Several Boston College faculty members offered commentary and analysis to the media regarding the war in Iraq.

Prof. Alan Wolfe (Political Science), director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, wrote a column for the Sunday New York Times on Americans' generally unchanged expectations for the war despite recent setbacks.

"Tocqueville wrote in the early 19th century that democracies were slow to go to war, but that once they did, their support for war could be formidable," he wrote. "Little seems to have changed in that regard. Never as quick to endorse a war as the enthusiastic hawks who viewed it as a cakewalk, Americans did not suddenly turn skeptical when the going got rough."

In addition, Wolfe commented on moral issues related to the invasion of Iraq during his appearance on the PBS show "Now" hosted by Bill Moyers, and spoke about the effect of war protests in an interview with NBC News.

A segment on humor during wartime broadcast by National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" featured a comment by Prof. Paul Lewis (English): "War raises every kind of emotion in a mass audience: the emotions of fear, the emotions of anxiety, the emotions of contempt. In all of these things, humor is ideally designed to massage and to express and to vent in various ways. So you have jokes that are doing all of those things at the same time."

Other BC faculty recently appearing in the media:

*Law School Dean John Garvey was interviewed by the Boston Herald and United Press International for stories on a lawsuit filed in an attempt to block the invasion.

*Boston Globe business columnist Charles Stein quoted Drucker Professor Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research, on the potential risk the war might pose for the nation's Social Security and Medicare system.

*Asst. Prof. Seth Jacobs (History) spoke with Fox TV News about the history of war-related demonstrations in the US.


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