Wayne State University experts available to comment on trending topics for August
Wayne State University's PR team compiles a list of university experts who can speak about trending topics and significant milestones each month.
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NATIONAL EYE EXAM MONTH – AUGUST
- Dr. Mark Juzych, chair of ophthalmology, visual and anatomical sciences and director of the Kresge Eye Institute, can talk about the importance of maintaining eye health, and how to do it.
NATIONAL WATER QUALITY MONTH – AUGUST
- Carol Miller, professor of civil and environmental engineering, can speak about water quality issues in the state and around the world.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE BERLIN WALL CONSTRUCTION – AUGUST
Following the prohibition of free passage between East and West Berlin, East German authorities began construction of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 to seal off access to the west. For the next 28 years, the Berlin Wall stood as a reminder of the Cold War.
- Andrew Port, professor of history, is prepared to discuss the construction of the Berlin Wall, including the events leading up to and following the Iron Curtain. Port's research focuses on modern Germany and Europe, communism and state socialism, labor history, social protest, popular resistance under autocratic regimes, and comparative genocide.
- Paul Kershaw, assistant professor of history, is a foreign policy historian specializing in 20th century U.S. and World history.
ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON'S RESIGNATION – AUG. 8
In an August 1974 televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announced his intention to resign as president of the United States – the first president in American history to do so. Impeachment proceedings were underway regarding his involvement in the Watergate scandal. The next day, Nixon officially ended his term as the 37th president of the United States.
- Liette Gidlow, associate professor of history, has been featured on C-Span's Lectures in History series. Her areas of expertise include modern U.S. history, 20th century U.S. history and women's/gender history. She is prepared to talk about the Nixon years and the events leading up to his resignation.
NATIONAL BOOK LOVER'S DAY – AUG. 9
Our experts can discuss the importance of reading books, and the singular pleasure of owning tangible books that you can hold in your hand.
- Kathleen Crawford-McKinney and Kathryn Roberts, College of Education associate professors, are available to discuss.
V-J DAY: JAPAN SURRENDERS, ENDING WORLD WAR II – AUG. 14-15
On Aug. 14, 1945, Japan made its initial announcement that it would surrender unconditionally to the Allies, thus ending World War II. Due to time zone differences, Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 have been known as "Victory over Japan Day," or simply "V-J Day."
- Elizabeth Lublin, associate professor of history, has studied and taught in Japan and earned her Ph.D. in modern Japanese history. The author of two scholarly books about Japan, Lublin is prepared to discuss the cultural and historical significance of Japan's surrender.
WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY – AUG. 26
In 1971, Congress designated Aug. 26 as "Women's Equality Day." The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.
- Elizabeth Faue, professor and history department chair, is a trained women's/gender historian. She is prepared to discuss the feminist movement and events leading up to the adoption of the 19th Amendment.
- Liette Gidlow, associate professor of history, is an expert in women's/gender history and can address this topic.
- Janine Lanza, associate professor of history.
ANNIVERSARY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. "I HAVE A DREAM" SPEECH – AUG. 28
"I Have a Dream" was a speech delivered by civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963. During the speech, which succeeded his "dream" speech at Cobo Hall during the Great Walk to Freedom in Detroit two months prior, he called for an end to racism in the United States and made a plea for civil and economic rights. Delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to more than 250,000 people in attendance, the speech was a defining moment in the civil rights movement.
- Associate professor Kidada E. Williams specializes in African American history from slavery through the late 20th century, with an emphasis on racial violence mostly in the former slaveholding South. She is able to explain the significance of the "I Have a Dream" speech and offer context about the civil rights movement leading up to, and following, the famous event.
- Kelly Young, associate professor and director of forensics, is ready to discuss.
SPORTS AND THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS
- Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler, a podiatric physician specializing in sports medicine and an associate professor of exercise and sport science, is ready to talk about the impact of sports on the spread of COVID-19, particularly during the recent surge.
THE OLYMPICS AND ATHLETES' MENTAL HEALTH
Olympic athletes have been talking openly about their mental health struggles dealing with the pressures of competitions and living the life of a high-profile celebrity. A topic once considered taboo in sports has now moved to the forefront.
WHAT HAS THE PANDEMIC TAUGHT US ABOUT THE WORKPLACE?
Perhaps one of the most positive epiphanies the pandemic spawned was that we can thrive as organizations even when staff work remotely. How will this change how managers and employees view where they do their work moving forward?
- Carolyn Hafner, Wayne State's associate vice president and chief human resources officer, can talk about what companies and organizations are considering in terms of flexible work schedules as a result of the pandemic.
WHAT HAS THE PANDEMIC TAUGHT US ABOUT HOW WE EDUCATE OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS?
Throughout the last year, we learned many valuable lessons about being nimble in our classrooms and best practices for providing an excellent education in different learning environments. Our education experts can talk about what the pandemic has taught us as we deliver public education from kindergarten to high school.
DETROIT AREA FLOODING AND INFRASTRUCTURE CONCERNS
Recent flooding in the Detroit metropolitan area caused devastating damage to property and the roadways. Ongoing concerns about the aging infrastructure have ramped up and residents are wondering how to cope with future flooding.
- Carol Miller, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Bill Shuster, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering chair, are available to talk about the current infrastructure problems and what solutions may be available.