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'Trump The Most Divisive In Century, But 1968 US Election Was Even Worse’

July 18, 2020

"It depends on what you mean by 'divisive'. We have the most divisive major party candidate in the last 100 years in Donald Trump.  Partisan loyalties are still as strong as they have been in the last 100 years and the balance between the two parties is about as even as it’s been in at least 70 years.  On the other hand, you could make a good case that the most divisive election in the last 100 years was in 1968”, says John Mark Hansen, the Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago’s Political Science Department, told IANS in an email interview.

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Experts Explain: How households are coping under coronavirus lockdown

May 13, 2020

In this article,  Marianne Bertrand, the Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business along with  Kaushik Krishnan and Heather Schofield assess lockdown’s impact on Indian households, who are hit hardest, and how long they expect to be able to manage with their current resources.

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Homemade masks of silk, cotton, chiffon may boost protection against virus

May 6, 2020

“There is a huge interest and need for homemade cloth masks, but we found little data on how good various fabrics are as filters for masks,” according to senior author Professor Supratik Guha of the University of Chicago, is quoted saying in a recent press release from the University.

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When fleeing a homeland stirs one’s creative juices: Vu Tran

Februrary 27, 2020

"A lot of my fiction, while not necessarily autobiographical, ends up dealing with the experience of fleeing one''s homeland and settling in an entirely alien world, something I and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese-Americans have gone through," says Professor Vu Tran, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Creative Writing, in an interview with IANS.

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The relevance of a degree in creative writing in contemporary times: Vu Tran

February 5, 2020

Professor Vu Tran, The University of Chicago writes about the relevance of a degree in creative writing in contemporary times, in this article by Hindustan Times.

Professor Vu Tran is the Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Creative Writing, Department of English, Program in Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.

How to Save a Constitutional Democracy’ review: Of, by, and for the people

December 21, 2019

As right-wing populists hold sway across the world, two writers-Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, Professor of Political Science and Aziz Z. Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at University of Chicago Law School argue that only public action and collective mobilisation can neutralise democratic collapse.  

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