In The News: Department of Philosophy
Seventy-five years ago today, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on an unsuspecting city. Within a matter of seconds, steel girders evaporated and a city disappeared, with more than 140,000 killed.
Reading about the closures of several philosophy departments has me worried that our centuries-old experiment of liberal arts education is ending. The United States has been trying to transform liberal arts education into pre-professional training for well over a decade, at least since the 2008 recession; and that desire has accelerated, with students and their parents demanding the expansion of programs and majors they believe will lead straight to well-paying, secure jobs.
The celebrated new Hulu program "Taste the Nation," hosted by acclaimed writer and "Top Chef" star Padma Lakshmi, is a "journey across America" to explore the cuisines and connected life-stories of different immigrant groups. It makes an important statement about the value of immigrants in Trump's America, but the immigrant rights movement must learn key lessons from what it misrepresents and ignores.
The Department of Homeland Security recently moved to declare migrant farmworkers—including those who are legally undocumented—essential critical infrastructure workers.
In Socially Undocumented: Identity and Immigration Justice (Oxford University Press, 2020), Amy Reed-Sandoval reframes the question of immigration justice by focusing on the historical development and lived experiences of socially undocumented identity.
Public discussion about immigration often centers on concerns about legal status. Should at least some legally undocumented migrants be granted a right to remain, and if so, which ones? Should pregnant women be able to secure visas to enter the United States with the intention of giving birth and obtaining citizenship for their children? What should the future hold for Dreamers — legally undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States at a young age, and consider this country to be their home?
It was recently announced that the Trump administration will issue new visa restrictions to restrict so-called “birth tourism” in the U.S. — a practice in which pregnant women who are not U.S. citizens give birth here ostensibly to obtain U.S. citizenship for their children.
As comp climbing champions get younger, we can expect our first batch of Olympic medalists in Tokyo to mirror the gymnastics podium. Before long, most “comp kids” will age out by their late teens or early 20s. And then what? Quit climbing?
Not so fast.
Elections, changes, political movements; including the departure of Evo Morales from the presidency of Bolivia. How to understand the present from the past? What is behind government trends or trends in some Latin American countries? A talk with Amy-Reed Sandoval, professor of Latin American philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) who also explains her area of study and how new generations are questioning what is happening in that region of the world, among other topics.
They might not get judged by Howie Mandel any time soon (or maybe they will!), but UNLV has its share of professors as talented outside the classroom as they are in it. We checked in with four academics who are dicing, dancing, acting, and hip-throwing their way across the valley and the world in pursuit of excellence in a second sphere. So who’s going to get the million-dollar prize and the headlining gig on the Strip? We have no idea. But here’s who’s headlining on Maryland Parkway.
Aquaman star Jason Momoa stands on the Dolby Theatre stage in Los Angeles, holding that famous red envelope. At stake is the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
The greatest rock climber of our generation lives in an anonymous house in west Las Vegas. If that’s a surprise to you, it’s even more of a surprise to Alex Honnold, the 32-year-old adventurer who has spent the past decade sleeping in a van and jetting off to distant locales.