This Week in The News…

Posted: June 11, 2004 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:

Spring 2004, Media Report to Women

Courses on Women and Media Teach Lessons for Life

MRTW Supporting Subscriber M. Junior Bridge teaches ‘Women and Media’ at George Mason University. ‘I teach it as a media criticism course,’ she says. ‘It’s about looking, exploring, questioning. I find that most students are not used to being asked to talk, think, respond and then be challenged about their underlying assumptions. The conversations get heated at times…'”

Saturday, June 5, New Scientist

Sex-crime lie tests

“Provisional plans by the British government to keep tabs on sex offenders with the help of ‘lie detector’ polygraphs have been roundly condemned by experts in the US. ‘I think it’s absolute folly,’ says Stephen Fienberg of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, chairman of a National Research Council panel that produced a 245-page report on polygraphy in 2002…. Another member of the panel, Kathryn Laskey of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, agrees. She says that a sex offender could truthfully say they would avoid offending in the future, but still succumb to temptation if it arose. ‘So even if it was 100 percent correct, people’s intentions don’t always match their actions,’ she says.”

Saturday, June 5, the Toronto Star

Battling to understand our genocidal instinct

Landon Hancock, a specialist in conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University in Virginia, says seeds of war are planted from the time humans first develop a sense of identity as part of a group. ‘It could be an ethnic group, a religious group, a tribal or purely national affiliation,’ he says. ‘The key element is that we all divide ourselves into those who are inside the group and those who are not: what psychologists call the “self” and the “other.”‘ Once trouble strikes, many people retreat to the security of that group, and polarize their identities. “Us and them” becomes the order of the day. ‘One good example was the increase in patriotic sentiment in the United States following the attacks of Sept. 11,’ he says.”

Saturday, June 5, Associated Press

Bar fees lapsed for Utah lawyer nominated for appeals court

“A Utah lawyer nominated for a federal appeals court failed to pay his bar association dues for three years, in essence invalidating his license to practice…Ronald Rotunda, a professor of legal ethics at George Mason University, downplayed the significance of the disclosure. ‘The fact is, these things happen,’ Rotunda said. He said Griffith had been admitted to the bar, so he still enjoyed attorney–client privilege and can still practice. Had he refused to pay, the bar association could have had his name stricken from its rolls. ‘It’s embarrassing, but oddly enough it’s happened before,’ Rotunda said.”

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