In the News: Vienna’s Schubert on ISIS; Parr on Ferguson; Leiden business feature; Rishe on MLB

| October 15, 2014

Recent media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

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Webster Vienna’s Samuel Schubert discusses ISIS on Austrian TV.

Vienna’s Schubert in ISIS Debate on Austrian TV

Samuel Schubert, professor of International Relations at Webster University Vienna, joined a heated debate on ISIS broadcast by the Austrian TV station PULS 4 (Pro & Contra – News Talk).

The program, which aired nationwide on Oct. 13, hosted Berivan Aslan, an Austrian MP with a Kurdish background; Abdurrahim Karayazili, president of the Union of Turkish-European Democrats; Karin Kneissl, Middle East expert; and Herbert Scheibner, president of the Austro-Syrian Society.

Read more about his appearance and watch the debate via the Webster Vienna site.

Parr on the Role of the Clergy and Ferguson

Chris Parr, chair of the Religious Studies Department in the College of Arts & Sciences, was interviewed by St. Louis NPR affiliate St. Louis Public Radio for their story on the role of the clergy in Ferguson community engagement and protests. An excerpt:

“Religious leaders going back to the cave times have been people who saw ways in which to marshal the energies around them, or to call on the great powers that human beings have, or powers beyond the human being, to try to address serious problems that confront us,” he said.

But there has also always been a tension between the roles that religious leaders fill, Parr said. On the one hand, they are prophets who advise followers of the consequences of their actions. On the other hand, they are also educators for their congregation and the larger community.

“Professors also have that same tension,” Parr said. “When is it appropriate to be an activist? When is it appropriate to be calling people to live up to their best responsibilities?

Read the full story at St. Louis Public Radio.

Rishe on MLB Ticket Pricing in Cleveland

With “dynamic ticket pricing” becoming increasingly common in Major League Baseball, Crain’s Business Cleveland sought insight from Webster University professor of economics Patrick Rishe about these pricing schemes after noticing a drop in attendance at Cleveland Indians games.

“It’s pretty clear that’s the way to go in terms of maximizing revenue,” said Rishe, who teaches in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology.

Read the full article at Crain’s Business Cleveland.

Webster Leiden Feature on RTL 7 Business Channel

A video feature for Dutch TV RTL 7 Business Channel interviews several Webster University Leiden community members about the benefits of studying at Webster. Campus director Jean Paul van Marissing, faculty member Sara Lusini, student Madison Block and alumnus Beer Brinkers are interviewed about the multicultural classroom setting, the differences between American-style and European higher education, and the ways these benefits apply to students’ careers.

Watch the video at the top of this post or on YouTube.

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