Best Buy's teen tech centers are springing up across the nation, allowing teenagers from all backgrounds free access to tools like Photoshop, 3-D printers, green screens, and recording studios. Kari Smalkoski, a research associate in gender, women and sexuality studies, offers her input on importance of technology accessibility for teenagers.
What would it take to make a life in space? Cultural and linguistic anthropologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota David Valentine has spent years researching the space settlement movement, and the complications of relocating the human race into space.
By using the communication techniques unique to theatrical and visual artistic expressions, professor of Spanish and Portuguese studies Luis Ramos-Garcia helps to illuminate human rights issues and connect the University of Minnesota with communities around the world.
Dr. Kathryn Pearson, an associate professor of political science, joins Minnesota Public Radio News to discuss the increasing partisan divide between political parties, as well as the identity crisis many have been experiencing within their own parties.
Joachim Savelsberg, a professor in sociology, offers input on deciphering the changing conversations involving crime. The difficulty comes in being able to tell whether public opinion about crime is shaped by political attitudes or the other way around.
Analyzing responses to the violent rally in Charlottesville illuminates the fine line of resisting evil in this article featuring research by Associate Dean for Social Sciences Penny Edgell and graduate student Jacqui Frost.
Dan Philippon, co-founder of the Environmental Humanities Initiative, writes on the sustainable food movement and the relationship between literature and the physical environment. "The nonhuman world can’t really be separated from the human world,” he says.
Dr. William Beeman, a professor of anthropology, explains how the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty prohibits Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and will continue to do so even after the "Iran Nuclear Deal" expires.
Ore Koren uses big data to study the micro-dynamics of violence and civil war. According to his research, climate extremes and the resulting food insecurity intensify already difficult political situations.
Barbara Frey, director of the Human Rights Program, and Paula Cuellar, a PhD candidate in CLA history, attempt to understand the disappearances of more than 30,000 people in Mexico in the past 10 years.
Riv-Ellen Prell, professor emerita of American studies, and John Coleman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, weigh in on the history of campus discrimination, and the possibility of name changes for buildings like Coffman Memorial Union.