September 19, 2014

Wired Article Highlights DTLT’s Known Pilot

WiredLogoAn article in yesterday’s Wired about the open source blogging application Known mentioned the pilot work being done in UMW’s Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies. Known provides a space where students can manage and publish their posts for various social media sites through their own application, controlling the archival copy of their work. It rethinks the users relationship to ownership of their data across sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, SoundCloud, etc. Right now, Jim Groom’s Digital Storytelling course and Zach Whalen’s Introduction to Digital Studies are exploring this application.

One of the points made in the Wired article, that reinforces some of the possibilities of the Domain of One’s Own project, is that the campus can quickly and easily pilot new, cutting edge applications that are defining what many refer to as the Indie Web Movement.


Hanna and Student Publish Historical Markers Study

Stephen Hanna, chair and professor of Geography, and Fariss Hodder ’14 co-wrote an article based on a Fredericksburg historical markers study completed while Hodder was a student. The article, “Reading the signs: using a qualitative Geographic Information System to examine the commemoration of slavery and emancipation on historical markers in Fredericksburg, Virginia” is now available in “cultural geographies,” an international journal of peer-reviewed scholarly research.

Hanna and Hodder also co-authored a chapter for “Social Memory and Heritage Tourism Methodologies,” a methodology book that will be published by Routledge in February 2015.

Farnsworth Co-Authors Research Paper

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is co-author of a research paper, “News Coverage of U.S. Presidential Campaigns: Reporting on Primaries and General Elections, 1988-2012,” which was presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., last month.

Nabil Al-Tikriti Discusses Obama Speech on Iraq/Syria on KPFK Radio Station

Prof. Nabil Al-Tikriti

Nabil Al-Tikriti

On Thursday, September 11, 2014, Associate Professor of History and American Studies Nabil Al-Tikriti appeared on Los Angeles-based KPFK’s “Radio Uprising” program to discuss President Obama’s speech the previous evening concerning the latest developments in Iraq and Syria. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar, Al-Tikriti was also joined by Marjorie Cohn, professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and author of the forthcoming book “Drones, Targeted Killings: Legal, Moral, Geopolitical Issues.”

The segment lasted just over 34 minutes, and can be screened via this podcast:

In the course of this discussion, Al-Tikriti described the regional factors which contributed to the rise of the “Islamic State,” the role played by certain U.S. regional allies, the legacy of the 2003 Anglo-American invasion of Iraq, and the difficulties to be faced by Washington policymakers in the days to come.

O’Dell’s Interview Featured on With Good Reason

Associate Professor of Biology Deborah O’Dell’s interview about bees was rebroadcast on With Good Reason Sept. 6.

Brigham Young: American Moses?

Professor Larus Participates in U.S. War College Program

Elizabeth F. Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, participated in the 2014 Commandant’s National Security Program (CNSP) at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania in July 2014. Participation was by nomination only. Larus joined senior military officers as well as 60 other guests from law, business, the intelligence community, medicine and academia to participate in a series of lectures and small group discussions on pressing national security issues.

Farnsworth Recognized by APSA

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, was recognized at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association for completing two years as chair of the association’s Political Communication section. The section, one of the larger ones in APSA, includes roughly 400 political science professors and graduate students from around the world who study the intersection of media and politics. Farnsworth previously served two years as vice chair of the section and six years as a member of the section’s executive council. He is the author or co-author of five books on media and politics.

John Broome Co-Authors Op-Ed on Virginia Social Studies

John Broome, associate professor in the UMW College of Education, was among 17 Virginia professors  who contributed to Testing Times: Teaching history, social science creates informed citizenry an op-ed featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Gately Performs with National Symphony Orchestra

Doug Gately, senior lecturer in the UMW Department of Music, performed with the the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Steven Reineke at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The National Symphony Orchestra celebrates the beginning of the 2014–2015 season with its annual Labor Day Capitol Concert. The program featured Emmy Award winning actress and singer Nicole Parker currently in the national tour of Wicked and Broadway and opera sensation Christopher Johnstone, in the national tour of Evita.

Helen Housley Presents Workshop at ATHE Conference

Helen Housley, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, recently presented a workshop entitled, “Renewing Shakespeare’s Structure: Lessac’s Structural NRG and the Shakespearean Actor,” at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s (ATHE) conference held in Scottsdale, Arizona.