Duke community reacts to ISIL threat and U.S. strategy

On Thursday, President Obama will speak before the U.N. Security Council in New York, calling on global leaders to support the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL). As the president declared earlier this month, he plans to “degrade, and ultimately destroy” the terrorist group. The American strategy—airstrikes, counterterrorism intelligence, and humanitarian relief—will increase our engagement in Iraq and move airstrikes into Syria for the first time. As the president pitches his plan to the leaders of the world, what do Duke students and faculty have to say?

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Fran Townsend Stops by Sanford, Discusses Women in National Security

Ms. Townsend and former Amb. Benjamin

Ms. Townsend during a counterterrorism debate at Sanford with former Amb. Benjamin. Ms. Townsend also held a small roundtable on Women in National Security. Image © Philip Catterall, Duke Chronicle

There is a noticeable lack of concern about the underrepresentation of women in the National Security field. Contrast this with the amount of press coverage in the past two years about the lack of women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (also known as STEM): following a Yale study, the New York Times covered the latter topic repeatedly (here and here), while the White House set up a website to encourage women to pursue STEM. While there have been recent advances in the U.S. government, with three female Secretaries of State paving the way, there is still a dramatic shortage of women serving in National Security and of public awareness on the issue. Continue reading

Only Yes Means Yes: California poised to instill expectation of enthusiastic consent

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control found that 1 in 5 American women have been raped in their lifetimes. This news comes at a time when publicity surrounding the pervasive nature of sexual violence on college campuses has reached a crescendo. Today, several student and faculty groups have filed Title IX lawsuits demanding justice for survivors of assault and college administrations recently received an open letter from the White House demanding a reevaluation of school wide policy and immediate action on this issue.

1 in 5 women victims of rape, according to new CDC report

1 in 5 American women have been victims of rape, according to a new CDC report (Image © Peter McElroy)

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This is what a Sanford summer internship looks like

Poster at 4.0 schoolsBetween the first and second years at Sanford students go off on their own to practice growing up. It’s called a summer internship. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. There’s more to it than the Admissions Blog though. Take a journey with me. Take a journey with us…

…all the way back to the summer of 2014. Most of us were in Washington D.C.

The epicenter of U.S. public policy drew in Suraj, who worked for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. It got Caitlin (not Kaitlan), who was at State (with a bunch of other Sanford students). Continue reading

Women Have a Chance to Shape Scottish Independence

Nearly a century after the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteed their right to vote, women hold less than 20% of the 535 seats in the U.S. Congress. In the private sector, only 14.6% of executive officers, 8.1% of top earners, and 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.Scottish Independence Picutre Continue reading

Duke Sanford’s William Darity, Jr. Talks Race, Academics, and “Acting White” on the Radio

Prof. Darity

Sanford’s Professor William A. “Sandy” Darity, Jr. was part of a fascinating discussion on Minnesota Public Radio’s “The Daily Circuit” last week.

The jumping off point is a recent reflection by President Obama in recent town hall remarks:

“Sometimes African Americans, in communities where I’ve worked, there’s been the notion of ‘acting white’ … where, OK, if folks are reading too much, then, well, why are you doing that? Or why are you speaking so properly? And the notion that there’s some authentic way of being black … that has to go.” Continue reading