Brief Opinion: Selected Quotes Featured in the Media

“International criminal justice remains a work-in-progress, but the ICC [International Criminal Court] represents the best chance of continuing the principles brought to life by the UN tribunals. If the people of the world really mean ‘Never again,’ then we have to find a way to engage with and support those institutions that give that sentiment teeth.”

Daniel Terris, P’08, P’11, P’12, P’15, director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice
and Public Life, on Ratko Mladic’s conviction for genocide, in a Boston Globe Op-Ed (Nov. 21, 2017).

“You don’t stop someone from being a racist or xenophobe by taking them to a concentration camp.”

Sabine von Mering, professor of German, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies,
on a German proposal for fighting anti-Semitism among immigrants, in The New York Times (Jan. 10).

“No one is surprised when they hear about a rock star dying of a drug overdose. In some ways, it reinforces the stigma around addiction or that it only happens because of a certain lifestyle. Of course, that’s not true at all.”

— Heller School senior scientist Andrew Kolodny on the opioid epidemic, in Politico (Jan. 21).

“We do have to ask ourselves in this moment: How far have we come to equality? How close are we if, in fact, women are having to endure this kind of behavior in their day-to-day lives, in the workplace and on the street?”

— University Professor Anita Hill on the Harvey Weinstein sexual-misconduct scandal,
on CNN’s “New Day” (Oct. 18, 2017).

“[It is like] the classic challenge of finding a needle in the haystack with the added challenge that the needle is fading away and the haystack is moving.”

— Assistant professor of physics Marcelle Soares-Santos on the detection of visual evidence
of gravitational waves, in The Boston Globe (Oct. 16, 2017).

“In the eyes of politicians in the 1920s, undesirable immigrants included Jews, Italians and Slavs. In the eyes of nativist politicians today, undesirable immigrants are Haitians and Africans, Latin Americans. Once it was us who were that way.”

— University Professor Jonathan D. Sarna ’75, MA’75, on President Donald Trump’s
anti-immigrant statements, in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (Jan. 16).