May 8, 2021

McAllister Publishes Article, Book Review

Professor of English Marie McAllister

Professor of English Marie McAllister

Marie McAllister, Professor of English, recently published “Rhetoric, the Pox, and the Grand Tour,” which appeared as the lead article in the April 2021 issue of Eighteenth-Century Life.

McAllister also recently published a review of Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination, by Noelle Gallagher, in Journal of the History of Sexuality.

Davidson Comments on Biden’s Afghanistan Exit Plans on ABC

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Affairs Jason Davidson provided insight to an ABC story on the Biden administration’s announcement that troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11.

“I think the Biden administration is trying to balance the president’s desire to get out and cut U.S. losses, but also the fact that the Taliban has not really complied with their side of the deal so far and they are unlikely to fully comply with a deal, period,” said Jason Davidson, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. Read more.

 

Cooperman Wins Teaching Innovation Award

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

The Gender and Political Psychology Network has named Rosalyn Cooperman, Professor of Political Science at University of Mary Washington, as a recipient of its 2020 Teaching Innovation Award for her work in the classroom to empower and inspire students.

Larus Comments in Financial Times on Biden-Suga Summit

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus, an Asia expert at the University of Mary Washington, said it was critical to show a “united front” over Taiwan. “Not only will China be listening to hear any such statement, but so will U.S. allies in the Asia-Pacific who need to be reassured of U.S. commitment to the region,” she said. https://on.ft.com/3e13ApD

Barrenechea Presents at American Comparative Literature Association

Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea

Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently presented the paper “A Hemispheric World of Differences: Luis Alberto Sánchez and Stanley T. Williams” at the meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, which took place virtually this year.

Wilson Comments on Boulder Grocery Store Shooting

Laura Wilson, associate professor of psychology

Laura Wilson, associate professor of psychology

Associate Professor of Psychological Science Laura Wilson was interviewed on the March 22 grocery store shooting in Boulder, Colorado, in the North Arkansas Democrat Gazette article entitled, “A closed door, and a prayer: Woman hid as man fired shots in Colorado.”

[Wilson] has focused on post-trauma functioning from mass trauma. She says most people’s exposure and understanding of mass shootings consists of the immediate aftermath.

“They see the news coverage of the crime scene and watch the investigators’ news briefing,” Wilson said. “Within a few days the news trucks leave and people’s attention turns to the next major news event. This is when the grief and recovery work starts for the survivors.”

Wilson said every person will process the events differently. Some will have intense, acute reactions that subside in a few days or weeks. Effects could be chronic for others, and some experience delayed reactions.

“Each person is different, and their recovery will look different,” she said. Read more.

Bonds Discusses Human Rights on ‘With Good Reason’

Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds

Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds

Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds will appear on the upcoming “With Good Reason” show Saturday, April 24 – Friday, April 29. 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.

Protecting Human Rights (April 24, 2021)

Kirsten Gelsdorf (University of Virginia) has spent over 20 years working for the United Nations and other organizations in the humanitarian sector. She discusses her experience in disaster zones and clears up some commonly-held misconceptions about humanitarian aid. And: Earlier this year, Virginia became 1 of only 10 states to pass a Bill of Rights for domestic workers. But Jennifer Fish (Old Dominion University) says while it’s certainly a step in the write direction, these protections often exist only on paper. Jennifer has been named an Outstanding Faculty member by The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Later in the show: According to the Guiness Book of World Records, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated document in the world. But it’s not typically taught in American classrooms. Eric Bonds (University of Mary Washington) says we could learn a lot from studying the document and applying its moral framework to our own communities in the United States. Plus: Before the Cold War, UN peacekeeping missions were executed almost entirely by the United States and Great Britain. Now, developing countries have taken the lead in providing manpower to UN peacekeeping forces. Tim Passmore (Virginia Military Institute) says this may signal a larger shift in the global power structure.

Often Receives 25-Year Award from College Sports Information Directors of America

Assistant Athletic Director of Communication Clint Often

Assistant Athletic Director of Communication Clint Often

UMW Assistant Athletic Director of Communications Clint Often was recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (COSIDA) for his 25th year of service in college sports information. Read more.

 

Harris Interviewed on Town Talk

University of Mary Washington Museums Executive Director Scott Harris

University of Mary Washington Museums Executive Director Scott Harris

University of Mary Washington Museums Executive Director Scott Harris discussed upcoming programs at the Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont and the James Monroe Museum downtown on Town Talk with Ted Schubel. Listen here.

Farnsworth Comments in the News

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 commented on the following news stories:

Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict (CTV News Channel)

Governor’s race draws $11 million total in first-quarter fundraising (WRIC TV8; Fauquier Now; Inside NoVA)

Fundraising Numbers Bring Virginia Attorney General Race into Focus (Courthouse News Service)

Virginia House Democrats see record number of challenges in primary elections (The Washington Post)

Rod Hall continues to earn big endorsements in his primary challenge to Guzman (Virginia Scope)

U.S. Imposes Sanctions Against Russia (CTV News Channel)

State Sen. Jen Kiggans officially launches 2022 congressional campaign (Virginia Scope)

Ending the ‘Forever War’ (CTV News Channel)

Executive Actions on Guns (CTV News Channel)

Governor’s race draws $11 million total in first-quarter fundraising (WFXR; WVIR NBC29; WWBT NBC12)

Supervisors plan to give voters final say on whether to allow marijuana retail sales in 2024 (Chesterfield Observer)