiative, writes a column in The St. Louis American marking the 30th anniversary this month of the Tiananmen Square massacre and reflecting on the meaning of freedom ahead of Independence Day celebrations in the U.S.

Kinch publishes ‘The End of the Beginning’

Michael Kinch, associate vice chancellor, has published “The End of the Beginning: Cancer, Immunity, and the Future of a Cure.” The book details the history of cancer treatment, how our understanding of the disease has evolved and research that holds promise for future patients. Kinch is also director of the Center for Drug Discovery at the School of Medicine.

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‘Race and education, 65 years after Brown’

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education 65 years ago, holding that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. But Sheretta Butler-Barnes and Maya Williams, of the Brown School, write in a column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that inequities still exist today. For example, African American and Latino students face reduced access to experienced teachers and gifted programs.

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‘If we are doing so well, why do we feel so bad?’

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Edward F. Lawlor, dean emeritus of the Brown School, writes an op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch exploring science-based economic development in the St. Louis region and how the benefits have not been shared by all races, classes and neighborhoods.

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‘A conversation with Benjamin Akande’

St. Louis Public Radio

Benjamin Akande, director of the university’s Africa initiative, sat down with St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the goals of the initiative and what lies ahead.

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‘Evangelicals take on artificial intelligence’

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S. Joshua Swamidass, MD, PhD, at the School of Medicine and the McKelvey School of Engineering, writes an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal (and shared on the WashU Perspectives page) about faith communities wrestling with the implications of artificial intelligence.

Book studies Saint-Saëns’ operas

Hugh Macdonald, the Avis Blewett Professor Emeritus of Music in Arts & Sciences, has published the book “Saint-Saëns and the Stage,” examining the operas, plays and other works of the French composer. Read more about this and other books by WashU authors on the Bookshelf.

‘Engineering the Future’ looks at good nanoparticles

In the fourth episode of the “Engineering the Future” podcast,  Aaron Bobick, dean of the McKelvey School of Engineering, talks with faculty members about the ways that engineered particles can be used for good in medicine and in materials science.

Stark on Trump’s immigration proposals: ‘they don’t work’

The Hill

Lindsay Stark, associate professor at the Brown School, writes in The Hill about the Trump administration’s proposed changes to immigration policies, arguing they will cause hardship while offering no benefits to Americans.

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