About mbnelson

Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University

Language maps of the US, include African languages

So, this is interesting. Slate has as series of interesting maps showing the most popular languages spoken in each American state. After filtering for the obvious second language (Spanish), they present a series of specialized maps, including the most popular African language in each state. Data probably is not perfect, but likely about as good as we have. “Kru, Ibo, Yoruba” seems to be most dominant (Go, Nigeria and West Africa!). After that is Amharic and Cushite. Then Swahili, Bantu, and “Nilotic” (Sudanese mostly?).

Language map: What’s the most popular language in your state?.

Professor White on the Affordable Care Act, This Thursday

Thursday, April 3, 2014

4:15 p.m.

Public Affairs Center 002

The Missing Piece
in the Affordable Care Act

Sponsored by the Government Department

Professor Joseph White

Luxenburg Family Professor of Public Policy
Case Western Reserve University

Four years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act makes no credible promise to meet the goal that most voters most desired — which was not to expand coverage to the previously uninsured, but to reduce the out-of-pocket costs of paying for health insurance. Why did the Democrats pass legislation that was not explicitly designed to reduce health insurance costs? The answers involve interest group politics, regional divisions in the Democratic Party, and the politics of the health care policy community

My students had better not cheat!

Apparently, “Academic Crimes” are a real thing in Connecticut. A student who commits them can be charged with a Class B Misdemeanor which includes up to 6 months imprisonment or up to $1000 in fines. [Clicking on the image will take you to the legal specifics.]

cheatingisillegal

Of course, our Wesleyan Honor Code should prevent this from ever happening, right?