September 2, 2014

Washington Post Reviews Fringe Show

This summer, Cate Brewer, faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance, starred in Monique LaForce’s new work entitled: Isis and Vesco Investigate the Curious Death of Dr. Freud in DC’s Capital Fringe Festival. The production was well-received, and according to Jane Horwitz of the Washington Post “Brewer’s Isis commands the Stage.”

Check out the reviews:

Washington Post Review

Washington City Paper Review


Professional Development Courses Offered

UMW is offering two professional development courses this fall -

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam Prep
  • Human Resources Certification Exam Prep (PHR/SPHR Certification)

Both courses are offered on Saturday mornings at the Stafford Campus (the PMP course will also be offered at the Dahlgren Campus and the Quantico Corporate Center). Course details and registration information is available at

Special registration rate for UMW staff – $650.00!

Please contact Kris Stoneley with any questions.

Gupta Co-authors Op-ed in Foreign Affairs

Surupa Gupta, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, co-authored (along with Dr. Sumit Ganguly of Indiana University) an op-ed titled “Modi Bets the Farm” on India’s latest dispute with the World Trade Organization. In July, India refused to sign the accession protocol on a recent agreement that attempts to simplify customs rules. This is the first such multilateral agreement adopted by the WTO membership since the institution’s inception in 1995. Although this has generated hostility towards India from various quarters, we argue that compelling domestic and international factors shaped India’s decision to withhold its signature.

McClurken’s Class To Re-air on C-SPAN

A class session focusing on the 1939 film Gone with the Wind taught by Jeffrey McClurken, Professor and Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology and Innovation, will re-air on C-SPAN 3 on Friday, August 22 at 10:20 p.m. The class, filmed in October 2012, will be broadcast in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta and subsequent fall to Union forces.



Crow-Dolby Serves on Board

Michelle Crow-Dolby, education and communications manager at Gari Melchers Home & Studio, is now serving on the Fredericksburg Public Relations Society board of directors.

Konieczny Publishes in Linear Algebra and Its Applications

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, co-authored a research article, The largest subsemilattices of the endomorphism monoid of an independence algebra, published in the journal Linear Algebra and Its Applications.

Richardson Publishes Business Column

Lynne Richardson, dean of the College of Business, is publishing a a regular column in the Free Lance-Star. She writes about various aspects of finance and economics. Check out the latest column: Dale Carnegie’s message is timeless.

Farnsworth Discusses McDonnell Corruption Trial

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has been in considerable demand as a political analyst during the first week of the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell. His commentary has appeared in recent days in the New York Times, in Bloomberg News, on WAMU, Washington’s national public radio affiliate, and he appeared live on MSNBC’s program “Now with Alex Wagner.”



Al-Tikriti Presents Research in St. Petersburg, Russia

Al-Tikriti delivers research on John Elphinstone <br> and the Battle of Çeşme.

Al-Tikriti delivers research on John Elphinstone and the Battle of Çeşme.

On July 25, Associate Professor of History and American Studies Nabil Al-Tikriti presented a paper entitled “John Elphinstone and the Battle of Çeşme” to the Second International Congress of Maritime Studies, which took place on July 23-25 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Congress, which featured international scholars presenting some 115 papers primarily relevant to Russian Maritime History, was hosted by the Lichnost Peterburga Historical and Cultural Center. Co-organizers included Piri Reis Üniversitesi and the International Association of Maritime Studies (IAMS). Invited by the IAMS conference organizers for the third time in as many years, Al-Tikriti described the overall Mediterranean campaign undertaken by the Russian fleet as part of the 1768-1774 Russo-Ottoman war, the legacies of that war, the role played by the Scottish captain John Elphinstone and other major players, and the materials held in the Elphinstone papers collection at Princeton University. Organizers plan to complete an edited volume of conference presentations in the months to come.

In the course of his trip, Al-Tikriti also visited Helsinki and Istanbul, where he discussed potential international study opportunities with certain Turkish academics. In addition, he visited the Russia Academy of Science’s Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, where he researched an Ottoman divan poetry collection relevant to his research agenda on early modern Ottoman intellectual history. To prepare for this presentation, Al-Tikriti also conducted two days of research at Princeton’s Rare Books Collection in June 2014.

Here is Al-Tikriti’s paper abstract for the Congress:

Prof. Nabil Al-Tikriti

Al-Tikriti in front of the RAS Institute of Oriental Manuscripts.

“In July 1770, the Russian Baltic Sea fleet defeated an Ottoman fleet in the Aegean Sea between the coast of Çeşme and the island of Chios. The Russian side was supported by Greek fighters who might be classified as proto-nationalist leaders, and was partially commanded by an English mercenary named John Elphinstone. The Ottoman side was commanded by an eccentric Georgian admiral named Cezayırlı Hasan Paşa who won a modicum of fame for his love of domesticated lions.

This battle took place as part of the 1768-1774 Russo-Ottoman war, a decisive Russian victory which transferred parts of the Northern Caucasus, Crimea, and Southern Ukraine from Ottoman to Romanov control. The war ended with the 1774 Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca, which scholars have long considered a turning point in Ottoman diplomatic history, largely because the two signatory empires traded protector status, with the Russians claiming that status over Ottoman Orthodox Christians and the Ottomans claiming the same status over Russia’s Muslim populations.

In my presentation, I intend to examine the role that John Elphinstone played in these events by summarizing and analyzing his memoirs. His papers, which are held within Princeton University’s rare books collection, should provide great insight into the diplomatic, military, and political intrigues surrounding the war in general, and the Battle of Çeşme in particular. More broadly, I intend to explore some of the larger legacies of this war on Russian-Ottoman relations, the progressive expansion of Russian sovereignty southwards in the 18th-19th centuries, and the contemporary relevance of these events to the international relations of Eastern Europe and the Black Sea region.”

This trip was made possible with the support of the conference organizers, a CAS supplemental grant and a CAS faculty development (research) grant. However, due to CAS budget limitations, these presentations, discussions, and research visits were also partially self-financed.

Harris and Kearney Co-Author Article for White House History Journal

Photo by Bruce White for the White House Historical Association.

Photo by Bruce White for the White House Historical Association.

James Monroe Museum Director Scott Harris and Curator Jarod Kearney are the authors of “Articles of the Best Kind:” James Monroe Furnishes the Rebuilt White House, in the current issue of White House History, the journal of the White House Historical Association. Featuring illustrations of artifacts in the museum’s collection that were used in the White House, the article describes Monroe’s efforts to obtain suitable furnishings for the President’s home as part of the building’s restoration after the War of 1812. The style standard set by Monroe greatly influenced later renovations of the White House undertaken in the administrations of Theodore Roosevelt, John Kennedy, and Bill Clinton. Copies of the White House History magazine are available for sale in the James Monroe Museum Store.