SAS in the media

Immigration and trade in politics

Tuesday 22 March 2016
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Sir Ronald Sanders , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), writes in the Jamaica Observer and Caribbean News Now! that a sensible discourse on trade and immigration would be useful in the Caribbean as much as in the US. He says they are issues that are worthy of inquiry and research at all levels, particularly by academics and journalists. ‘The fact that, apart from opportunistic braying on immigration, the two issues have been avoided by politicians is all the more reason why they should be considered dispassionately and publicly.’

Professor Sarah Churchwell on Philip Roth

Saturday 19 March 2016
School of Advanced Study
Professor Sarah Churchwell, the School of Advanced Study’s chair of public understanding of the humanities and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), commemorates Philip Roth’s 83rd birthday in an Independent   article. She says ‘Over nearly 50 years as a novelist Roth has earned a deserved reputation as a writer who speaks his mind – a mind that rarely runs out of things worth saying.’

Don’t believe everything you see

Wednesday 16 March 2016
Institute of Philosophy
 A keynote speech given by Professor Sir Colin Blakemore (director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses - CenSes ) at the College of Optometrists’ annual conference features in Optometry Today . The article focuses on the neuroscientist’s account of how visual information is processed by the brain which, he explains, has very limited resources and ‘is always making judgements about what is the most salient part of the image. Anyone who goes to a magic show knows they can’t trust their vision.

Professor Mads Andenæs discusses the Julian Assange case

Tuesday 15 March 2016
Professor Mads Andenæs , senior research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( IALS ) and chair of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, explains in a Pravada.ru interview why the expert panel defends freedom for WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange and the legal implications of a case in which he says ‘several procedural mistakes’ were ‘committed by the authorities.’ He also comments on the media coverage and other WikiLeaks revelations such as the US surveillance of German chancellor, Angela Merkel and UN secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

A double celebration on Commonwealth Day

Monday 14 March 2016
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Philip Murphy , director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) tells CBC News that the Commonwealth is a completely different organisation from the EU. Speaking during the Commonwealth Day celebrations, he says ‘The problem with the Commonwealth is that no one has been prepared to pool sovereignty or to make treaties, or to make real sacrifices, so it’s a bit of an empty vessel compared with the EU.’  

Immigration and trade

Sunday 13 March 2016
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Sir Ronald Sanders , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), believes US presidential hopefuls, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, have escalated a one-sided argument on trade for their political purposes. In the first of a series of Jamaica Observer , Caribbean News Now! and Tribune articles on trade and immigration, two issues currently at the heart the Trump and Sanders campaign, he says turning the US into a fortress against trade and immigration will confine Americans and ‘set off a global trade war.

Helping Myanmar to play by the rules

Saturday 12 March 2016
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Freda Grealy, PhD researcher at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( IALS ), features in an Irish Times story highlighting the work being done in Myanmar by a group of legal experts from Ireland. She says her time in the south-east Asian country, which has just emerged from decades of isolation under military rule, was an eye-opener and that people in Ireland ‘identify with what Myanmar went through.’  

International Women’s Day and the Baileys Prize are necessary says Professor Sarah Churchwell

Thursday 10 March 2016
School of Advanced Study
Professor Sarah Churchwell, the School of Advanced Study’s chair of public understanding of the humanities and professor of American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), tells The Guardian that initiatives for women such as International Women's Day and the Baileys Women’s prize for fiction, are ‘necessary because we have not yet achieved equality.

Visions of paradise

Tuesday 8 March 2016
Warburg Institute
Dr Alessandro Scafi , lecturer in medieval and Renaissance cultural history at The Warburg Institute , is featured on All About Shipping.co.uk . The article examines one of his lectures highlighting the unconscious affinity between John Lennon’s song ‘ Imagine ’ and Botticini’s Assumption of the Virgin .  

Pages