May 20, 2022

Davidson Receives Prestigious Appointment

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 has been appointed a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s New American Engagement Initiative in the Scowcroft Center. The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and its allies and partners.

Dr. Davidson also recently spoke with Voice of America. In the episode, “FLASHPOINT UKRAINE: Kyiv reports military gains as Blinken wraps up trip,” Davidson says, “The first thing to note is that it looks like the process of bringing Finland and Sweden into NATO is moving forward. There was a bit of a glitch with Turkey but it looks like that’s going to be something they’ll be able to iron over.” Hear more. (Davidson’s interview begins at about 5:30 into the segment.)

Rotter Gives Talk on Artist Gari Melchers

Associate Professor of German Marcel Rotter

Associate Professor of German Marcel Rotter

Associate Professor of German Marcel Rotter gave a talk at the 39th annual Symposium of the international Society for German American Studies in Iowa City on “Gari Melchers’ View of African-American Bodies through the White Male Lens.”

Gupta Delivers Guest Lecture at the Foreign Services Institute

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

Surupa Gupta, professor of Political Science and International Affairs, delivered a guest lecture on Tuesday, April 26, at the Foreign Service Institute. The lecture, titled “Covid-19 in South Asia: State Responses to the Pandemic,” was delivered online to a group of US diplomats headed to Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Farnsworth Lectures on Biden Presidency (so far)

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Stephen Farnsworth

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered a public lecture, “Reviewing the Biden Presidency (so far),” at the Lake of the Woods Community Center in Locust Grove. The talk drew on Dr. Farnsworth’s recent book, “Presidential Communication and Character.”

Dr. Farnsworth also commented on several stories in the regional and national news:

Al-Tikriti Presents Research at William & Mary Workshop

Professor of Middle Eastern History Nabil Al-Tikriti

Professor of Middle Eastern History Nabil Al-Tikriti

Professor of Middle East History Nabil Al-Tikriti presented a paper entitled “Revisiting the Şahkulu and Nur Ali Halife Rebellions” on Sunday, May 1. For this presentation, Prof. Al-Tikriti summarized and commented on the secondary literature and extant primary source evidence covering the twin rebellions which convulsed Ottoman Anatolia in 1511-12. The workshop was a hybrid format conference hosted by The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg and attended by several dozen participants, in person and remote.

Conference proceedings should be published in the next few months.

Prof. Al-Tikriti’s paper abstract: “In March 1511, immediately following the sudden, unexpected, and unauthorized departure of Şehzade Korkud (d. 1513) from his post in Antalya for Saruhan, a rebellion broke out throughout the Teke region. Within days this rebellion spread throughout Anatolia under the charismatic leadership of Şahkulu (d. 1511). Later portrayed as an existential threat to the entire empire, this rebellion – along with a subsequent rebellion led by Nur Ali Halife (d. 1515) – has been used to justify a hardening imperial stance against those described as “Kızılbaş” in the years to follow. With this paper, I plan to delve into the relevant sources in order to revisit certain widespread perceptions connected to these twin rebellions, clarify what was said when, and explore alternative interpretations of the events that transpired. To what extent was the Şahkulu rebellion pre-planned and supported by external actors? What motivated the rebellion, and why did it spread so rapidly? Did the rebels practice cannibalism at one point? In attempting to answer such questions, I also hope to offer preliminary conclusions concerning the reliability of Ottoman narrative sources covering the rebellion.”

Prof. Al-Tikriti would like to thank the UMW College of Arts and Sciences for supporting this scholarly engagement.

President Paino Quoted in The Free Lance-Star

UMW President Troy D. Paino

UMW President Troy D. Paino

President Troy Paino was quoted in an article in The Free Lance-Star entitled Fredericksburg Joins Drive Clean Rural USA Project. 

Mary Washington President Troy Paino said the initiative comes at an “opportune time” for his school. “UMW is in the process of developing a Climate Action Plan with clear and timely clean energy targets,” Paino said. “Partnering with the city and schools will propel this plan forward to the benefits of everyone in our community.” Read more.

Larus Speaks for Talk Show, Panel Discussion

Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs, was the featured guest on the April 12 episode of the Australian talk show On Liberty. Professor Larus explained to On Liberty host Salvatore Babones and callers Xi Jinping’s agenda for China and the importance of Communist Party factions in Chinese politics. Watch the episode.

Larus also participated in the March 31 panel discussion “The Impact of Hong Kong and Taiwan on U.S.-China Relations” organized by the Asia Society and the Bush China Foundation. Professor Larus commented that U.S. businesses in Hong Kong have suffered a double whammy with COVID-19 and implementation of the National Security Law. She also indicated that the threat of military escalation in the Taiwan Strait is real but not immediate, and that the America Competes Act is a response to a national security threat posed by China. The panel discussion is viewable on YouTube.

Hanna Pens Column on Montpelier in Washington Post

Professor of Geography Stephen Hanna

Professor of Geography Stephen Hanna

Professor of Geography Stephen P. Hanna, Derek H. Alderman and Amy E. Potter, co-authors of “Remembering Enslavement: Reassembling the Southern Plantation Museum,” penned an op-ed in The Washington Post entitled, Changes at Montpeiler Work Against Repairing the Wounds of Slavery.

As scholars who have conducted research at Montpelier, we are saddened and angered by the Montpelier Foundation’s withdrawal from its power-sharing agreement with the Montpelier Descendants Committee as well as by the firing of dedicated and talented staff who worked diligently to tell a more inclusive account of American history. Read more.

Subramanian Published in Washington Post Magazine

Associate Professor of Communication Sushma Subramanian

Associate Professor of Communication Sushma Subramanian

Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Studies Sushma Subramanian penned an article, She Pioneered the Sale of Breastmilk, Then Lost Everything: What the rise and fall of entrepreneur Elena Medo reveal about how we value women’s labor, which ran on May 13 in the Washington Post Magazine. 

About a week before Christmas in 2014, Elena Medo received the opening salvo against her latest breast milk company. She was at her new office in Lake Oswego, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, when she got a cease-and-desist letter. Prolacta Bioscience, the breast milk product company she founded in 1999 and then parted ways with in 2009, was instructing her new company, Medolac, to stop using its trade secrets.

Medo, then 61, was used to dealing with adversity. As the veritable founding mother of the breast milk industry, she had spent her life charting a controversial path to selling breast milk to hospitals. Medo had been accused of exploiting women to make money and of creating inequalities that hurt babies from poor families. But the products that she’d sold have also been credited with improving the outcomes for tens of thousands of premature babies in hospital neonatal intensive care units. Read more.

Sanford Interviewed on ’60 Minutes’

Professor Emeritus of Historic Preservation Douglas Sanford

Professor Emeritus of Historic Preservation Douglas Sanford

Professor Emeritus of Historic Preservation Douglas W. Sanford was interviewed on 60 Minutes on May 15, during a segment titled The house that unlocked a family’s history.” Sanford spoke on the condition of the living quarters for the enslaved at the Sharswood estate in Virginia. Watch the segment.