On using treats as a way to regain control after the pandemic:

“There’s a guarantee that this small little ritual that you have every week will at least satiate something in you.”

Philosophy professor Tracy Llanera, The New York Times, April 2, 2022

On looking farther down the food chain to grow protein for human consumption:

“But let’s think about bivalves.”

Marine sciences professor Sandra Shumway, Scientific American, May 1, 2022

On the effects of saying “mass shooting” when the shooter’s white, but “gang violence” when the shooter’s Black:

“When you call something gang violence, I think people’s empathy goes down to zero because they think — those people are killing themselves.”

Psychiatry professor and a director of the Health Disparities Institute Dr. Wizdom Powell, New York Amsterdam News, April 28, 2022

On posting her “Telegram Chronicles,” which distills news reports for the benefit of English-speaking friends in her native Russia:

“I want them to know about the Russian people who are resisting this war and getting arrested and beaten."

English professor Ellen Litman, The Forward, March 9, 2022

On politicians creating and feeding fears about sexual orientation and trans rights:

“Repressive sexism comes along with a resurgence of nationalism. They go hand in hand.”

Psychological sciences professor Felicia Pratto, The New York Times, March 31, 2022

On the increase in drug overdoses and deaths:

“It’s not that there are more people doing drugs today, but it’s much more dangerous to do drugs. And that’s because of fentanyl.”

UConn Health EMS coordinator Peter Canning, ABC News, March 12, 2022


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