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KCBS Radio News: Lack of Diversity in Tech Industry

KCBS Radio News: Lack of Diversity in Tech Industry | USF in the News | Scoop.it

KCBS Radio reports on the Rev. Jesse Jackson's visit to the Hewlett Packard annual shareholders meeting to bring attention to Silicon Valley's poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding.


USF's Vice Provost Mary Wardell-Ghiraraduzzi spoke with KCBS Radio News about Jackson's strategy and why people of color need to be part of the booming tech industry.

University of San Francisco's insight:

Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi has been working in various roles in higher education administration for the past 18 years and is currently part of leadership at the University of San Francisco. Working with faculty, staff and students, and diverse communities through the San Francisco Bay area, she promotes an understanding of diversity as core to a holistic and sustainable higher education organization. 

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Associated Press: Ex-sailor says he confessed to end grueling interrogation

Associated Press: Ex-sailor says he confessed to end grueling interrogation | USF in the News | Scoop.it

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former sailor testified Thursday that he falsely confessed to a 1997 rape and murder because he wanted the 11 hours of grueling interrogation by aggressive police detectives to end.


"I just couldn't take it anymore," Danial Williams said. "I couldn't take being called a liar, the pressure."


Williams and Joseph Dick Jr. testified at an evidentiary hearing in U.S. District Court in Richmond, where they are trying to get their convictions for the rape and murder of Michelle Moore-Bosko overturned. Williams and Dick are two of the so-called "Norfolk Four," ex-sailors who have long claimed that police coerced them into falsely confessing. [via @AP]

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University of San Francisco law professor Richard A. Leo said people doubt the reality of false confessions because they don't believe they would ever make one. But most people know nothing about how police interrogations can distort a suspect's thinking, said Leo, an expert in the subject.


He said it appears that Dick eventually came to believe that he must have participated in the crime even though he couldn't remember it.

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Healthline: Do Photos of Thin Models Really Cause Eating Disorders?

Healthline: Do Photos of Thin Models Really Cause Eating Disorders? | USF in the News | Scoop.it

France is cracking down on its modeling industry, but experts say personality traits, life experiences, and cultural messages combine into a perfect storm to create eating disorders.

The percentage of teens who made themselves throw up to control their weight had risen from zero to more than 11 percent. Teens living in households with a television were more than three times as likely to have such unhealthy attitudes. 
 

Images of ultra-thin models and actresses have been blamed for decades for eating disorders, especially among teen girls. 

In France this past month, legislation was approved to crack down on underweight girls in the modeling industry.
 

But is the barrage of images of skinny people in today’s media-conscious world really the prime culprit? [via @healthline]

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“It’s very difficult to restrict speech,” added David Greene, an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, in an interview with Healthline. “If there’s a public health concern, it has to be something really critical, and that the restrictions be the only way of addressing this seriously critical public health concern.”
 

While the connection between cigarettes and health problems is indisputable, Greene says, a causal connection between media imagery and eating disorders is harder to prove.
 

“That would require the government to prove that the preponderance of these types of advertising actually causes the harm it’s trying to address,” he said. “And I think it’s going to have a hard time doing that.”

 

University of San Francisco's insight:

David Greene is a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He has significant experience litigating First Amendment issues in state and federal trial and appellate courts and is one of the country’s leading advocates for and commentators on freedom of expression in the arts. David was a founding member of the Internet Free Expression Alliance, and currently serves on the Northern California Society for Professional Journalists Freedom of Information Committee, the steering committee of the Free Expression Network, the governing committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, and on advisory boards for several arts and free speech organizations across the country. He has written and lectured extensively on many areas of First Amendment Law, including as a contributor to the International Encyclopedia of Censorship. Before joining EFF, David was for 12 years the executive director and lead staff counsel for First Amendment Project, a nonprofit organization providing legal and educational resources relating to free speech, press, petition, and information.

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National Catholic Reporter: Obama administration undermines UN disarmament efforts

National Catholic Reporter: Obama administration undermines UN disarmament efforts | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Though the United States may have taken the lead in the international diplomatic initiative against Iran's nuclear program, the Obama administration has also taken the lead in undermining the United Nations' efforts to promote nuclear arms control and disarmament elsewhere.
 

In a series of moves that received very little media attention in this country, the United Nations General Assembly in December adopted 57 resolutions recommended by the U.N.'s Disarmament and International Security Committee. However, the United States, more than any other member state of the 193-member body, cast votes in opposition to many of these modest efforts. [via @NCROnline]

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[Stephen Zunes is a professor of politics and program director of Middle Eastern studies at the University of San Francisco.]

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J Weekly: ‘Never again’ is easy to say; ending genocide requires commitment

J Weekly: ‘Never again’ is easy to say; ending genocide requires commitment | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Early in life, I learned the unambiguous and powerful words “Never again.” I actually thought the expression would create a new human ethic that would never again allow human beings to be systematically murdered for their religious, ethnic, national or racial identities. I was wrong. [via @jewishsf]

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Most of all, I teach Holocaust and Genocide because I will never give up the belief that our world can be different. These are more than history lessons. They are a lens into the depravity and the goodness of human beings. I teach this painful subject because it raises the question of what it means to be human, to have a conscience, to get involved and not to stand idly by, as well as to help emphasize the importance of nurturing our empathy, our moral courage and our humanity.
 

I teach so that we can become aware, we can become engaged and we can act in ways that will make a difference. My hope is that we can breathe new life into the words “Never again.”


Rabbi Lee Bycel is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco’s Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice and serves as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa. He is a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council but the views expressed here are solely his own.



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KQED Forum: California Supreme Court Hears Challenge to San Jose Affordable Housing Law

KQED Forum: California Supreme Court Hears Challenge to San Jose Affordable Housing Law | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Like many California communities, San Jose requires developers to include affordable units when constructing new market-rate housing. But industry groups have sued to block San Jose's law, saying it is unconstitutional. On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case. We'll get the latest on the legal battle and what it might mean for San Jose, San Francisco, Berkeley and the estimated 170 local governments that have "inclusionary housing" laws.

Guests:

  • Anthony Francois, senior staff attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation; represents the California building industry association which is challenging the law
  • Tim Iglesias, law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law; he organized and co-wrote amicus brief for the city of San Jose
  • Wayne Chen, division manager of Policy, Planning and Neighborhood Investments for the City of San Jose Department of Housing
  • Carl San Miguel, board member on the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors
University of San Francisco's insight:

USF Professor Tim Iglesias, an expert in housing and property law, has served on the USF law faculty since 2001. He co-edited The Legal Guide to Affordable Housing Development Law (American Bar Association, 2011). He has published several articles on affordable housing and fair housing law, including “Our Pluralist Housing Ethics and the Struggle for Affordability” (Wake Forest Law Review, 2007) and “Beyond Two-Persons-Per-Bedroom: Revitalizing Application of the Federal Fair Housing Act to Private Residential Occupancy Standards” (Georgia State Law Review, 2012). He is a frequent speaker and media commentator on housing issues.


Iglesias earned his Juris Doctor from Stanford University Law School with distinction in 1993, after receiving a bachelor's degree and an honorary master's from Oxford University, and graduating with a bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount, magna cum laude.

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#AffordableHousing laws might be changing in #California. If the current 'inclusion' law changes how will California met the overwhelming need for affordable housing?

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Idaho Statesman: BSU hires new College of Public Service dean

Idaho Statesman: BSU hires new College of Public Service dean | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Corey Cook, who worked in public policy education at the University of San Francisco, has been named the inaugural dean of Boise State University’s College of Public Service.


The college, which will combine several departments including political science, criminal justice and military science, becomes operational in early July. The school brings together a variety of existing programs at Boise State that were once part of the College of Social Science and Public Affairs. The reorganization, approved by the State Board of Education, was undertaken after faculty said it would brings together diverse skills to deal with public policy questions.


The school should be a training ground for public service on a number of fronts, including government, business and nonprofits, said Cook.


“The goal is to get people to work with each other and to be collaborative, and to see how the university can be a partner throughout the region,” he said.


Cook has served as director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at University of San Francisco for the past six years. The center oversees graduate programs in public and urban affairs. Cook has also taught political science at the university, San Francisco State University and Rutgers University.

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KKSF-AM Talk910: Remembering Lon Simmons

KKSF-AM Talk910: Remembering Lon Simmons | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Andy Dolich, former A's executive and currently operates a sports consulting firm, Dolich & Associates, speaks with Gil about the life of Lon Simmons.

University of San Francisco's insight:
CA+ Director of Career Management Andy Dolich brings over four decades of experience in the professional and collegiate sports industry, including COO of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and President of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors. Andy also served as Executive Vice President of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, taking the team to three World Championships. He is an editorial contributor to Sports Business Journal and is the “Sports Business Insider” for Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area. His sports business column appears weekly on CSNbayarea.com.
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World Journal: 戴懿華 要還原太監真實生活 - 世界新聞網

World Journal: 戴懿華 要還原太監真實生活 - 世界新聞網 | USF in the News | Scoop.it

中國封建政權綿延數千年,宦官在其中扮演了重要的角色。舊金山大學亞太研究中心(Center for Asia Pacific Studies)主任戴懿華(Melissa Dale)就將興趣投注到這一古代宮廷中最神秘、最獨特的群體,還原他們的真實生活。
 

出生在南灣的戴懿華畢業於聖他克魯茲加大、柏克萊加大、史丹福和喬治城大學(Georgetown University),她的博士畢業論文題目就是:「手起刀落:清朝與民國時期之太監社會史」(With the Cut of a Knife: A Social History of Eunuchs during the Qing Dynasty and Republican Periods)。她說:「我主要關注清朝的太監社會和文化,在其中自然也會涉及到政治、外交等其他領域。[via @nyworldjournal]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Melissa S. Dale has served as Executive Director of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies since August 2012. Prior to joining the faculty and staff at USF, she served as Associate Director of International Relations at the University of California, Berkeley (Nov. 2011 – Aug. 2012) where she worked in the areas of international relations and development for the entire campus with a particular focus on prospect development and stewardship for leadership and major gifts from the Asia-Pacific region. She previously worked at USF as the Associate Director of Research at the Center’s Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History. 

Dr. Dale is also Assistant Professor at the Center for Asia Pacific Studies. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian History (China) from Georgetown University in 2000, an M.A. in Asian Languages (Chinese) from Stanford in 1991 and a B.A. in Oriental Languages (Chinese) in 1989 from UC Berkeley. Her research interests focus on the social history of late imperial China including Qing dynasty court life, eunuchs, Chinese-Western medical exchange, and gender studies. Her most recent publication is, “Understanding Emasculation: Western Medical Perspectives on Chinese Eunuchs,” Social History of Medicine 23, No. 1 (April 2010): 38-55. She has taught courses at Georgetown University, Santa Clara University, and UC Santa Cruz, guest lectured at UC Berkeley, and led the Cal Alumni tour to China.

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Bloomberg: San Francisco Plans $200 Million of Bonds to Ease Housing Crunch

Bloomberg: San Francisco Plans $200 Million of Bonds to Ease Housing Crunch | USF in the News | Scoop.it

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will seek voter approval for the first housing bond since 1996 as his city becomes the least affordable U.S. housing market and uproar grows about gentrification fueled by the technology boom.
 

Lee plans to ask the city’s Board of Supervisors to place a housing bond of at least $200 million on the November ballot, spokeswoman Christine Falvey said. Unlike similar proposals rejected by voters in 2002 and 2004, Lee’s housing bond plan won’t trigger an increase in property taxes, a change that appeals to voters, she said. [via @bloomberg]

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San Francisco’s Lee, who faces no major challengers in his re-election bid, should use his campaign and the housing bond to frame his second term, said Corey Cook, an associate professor of politics at the University of San Francisco.
 

Lee will have to build a broad coalition of support, including city lawmakers, public-housing advocates and housing developers, to win passage, Cook said.
 

If he doesn’t, “then he’s at risk of not having the public-policy tools to respond to the public’s top concern,” Cook said. “That would make for a very difficult term as mayor.”

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San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. Sheriff Mirkarimi reeling from scandal over forced fights

San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. Sheriff Mirkarimi reeling from scandal over forced fights | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi may be the loneliest person at City Hall these days, after last week’s allegations that deputies had forced prisoners to fight each other has eroded support among those who had stood behind him through his previous troubles.


Allegations by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi that at least four sheriff’s deputies arranged and gambled on fights between inmates couldn’t come at a worse time for Mirkarimi. The former city supervisor is trying to burnish his legacy as a progressive, forward-thinking sheriff in advance of the November election despite the lingering taint of domestic violence charges against him three years ago. [via @sfchronicle]

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Corey Cook, a political science professor at the University of San Francisco, said Mirkarimi now faces a “twin challenge” in his re-election bid.


“He’s not able to run a campaign based on voters personally liking him,” Cook said. “So his message had to be around his effectiveness as sheriff and certainly in the last month that has been called into question by all the allegations of misconduct by the deputies.”


Cook said it’s too early to discount Mirkarimi. “Crazier things have happened,” he said. “San Francisco voters have proven in the past to be somewhat forgiving.”

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Huffington Post: An Unusual Coping Method Is Helping Nurses Find Peace At Work

Huffington Post: An Unusual Coping Method Is Helping Nurses Find Peace At Work | USF in the News | Scoop.it

For most nurses, the only constant in their days is the fact that things are perpetually changing around them. However, the majority of the training they receive before reaching their hectic workplaces is based on stable, theoretical examples. One California professor is trying to change that.


Dr. Elena Capella, an assistant professor and the director of the online, 2-year Master in Nursing program at the University of San Francisco's School of Nursing and Health Professions, uses chaos theory and self-reflection strategies in her classroom to help guide the latest generation of nurses in a way that will ultimately reduce their stress and improve their effectiveness in the workplace. After decades as a practicing nurse, Capella recognized that the nursing field was changing very quickly and continues to do so as the healthcare industry evolves, meaning the nurses themselves must be willing and able to adapt accordingly. [via @huffingtonpost]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Dr. Elena Capella is a healthcare professional who practices in the realms of healthcare quality, compliance, and education. At the Santa Cruz Monterey Merced Managed Medical Care Commission, she directs organizational projects including development of policy and conduct standards, ongoing audits for adherence to state and federal regulations, and state approval of service expansion plans. Dr. Capella has been a hospital director of quality assurance and risk management, as well as a corporate consultant on compliance, regulatory, and administrative issues that focus on improving access and quality of clinical services.


In 2011, Dr. Capella received the USF School of Management Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching.

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Tech in Asia: AspiredSteps is a DIY app with an m-commerce twist

Tech in Asia: AspiredSteps is a DIY app with an m-commerce twist | USF in the News | Scoop.it

If you’re good at making stuff – whether it’s artwork, cooking up a top-secret recipe, or crafting handmade furniture for your home – there’s an app out there that lets you show the world how you do-it-yourself


But we bet you’d have a hard time finding an app that will also allow you to sell your masterpiece.


AspiredSteps is one such rare DIY app that comes with a mobile commerce twist.


“Makers are amazing artisans, but finding customers to purchase a handcrafted product can be painful,” says the app’s founder, Zen Cachola, a Filipino based in San Francisco. [via @techinasia]

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Cachola is among the community of Filipino entrepreneurs in the US. In 1992, when she was just eight years old, she and her mom moved to Honolulu, Hawaii “to pursue our dreams.” From 2003 to 2007, she put herself through college at the University of San Francisco and soon after graduation, she landed a job at Yelp.

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Bloomberg: San Francisco Supervisor Proposes to Let 16-Year-Olds Vote

Bloomberg: San Francisco Supervisor Proposes to Let 16-Year-Olds Vote | USF in the News | Scoop.it

(Bloomberg) -- For many young people, turning 16 grants coveted rights to drive a car and start a first job. In San Francisco, it may mean helping to choose the mayor and other city leaders. 
 

San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos last week offered a proposal to lower the voting age to 16. He will seek to put the measure on the ballot this November or next year. 
 

“In a lot of ways, young people have been showing that they have the ability to shape the world they live in,” Avalos said in a telephone interview. “It makes a lot of sense that we honor that work with helping them to elect the people representing them.” [via @bpolitics @bloomberg]

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People aged 16 and 17 are a small group who aren’t going to vote at high rates and aren’t going to be influential enough to sway election results, said Corey Cook, an associate professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. 
 

“To me, this is far less about who benefits politically” than getting young people into the habit of voting, Cook said.

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E-Commerce Times: EC Officially Tosses Google Into Hot Soup

E-Commerce Times: EC Officially Tosses Google Into Hot Soup | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The European Commission on Wednesday began official antitrust proceedings against Google, alleging abuses of its dominance in Internet search. The EC further opened a probe into Google's Android mobile operating system.

In a Statement of Objections sent to Google, the EC notes that its preliminary investigation indicates the company has infringed European antitrust rules by stifling competition and harming consumers. However, issuing the statement does not preclude other possible outcomes of the full investigation. [via @technewsworld]

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"No matter how good competition is, this doesn't justify abuse of monopoly power under European law," said David Franklyn, technology law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law.


Google is "giving preferential treatment for their own services, notably Google Shopping," he told the E-Commerce Times.
 

"What Google rattled off is just PR, and the EC is very serious, as it is saying they are a monopolist company, having 90 percent or more of search and control of the search results," Franklyn added.

University of San Francisco's insight:

Professor David J. Franklyn spent five years in private practice as a litigator for Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago before he joined the law faculty at Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law. At Salmon P. Chase College of Law, he received the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award. Franklyn has authored several articles on trademark and liability issues and collaborates with Senior Professor J. Thomas McCarthy on numerous projects.

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Chronicle of Higher Ed: The Celebrity Illusion

Chronicle of Higher Ed: The Celebrity Illusion | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Damn, I shouldn’t have slept so long" is my first thought when I see the size of the line, which is already the width of a boxcar and the length of an aircraft carrier. It is early in the morning and cold. Many of my line mates have blankets and a diminishing food supply. It is clear they have been here for a very long time.
 

The people in the line come in three categories: teenager, young adult, and parent. The last category is, by far, the smallest. And its members are invariably attached to someone from the first category. This makes me an oddball. As far as I can tell, I am the only solo middle-aged man. I try to look confident and purposeful, as if I am here for some specific and important reason, but I am sure I look awkward and out of place.
 

We are waiting in line to audition for American Idol. [via @chronicle]

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So what the heck am I doing here? I want to learn more about, and get as close as I can to, the phenomenon of celebrity. And nothing represents celebrity culture better than American Idol.
 

During the past few decades, celebrity culture’s grip on our society has tightened. Yes, celebrities have been part of the cultural landscape for most of human history. Whether it’s Alexander the Great or Lord Byron, people have always been fascinated with the famous. But never has celebrity culture played such a dominant role in so many aspects of our lives.

Joshua Gamson, a professor of sociology at the University of San Francisco’s College of Arts and Sciences, tells me something similar. "In a society with tremendous income inequality, with many avenues [to success] effectively closed, here you have a way to … a get-rich-quick fantasy. You can understand why people want to keep the dream alive," he says. "The shortcut to mobility is very appealing." 

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San Francisco Chronicle: African American diaspora comes to life in USF show

San Francisco Chronicle: African American diaspora comes to life in USF show | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The past comes to life for Kevin B. Jones in a potent and personal way when he’s standing in a broiling-hot sugarcane field where some of his Louisiana ancestors may have toiled as slaves or lived as sharecroppers in those tiny wooden shacks that appear in some of his telling photographs.
 

“It makes the history very real for me. You think, how did people survive?” says Jones, whose pictures are on view at the University of San Francisco’s Thacher Gallery in a group show by Collective 3.9. The collective is a Bay Area coalition of African American artists and art pros concerned about the ongoing exodus of black people from San Francisco — priced out of their homes by the current boom and resulting gentrification — and the diminishment of our civic culture because of it.

The show is titled “Hiraeth: The 3.9 Collective Searches for Home.” Hiraeth is a Welsh term for a deep longing for home or a world long gone, and the artist who curated the exhibition, San Francisco native Rhiannon MacFadyen, is part Welsh. It features photographs, installations, paintings and mixed-media pieces by 10 artists who approach that broad idea in historically resonant, personal and sometimes San Francisco-specific ways. [via @

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San Francisco Magazine: Why San Francisco Needs Its Own Chuy Garcia

San Francisco Magazine: Why San Francisco Needs Its Own Chuy Garcia | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Where's our Chuy?
 

That's a question that many on San Francisco's left are asking after watching what went down in Chicago over the last few weeks. In case you missed it, the Windy City's centrist mayor Rahm Emanuel was taken into a runoff by progressive challenger Chuy Garcia, who hammered a "Tale of Two Cities" campaign theme over and over again. Though Garcia ultimately lost on election day this Tuesday, progressives in Chicago could be reaping dividends from their candidate's strong fight for years to come.

Could something similar happen in San Francisco, where Mayor Ed Lee, like Emanuel, enjoys broad but not deep support, and where a strong argument about inequality and unaffordability could make inroads? With Lee currently all but unopposed in his bid for reelection in November, and with a restive activist class fixated on what 48 Hills editor Tim Redmond calls “a city at war,” how come no one has stepped up to become San Francisco's Chuy
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It’s not the case either that voters are wildly in love with the mayor, says Corey Cook, a professor at USF, but “he’s not that polarizing. People like him. We see in poll after poll that the frustrations don’t rebound onto him.” Part of the story, then, is a mayor playing a strong but not perfect hand. But part of it is a lack of competition pushing against him. 

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The Recorder: Viewpoint - Pao Jury Overlooked Culture Question

The Recorder: Viewpoint - Pao Jury Overlooked Culture Question | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The law encourages a narrow focus in discrimination cases, which may let employers off the hook too easily, writes USF law professor Tristin Green.


The jurors in Pao v. Kleiner Perkins narrowed in on Ellen Pao's performance evaluations, affixing them along the walls of the deliberation room next to those of her male colleagues and walking through each in comparison to the others.


As one of the jurors remembers, they spent almost no time deliberating about the evidence of a male-dominated, boorish, sexist firm culture, and almost all of their time scrutinizing the performance reviews of Pao and her colleagues. Was Pao really just a prickly, pushy person whose personality didn't fit into the firm? Or was she made out to be that person by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers at trial when she was really no different from the men who got the senior partnership nod?


University of San Francisco's insight:

Professor Green specializes in laws affecting inequality, especially employment discrimination law.  She brings to her teaching and her scholarship a background in journalism and sociology, and an interest in human relations and in the ways in which laws and contexts shape those relations.   She often draws on the social sciences in her work to better understand how discrimination operates and how laws can be better framed and implemented to reduce discrimination.  

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USF Hosts Annual Human Rights Film Festival April 9-11, 2015

USF Hosts Annual Human Rights Film Festival April 9-11, 2015 | USF in the News | Scoop.it
USF's 13th annual Human Rights Film Festival starting this Thursday, April 9 and running through saturday, April 11. 

The three-day festival will also features works produced by USF students and alumni. For a full schedule and descriptions of the selected films, please visit www.usfca.edu/artsci/hrff/.
 
In keeping with the social justice mission of USF, the Human Rights Film Festival seeks to make the university a center for the promotion of human rights, as well as a platform to raise consciousness to the violations and abuses of human rights in the United States and elsewhere around the globe.
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ABC 7 News: Nuclear framework deal with Iran brings optimisim

ABC 7 News: Nuclear framework deal with Iran brings optimisim | USF in the News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (KGO) -- President Barack Obama heralded a framework nuclear understanding with Iran as a "historic" agreement and warned Congress Thursday against taking action that could upend work toward a final deal.


"The issues at stake here are bigger than politics," Obama said during remarks in the White House Rose Garden. "These are matters of war and peace, and they should be evaluated based on the facts."

To put this in perspective, one could argue that relations between the United States and Iran have probably never been so hopeful since the take-over of the U.S Embassy in 1978. [via @ABC7]

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But interesting none-the-less to Middle Eastern experts and scholars, including Dr. Stephen Zunes at the University of San Francisco.

"It is possible this could open things a little bit, especially as sanctions are lifted," said Dr. Zunes.

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World Journal: 中國霧霾 舊金山隔海關注 - 世界新聞網

World Journal: 中國霧霾 舊金山隔海關注 - 世界新聞網 | USF in the News | Scoop.it

原央視記著柴靜自費拍攝的霧霾紀錄片「穹頂之下」今年2月發布,兩天之內獲得上億次點擊,引發巨大迴響。舊金山大學亞太研究中心31日將影片帶到舊金山。
 

「穹頂之下」片長105分鐘,柴靜走訪中國多個省市探求空氣污染和霧霾的根源,她也訪問了美英兩國環境監管機構和專家,實地拍攝治污經驗。柴靜試圖解答一直困擾她的三個問題,「霧霾是什麼?」、「從哪來?」、「我們該怎麼辦?」。影片拍攝歷時一年,耗資約100萬人民幣。[via @nyworldjournal]

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KQED Arts: Uprooted: Artists Respond to San Francisco’s Black Exodus

KQED Arts: Uprooted: Artists Respond to San Francisco’s Black Exodus | USF in the News | Scoop.it

San Francisco’s Fillmore district was once a vibrant African American community, known as “the Harlem of the West.”  But in recent decades the Fillmore — like San Francisco as a whole — has witnessed a startling black exodus.  A group of artists known as the 3.9 Art Collective are responding with work that both reminds us of San Francisco’s more diverse  past and expresses their resistance to present trends. Their name comes from the percentage of African Americans that some predict will remain in the city by the time the next census takes place, in 2020.
 

The 3.9 Collective’s exhibition, Hiraeth: the 3.9 Collective Searches for Home at the University of San Francisco’s Thacher Gallery, runs until April 21, 2015. The Welsh word Hiraeth roughly translates to a longing for a far-off home — one that may not even exist or has been changed by time or idealized by memory. [via @kqedarts]

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Associated Press: Federal appeals court rules for Mexican on torture claim

Associated Press: Federal appeals court rules for Mexican on torture claim | USF in the News | Scoop.it

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday overturned decisions that put the burden of proof on foreigners who claim they were tortured in their home countries to show they cannot safely return to another part of the country they fled.
 

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it is neither the responsibility of the petitioner nor the government to determine if it is safe for the person to return to another part of the country than where the torture occurred.
 

An expanded panel of judges in San Francisco ruled for Roberto Curinsita Maldonado, who appealed a finding by the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals that he didn't qualify for a reprieve from deportation under the U.N. Convention Against Torture because he failed to prove he would be unsafe in any part of Mexico. A U.S. asylum officer had found that Maldonado's allegations of being tortured by police in the central Mexican state of Michoacan were credible. [via @AP]

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Bill Hing, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, said the decision is potentially significant for Mexicans escaping drug-fueled violence and police corruption and Central Americans who flee strife in their countries. Expecting them to show they would be unsafe in any part of their home countries is too high a bar, he said.


"How can someone do that because they haven't lived in every part of the country often?" he said.

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The Times of India: It is time to speak up against the Hinduphobia of foreign writers

The Times of India: It is time to speak up against the Hinduphobia of foreign writers | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Vamsee Juluri, professor of media studies at the University of San Francisco, speaks up for the anonymous Hindu who, he says, was silent all those years of colonial rule only to be criticized as an ‘oppressor’ post-Independence. His new book ‘Rearming Hinduism’ seeks to restore to the millennia-old faith its intellectual heritage by reintroducing Hinduism to Hindus. Juluri tells Narayani Ganesh that foreign ‘experts’ have only contributed to the misconceptions.

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Wine & Spirits Magazine: Restaurant Poll - Lulu McAllister of SF’s NOPA on trade favorites

Wine & Spirits Magazine: Restaurant Poll - Lulu McAllister of SF’s NOPA on trade favorites | USF in the News | Scoop.it

When Lulu McAllister was studying at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, she was given the project of dissecting a wine program. She chose NOPA in San Francisco, a restaurant she had appreciated while attending the University of San Francisco. “I started to try to criticize it, and I found it flawless: it was everything that speaks to me, my favorite Champagne by the glass, a great half-bottle program…” After graduating, she immediately applied to NOPA and got a job, working her way up to the wine director role, putting together rotating regional focuses and boisterous Magnum Mondays for a trade-heavy crowd. [via @wineandspirits]


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