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New book explores Harry Truman’s record on civil liberties

A few questions for Richard Kirkendall, UW professor emeritus of history and editor of the new book, “Civil Liberties and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman.”

Federal ‘detainer requests’ for suspected immigration violators cause longer jail stays, increase cost, UW research shows

Jail stays and costs increase when federal immigration authorities request that inmates be held under what are called “detainer requests,” according to UW research.

Jordanna Bailkin studies postwar Britain in new book ‘The Afterlife of Empire’

UW History Professor Jordanna Bailkin discusses her new book “The Afterlife of Empire.”

Scholars urge Supreme Court to keep Voting Rights Act provisions ensuring equal access

Political science and law scholars from the UW and elsewhere file a brief saying the Supreme Court should fully uphold the Voting Rights Act in a case out of Shelby County, Alabama.

Academic medicine has major economic impact on the state and the nation

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that its member medical schools and teaching hospitals had a combined economic impact of more than $587 billion in the United States in 2011

American Academy of Pediatrics issues policy statement on pesticide exposure in children

Chronic low levels of pesticides are detrimental to children’s health: evidence suggests they may induce neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems, birth defects, asthma and cancer.

Jewish condition, ‘new’ anti-Semitism observed in Edward Alexander’s ‘The State of the Jews’

Edward Alexander, professor emeritus of English, discusses his new book, “The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal.”

‘Fiscal cliff’ challenge explored in ‘Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving’

UW political scientist John Wilkerson and coauthor explore the challenges of the “fiscal cliff” in their book, “Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving.”

Prewar citizen complaints to government explored in ‘This is Not Civil Rights’

George Lovell, UW associate professor of political science, is the author of “This Is Not Civil Rights: Discovering Rights Talk in 1939 America,” published in October by University of Chicago Press. He answered a few questions about his book for UW Today. What is the basic concept behind “This is Not Civil Rights”? The book

A new vision of democratic individualism in ‘Awakening to Race’

Jack Turner, UW assistant professor of political science, is the author of “Awakening to Race: Individualism and Social Consciousness in America,” published this month by University of Chicago Press. He answered a few questions about his book for UW Today. What’s the central concept behind “Awakening to Race”? The book addresses the challenge of racial

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