May 24, 2022

Goldman Interviewed: ‘More Than a Pretty Face’

Assistant Professor of Communication Adria Goldman

Assistant Professor of Communication Adria Goldman

Assistant Professor of Communication Adria Goldman was interviewed for an article in Australia entitled, More than a pretty face: Who wins and who loses when beauty trends celebrate cosmetically altered looks that are ethnic, but not too ethnic. 

Goldman says the term “Blackfishing” describes “an act of cultural appropriation where someone non-Black tries to present themselves as Black.”That could be through darkening their skin, adopting an Afro-centric hairstyle, or getting a more voluptuous shape, through photo editing or even butt augmentation.“Oftentimes [it’s] for profit or some other personal gain,” she says.Blackfishing is a criticism that’s been levelled at the Kardashians, and other celebrities including Australian singer Iggy Azalea, British singer Rita Ora and American singer Ariana Grande.Some accused of Blackfishing or of cultural appropriation have counter argued that in fact they are enacting cultural “appreciation,” Dr. Goldman says. Read more.

Bonds Pens Op-Ed in ‘The Free Lance Star’

Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds

Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds

Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds, who is a founding member of Fossil Free Fredericksburg, penned an op-ed for The Free Lance-Star entitled Commentary: Acting on climate change has benefits beyond carbon emission reduction. 

In December 2019, Fredericksburg’s city council made commitments to power all city operations with 100% renewable energy by 2035, and to shift away from fossil fuel-derived energy across the city by 2050.

Fredericksburg and its public schools have taken some important steps to achieve these goals.

For instance, the city has hired a new sustainability coordinator to help lead this effort. Further, both the city and Fredericksburg Public Schools are working with an energy service company to increase efficiency and eliminate energy waste. The city is also replacing some of the conventional vehicles in its fleet with hybrids, and is conducting a strategic assessment to explore cost effective ways to replace vehicles at the end of their use cycle with electric cars and trucks. The city is also partnering with the Local Energy Alliance Program to run a Solarize campaign, which makes adding solar panels on rooftops easier and more affordable for homeowners. In another exciting development, Fredericksburg Public Schools is purchasing ten new electric school buses. Read more.

Kelly Featured in Fredericksburg Video Series

College of Education Dean Pete Kelly

College of Education Dean Pete Kelly

College of Education Dean Pete Kelly was featured by City of Fredericksburg Director of Economic Development and Tourism Bill Freehling in the YouTube video series Freehling Finds. In the segment, Kelly discusses the renovation of Seacobeck Hall and the building’s purpose as a space for educating and inspiring future teachers. View the video.

Rettinger Publishes Book on Academic Integrity

Professor of Psychological Science David Rettinger

Professor of Psychological Science David Rettinger

“Cheating Academic Integrity: Lessons from 30 Years of Research,” co-edited by Professor of Psychological Science David Rettinger was published by Jossey-Bass in March. Rettinger serves as Director of Academic Integrity Programs at the University of Mary Washington. He currently leads the International Center for Academic Integrity’s research efforts and served as its President from 2018 to 2020. Learn more

Rycroft and Kinsley Bring Home Book Awards

Inequality in America: Causes and Consequences, edited by Professor of Economics Robert S. Rycroft and College of Business Senior Lecturer Kimberley Kinsley, received both the 2022 IPPY Award Bronze in the Current Events II (Social Issues/Humanitarian) category and the Library Journal Best Reference of 2021 Award.

In addition, a paper they edited won the 2022 Albers Faculty Student Research Collaboration Award from Seattle University.

Inequality in America: Causes and Consequences consists of 35 essays written by 50 authors. Three essays were written by Rycroft, Kinsley and College of Education Assistant Professor Christy Irish. One was written by UMW alum Lauren DiRago-Duncan. The book’s introduction was written by UMW President Troy Paino.

Schiffrin Weighs in on Netflix’s ‘Old Enough’

Professor of Psychological Science Holly Schiffrin

Professor of Psychological Science Holly Schiffrin

Professor of Psychological Science Holly Schiffrin weighed in on Netflix’s controversial new series Old Enough, in which young Japanese children, aged 2 to 4, complete tasks such as going to the store and bringing clothes to the cleaners completely on their own.

“The biggest gift parents can give their children is the opportunity to make their own decisions,” Psychologist Holly Schiffrin said to the Journal of Child and Family Studies. “Parents who ‘help’ their children too much stress themselves out and leave their kids ill-prepared to be adults.” Read more.

David Kidwell Honored for Work With Holyoke Civic Symphony

David Kidwell

David Kidwell

David Kidwell (UMW Class of 1989) was honored on Sunday, May 1, for his 25 seasons as conductor of the Holyoke Civic Symphony in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Kidwell was featured as conductor, composer and pianist in the orchestra’s season finale concert, and the city of Holyoke declared May 1 to be David Kidwell Day. Mayor Joshua A. Garcia’s proclamation reads in part, “The relationship Mr. Kidwell has cultivated with the Symphony, now in its 55th year, is treasured by the musicians, guest performers, featured living composers and supported young musicians.”

David Kidwell is also the Minister of Music at the Edwards Church of Northampton, a keyboardist at the Goodspeed Opera House and an accompanist for the music theatre department at The Hartt School.

Powers Publishes Chapter in Edited Volume

Scott Powers, Professor of French, published an essay on ecofeminism in contemporary fiction of Quebec entitled “L’écoféminisme d’Audrée Wilhelmy. Le ‘devenir-animal’ de la femme dans Le corps des bêtes.” The essay appears as a chapter in the edited volume  Animal et animalité : stratégies de représentation dans les littératures d’expression française (Classiques Garnier, 2022).

Barrenechea Receives Research Fellowship

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, was recently awarded the 2022-2023 Reese Fellowship in American Bibliography and History of the Book in the Americas, from the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. His project “One Hemisphere Many Nations: Boltonian Americanism and Literary Historiography” will explore the Herbert Bolton archive in relation to the emergence of literary pan-Americanism in the lead-up to World War II. The full project will entail working with rare, untranslated, and out-of-print scholarly books forming the early Literature of the Americas academic field.

Farnsworth Lectures on Presidential Communication

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented an online lecture, “Presidents, Presidential Candidates and Shaping the Public Discourse,” to political science and communication students at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The talk drew on Professor Farnsworth’s recently published book, Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management From Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump.

General Assembly reconvenes for veto session (Cardinal News)

What to expect from this year’s reconvene session (WVTF; WAMU)

Great Lives (C-SPAN)

‘The Problem With Jon Stewart’ Has a Problem — With Ratings (

Jon Stewart’s Struggles Add to List of Streaming Talk Show Flops (Bloomberg)

Dems fortify for onslaught as GOP chooses challengers in 3 Va. battlegrounds (Culpeper Star-Exponent)

Dems fortify for onslaught as GOP chooses challengers in 3 Va. battlegrounds (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Fossil Fuel Fiesta in Alexandria (Connection News Papers)

When a student newspaper calls for banning campus speech, basic freedoms are threatened. (Virginia Mercury)

Glenn Youngkin Went From Private Equity Executive to Virginia’s Executive Mansion (Market Realist)