Context from Campus: June 1-5

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Incest, the Duggars and public policy
TLC has pulled its hit series, “19 Kids and Counting,” after one of the show’s stars, Josh Duggar, admitted to molesting several young girls, including his sisters, when he was a teenager. While news of the development involving the conservative Christian family shocked many, the issue of incest in families occurs in many cases but is often not discussed because it’s an uncomfortable topic. Lina Svedin, acting director of the U’s Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy programs, is currently working on a book related to incest and how social taboos regulate behavior. Svedin’s research focuses on incest from a protracted social problem perspective and addresses how taboos as a way to regulate social behaviors work poorly. Her work examines how when such taboos are carried into the policy sphere, they end up creating more damage than good in terms of combatting the problem. She is available to talk about broader issues involving incest and policymaking in the wake of the Duggar case, which has cast a spotlight on a difficult subject.
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Legal perspective on corruption allegations among top FIFA officials
The soccer world has been turned upside down this week, as news of vast corruption among top officials in FIFA—including allegations that millions of dollars in bribes were accepted in exchange for awarding South Africa the 2010 World Cup—has spread following an indictment of 14 FIFA officials by the U.S. Department of Justice. These officials are charged with various counts of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. Paul G. Cassell teaches criminal law, criminal procedure and crime victims’ rights at the U’s S.J. Quinney College of Law and is available to offer commentary on the case. Cassell served as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Utah from 2002 to 2007. His career has included involvement in prosecuting other high-profile corruption cases.
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Why has the number of undocumented immigrants dropped?
With the presidential election just around the corner, the immigration issue will once again take center stage and likely be misused for political purposes. But how has immigration changed since the 2012 or 2008 campaigns? From 1990 to 2007, the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. tripled to 12.2 million, but today has dropped by about 1 million. What factors have contributed to this drop? Leticia Alvarez, an immigration expert from the U’s Department of Education, Culture and Society, can help make sense of the impacts that increased security at the border, increased violence and racism against immigrants and the 2008 financial crisis, which contributed to these trends.
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Conflict minerals, companies and Congo
On June 1, companies across the U.S. will provide reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission documenting whether the products they manufacture contain minerals mined in Congo. It’s only the second time in history companies will file the disclosures. The issue of conflict minerals is gaining steam worldwide. In recent weeks, the European Union Parliament passed draft regulations related to cracking down on companies that use minerals in their products mined from Congo as a way to work toward improving human rights conditions in the war-torn region. An emerging voice in the conflict mineral debate is that of U’s S.J. Quinney College of Law professor Jeff Schwartz, who is scheduled to publish an article in the Harvard Business Law Review this fall. The article examines the inaugural data submitted by companies to the SEC—and whether the disclosures helped with supply chain transparency. Schwartz is available to discuss his research and current happenings related to the worldwide discussions about conflict minerals.
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Event Highlights:

June 1-12
SaltDanceFest 2015 brings together internationally renowned dance artists and dance makers along with esteemed U faculty Eric Handman and Stephen Koester for two weeks of moving, collaborating, dance making and the lively exchange of ideas, June 1-12. Participants will work intimately with acclaimed artists, developing and exploring ideas in dance and choreography. There are several sessions that are open to the public.
Marriott Center for Dance, 330 S. 1500 East, schedule of public events is available

Sunday, June 7
A group of students and faculty form the U’s College of Social Work will march in Salt Lake City’s 2015 Utah Pride Parade. The Bachelor of Social Work Program’s student association coordinated the college’s participation. Other U students and groups will participate in the parade as well.
The parade starts on the corner of 400 East and 200 South, the parade will head west on 200 South and disband past the Salt Palace, 10 a.m.

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