President David R. Harris recently announced a new initiative that will engage the campus community on issues of race and privilege in the country and at Union.
The President’s Initiative on Race, Power and Privilege comes in the wake of nationwide protests sparked by the death last month of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis. Protesters have voiced their anger and frustration with systemic racism, police brutality and social inequality and have demanded change.
Harris shared his thoughts on the initiative and current events with Liz Bishop of CBS-6, the local CBS affiliate.
The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed national media interest in research by Josh Hart, associate professor of psychology, which suggests that people with certain personality traits and cognitive styles are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories.
Discoverand Men’s Healthmagazines highlighted the research, published in September 2018 in the Journal of Individual Differences.
A story on the research first appeared on Union’s news site and has been featured in a number of national and international media outlets.
Savannah Jelks '20 curated an exhibit for Schaffer Library, "Hell No, We Won't Go! The Power of Campus Protests (1965-1975)." A history major, Jelks focused on the May 1, 1970, demonstration on campus that moved into downtown Schenectady.
Due to the campus lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibit can be viewed online.
The Daily Gazette featured an article on the exhibit (a subscription may be required).
President David R. Harris was among leaders who shared their behind-the-scenes discussions in a story, "4 Colleges, 2 Weeks, One Choice: How Covid-19 Scattered U.S. Higher Education," in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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