This Week in the News…

Posted: February 25, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, Feb. 18, Boston Globe

A New Look at Senator McCarthy

Arthur Herman, who is an adjunct professor of history at George Mason University and coordinator of the Western Civilization program at the Smithsonian, has been taking a fresh look at Senator Joseph McCarthy, Republican from Wisconsin, who was censured by his colleagues in 1954, died of alcoholism three years later, and whose name is memorialized, permanently it seems, by one of the most potent ‘isms’ in the English language. What was McCarthy saying? Herman, who is sympathetic to his subject, demonstrates time and time again that McCarthy didn’t much care what he said.”

Saturday, Feb. 19, Washington Post

Runners-Up in the Bridal Sweepstakes: Area Contestants Approached ‘Multi-Millionaire’ as a Lark

“‘It was just a TV show. I thought I’d get on TV, get some exposure. I didn’t realize…. ‘ says Jennifer Mann and she stops, splaying her fingers apart, smiling at her desk high above the Rosslyn Metro. She didn’t realize how close she’d come to marrying a total stranger, on Fox’s ‘Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?’ sweeps special, until the man came out from behind the screen and started heading straight for her. Mann is 23 and has a dimple and a boyfriend. She studies international business at George Mason University and works in sales and marketing for a software firm, a job that calls for ‘a lot of schmoozing.'”

Sunday, Feb. 20, Straits Times (Singapore)

Fukuyama on the Future: The Man Who Proclaimed the End of History Is Heralding the Dawn of a New–and Post-Human–Social Order

Francis Fukuyama, the man who coined the Big Idea that history is ending with the triumph of democracy, is now on to his Next Big Idea: that human beings are moving into a post-industrial, post-capitalist, potentially post-human society. The man who built a reputation predicting the end of history and then consolidated it writing about social disorder now predicts it is biotechnology that will change the shape of human civilization…. It is not the kind of environment in which you would expect a soft-spoken Asian-American, with the serious, academic air appropriate to a professor of public policy at George Mason University, to declare: ‘The next era of human history could belong to the genetically-modified human being.’ The tone is quiet, but the words smack of the kind of headline-grabbing instinct critics accuse him of.”

Tuesday, Feb. 22, USA Today

U.S. Discusses Way to Reward Iran

“The Clinton administration is weighing how to show its pleasure at the resounding defeat in Iran’s parliamentary elections of candidates who demonized the United States…. ‘This election is not only an endorsement of reformers, but a wholesale rejection of the ruling establishment,’ says Shaul Bakhash, a history professor at Virginia’s George Mason University.”

Wednesday, Feb. 23, New York Times

For Retrial, Subway Defendant Goes Off Medication

Paul F. Stavis, director of the Center for Law and Psychiatry at the George Mason School of Law in Arlington, Va., said putting any defendant on the witness stand was an unpredictable tactic. But letting a mentally ill defendant who is off medication testify–ethical and medical considerations aside–is enormously unpredictable. ‘If he gets into a delusion where he talks about burning babies, that’s not going to help,’ Mr. Stavis said. ‘But if he talks about God telling him to do things and crying, that could help. It’s very risky, very risky.'”

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