UMW Cares won the “Prevention” category award at the NASPA Campus Safety Knowledge Community meeting in March. NASPA is the professional organization for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The award – an engraved plaque – was presented to Doug Searcy at the annual conference in Baltimore, Md. Congratulations to the UMW Cares Team for this recognition and ongoing service to the UMW community.
Elizabeth F. Larus, Professor of Politcial Science and International Affairs, presented a lecture, “The U.S. Pivot to the Western Pacific: Implications for Security in the Asia-Pacific,” on April 11, 2014 to Command and Staff of the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWACS) as part of the National Securities Lecture Series at the UMW Dahlgren Campus. Professor Larus’ lecture was simultaneously broadcast to remote attendees from U.S. Strategic Command and the Pentagon.
Shumona Dasgupta, Assistant Professor of English, presented “Staging Resistance in ‘Crisis Fiction’: Women Writing the Indian Partition” on March 29, 2014, at the Association of Asian Studies annual conference in Philadelphia, Pa. She also presented “Violence and the Everyday: Reading the Representational Ethics of Gendered Violence in Partition Texts” on April 5, 2014, at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) annual convention in Harrisburg, Pa.
Anand Rao, Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Speaking Intensive Program and the Speaking Center, gave two presentations at the National Association of Communication Centers conference at Arizona State University-West on Friday, April 11, 2014. The first was on “Assessment Best Practices,” and the second was on “Negotiating Identity and Place at Institutions without Communication Majors.”
On April 5, Will Mackintosh presented a paper entitled “Traveling Gender Identities in the Nineteenth Century” at the Graham Letters and Culture Symposium in Illinois.
Eric Lorentzen, associate professor of English, gave a pedagogical talk entitled “The Victorian Psychological Novel and Memory: Wordsworthian Echoes, Freudian Anticipations” at the Northeastern Modern Language Association Conference in Harrisburg, Pa. on April 4. He also chaired the panel ”Literary Genealogies: British Romantic Poetry and Victorian Novels.”
The UMW Jazz Ensemble, directed by Doug Gately, participated in the annual UMW Jazz Festival held on April 6. In addition to performing their own program, they also worked with guest jazz artists, Jeff Antoniuk and Wade Beach, from the group “Jazz Update.”
Chris Foss, Professor of English, presented a paper entitled “Gothic Decadence: Tracing Transformations of Byron and Shelley in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray” at the annual meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association on April 4 in Harrisburg, Pa.
Medhi Aminrazavi, professor of classics, philosophy and religion, delivered the The Dr. Reza and Georgianna Clifford Khatib Chair in Comparative Religion Sixth Annual Lecture at St. Joseph’s College on Thursday, April 3 and Thursday, April 10. His lecture was titled “Shi’ism and the Politics of the Hidden Imam.”