January 22, 2019

Larus Quoted in International Media

Elizabeth Larus, professor of political science, has been quoted in recently in international media concerning issues between Taiwan and China. In the Financial Times said China would probably seek to capitalize on a series of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) losses in local elections in November to sow discontent among Taiwanese and boost support for the China-friendly opposition party, the Kuomintang, ahead of the 2020 presidential election. “China’s leaders are like sharks in the water: they smell blood.”  To view the article, go to


She also provided comments in Agencia EFE. “China will not hesitate to militarize the artificial intelligence base in the Manila Trench, in fact, it has already militarized the artificial islands it has built, despite promises that it would not,” she said.

Tips For A Healthy New Year

Participate in Mary Wash Moves this month!
Mary Wash Moves is UMW’s employee walking challenge, brought to you by the President’s Council on Wellness, Campus Recreation and Human Resources. Let’s show off how much Mary Wash Moves! Grab your walking shoes and get ready to rack up the steps this winter with your UMW colleagues.

How It Works:

  • Dates: January 14 – February 14, 2019
  • Teams: There are six teams and up to 25 people per team. You may sign up for your team by writing your name on the team color tab you choose on the tracking document.
  • How to win: Log your total steps walked each day in the official tracking document. The team color with the highest step average between all active team mates by the end of the challenge wins!
  • How to track your steps: Use a FitBit, Apple Watch, iPhone, or other step tracking device!
  • Prize: A free lunch sponsored by Human Resources and a free fitness experience sponsored by Campus Recreation!

Tips for a Healthy New Year

  • Find exercise that is fun for you! It will be easier to stick to. Consider participating in a UMW faculty/staff private fitness program like Lunchtime Yoga, Lunch Bunch, or Early Bird Fitness, or try out one of Campus Rec’s group fitness classes or intramural sports.
  • Focus on your eating habits and identify ways you can improve, such as eating proper-sized portions, scaling back on soda or other beverages, cooking at home with fresh ingredients more often, and consuming less fast food.
  • Find an accountability buddy to talk about health with, to cheer you on, to exercise with you, and to let you brag and complain to. Having a partner in the process is very helpful in staying on track!
  • Try packing your lunch more often and including 1 fruit, 1 vegetable, and 1 lean protein in your meal.
  • Set an alarm for when you should begin getting ready for bed so you can get adequate sleep this year!

President’s Council on Wellness
The council has been working hard to make Mary Wash a happier, healthier place to work and learn. If you’re interested in participating in the work we’re doing, join us for our first large meeting of the semester on February 14 from 12-2pm in the Chandler Ballroom.

The Wash Post
Have you seen the bathroom newsletter in many buildings across campus? If not, take a look at January’s edition on taking care of yourself!

January Edition of The Wash Post

This message was sent to you from the President’s Council on Wellness. If you have further questions, please email wellness@umw.edu.

Folger Librarian to Talk on Images of Macbeth

Ms. Rachel Dankert, Learning and Engagement Librarian at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., will give a public talk on Thursday, January 31. Ms. Dankert’s talk has its origins in her research on the Painting Shakespeare exhibition held at the Folger in Spring 2018 and will explore depictions in art of the witches in Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth.  The lecture is generously funded by the Wendy J. Shadwell ’63 Endowment and jointly sponsored by the Departments of Art & Art History, and of English, Communication, and Linguistics.

Henry Fuseli, “Macbeth Consulting the Vision of the Armed Head” (1793, Folger Shakespeare Library)

Ms. Rachel Dankert
Folger Shakespeare Library
The very painting of your fear: envisioning Macbeth and the witches
Thursday, January 31, 5 p.m.
Hurley Convergence Center (HCC) Digital Auditorium

Funding thanks to the Wendy J. Shadwell ’63 Endowment;  jointly sponsored by the Departments of Art & Art History and of English, Linguistics, and Communication

UMW Dance Kids Camp, Jan. 18-19

The UMW Dance Team is hosting a dance camp for kids ages 5-12! On January 18 (5 p.m.-8 p.m.) and January 19 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), the kids will be engaging in many fun activities with the members of the dance team including playing games, learning dance technique, and also learning a fun routine; the two-minute routine will then be performed at the UMW men’s basketball game on January 19 that starts at 3 p.m. The kids will be fed pizza for dinner on Friday and will also be given a T-shirt to remember their awesome experience as a UMW Eaglette! The price for the camp is $70 which inclues a T-shirt, food for Friday, and 2 tickets to the baskeball game on Saturday. We are very excited and hope for a great turnout! Email umwdanceteam@gmail.com to register a spot or to ask any further questions. 


Lecture about Medieval Art and Thought by Jill Hamilton Clements

Illustration of the damned swallowed by a hellmouth from the ‘Winchester Psalter’ or ‘Psalter of Henry of Blois' (Cotton MS Nero C IV).  c. 1220–29. British Library, Cotton MS Nero C IV.

Illustration of the damned swallowed by a hellmouth from the ‘Winchester Psalter’ or ‘Psalter of Henry of Blois’ (Cotton MS Nero C IV). c. 1220–29. British Library, Cotton MS Nero C IV.

On Thursday, January 24, Dr. Jill Hamilton Clements, assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will give a public lecture entitled “Eating the Damned: The Mouth of Hell in Medieval Art and Thought.​”  The talk, based on Hamilton Clements interdisciplinary work mainly on English material, will explore the visual tradition of eating the damned in medieval art and how medieval ideologies of damnation offer us a lens for understanding these images.  Hamilton Clements’ visit to campus is jointly funded and sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History and the Grellet & Dorothy C. Simpson Program in Medieval Studies.

Dr. Jill Hamilton Clements
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Eating the Damned:  The Mouth of Hell in Medieval Art and Thought

Thursday, January 24, 3:30 p.m.
Hurley Convergence Center (HCC) Digital Auditorium
Reception following in the HCC
Jointly sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History and the Simpson Program in Medieval Studies

Stommel Op-Ed Appears in Chronicle

An op-ed co-written by Jesse Stommel, Executive Director  of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies appeared recently in the Chronicle of Higher Ed. To read the article, visit https://www.chronicle.com/article/Professors-Share-The-Moment/245266.

Farnsworth Presents Research on U.S. Midterm Elections

Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and Director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered an invited research presentation entitled, “The Trump Presidency in a Divided America: A Midterm Assessment,” at the International Conference on Trump, Canada and the World after the Midterms Elections. The conference was held at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Holiday Gathering, Friday, Dec. 14

Please RSVP by December 11 at http://eventsrsvp@umw.edu.

Nabil Al-Tikriti Monitors Presidential Elections in Georgia

Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti served as an election monitor for the second round of the Georgia presidential elections, Nov. 24 – Dec.1. Joining 32 other Americans in the U.S. delegation some 250+ observers total, Al-Tikriti worked as an OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) STO (Short Term Observer) in 8-9 rural villages and the main town in the somewhat remote mountains around Tsagera. His observation partner was a Czech diplomat based in Prague. For more information on these Georgian
elections, and OSCE’s support of these elections, please see: https://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/georgia/396326

In the course of his visit, Al-Tikriti also spent two days in Zestafoni, a former industrial base in central Georgia, and  two days in the capital Tbilisi, where observers carried out preliminary briefings. Upon the conclusion of the elections, he spent a day visiting a cave, churches, and historical sites around Kutaisi, Georgia’s second city.

In the election itself, backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, Georgia elected its first female president, former French diplomat Salome Zurabishvili. She claimed victory over opposition candidate Grigol Vashadze, winning approximately 59% of the vote.

This is the 13th OSCE-monitored election Al-Tikriti has observed since 1997.

McClurken Co-Authors Chapter on Undergraduate Research in Humanities

Jeffrey McClurken, Professor of History and American Studies & Chief of Staff, recently published a co-authored chapter on “Undergraduate Research in the Humanities” in High-Impact Practices in Online Education: Research and Best Practices.  Co-written with Ellen Holmes Pearson of UNC, Asheville, the chapter explores the landscape of digitally enabled undergraduate research in the humanities.  In particular, it details the ways that integrating digital humanities projects into online classes increases engagement, captures many of strengths of the traditional liberal arts classroom, and trains students in an outward-facing approach to undergraduate research.