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July 2009 Media Mentions

 

Friday, July 31, 2009

Los Angeles Times quoted Cecil Murray of religion in an obituary for Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, who drew some criticism for his materialistic message.

 

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, in a widely carried story about a California initiative that would cut public pension costs.

Scripps Howard News Service
cited Antonio Damasio of the Brain and Creativity Institute in a column on empathy.

Jewish Journal ran a column by Gina Nahai of the masters of professional writing program about serving as judge for a Skid Row poetry contest organized by one of her students.

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Los Angeles Times
cited Karen Sternheimer of sociology as to whether children see star athletes as role models. “If you ask kids who they trust most, it’s parents and teachers, but you’re not going to have a poster of your parent or teacher up in your room,” Sternheimer has said.

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The New York Times cited research done by Antonio Damasio, Hanna Costa Damasio and Antoine Bechara of the Brain and Creativity Institute and a colleague when they were at the University of Iowa in 1997.

USA Today quoted Barry Glassner of sociology in a story about consumer obsession with tracking everything from FedEx packages to pizza deliveries.

National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” interviewed Antonio Damasio of the Brain and Creativity Institute about how the human brain decides who to trust.

The Seattle Times reviewed “A Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson” by Peter Mancall of history and anthropology.

Barron’s quoted Kevin Starr of history about California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislators hammering out a state budget deal.

L.A. Observed highlighted Asymptotia, a blog by Clifford Johnson of physics and astronomy, in a story on Los Angeles-based bloggers. Johnson, a physics professor, has written about topics ranging from spending the night at the Mount Wilson telescope to riding his bike around L.A.

McClatchy Newspapers cited Steven Ross of history in a review of new documentary “The Brothers Warner.”

 

Friday, July 24, 2009

The New York Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, on whether President Barack Obama made an unwise choice in speaking out against the police officer who arrested scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. “Defending an African-American Harvard professor who had been arrested in his home is not a position fraught with political risk,” Schnur said.

 

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Science News quoted Craig Stanford of anthropology about a new study showing that a version of AIDS has been killing wild chimpanzees.

Newsweek quoted Julie Albright of sociology about how email, texting and Facebook have been incorporated into college students’ romances.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California’s tentative budget deal.

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Washington Post quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California’s budget stalemate.

Contra Costa Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California legislators’ efforts to pass the budget deal.

 

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Sacramento Bee ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the state’s budget woes.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
featured Kevin Starr of history and his new book, “Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963.”

Metro quoted Karen Sternheimer of sociology about the differing reactions to Michael Jackson’s death.

The Star-Ledger reported that Richard Meyer of art history and fine arts was scheduled to speak at the symposium “Art in Depth: Andy Warhol,” to be held at the Newark Museum.

 

July 18-20, 2009

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about efforts to end California’s budget stalemate.

The Denver Post quoted Leo Braudy of English and American literature about late newscaster Walter Cronkite. Cronkite will be remembered as “the last survivor of that era when there was a trust in network news,” Braudy said.

 

Friday, July 17, 2009

The New York Times quoted David Kang of international relations about the United Nations Security Council imposing sanctions on five North Korean companies and five individuals in an effort to curb the country’s nuclear weapons program.


Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, e about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s efforts to suspend Proposition 98.


National Journal
noted that Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, was among the Republican politician insiders tapped for a poll on tax and health care reform and the possibility of a Sarah Palin presidential run in 2012.

 

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” interviewed Peter Mancall of history about his new book, “A Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson.”

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rejiggering the state’s Board of Nursing amid charges that it included some nurses accused of misconduct.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune quoted Leland Saito, sociology and American studies and ethnicity, on the congressional victory of Democrat Judy Chu.

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Washington Post, in a widely carried Associated Press story, quoted Karen Sternheimer of the USC College about reasons for the public interest in stories of troubled ice skaters.

Pasadena Star-News
quoted Leland Saito of the USC College on the congressional victory of Democrat Judy Chu.

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California gubernatorial candidate contributing $15 million of her own money toward her campaign.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about efforts to repeal Proposition 98, a move opposed by the California Teachers Association (CTA).

La Opinion quoted Ricardo Ramirez of political science and American studies and ethnicity about a number of California politicians who have joined the Obama administration.

 

July 11-13, 2009

Los Angeles Times interviewed Kevin Starr of history in conjunction with the publication of his new book “Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963.”

Los Angeles Times featured Percival Everett of English and his new book, “I Am Not Sydney Poitier.”

Los Angeles Times noted that Bill Deverell of history will interview Frances Dinkelspiel, author of “Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California,” at an event at L.A.’s Central Library.

National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition”
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California’s budget crisis.

Los Angeles Times quoted Leo Braudy of English about the factors that determine whether a celebrity becomes a cult icon after death.

 

Friday, July 10, 2009

The New York Times ran a commentary by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about Sarah Palin’s political future.

The Washington Post reported that Philippa Levine, director of history, will lecture at the Library of Congress next week on “Still Invisible: Women, Gender and Decolonization.”

Politico stated that Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, is a prominent Republican strategist, in a story about his brother, Jon Schnur, an adviser to multiple Democratic presidential administrations.

The Washington Independent quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, on whether discontent with the stimulus package will further Republican chances in 2010.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Los Angeles Times cited Leo Braudy of English on the subject of fame. A decade ago, Braudy gave a PBS interview in which he said that the culture of celebrity had entered a new phase.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about Democratic and Republican squabbling over California’s budget.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the IOUs issued last week by the state of California.

San Francisco Chronicle
profiled USC alumna and author Holly Payne MPW '97.

La Opinion quoted John Crossley of religion about the Catholic Church relying on laypeople for some functions, as a result of priest shortages.

 

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured an educational Web site created by a USC College writing class.


Los Angeles Times reviewed “Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963” by Kevin Starr of history.


The Christian Science Monitor ran an op-ed by Leif-Eric Easley of the USC College’s Korean Studies Institute on whether China will turn on North Korea.


MSNBC, in a widely carried LiveScience story, featured “A Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson” by Peter Mancall of history and anthropology.

 

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Straits Times (Singapore) quoted Leo Braudy of English about Michael Jackson. Child stars like Jackson have it worse than other celebrities, Braudy said.

Associated Press, in a widely carried story, quoted Gerardo Munck of international relations about the recent coup in Honduras.

Star-Tribune
reviewed “I Am Not Sidney Poitier,” the new book by Percival Everett of English.

The Christian Science Monitor
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about Sarah Palin stepping down as Alaska governor.

LiveScience featured research led by Richard Easterlin of economics, on life satisfaction in formerly communist countries.

 

Monday, July 6, 2009

Reuters quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s difficulties in marshaling power to stabilize the state’s finances.


The Washington Times
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about calls for the resignation of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.


Los Angeles Times quoted Lon Kurashige of history and American Studies and ethnicity in a widely carried obituary for journalist Togo Tanaka, who chronicled life inside the Manzanar internment camp during World War II.


Los Angeles Times
quoted Selma Holo, director of the Fisher Gallery and professor of art history, about the Orange County Museum of Art selling off 18 of its Impressionist paintings.

 

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Wall Street Journal quoted Alison Dundes Renteln of political science about the consideration of cultural background in legal cases.

The Mercury News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of politics, about the IOUs that the state plans to send out to creditors today.

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

S.F. Weekly highlighted an upcoming book reading by Kevin Starr of history. Starr will read from his latest work, “Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963.”

Independent Press reported that Richard Meyer of the art history and fine arts will speak at the symposium “Art in Depth: Andy Warhol,” to be held at the Newark Museum.