In the News: Schubert on ISIS; Hellinger on Venezuela; Rhiney on A-B; Lauten/Carrio in STLMag

| March 4, 2015

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Vienna’s Schubert Discusses ISIS Cultural Destruction on Austrian National Radio

Samuel Schubert, international relations faculty member at the Vienna campus, appeared on a nationwide broadcast of national radio station FM4’s “Reality Check” Feb. 27, discussing the recent made-for-film destruction of cultural heritage by ISIS.

The cost of the damage inflicted by ISIS on the cultural heritage of cities such as Aleppo or Mosul is “enormous and almost impossible to quantify,” Schubert said.

He also explained that for ISIS, the theatrically produced destruction of cultural properties and antiquities — they are also selling them but simply not advertising the fact — serves the dual purpose of demonstrating to supporters that it is delivering on a promise to establish a pure Islamic society, free of idolatry, and also to provoke its enemies.

Read more at the Webster Vienna Private University site and hear the full interview at fm4.orf.

Hellinger in The Nation on Venezuela Unrest

Amid economic volatility, political unrest, the arrest of a mayor on sedition charges, and talk of coups, what’s going on in Venezuela? In seeking clarity for that question, The Nation‘s Greg Grandin turned to Dan Hellinger, Latin American affairs expert and professor of International Relations in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Hellinger discussed the different factions and political currents in play, noting that both planned destabilization and real popular discontent can exist simultaneously.

Read the full article at The Nation.

Rhiney in Post-Dispatch on A-B Heritage Branding

Eric Rhiney, assistant professor the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, is quoted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story about a new heritage museum at Anheuser-Busch’s St. Louis headquarters. Rhiney notes that “heritage branding” has long been a part of A-B’s branding, and this focus on its roots continues after the U.S. brewery was purchased by a Belgium-based multinational conglomerate.

Read the full story at

Leaders in Residence Profiled in St. Louis Magazine

The esteemed Cuban theater duo and current Webster University Global Leaders in Residence Flora Lauten and Raquel Carrio were featured in St. Louis Magazine, discussing their creative work and their visit to Webster — an arrangement made even before President Obama’s restoration of U.S. relations with Cuba:

Every workshop they lead is different. They are very unconventional and change from place to place. The workshops are a learning experience for both the participants and the women.

“I have given so many workshops in my life, but I don’t like to have a formula. They are all different because the people are all different. We learn from them and they learn from us,” says Lauten.

Read the full story at

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