The Humanities Respond to Urgent Issues

This will be a place to feature work of UNH humanities faculty that addresses critical issues, both local and global, for which the humanities can provide context, understanding, and a path to conversation and informed civic engagement.

 
UKRAINE, 2022

 

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March 11, 2022
podcast  After The Bombing Podcast, Episode 3: The impact of bombs on a city’s infrastructure

JEANNIE SOWERS, UNH PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
"Here is a recent podcast that I did with several colleagues for the International Network on Explosive Weapons, which is trying to ban the kinds of cluster and other bombs being used in Ukraine these days that were also used in Syria, Chechnya, Libya, and others. Ukraine is part of a broader pattern of warfare that targets cities and civilians."

from www.inew.org: INEW is an international network of NGOs that calls for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

 

March 16, 2022
blog post The Environmental and Health Dimensions of the Ukraine War – UC Press Blog

JEANNIE SOWERS, UNH PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

"As has unfolded before in Grozny, Aleppo, and Gaza City, war exacts a heavy cost on cities. Urban centers depend on systems of coupled infrastructure; when a power plant is destroyed, for example, the reverberating effects are widespread, causing harm to water, sanitation, and health care systems."  Read the full post.

By Erika Weinthal and Jeannie Sowers, authors of “Health and Environmental Tolls of Protracted Conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa Current History (2021) 120 (830): 339–345.

from ucpress.edu/blog, "where bright minds share bold ideas." 


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March 8, 2022
article NATO’s Help to Ukraine Could Deter Russia From Territorial Expansion

JEN SPINDEL, UNH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

"Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is being anxiously watched by nearby states who wonder if they are next. This question is of critical importance for the NATO members in the Baltics — will the alliance will stand firm if Vladimir Putin comes for them next?" Read the full article by Jennifer Spindel and Bryan Nakayama.

From The Defense Post  a leading independent security and defense news publication dedicated defense-related news, reports and developments from the United States and around the world. The Defense Post has significant international audience, particularly in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.