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The Clemente Course in Humanities Among 2014 National Humanities Medal Recipients

The Clemente Course in Humanities Among 2014 National Humanities Medal Recipients

September 9, 2015

The White House has announced the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, and a program Tim McCarthy, adjunct lecturer in public policy is heavily involved with, is among the honorees.

For the last 15 years McCarthy has made the eight-mile trek, on Monday and Wednesday nights, to Codman Square in Dorchester for The Clemente Course in the Humanities program to teach American history.

The Refugee Crisis Isn’t a ‘European Problem’

September 5, 2015

THOSE of us outside Europe are watching the unbelievable images of the Keleti train station in Budapest, the corpse of a toddler washed up on a Turkish beach, the desperate Syrian families chancing their lives on the night trip to the Greek islands — and we keep being told this is a European problem.

Iran steps back

Iran steps back

July 14, 2015

After 20 months of fitful negotiations, a coalition of world powers led by the United States announced Tuesday that it had reached a deal with Iran to limit that country’s capacity to a build nuclear bomb for at least a decade. In exchange, the international community will lift harsh sanctions that have had dire effects on Iran’s economy.

The Read more about Iran steps back

Flawed New Proposals to Reform Child Labor Law in India

Flawed New Proposals to Reform Child Labor Law in India

July 9, 2015

by Angela Duger and Jacqueline Bhabha

“These exceptions strip the reform of its power…”
July 9, 2105. On May 13, 2015, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Modi, approved some far-reaching changes to India’s child labor laws.[1] This move brings the country one step closer to adopting the 2012 Amendment to the long outdated 1986 Child Labor Act, which has for nearly 30 years regulated child labor throughout India. [2]
According to the 1986 Act, children 14 and under are permitted to work, except in 13 hazardous occupations and 57 Read more about Flawed New Proposals to Reform Child Labor Law in India

Social Protection and Human Rights

Social Protection and Human Rights

July 7, 2015

The Social Protection and Human Rights platform promotes awareness of human rights based approaches to social protection. Its aim is to encourage critical thinking about current systems of social protection and to help bridge gaps between policy and practice.

Established in 2013, the platform is an initiative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Read more about Social Protection and Human Rights

Solitary Confinement & Mental Illness: Letter to the Editor & Author Response

Solitary Confinement & Mental Illness: Letter to the Editor & Author Response

July 2, 2015

by Thomas R. Blair and Keramet A. Reiter
Among approximately two million incarcerated people in the United States, fifty percent or more have mental illness.
To the Editors:
Glowa-Kollisch and colleagues present a well-considered and pragmatically impactful examination of “dual loyalty” concerns for mental health professionals in New York City jails.[1] We appreciate their particular Read more about Solitary Confinement & Mental Illness: Letter to the Editor & Author Response

One for the ages

One for the ages

June 26, 2015

Harvard analysts see fundamental shift in ruling legalizing gay marriage nationally