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Libby Sharrow, 2020 PEP Fellow, is quoted in several articles about the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the federal legislation that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any education program that receives federal funding

Libby Sharrow, 2020 PEP Fellow, is quoted in several articles about the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the federal legislation that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any education program that receives federal funding. In MassLive, Sharrow says, “Enforcement of Title IX at the federal level has been more lax than it could have been. Institutions have often been doing just enough so they don’t get sued or placed under review,” Read more at The Washington PostMassLiveNorthwest Georgia News. In the New York Times, Sharrow says the Equal Rights Amendment, Roe v. Wade and Title IX are all linked by their attempts to target gendered inequality in American society, but they differ in how they used law and policy to enact change. Read more at The New York Times. In Mother Jones, Sharrow says “There were debates and tension around the question of segregating women’s athletics from the start of Title IX, “yet because policymakers settled on separate, sex-segregated sports, we have actually forgotten that history and have imagined that the solution of segregation has managed to solve all of those problems of exclusion." Read more at Mother Jones.

Agustin Lao-Montes, 2022 PEP Fellow, has written an article exploring the Colombian presidential election, scheduled for June 19

Agustin Lao-Montes, 2022 PEP Fellow, has written an article exploring the Colombian presidential election, scheduled for June 19. “As a scholar of Latin American politics, I see this election as a pivotal moment for Colombia,” Lao-Montes says. “The outcome could determine whether the country deepens its commitment to democracy or alternatively cultivates authoritarian tendencies in society and politics.” Read more at The ConversationNew Haven RegisterHouston ChronicleYahoo!News and the Black Agenda Report

Erin Baker, 2017 PEP Fellow, was interviewed for a story about the likelihood of the U.S. achieving the Biden administration’s goals to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030, when only 35 gigawatts were deployed last year worldwide

Erin Baker, 2017 PEP Fellow, was interviewed for a story about the likelihood of the U.S. achieving the Biden administration’s goals to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030, when only 35 gigawatts were deployed last year worldwide. The administration has simplified the federal approval process for offshore winds projects, reducing the number permits required to get started. Baker, faculty director of the Energy Transition Institute, says 30 gigawatts is a very ambitious goal, "but with the price cuts we've seen both in wind and offshore winds—we've experienced about a 50% reduction in offshore wind over six years—I believe it's very possible." Read more at IndoNewYork

M.V. Lee Badgett, Former PEP Steering Committee Member, is cited in an article about the earning and spending power of the LGBTQIA+ community

M.V. Lee Badgett, Former PEP Steering Committee Member, is cited in an article about the economic strength of “pink money,” the earning and spending power of the LGBTQIA+ community. Badgett, found that when India continued to exclude the LGBTQIA+ minority, it may have been squandering more than $26 billion every year and lost as much as 1.4% of its national output as a result of the discriminatory rule. Read more at India Times

 

 

Linda R. Tropp, PEP Co-Director, recently co-authored a new report on the psychological processes that drive social division and threaten American democracy

Linda R. Tropp, PEP Co-Director, recently co-authored a new report on the psychological processes that drive social division and threaten American democracy. In the report, Renewing American Democracy: Navigating A Changing Nation the authors analyze America’s current social divides through the lens of social science to understand how threats–both real and perceived–shape our sense of identity, our feelings of belonging, and our perceptions of status and power relations in society, all of which have downstream impacts on our behavior, and ultimately, the health of our democracy. Read more at Beyond Conflict

Linda Tropp, PEP Co-Director, discusses a new report from the nonprofit organization Beyond Conflict that analyzes America’s social divides through the lens of social science

Linda Tropp, PEP Co-Director, discusses a new report from the nonprofit organization Beyond Conflict that analyzes America’s social divides through the lens of social science to understand how demographic, social and cultural changes in the U.S. can affect perceptions of threats to our identities, feelings of belonging and perceptions of status and power. Read more at WHMP

Michael Rawlins, 2015 PEP Fellow, is interviewed about local impacts of climate change in a local TV weather special

Michael Rawlins, 2015 PEP Fellow, is interviewed about local impacts of climate change in a local TV weather special. Rawlins, associate director of the Climate System Research Center explains “If we don't sufficiently mitigate our use of fossil fuels, some of the temperature increases we could see in this area could amount to up to six to eight degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century." Rawlins also said “I’m really encouraged by the adoption of renewable energy in this region. There is a chance we could avoid some of the worst climate impacts if we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.” Read more at WWLP

Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP Fellow, appears on a local TV program to discuss the role word games can play in helping one’s brain as they age

Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP Fellow, appears on a local TV program to discuss the role word games can play in helping one’s brain as they age. “Unfortunately you can get really good at Wordle, or Scrabble, or whatever it is, and it just doesn’t translate to those things that are usually the practical skills we need” like remembering a grocery list, she says. Read more at Mass Appeal

Miliann Kang, 2016 PEP Fellow, was recently quoted in an article about the significance of Asian hair salons

Miliann Kang, 2016 PEP Fellow, was recently quoted in an article about the significance of Asian hair salons. Kang explains, the sort of tenderness in the work itself, Kang said, is also critical in fostering special connections and a comforting space. “I think there’s a stereotype where there’s all this bonding that automatically happens, and that takes away from the fact that it actually takes a lot of work by the business owner as well as the hairdressers to create that sense of welcome and care,” Kang said. Read more at NBC News.  

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