In the News: Schubert on ISIS, Pollak on EU; Chess in NY Times; WILLOW in RFT

| March 13, 2015

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Geraghty-Rathert’s WILLOW Project in RFT

The Riverfront Times ran a full feature on the Community Coalition for Clemency and  The Women Initiate Legal Lifelines to Other Women, or WILLOW Project, founded by Anne Geraghty-Rathert, associate professor of Legal Studies and Chair of Women and Gender Studies.

WILLOW is a non-profit organization which provides legal assistance to women who cannot fully access the justice system due to poverty, oppression, exploitation and other injustices. The Community Coalition for Clemency, of which Geraghty-Rathert is a member, is a group of politicians, lawyers, judges and activists putting pressure on Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to reconsider the prison sentences of women who committed their crimes while the victims of physical and/or sexual violence.

Speaking in the RFT on the abuse experienced by a woman she represents, Geraghty-Rathert said, “the universality of [these cases] is the complete isolation and desperation of a person for whom there is no way out.”

Many of the cases were decided without evidence of abuse even being introduced. “It was a totally different legal world as far as how they would use evidence of abuse,” Geraghty-Rathert said.

Austrian Radio: Schubert on ISIS, Pollak on EU Armed Forces

Webster Vienna International Relations professors Samuel R. Schubert and Johannes Pollak were interviewed by Austrian national radio FM4 in its March 10 “Reality Check.” Schubert commented on ISIS in Libya. Pollak was asked to present his take on possible European Union armed forces.

Read more about their commentary and find a link to the full broadcast in this Webster Vienna post.

Salzburger Nachricthen: Schubert on Ukraine Crisis

Separately, Schubert was interviewed by Salzburger Nachrichten’s Gudrun Doringer on the Ukraine crisis. The interview, which focused on energy security in relation to the European Union and Russia, was published on March 3, 2015.

Schubert discussed the interdependence between Europe and Russia and possible answers to the Ukraine crisis. He points out that Europe needs Russian gas and Russia equally needs access to Europe’s markets, investment, technology and expertise.

Read more in this Webster Vienna post and find the entire interview (in German) here:

Webster Chess Program in The New York Times

Webster University’s top-ranked chess team was mentioned in a New York Times article about the influx of top international chess players to the United States.

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