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DU in the News—Jan. 9, 2018 edition

Over the past year, Roddy MacInnes, associate professor of art and art history, has worked with his students on a project called Personal Histories Photography. In this interview with KUSA, MacInnes and his students describe the project which consists of a series of interviews and photoshoots with seniors living at the Clermont Park retirement community. “The residents and students were asked if they had to leave a burning house and could only bring one photograph with them, what would it be,” MacInness says. “We photograph each person with their chosen photograph and then record them telling us why that photograph was important,” he adds. “We transcribe that and transpose that with the photographs for this exhibition.”

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole memo, which stated that the federal government would not move against those acting in compliance with state marijuana regulations. Sam Kamin, Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy at the Sturm College of Law, writes in an op-ed for The Hill that “In overturning Cole memo, Sessions made it clear that the nation’s U.S. attorneys will be left to exercise their discretion over licensed marijuana businesses within their purview.” He discusses a few scenarios that could arise in states like Colorado and California which recently legalized marijuana. He ultimately asserts that “The announcement creates a significant test of Congress’s willingness to stand up to the administration on matters of state policy.”

Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, spoke with CNN about the anti-government protests that began in Iran at the end of 2017. He talked about how the government response to the protests would depend on several things. “It really depends on what faction of the Iranian government is involved,” he explained. “The elected government (President Rouhani) is interested in trying to meet the demands of the protestors. But his ability to initiate the type of structural and comprehensive reforms and transformation of Iran’s political and economic system is quite limited given the nature and structure inside of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” He also discussed how these uprisings differ from those in recent years. “What we’re seeing here is a new phase of opposition to the Islamic republic of Iran, largely from poor and working class people at the lower ends of the socioeconomic ladder who are frustrated at the deteriorating economic conditions and the corrupt political system that seems unable to meet the demands of increasing numbers of Iranians.”