Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science Erin O'Brien says Springfield is facing many of the same structural issues as Baltimore and Ferguson, increasing the likelihood of civil unrest there. "Downward economic activity has defined Springfield as we know it," she said.
Gerontology Institute Director Len Fishman comments on the results of surveys which found a lack of communication between millennials and their parents on long-term care needs and costs. Fishman says these costs are often unpredictable.
Associate Professor of Political Science Maurice Cunningham comments on Senator Elizabeth Warren becoming a more powerful figure in the Democratic Party on middle-class and economic issues. “We’re pretty accustomed to national figures in this state,” Cunningham said.
Paul Watanabe, director of UMass Boston's Institute for Asian American Studies, was introduced last week as one of the newest members of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.