Category: In Focus

In Focus: Debt Limit

New In Focus now available on Debt Limit. A collection of resources focused on the United States’ impending reach of its debt limit. “Since 1960, Congress has acted 78 separate times to permanently raise, temporarily extend, or revise the definition of the debt limit” that has kept the government from defaulting...

In Focus: Havana Syndrome

New In Focus now available on Havana Syndrome. A collection of resources focused on the mysterious illness affecting U.S. and Canadian embassy officials and personnel, reportedly since as early as 2016. Symptoms disclosed have been headaches, nausea, memory loss, hearing loss, vertigo, vision problems, and pressure or vibration of noise lasting...

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In Focus: Disaster Fatigue

New In Focus now available on the Disaster Fatigue. A collection of resources focused on disaster fatigue of first responders. Described by Fresno County Director of Behavioral Health Dawan Utecht, “Disaster fatigue is a term used to really describe a collision of many disasters.” Back-to-back crises can lead to the decomposition...

In Focus: Impeachment 2021

New In Focus now available on the 2021 Presidential Impeachment of Donald J. Trump. A collection of resources focused on the 2021 impeachment proceedings of President Trump. The House voted to approve a single article of impeachment, accusing President Trump of “inciting violence against the government of the United States” in his...

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In Focus: Online Extremism

New In Focus now available on Online Extremism. A collection of reports focused on how people can become radicalized to certain beliefs or actions by way of online media such as social networks. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (ICAP), Online radicalization to violence is the process by...

In Focus: Vaccine Hesitancy

New In Focus now available on Vaccine Hesitancy. A collection of reports focused on how misinformation, skepticism, and fear all play a role in dissuading people from receiving vaccination from COVID-19 and other diseases.  According to a report by the Aspen Institute, “[A] combination of factors—including misinformation spread on social media;...

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In Focus: Food Insecurity in America

New In Focus now available on Food Insecurity in America. A collection of reports focused on the nation’s households’ inability to “provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life” (Feeding America).  The list specifically focuses on the effect that COVID-19 has had on households’ food supply and...

In Focus – 2020 Election Issues

Each HSDL In Focus brings together short lists of resources in the HSDL collection that are highly relevant to current events. The following In Focus lists are related to issues surround the 2020 Presidential Election. Election Infodemic Safeguarding the Vote Voting in a Pandemic Voter Supression

In Focus: Supreme Court Nominations

New In Focus now available on Supreme Court Nominations. A collection of reports focused on the process and appointment of new justices to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The list includes information about the process as a whole, considerations for congressional members when a justice is nominated during election...

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In Focus: Policing Protests

New In Focus now available on Policing Protests. A collection of reports focused on police responses to protests across the country.  The comprehensive list includes research to help facilitate peaceful protests, policing policies that have worked well to contribute to successful and safe demonstrations, as well as lessons learned on how...