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  • Conflict in Aleppo: Biblical Understanding and the Christian Response


  • Trump Presidency Predictions (continued)


  • South Florida Reporter – The Real Deal
  • Editor/Journalist – MT Newswires
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Conflict in Aleppo: Biblical Understanding and the Christian Response
Jamie Sanchez
Professor of Intercultural Studies
Biola University
Sanchez is available to discuss the conflict in Aleppo; biblical understanding of refugees and the humanitarian response; refugees resettled in Southern California: "News and images from Aleppo have once again brought the dire situation in Syria to our collective attention. Perusing news sites about the Syrian Civil War will alert readers to the many complexities involved there, which include culture, politics, history, power, and economics. Making the situation even more complex are the geopolitical forces also involved in the conflict. However, a deep understanding of the situation, while very important, is not the main question with which many are concerned. Rather, it's the images of children shell-shocked from surviving a bomb, families fleeing gun fire, and other stories that have emerged from this humanitarian crisis that pose the greatest concern for many people. The question that dominates face-to-face and virtual conversations is, 'But, what can be done?' Because many refugees have been resettled here in Southern California, there are many opportunities to be involved in the Syrian crisis."
Based in Los Angeles, Sanchez is developing a graduate level seminar for summer 2017 to be taught in Biola University's Cook School of Intercultural Studies. This interdisciplinary seminar will explore the historical framework for the Christian response to forced migrants and refugees. Additionally, this seminar will investigate the complex realities refugees face when leaving one nation-state where the religious worldview is different than the Christian worldview held by many of the welcoming nation-states and humanitarian aid workers. The aim of this seminar is to investigate historical perspectives for the purpose of enhancing current praxis.
Contact: Jenna Loumagne,

EXPERT ROUNDUP: Trump Presidency Predictions (continued)

Following are additional experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss various issues regarding what we can expect from a Trump presidency. To view the original roundup, visit

Climate Change and Energy Policy
George Borovas
Partner, Project Development & Finance
Shearman & Sterling
Borovas is a partner in Shearman & Sterling's Project Development & Finance Group and the head of the firm's Global Nuclear Group. He concentrates his practice and advises lenders, governments and sponsors on the development of civilian nuclear power programs and the financing and construction of nuclear power plants. He has worked on projects and transactions in the U.K., the U.S., Russia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, China, Australia and South Africa and has been named a Leading Lawyer in the IFLR1000 Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (2015-2017). He regularly negotiates contracts and advises clients on the establishment of global joint ventures relating to the nuclear industry as well as on transactions for the trading of fuel, equipment and services for nuclear power plants. He also advises companies on international nuclear liability and export compliance issues and has represented buyers in transactions involving the acquisition of nuclear power plants.
Contacts: Wendy Lee-McGuinness,, and Madison Malloch-Brown,

Environment and Politics
David Konisky
Associate Professor
Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs
"The appointment of Scott Pruitt as the next EPA Administrator signals a monumental shift for U.S. environmental policy. As attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt has been a vocal critic of nearly all the EPA has done during the Obama administration, and he will likely look to rollback efforts to address climate change, strengthen air and water quality standards, and regulate fracking. As administrator of the EPA, Pruitt is likely to further shift responsibility for environmental protection from the EPA to the states. The lead contamination in Flint, Mich., is a good reminder that state governments are not always up to the job."
Konisky is a renowned environmental politics and policy expert whose research focuses on American politics and public policy, with particular emphasis on regulation, environmental politics and policy, state politics, and public opinion. Prior to joining IU, Konisky was an associate professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and an assistant professor at the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri.
Contact: Kemba Neptune,

Stock Market, Economic and Sector Growth
Todd Sheldon
Author, "Turbulent Money"
"There are three major things that have distorted sector performance in the business cycle: central banks, market manipulation, and corruption. I believe Trump will bring it back in line with sectors matching the late cycle."
Sheldon's expertise includes topics such as: various American ventures that will be unequivocally affected following Trump's rise to presidency; how Brexit and U.S. elections affect U.S. equity and foreign exchange markets; how higher home loan rates affect housing recuperation; healthcare issues -- we will lose advances in medicine if research companies are unable to recoup the nearly $1 billion an FDA post-approval costs.
Contact: Adrienne Mazzone,



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