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Charlie Hebdo Media Sources

Jan 8, 2015

The following University of the Pacific faculty are available as media sources on the Charlie Hebdo massacre:

Hustler Magazine v Jerry Falwell

John Sims, professor of law at University of the Pacific, can talk about United States law protecting cartoonists, including the Hustler Magazine v. Jerry Falwell decision in which the Supreme Court established very broad protection for the type of satire in which the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists engaged. His primary research interests involve human rights and problems arising under the First Amendment. Sims is a founding co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. He earned his J.D. at Harvard University. Contact: John Sims,, 916.739.7017.

Cultural significance of Charlie Hebdo in France and Europe
Cosana Eram, assistant professor of French studies at University of the Pacific, is available to talk about censorship, ideology, mixed global reactions, French perspectives and secularism as they relate to the Charlie Hebdo massacre. She can also discuss the role and history of the satirical publication in France. Eram's research focuses on the European and American avant-garde, 20th and 21st century French fiction and poetry, and digital humanities. She has a Ph.D. in French and humanities from Stanford. Contact: Cosana Eram,, 209.946.2920

Terror and extremism in modern Europe
Andreas Agocs, assistant professor of history at University of the Pacific, can discuss the Charlie Hebdo shootings in the context of larger religious tensions in Europe, including recent anti-Islam protests in Germany. Agocs is also available to speak on immigration and integration, terrorism and right-wing extremism in contemporary European societies. Agocs, a native of Germany, earned his master's degree at Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. He completed his Ph.D. in Modern European History at UC Davis. Contact: Andreas Agocs,, 530.219.9202

Charlie Hebdo in perspective
Susan Sample, associate professor of political science at University of the Pacific, can give context to the Charlie Hebdo shootings in the current French political and social climate. Sample's research interests include international relations, comparative foreign policy and the role of national identity in the creation of foreign policy choices. Sample holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in international relations and comparative politics. Contact: Susan Sample,, 209.946.2492

Does Religion Lead to Violence?
Lou Matz, professor of philosophy at University of the Pacific, specializes in the philosophy of religion and is available to speak to the media on the justification of religious belief and the relationship between religion, reason, and morality.  Matz's letter to the editor regarding the Charlie Hebdo attacks was published in the New York Times on January 9, 2015. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from University of California, San Diego.

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