October 30, 2020

Office of Gift Planning Newsletter

The Office of Gift Planning recently released its fall 2020 newsletter, Planning Matters, which includes features on a scholarship recipient from Puerto Rico who has found his niche in theatre and peer mentoring; a new scholarship funded by the son of alumna Dorothy Carmel Balser ’37; and the “COVID-19 in Context” course offered last summer.

PLANNING MATTERS – FALL 2020

 

Cooperman Interviewed by NPR, Time and WalletHub About Election

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Rosalyn Cooperman, Professor of Political Science, was interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace program to discuss the role of campaign finance in the 2020 presidential and congressional elections. Read more.

Cooperman was also featured in a Time.com article entitled, “Republican Female Candidates Are Poised to Make Record Gains This Year. But Donald Trump’s Unpopularity Could Bring Them Down.” Read more.

Cooperman was also interviewed by WalletHub.com for an “2020 Election by the Numbers” article. Read more.

 

Stop Hunger Food Drive

Campus Dining, the UMW Athletic Department, and the President’s Staff Advisory Council are again sponsoring the annual Stop Hunger Food Drive to benefit the Eagle Resource Closet and Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. The drive will officially launch on Monday, November 2nd and conclude on Thursday, November 12th. Non-perishable food donations may be placed in collection bins located at the Eagle’s Nest in Woodard Hall, the Office of Advancement at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, and at the Dining Concierge desk on the second floor of the University Center. Additional campus collection sites are still being determined and will be listed on the Campus Dining web site when they are confirmed.

The UMW athletes will be accepting food and monetary donations next week at the Dining Concierge Desk in the University Center between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. They will also have discount-priced food items available that can be purchased and then donated to the drive.

New this year! In cooperation with the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank,  a “UMW Athletics and Dining Virtual Food Drive” option has been created. Visitors to this site can choose to purchase various food packages for the food bank or make general monetary donations, using a credit card, and all of the donations will count toward our campus Stop Hunger Food Drive. To visit the virtual food drive site go to https://tinyurl.com/y3fddrfz

For additional information about any aspect of the Stop Hunger Food Drive please contact Rose Benedict at rbenedic@umw.edu or 540-654-2169.

 

Larus Appears on Australian Talk Show, Publishes Commentary on U.S.-Taiwan Relations

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, was the featured guest on the October 14 episode of Australian talk show On Liberty. Professor Larus explained to On Liberty host Salvatore Babones and callers why the world needs a free Taiwan. Watch the episode at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUczzlyL4fA

She also published her commentary on U.S.-Taiwan relations after the 2020 Presidential Election in Taiwan Insight of the University of Nottingham, UK.
https://taiwaninsight.org/2020/10/16/us-presidential-election-2020-the-taiwan-factor/

Singh Presents to Middle East Studies Association

Associate Professor Ranjit Singh, Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Associate Professor Ranjit Singh, Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Associate Professor Ranjit Singh of the Political Science and International Affairs department presented his paper “Arguing BDS: Reflections of Teaching Undergraduates about Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” to the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on October 15, 2020. Singh’s paper reflects on his experiences teaching a 2019 seminar titled “Political Dissent in the Middle East.” His paper was sponsored by MESA’s Committee for Undergraduate Middle East Studies, which he helped to found ten years ago.

Also at the MESA conference, Singh served as a discussant for papers accepted to the Committee’s forum on undergraduate research. Sarah Pietrowski, a UMW Political Science senior, successfully presented her research titled “The Impact of Syrian Refugees on German Immigration Policy” to the same forum. She initially developed her paper in Singh’s Spring 2020 “Politics of the Middle East and North Africa” course.

Whalen Publishes Digital Poem

A screenshot of a digital poem showing rows of dark gray letters arranged around a five-sided blank space in the center of the screen.

Screenshot of Whalen’s digital poem “pent house”

Zach Whalen, Associate Professor in Communication and Digital Studies, has published a digital poem titled “pent house” in the journal Taper. Submissions for this issue were meant to address the theme “pent up” as a way of thinking about life in a pandemic, and works are constrained to no more than 2KB of code with no external libraries. “pent house” excerpts letters from the gene sequence of SARS-Cov-2 and arranges them in a five-sided spiral.

Davidson Discusses America’s Alliances in New Book, Newsweek

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson’s new book, America’s Entangling Alliances, was recently published by Georgetown University Press. Description: In America’s Entangling Alliances, Professor Davidson challenges long-held assumptions about the costs and benefits of American alliances. He shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the United States has not been averse to forming alliances for most of its history. In fact, U.S. presidents and Congress have viewed it as in the country’s best interest to enter into a variety of security arrangements from the beginning.

Davidson also discussed the United States’ geopolitical battle with China, as well as its partners in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – Australia, Japan and India – with Newsweek. Read more.

Farnsworth Lectures on Presidential Communication at American University

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered an online lecture, “The Public Communication Strategies of President Trump,” to political science students at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the author or co-author of several books on media and politics, including Presidential Communication and Character: From Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump.

Farnsworth also recently delivered an online lecture, “Public Opinion Surveys: What Journalists — and News Consumers — Need to Know,” to journalism students at Virginia Commonwealth University. Professor Farnsworth is a former daily newspaper journalist and the author or coauthor of several books on media and politics, including “The Nightly News Nightmare: News Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections.”

Farnsworth also appeared in the following regional and national news stories:

Trump Is the Butt of 97% of Late-Night TV Hosts’ Presidential Candidate Jokes, Study Says (Yahoo.com)

Webb continues to outraise Good in 5th Congressional District race (Fauquier Times)

One Week to U.S. Presidential Election (CTV News Channel)

Candidates’ Response to Covid Could Define Virginia’s Congressional Races (Courthouse News Service)

Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Plan (CTV News Channel)

Whitmer: “Trump Inciting Domestic Terrorism” (CTV News Channel)

Virginia Democrats, Republicans focus on reaching voters in different ways (Henrico Citizen)

The Virginia issue dividing politicians in both parties: Redistricting (WJLA)

Trump Rallies in Pennsylvania (CTV News Channel)

Invitation for James Farmer Multicultural Center Updates

UMW Faculty and Staff:

The James Farmer Multicultural Center (JFMC) invites you to join an email list to receive weekly updates about events this year, which are continuing to be held in a virtual format. You can participate in events that interest you, share information about events with your students, or contact the JFMC to co-sponsor one of the cultural or social justice programs that aligns with your class syllabus or personal interests. It is always appreciated when you invite students to attend events as part of your class activities!

The JFMC strives to facilitate students’ learning and personal development, including that of underrepresented groups, by increasing students’ awareness and knowledge of diversity issues (i.e., cultural, ethnic, intellectual, and social) that frame both the individual and the community. The Center creates educational environments that broaden one’s understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice. The JFMC also provides programs and services and activities to increase the awareness of Dr. James Farmer’s legacy and contributions to society.

More than 11 cultural celebrations are sponsored and various social justice initiatives (e.g., Social Justice Teach-Ins, Human Rights Film Series, and the Social Justice and Leadership Summit) are hosted throughout the year. For more information about the JFMC, visit the Center’s website.

Please fill out this Google form if you would like to be added to the list for a weekly email that will include information about upcoming events, as well as flyers and promotional materials for you to distribute to your students. If you opt in now and want to be taken off the email list later, just contact the JFMC at umwjfmc@gmail.com. Thank you for your support of the ASPIRE-aligned work of the JFMC!

 

Best regards,

Dr. Melissa Wells, Chair, JFMC Faculty Advisory Council

Dr. Marion Sanford, Director of the James Famer Multicultural Center

 

Lester Appears on ‘With Good Reason,’ University of Michigan Publishing Podcasts

Professor of Political Science Emile Lester

Professor of Political Science Emile Lester

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Emile Lester is featured on the University of Michigan Publishing’s four-part podcast mini-series, Dialogues in Democracy: In Conversation. His most recent book, Liberalism and Leadership: The Irony of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., was published by University of Michigan Press. His episode, which airs starting on Oct. 29, also features Richard Waterman, Carol L. Silva and Hank Jenkins-Smith, authors of The Presidential Expectations Gap.

Dr. Lester will also appear on the With Good Reason public radio show in an episode that airs starting Oct. 31, entitled “Presidential Leadership.” Description: Arthur Schlesinger was the foremost presidential historian of the 20th century. Over the course of his career, he won two Pulitzer prizes and was a close friend and advisor to former president, John F. Kennedy. Emile Lester (University of Mary Washington) says Schelsinger’s work can teach us a lot about what makes a successful liberal presidency.

With Good Reason airs Sundays at 2 p.m. on Fredericksburg’s Radio IQ 88.3 Digital and at various times throughout the week on stations across Virginia and the United States. Check the website for show times.