NJCU Library Hours for 2017/18 Winter Intersession

The Guarini Library will have reduced hours from December 20 through January 15. We will be open Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm; we will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition we will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day as well as Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15, 2018; we will start the Spring semester on Tuesday, January 16.


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Presidential Use of Nuclear Force

With increased tensions on the Korean peninsula that are coupled with the bombastic utterances emanating from Washington, there is a renewed interest in the question as to whether the president has unilateral authority to launch nuclear weapons. Such is the concern that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on this topic – Nuclear Weapons Authority. Other recent reports include these from the Congressional Research Service: Can Congress Limit the President’s Power to Launch Nuclear Weapons?,  “Legislation Limiting the President’s Power to Use Nuclear Weapons: Separation of Powers Implications.”,  Defense Primer: President’s Constitutional Authority with Regard to the Armed Forces.

That this is an area fraught with danger can be readily seen in this document-laden briefing book from the National Security Archive – U.S. Presidents and the Nuclear Taboo.

Does he have the power? It depends on whom you listen to. But be assured that this is one of the thorniest areas of contention between the executive and legislative branches of our government. It has yet to be fully resolved and maybe never will.

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Organization of American Historians. Distinguished Lectures Series

This series, representing the best of the American historical profession, now has sixty-six (as of this writing) talks running the gamut from the Civil War in American memory to how alike are Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump. These lectures are well worth a listen.

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Time Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year Is “The Silence Breakers”

Those who have spoken out, with great cost to themselves, about incidents of sexual harassment.

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Top Tweets/Retweets of 2017

The lists with analyses and additional links are here.

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National Security Reports – November 2017 Update

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Statistics on International Students in the U.S. and American Students Abroad

This annual report from the IIE details the number of international students studying here as well as American students studying abroad. For international students, accompanying data focuses on country of origin, the top universities hosting these students, their field of endeavor, their academic level, and their primary source of funding. Similar figures are given for American students abroad with some additional tables of interest; i.e., duration of study, students with disabilities. An executive summary is a useful adjunct to these presentation; it shows that once again the New York metropolitan area is the top destination for international students.

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