Vol. 10 No. 4
February/March 2008

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The Long and Winding Road
Tenure and the Presidential Advisory Committee

Presidential Advisory Committee

“I get a lot of files to read for the PAC, and I start reading and say, Why am I spending my time? This is clearly someone there is no question about.”

“I think [the PAC has] helped to elevate the aspirations of the various units, to create a more uniform scholarly work culture. ”

Grady at the Crossroads
So are faculty

Pattern and Symmetry in the Human Body
A simpler side of complexity for teaching and learning

Why not buy lottery tickets?
Beyond "you can't win if you don't play"


Cartooning Clinton
We’re in an interesting position in this country now. We have a presidential candidate who’s a woman who’s actually viable, and there’s actually a chance that she’s going to become president. The media has already proven itself very inept at covering a woman candidate. We’ve heard about the cleavage issue, we’ve heard about her shrill demeanor, we heard she’s too cold, too flaky, her laugh is like a cackle. These words you hear in the media are so loaded. You’d never describe a man’s laughter as a cackle, or that he’s too shrill. You would never say that. It’s definitely gender oriented. I have every intention of doing cartoons that criticize Hillary Clinton. There are plenty of issues you can criticize her on. The whole issue of secrecy, the White House records they are not releasing for a variety of reasons. It’s not all the National Archives’ fault, by the way. These are issues that you can address and should address as an editorial cartoonist, and I will address them with Hillary Clinton. I have done plenty of cartoons that have criticized her war voting record.

—Ann Telnaes, nationally and internationally syndicated cartoonist, from her talk at the symposium, “Women in Cartooning: A Different Perspective,” November 12, 2007, part of the “Cartooning for Peace” seminar sponsored by the Halle Institute

Kuwait’s democratic model
In the Arab world there are today three models that are competing with each other, and which model becomes the dominant one will decide the fate not only of the region, but I would say the fate of globalization and the globe with more than one billion Muslims living in that part of the world. There is an authoritarian model in the Arab world. I don’t need to go into length explaining what that means and how it expresses itself. There is a puritanic model in that part of the world that interprets Islam in the most fundamentalist and most narrow possible interpretation. That is happening in many religions, but in our part of the world it has a certain meaning at this time in history. There is a modernist, open, accepting, tolerant, liberal-oriented, democratic model that is trying to find its way, to discover its difficult tasks. . . . Kuwait in particular fits the developmental, open, democratic model. As a political scientist I can speak my mind in Kuwait. I can get in trouble without having to go to jail. I can write op-eds and be treated fairly regardless of what I say. . . . Kuwait has a very dynamic political system, a very strong parliament, and a government that is all the time compromising with this parliament.

—Shafeeq N. Ghabra, Professor of Political Science, Kuwait University, founder and president, Jusoor Arabiya, from his remarks, “Has America Forgotten Kuwait?” October 25, 2007, sponsored by the Halle Institute