June 29, 2022

Kinsley Publishes Book Chapter

Senior lecturer Kimberly Kinsley has written a chapter titled “Regulating Consumer Privacy in the United States: Big Data Pros and Cons,” in The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty, published by ABC-CLIO Greenwood.

Check it out at http://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOGreenwood/product.aspx?pc=A4405C


Al-Tikriti Speaks at Estoril Conference

On 31 May, Associate Professor of History and American Studies Nabil Al-Tikriti was invited to speak on the topic of migration at the international Estoril Conference, which was held on 29-31 May at the Estoril Congress Center outside of Lisbon, Portugal. The panel abstract was as follows:


Prof. Al-Tikriti speaks on migration at the Estoril Conference“In times of migratory crises there is a higher risk of disrespecting human rights. This is particularly threatening for societies’ most vulnerable persons which include migrants, especially illegal migrants. In this context, one must recall the human rights that claim protection, namely in what regards especially vulnerable persons such as women and children.

What threats to the respect of human rights of illegal migrants may be at stake? Who are the actors in charge of enforcing such rights? How can global cooperation be enforced to tackle transnational criminal networks? Who is accountable for human rights violations under these circumstances? Are States bound to a duty to protect refugees even outside their own sovereign territory?”

The panel consisted of:

Eduardo Cabrita (Minister in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister; Portugal)
Ashwani Kumar (Former Minister of Law and Justice; India)
Maria da Conceição (Founder, Maria Cristina Foundation; Bangladesh)
Nabil Al-Tikriti (Associate Professor University of Mary Washington, Vice-President of Médecins sans Frontières; USA)

Arie Kacowicz
(Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Israel)

In his speech, Prof. Al-Tikriti argued that when the law itself is unjust, it is incumbent on those determined to protect human rights to take action. Leveraging his affiliation with MSF / Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Al-Tikriti helped arrange an MSF exhibit on refugees at the conference, and coordinated his speech with Michaël Neuman, Research Director at MSF’s CRASH office in Paris, France.  Other featured speakers in the course of the Estoril Conference included Madeline Albright, Edward Snowden, Bernard Kouchner, Nigel Farage, and several other notable figures.

The Estoril Conference Program: http://www.estorilconferences.com/en/content/schedule.

The Estoril Conference Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/EstorilConf.

Prof. Al-Tikriti’s Estoril Biography: http://www.estorilconferences.com/en/content/nabil-al-tikriti

Following the conference, in his capacity as MSF USA’s 2016-17 Vice President, Prof. Al-Tikriti participated in MSF’s Operational Center Brussels Gathering on 2-3 June, and the Operational Center Paris General Assembly on 10-11 June.

Broome Co-Authors Chapter on Teaching #BlackLivesMatter

John P. Broome, associate professor of education and program director of elementary, preK-12 and secondary education in the College of Education, co-authored “On the Matter of Black Lives: Using CRT and C3 Inquiry to Examine Current Events” in the recently published book, “Race Lessons: Using Inquiry to Teach About Race in Social Studies“, from Information Age Publishing.

His chapter, written with Dr. Jason Endacott (University of Arkansas), explores the teaching of  controversial race-focused current events in general, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement in particular, through the lens of Critical Race Theory and inquiry-based pedagogy in secondary social studies classrooms.

This work is an extension of his 2014-2016 research on the teaching of the events of Ferguson, Missouri and the #BlackLivesMatter movement in grades 6-12 in the United States.

Al-Tikriti Chapter Submission Published

Nabil Al-Tikriti, associate professor of history, published a chapter in an edited volume titled “An Ottoman View of World History: Kātip Çelebi’s Takvīmü’t-tevārīh.”

This segment of an edited volume originated as a presentation for the “International Kātip Çelebi Research Symposium / Uluslararası Kātip Çelebi Araştırmaları Sempozyumu” in Izmir, Turkey in July, 2015.

The contribution analyzes Kātip Çelebi’s (d. 1657) world history almanac, Takvīmü’t-tevārīẖ, and its place in his own oeuvre, 17th century Ottoman historical writing, and Islamicate calendar literature in general. It also summarizes the contents and structure of the text, as well as its evolution as a living text in the decades following its completion.

This invited conference attendance was made possible with the support of both Izmir Kātip Çelebi Üniversitesi and the University of Mary Washington.

Al-Tikriti book jacket

Publication Date: May 2017
Publication Name: Al-Tikriti, Nabil. “An Ottoman View of World History: Kātip Çelebi’s Takvīmü’t-tevārīẖ.” In Eds. Turan Gökçe, Mikail Acıpınar, İrfan Kokdaş, and Özer Küpeli. International Kātip Çelebi Research Symposium Proceedings / Uluslararası Kātip Çelebi Araştırmaları Sempozyumu Bildirileri (Izmir: İzmir Kātip Çelebi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2017).

Barry Organizes Conference at Georgetown University

Jennifer Barry, Assistant Professor of Religion, co-organized a day-long conference at Georgetown University on April 28, 2017. She is a steering committee member of the First Millennium Network, a cross-disciplinary working group in conjunction with scholars from the Catholic University of America, George Mason University, Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, College Park.

The conference consisted of several world-renowned speakers who specialize in Apocalyptic Literature from a variety of different disciplines and areas of focus such as Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies and Medieval Studies. The University of Mary Washington has only recently joined the First Millennium Network through Barry’s ongoing efforts in connecting UMW to the greater DC area.

The First Millennium Network seeks to extend the scholarly perspective by finding creative ways to encourage interdisciplinary and comparative study of the entirety of the first millennium of the Common Era, particularly in Western Europe, Byzantium and the Islamic world. The Network places special emphasis on the diversity of, and interconnections among, the religious communities within first millennium societies—Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Manicheanism, Zoroastrianism, etc.—in their multitude of forms. To find out more, follow us on Twitter (@First1000Net) Facebook, or visit our website.

Wynn Publishes Work on Student Misconceptions about Plants

Assistant Professor of Biology April Wynn and colleagues had a recent paper published in the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education. The paper is a meta-analysis of the misconceptions that students of all levels hold about plants biology. The goal of this work is to be a resource for instructors to identify misconceptions in order to focus on enriching the education in these areas of plant biology.



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

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently delivered the lecture “‘69 Année Érotique’: Swinging Mademoiselles, Cinema, Sexploitation” as part of the spring lecture series at the Institut Américain Universitaire in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Rafferty Publishes Latest in Essay Series Exploring U.S. Presidency

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, had his essay on President James Buchanan, “Frogs (#15),” featured on the Aforementioned Productions webpage on Monday, April 24. The piece can be read here: http://apt.aforementionedproductions.com/2017/04/frogs-15-by-colin-rafferty/#.WP-GGFPyvzI​. This is one in a series of essays that Rafferty has written reflecting on the presidency of the United States and the men who have held that position.

Liss and Students’ Research Paper Accepted for Publication

Professor of Psychology Miriam Liss and four students from her research seminar had a paper accepted for publication by the journal Personality and Individual Differences. The paper is titled “How Extraversion, Neuroticism, Attachment Style and Fear of Missing Out Predicted Social Media Use and Addiction.”

Liss and her students found that fear of missing out was a powerful predictor of social media addiction.



The New Guy Talks Sports

An Elegant Evening for a Meaningful Mission

The University of Mary Washington athletic department will host the 4th Annual UMW Athletics Gala & Auction on May 20, 2017, in Chandler Ballroom, University Center. All proceeds support UMW student-athletes.

The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Troy D. Paino, Mary Washington’s 10th president. A passionate sports fan, Dr. Paino has written extensively on the history of American sports and is frequently in the stands cheering on the Eagles!

Not only will the 4th Annual Gala be held in a new ballroom and feature our new UMW President, guests this year will hear a few senior student-athletes share their inspiring testimonials.

UMW Athletics would like to thank the 4th Annual Gala sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: University Dining Services by Sodexo

Supporting Sponsors: City of Fredericksburg, Stafford Printing, Union Bank & Trust

The Gala will commence at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and silent auction bidding. The dinner and program will follow at 7 p.m. and an exciting live auction will cap the night just before 9:30 p.m.

Sneak Peek: Live Auction

  • FedEx Fantasy – Catch a Washington Redskins game from a luxury box suite
  • Grand Summit Getaway – Two nights on Mount Snow Vermont with lift tickets
  • Island Beachfront Break – Two nights on the 11-acre oasis, Hilton Head Sonesta Resort
  • Much more to come!


For more information, or questions regarding sponsorship of the Gala or to donate an auction item or vacation package, please contact Philip Pierce, Director of Athletic Development, at 540-654-1153, or ppierce@umw.edu.

Silent Auction categories include:

  • UMW Eagle Pride
  • Entertainment
  • Fashion, Beauty and Wellness
  • Home and Family
  • Autographed Items
  • Food and Wine
  • Sports
  • Travel Getaways

There are a limited number of tickets for the event. Individual seats cost $130, and a table of 10n costs $1,000. A portion of each ticket purchase is tax deductible.

*UMW asks that all guests are at least 21 years of age & not current UMW student-athletes