This Week in the News…

Posted: August 10, 2001 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:

Monday, August 6, Boston Globe

`Black Patriotism’ Seen as Dilemma

“Can black people feel unconditional, even zealous, love for a nation that, as it fought to gain its independence from England, refused to abolish slavery? And what to make of America’s Founding Fathers, who spoke eloquently of their own thirst for freedom, yet as slave owners denied the same to black men, women, and children? Such bedeviling questions provoked Jefferson’s Pillow, a passionate consideration of what author Roger Wilkins calls ‘the dilemma of black patriotism.’… A Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator and longtime civil rights activist, Wilkins, a history professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., fashions neither a race-baiting polemic nor an exercise in excuse making. In considering one of this nation’s greatest sins, Wilkins emerges as a man who, like many African-Americans, desperately loves his country and needs to better understand, but not justify, its shortcomings.”

Tuesday, August 7, Washington Post

Repeat After Me: Memory Takes Practice; Forget Herbs, Focus on Focus, Experts Say

“‘We function so well as human beings because in fact we forget things at a very efficient rate,’ said neuroscientist James L. Olds, director of George Mason University’s Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, which is dedicated to the study of human cognition. ‘If we flawlessly remember everything about every aspect of every day, we would have tremendous difficulty given the fact that our brains are limited…. Forgetting is as important biologically as memory.'”

Wednesday, August 8, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Supreme Court Urged to Toss Case: Microsoft Motion May Be Aimed at Protecting Windows XP

“Microsoft’s reprieve might not last long, because the court is unlikely to grant Microsoft’s petition, said George Mason University law professor Ernest Gellhorn. ‘Private parties have a 1 percent success rate in certiorari petitions, while the government has a 50 percent success rate,’ he said…. Whether or not the high court hears Microsoft’s appeal, the company was right to seek it, Gellhorn said. ‘This is a very responsible move, where Microsoft is focusing on the one very serious legal issue that should be decided before any remedy is determined or a possible new trial takes place,’ he said.”

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