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Conflict and academic freedom - podcast special

Posted by: The Conversation Global highlights

Date: Tuesday, 19 December 2023

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Tensions have run high at many universities around the world since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7 and the subsequent Israeli assault on Gaza. In the US, amid ongoing protests and solidarity marches at many campuses, the president of the University of Pennsylvania resigned last week following her answers to a hearing in Congress about antisemitism on campus.

In the first of two episodes of The Conversation Weekly podcast exploring how the war is affecting life at universities, we speak to David Mednicoff, chair of the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the US to find out what’s been happening on his campus. He told us that in the current climate for higher education, in which many American universities are under attack from outside groups, trying to foster well-informed open debate on issues such as Israel-Palestine can feel like a political choice in itself. In the second episode, we hear a view on how the conflict is affecting academic freedom from UK-based Israeli legal scholar, Neve Gordon. Subscribe to The Conversation Weekly wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Gemma Ware

Editor and Co-Host, The Conversation Weekly Podcast

A pro-Palestinian march in Edinburgh in early December 2023. jeremy sutton-hibbert / Alamy Stock Photo

Israel-Gaza war is having a chilling effect on academic freedom – podcast

Gemma Ware, The Conversation

The second of two episodes of The Conversation Weekly podcast exploring how the Israel-Gaza conflict is affecting life at universities.

More vulnerable people live in Philadelphia neighborhoods that are less green and get hotter

Farzad Hashemi, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Guangqing Chi, Penn State; Lisa D. Iulo, Penn State; Ute Poerschke, Penn State

An interdisciplinary group of researchers at Penn State ran computer models on two Philadelphia census tracts. The neighborhood with more vulnerable residents was also hotter.

 
 
 
 

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