December 10, 2016

Farnsworth Lectures on Gerrymandering in Virginia

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered a lecture titled “How Gerrymandering is Changing Virginia – and How it is Not” at the One Virginia 2021 Forum in Manassas, VA.

Orozco Chairs Peninsular Literature Panel

On Nov. 4 and 5, 2016, Patricia Orozco, lecturer in Modern Languages and Literatures, chaired the panel Spanish II Peninsular Literature: from 1700 to the Present at the 88 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, this year titled Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?, celebrated in Jacksonville, Florida. On this occasion, the panel consisted of four sessions. This was an elected position for which Dr. Orozco was chosen among scholars from the South Atlantic area.

Barrenechea Wins Essay Award

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, has won the award for “Best Essay in Inter-American Studies” from the International Association of Inter-American Studies for his essay “Hemispheric Studies Beyond Suspicion: Comparative Literature and the Summa Americana.” The essay is a critique of U.S.-led Hemispheric Studies as currently practiced in favor of a comparative global paradigm that is invested in the languages and literatures of the Western Hemisphere.

UMW Hosts Eighteenth-Century Conference

The 47th Annual Conference of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies met at UMW on Oct. 27-29. Marie McAllister (ELC) served as 2016 Conference Chair. Program Committee members were Ben LaBreche (ELC), Betsy Lewis (MLL), Will Mackintosh (HIST), and Maya Mathur (ELC). Marie Wellington (MLL) and Richard Hansen (emeritus, ELC) served as registration volunteers. The nearly one hundred attendees hailed from institutions in Virginia and neighboring states, and from schools across the country. Events included a keynote address by Catherine Ingrassia of VCU and walking tours of Historic Fredericksburg. LaBreche and Mackintosh also presented their scholarly work at the conference, and Wellington served on the Molin Prize Committee.

The conference was supported by the Wendy Shadwell ’63 Program Endowment in British Literature, the CAS Dean’s Office, and the ELC, HISP, HIST, and MLL Departments. Special thanks to our student aides and to the many wonderful staff members from Events, Setup, Catering, Copy Center, Admissions, University Center, Parking, CAS, ELC, HISP, HIST, and MLL who contributed their knowledge and assistance.


Biology Professors Present at National Conference

Deborah O’Dell and April Wynn presented a poster titled “Transforming the Biology Major Through Course Based Research” at the AAC&U/PKAL meeting “Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education” held Nov. 4-5 in Boston. The poster was co-authored by O’Dell and Wynn and Biology Professors Andrew Dolby, Lynn Lewis, Alan Griffith and Deborah Zies. The presentation described changes in the biology major that ensure that every biology student participates in authentic research before they graduate.

Wilson is Editor for Groundbreaking Book

Laura Wilson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science, served as the editor for a book titled “The Wiley Handbook of the Psychology of Mass Shootings.” She also authored a chapter in the book on the psychological impact of direct exposure to a mass shooting. The book was published this month by Wiley. It is the first full-length academic examination of mass shootings from a psychological perspective and gathers together the latest insights from research and practice in one timely and much-needed reference work.

Al-Tikriti Joins Panel Discussion on Migration

In his capacity as Vice President of MSF / Doctors Without Borders USA, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History Nabil Al-Tikriti joined a three-person panel to discuss global migration issues and MSF’s involvement in rescuing refugee populations in Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 10. Stephen Figge of MSF USA Communications led the panel discussion, and the other panelist was Mark Leirer, an American nurse who was recently on one of the three MSF rescue ships.  The discussion was preceded by a donor event, and the screening of a documentary film on European migration. The entire event took place at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and was part of the concluding run of MSF USA’s “Forced From Home” Exhibit, which was staged in New York, Queens, Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia between September and November.

Previously, Al-Tikriti took his entire “History of Genocides” Freshman Seminar class to the exhibit when it was staged in Washington. For further information on the exhibit, which next should tour the West Coast in 2017, see: http:\

Barrenechea Lectures on Film in Aix-en-Provence, France

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently delivered the lecture “The Rise of Euro-Trash Cinema: Georges Franju’s Eyes without a Face” as part of the fall lecture series at the Institut Américain Universitaire in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Brewer Plays Role at Folger Theatre

Cate Brewer, lecturer in Theatre & Dance, played the role of Mrs. Jennings in the two-week extension for Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Sense and Sensibility at Folger Theatre.  The production was directed by Eric Tucker and received critical acclaim in both its original iteration with Bedlam Theatre Company in NYC and at Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Bales Publishes on Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series this year coincides with a number of reference librarian Jack Bales’s writings on the baseball team.  His article, “The Show Girl and the Shortstop: The Strange Saga of Violet Popovich and Her Shooting of Cub Billy Jurges,” has just been published in the fall 2016 issue of the peer-reviewed Baseball Research Journal.  He spoke about Popovich and the shooting in Tempe, Arizona, at the March Spring Training Conference of NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture and published an article about her in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star last month.  He also wrote a Cubs book review for the peer-reviewed NINE.  Bales participated in a panel discussion on author Willie Morris at the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson during the summer, and he was recently asked to write a brief commentary on a new scholarly edition of two works by author Horatio Alger, Jr. (Bales has published widely on both authors.)