June 21, 2018

Liane Houghtalin Elected President of the Classical Association of Virginia

Liane Houghtalin, Professor of Classics, was elected to a two-year term as president of the Classical Association of Virginia at its annual spring meeting on May 5. Professor Houghtalin has served in various offices of the organization, including as its treasurer and as its vice president, since 1998.

The Classical Association of Virginia holds two meetings each year; offers awards for professional development and teaching, scholarships, and annual competitions for high school students of Latin; and acts as the liaison for classical languages in Virginia with other professional organizations.

The spring 2018 meeting was held at Mary Washington and was notable for the active participation of Mary Washington faculty and alumni. Angela Pitts, Professor of Classics at Mary Washington, spoke on the sounds of war in the Iliad.  One alumnus, Mark Keith (National Latin Exam and Riverbend High School), presided over the meeting as the outgoing president; and another alumna, Susann Lusnia (Tulane University) returned to Fredericksburg to deliver a talk on reading images of violence in Roman art.

Farnsworth Talks About New Book on C-Span

Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth appeared on C-Span on Sunday, June 17 to talk about his new book Presidential Character and Communication.

His latest book examines how Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump sell themselves and their policies in an ever-expanding and sometimes precarious media environment.


Elizabeth Larus Comments in CNBC, Financial Times

Political Science Professor Elizabeth Freund Larus was recently interviewed in national media concerning U.S.-Taiwan relations. View her CNBC interview at Academic says the U.S. is taking a low-key approach to Taiwan ties.   To read her interview in the Financial Times, go to U.S. opens new $255m de facto embassy in Taiwan.

Gately Featured in SBO magazine

Doug Gately, director of the UMW Jazz Ensemble, was highlighted in the May issue of “SBO” (School, Band, & Orchestra) magazine for his educational work as an adjudicator and clinician at the 2018 Festivals of Music, Virginia Beach. The event was held April 27 and 28 at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center at Norfolk State University. The article can be found at http://sbomagazine.com/featured/6178-festivals-of-music-virginia-beach-2018.html and http://digitaleditiononline.com/publication/index.php?i=496795&m=&l=&p=1&pre=&ver=html5#{%22page%22:0,%22issue_id%22:496795}

Jack Bales Writes Baseball Book

Jack Bales, Simpson Library’s Reference and Humanities Librarian, has finished researching and writing his book on the Chicago Cubs baseball team, tentatively titled Before They Were the Cubs: The Early Years of Chicago’s First Professional Baseball Team.  Bales uses–and cites–more than 2,000 sources, including newspaper articles, memoirs, and archival records, to chronicle a history of the team from its nineteenth-century planning stages to 1902, when a sportswriter referred to the young players as Cubs in the March 27 issue of the Chicago Daily News.  The book will include 30 photographs and other illustrations, some of which Bales found by poring over numerous reels of microfilm. His history will be published next year by McFarland & Company, a leading publisher of baseball books and academic nonfiction.

Farhang Rouhani Signs Open Letter on Iran Nuclear Deal

An Open Letter to Federica Mogherini and the European imperative to save the Iran nuclear deal (opendemocracy.net)

We, the undersigned, thank you for your speech on May 8, 2018, pledging the European Union’s intention to remain steadfast in its commitment to the historic accord concluded between Iran and the E3/EU+3, the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Farhang Rouhani, Associate Professor in Geography, University of Mary Washington



Barry presents at North American Patristics Society and is elected to the board

Jennifer Barry, Assistant Professor of Religion, recently presented at the North American Patristics Society. At a pre-arranged panel on Theorizing Gender and Violence, which she co-organized, Barry showcased new material from her next book-length project in a paper, titled, “Fantasy, Violence, and the Suffering Self.”

Jennifer Barry was also elected to the national board of the North American Patristics Society. This appointed position is a distinct honor. Barry will serve as a voting member for three years.

Richards Presents at American Literature Association Conference

Gary Richards, Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, presented “Queering Welty’s Male Bodies in the Undergraduate Classroom” on the roundtable devoted to teaching the works of Eudora Welty at the American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, Calif., held May 24-27, 2018.

Blevins’ Dissertation Garners Honorable Mention

The dissertation of Brenta Blevins, assistant professor of English, entitled “From Corporeality to Virtual Reality: Theorizing Literacy, Bodies, and Technology in the Emerging Media of Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Realities,” received honorable mention designation for the 2017 Computers and Composition Hugh Burns Dissertation Award, as announced at the 2018 Computers and Writing Conference in Fairfax, VA. This award acknowledges and supports the growth of scholarship, research, and teaching in the field of Computers and Composition Studies.

Blevins’ dissertation examines Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality texts and their rhetorical and composing strategies, situates VR, AR, and MR into a continuum of communication practices using a range of classical and contemporary theories, and concludes with pedagogical approaches for incorporating these media into classroom assignments. Blevins completed her dissertation at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro under the direction of Stephen Yarbrough and graduated in May 2017.

Lynne Richardson’s Weekly Column Featured in FLS

Richardson: For the Person New to the Workplace (The Free Lance-Star)

Congratulations on your recent graduation from school!