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Fitting monstrous crimes into a legal framework

Apr. 26, 2010— "In the non-legal context, genocide has come to be thought of as the epitome of ’evil,’" writes Vanderbilt philosopher Larry May in his new book, Genocide. "Some authors have argued that we should regard genocide as merely a plain fact that should not be further investigated lest we risk that our explanations and conceptual inquiries will be mistakenly seen as forgiveness for the horror of what genocide is."

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Is there a middle ground between creationism and evolution?

Mar. 23, 2010—The battle between creationists and Darwinians sometimes appears to be irresolvable. Pick science or religion – you can't have both.

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More nasty ads expected outcome of Supreme Court ruling

Jan. 21, 2010—Count on more political attack ads in 2010 after a Supreme Court ruling lifting the ban on corporation and labor donations, according to Vanderbilt University political scientist John Geer.

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TIPSHEET: Grading Obama: Vanderbilt presidential experts offer analysis

Jan. 19, 2010—Vanderbilt experts David Lewis, John Geer and Thomas Schwartz are available to discuss the one-year anniversary of the Obama presidency and his Jan. 27 State of the Union address.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt expert can talk about history of Haiti in light of earthquake

Jan. 14, 2010—Haiti expert Colin Dayan is available to discuss the aftermath of the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti that has killed tens of thousands and affected 3 million Haitians. Dayan, whose mother and other family members are Haitian, spent the first two decades of her career studying Haiti and is the author of Haiti, History, and the Gods. She can speak on most aspects of Haitian history, including the theory brought up by evangelist Pat Robertson that a pact with the devil by Haitian slaves in 1791 is responsible for the disaster.

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Terrorist threats unlikely to boost Obama‘s approval rating, VU professor finds

Jan. 12, 2010—President Barack Obama, unlike George W. Bush, is not likely to enjoy a surge in public approval after terrorism threats, according to research by Vanderbilt University political scientist Elizabeth Zechmeister and her colleague. Zechmeister, assistant professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, and Jennifer Merolla, associate professor at Claremont Graduate University, are the co-authors of Democracy at Risk: How Terrorist Threats Affect the Public (University of Chicago Press).

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Beginning of a Decade TIPSHEET – Politics and Government

Dec. 14, 2009—As you consider year-in-review stories and look ahead to the trends of 2010, Vanderbilt University faculty are available to offer perspective on these and other topics. mailto:bruce.barry@vanderbilt.edu

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Clashing worldviews a key to understanding voter polarization, VU professor says

Nov. 18, 2009—The recent vote in Congress on health care reform – with only one Republican lawmaker voting yes – provides more evidence of the growing polarization between the parties and the fundamentally different understandings of right and wrong that continue to pull the two major political parties further apart, according to Vanderbilt University political scientist Marc Hetherington.

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Vanderbilt professor takes on media bias

Nov. 13, 2009—A little respect could go a long way to preserving democracy in America, says Vanderbilt professor Bob Talisse in his new book.

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Terrorist warnings affect political attitudes, says Vanderbilt researcher

Sep. 1, 2009—When citizens in the United States and Mexico are confronted by terrorist threats, they cope in ways that can put significant stresses on the nations' democracies, according to research by political scientists at Vanderbilt and Claremont.

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Obama’s appointees: some strong, some not, Vanderbilt expert finds

Aug. 25, 2009—A Vanderbilt University political scientist's study of President Obama's appointments during his first six months in office finds some agencies are receiving significantly more qualified presidential appointees than others.

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Why Obama’s birth certificate issue won’t go away: Vanderbilt expert

Jul. 30, 2009—The controversy over President Obama's birth certificate will not go away as long as he refuses to release sealed records, including the original birth certificate, according to Carol Swain, professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University.

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