In the News: Ukraine, ‘divisive concepts’ bill, pr...

In the News: Ukraine, ‘divisive concepts’ bill, printing industry turnover, advertising and more

Reporters sought insights from various members of the MTSU community recently for stories on minority viewpoints, the printing industry, confiscating Russian assets and the impact of inflation on taxes, among other subjects.

Ken Paulson, director, Free Speech Center at MTSU, College of Media and Entertainment

Ken Paulson

Dr. June Hall McCash, professor emerita

Dr. June Hall McCash

Ken Paulson, director of the Free Speech Center, said advertisers’ efforts to influence news coverage probably won’t work in a March 24 article by Agence France-Presse. The story can be read here.

• Dr. June Hall McCash, professor emerita of French and first director of the University Honors Program, was interviewed about her new historical novel “The Truth Keepers” in a March 24 article for Her views are available here.

Tom Neff, Department of Media Arts, College of Media and Entertainment

Tom Neff

Dr. William "Bill" Levine, professor of English

Dr. Bill Levine

Tom Neff, an associate professor of film and media studies, discussed two short films that were screened on campus on WGNS-FM in Murfreesboro March 24. The audio can be accessed here.

• Dr. Bill Levine, a professor of English, said the so-called “divisive concepts” bill pending in the Tennessee General Assembly would create a climate of suspicion on college campuses in a March 25 column in the Murfreesboro Post. His views can be read here.

Dr. Benjamin Sawyer, senior instructor of history

Dr. Benjamin Sawyer

Dr. Eric Detweiler, assistant professor of English

Dr. Eric Detweiler

• Dr. Benjamin Sawyer, a senior instructor in history and co-host of “The Road to Now” podcast, wrote an opinion piece on how the confiscation of foreign companies’ assets by Russia could be counterproductive. The editorial was published March 25 by History News Network and is available here.

• Dr. Eric Detweiler, an assistant professor of English, emphasized the importance of protecting the minority’s right to express opinions in a democracy in a March 29 column in The Tennessean. His perspectives are available here.

Dr. Daniel Smith, director of the Political Economy Research Institute; associate professor in Economics and Finance

Dr. Daniel Smith

Dr. Andrei Korobkov, professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations

Dr. Andrei Korobkov

• Dr. Daniel Smith, director of the Political Economy Research Institute and a professor of economics, and Dr. Bill Ford, former holder of the Weatherford Chair of Finance, coauthored a column on the impact of inflation on taxes. The column was published March 29 in the Wall Street Journal and republished March 29 at It can be read here.

• Dr. Andrei Korobkov, a professor of political science and international relations, was interviewed March 29 about the latest developments in Russia’s war in Ukraine on BBC 4 Radio. The audio can be heard here.

Korobkov commented on the use of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich in negotiations between Russia and Ukraine in an April 1 report by CNBC. The transcript can be read here.

Dr. Ralph Williams, Management faculty, College of Business

Dr. Ralph Williams

Dr. Ralph Williams Jr., an associate professor of management, commented on the high turnover in the printing industry in a press release from Regional Printing Affiliates that was published April 4 by His views can be accessed here.

Reporters seeking expertise from MTSU personnel, as well as members of the campus community with expertise for media, may contact Gina Logue in the Office of News and Media Relations at 615-631-8322 or via email at