Gina Pérez Interviewed by the Chicago Reporter

January 23, 2014

A Chicago Reporter article about junior ROTC programs in the Chicago public schools features an interview with Gina Pérez,the Eric and Jane Nord Associate Professor of Comparative American Studies. The article, “In Chicago schools’ Junior ROTC programs, some see a troubling trend”, notes that “Ninety-three percent of Chicago junior reserve cadets are African American or Hispanic, ... and more than 70 percent of junior reserve programs are offered in high schools located in majority-black or majority-Latino ZIP codes ....” Pérez told reporter Matthew Kovac that part of the program’s popularity in those segments of the population can be attributed to the fact that they allow “... working-class and minority youth an opportunity to dispel negative stereotypes and avoid profiling by associating themselves with one of the country’s most venerated.” Read the article.

More Recognition for Sheila Miyoshi Jager’s Brothers at War

January 23, 2014

Foreign Affairs magazine has chosen Associate Professor Sheila Miyoshi Jager’s newest book, Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea, as one of three of the most important books on Asia reviewed during the last year. The books were selected by Andrew Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. The other titles are David Shambaugh's China Goes Global: The Partial Power and Sumantra Bose’s Transforming India: Challenges to the World’s Largest Democracy. .

Kazim Ali Blogs, Is Interviewed

January 23, 2014

Three poems from Sky Ward, Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature Kazim Ali’s newest poetry collection, were featured in THEthe Poetry’s Poem(s) of the Week section in December 2013. The poetics blog also featured an interview with Ali conducted by Jorge Rodriguez-Miralles. During January, Ali is the featured blogger on the Poetry Foundation’s blog, Harriet.