December 2, 2022

Larus Talks Chinese Politics on WION News Channel

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs, was a featured guest on the WION Wide Angle special program ” Xi Jinping: Decoding one-man rule” on October 27. Professor Larus claimed that Hu Jintao’s abrupt removal from the CCP’s 20th Party Congress indicates that Chinese leader Xi will not tolerate factional disagreements in Chinese politics and appeared to indicate a dispute over the final slate of Party leadership candidates. She also indicated that Xi appears willing to sacrifice economic growth for stability and continue to persecute religious minorities. Regarding foreign policy, Dr. Larus claimed that China’s diplomats will step up their aggressive tactics, demanding that foreign countries and businesses obey China, and will seek to prevent India from moving further into the U.S. security orbit.

The program is accessible at WION Wideangle | Xi Jinping: Decoding one-man rule – YouTube.

Wilson Shares Trauma Expertise With ‘The Washington Post’

Associate Professor of Psychology Laura Wilson

Associate Professor of Psychology Laura Wilson

Associate Professor of Psychology Laura Wilson, who studies how trauma affects survivors, spoke with The Washington Post for an article titled “These School Shooting Survivors Are Building Remarkable Networks of Friendship and Support.” In the article, Wilson is quoted as saying, “Someone else who’s been through this will say to you, ‘I know you’re probably not thinking about this, but here’s what happened when I went back to school.’ ” Read more.

Gupta Speaks on India-EU Trade Negotiations

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

After a nearly nine-year hiatus, India and the European Union resumed negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement earlier this year. Ahead of the October negotiations, The London Story, a Brussels-based, India-focused think tank invited Surupa Gupta, professor of Political Science and International Affairs, to participate in an online panel titled “India’s Domestic and Foreign Policy: Implications for Trade” to discuss India’s interests in the negotiations. Gupta discussed India’s trade interests, politics among its stakeholders in trade and the changes in circumstances that negotiators should be taking into account.

Whalen Presents Research on Computer-Generated Comics

Associate Professor of Digital Studies Zach Whalen

Associate Professor of Digital Studies Zach Whalen

Associate Professor of Digital Studies Zach Whalen travelled to Purdue University on Oct. 6 to present research on current approaches to using computational approaches to create comics. The paper is an attempt to show affinities between current research generative neural networks on one hand and comics theorists on the other, and to analyze the ways that computational creators (including Whalen) are attempting to overcome the medium-specific challenges that computational approaches and theoretical interpretations still have not accounted for.

Frankel, UMW Co-Authors Publish in Prestigious Scientific Journal

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel and co-authors Associate Professor Leanna Giancarlo and Professor Ben Kisila, both of the Department of Chemistry and Physics; Professor of Math Debra Hydorn; and recent graduate Catherine Crowell ’22 published an article in Chemosphere based on research conducted at the University of Mary Washington. Titled “Investigating the potential impacts of coal ash runoff on the freshwater Seminole ramshorn snail (Planorbella duryi) under laboratory conditions,” this work identifies the potential impacts of a high volume of industrial waste on the survival, behavior, embryonic development and growth of a common freshwater snail. With an impact factor of 8.943 and CiteScore of 11.8, Chemosphere is one of the most competitive ecotoxicology journals that requires a high level of novelty, significance and impact in accepted papers. Support for the project was provided by the UMW Undergraduate Research Grant Program and a Morris Animal Foundation First Award Wildlife Grant (D22ZO-308). Read the article.

Young Receives Chamber Impact Award for Leadership

Associate Provost for Career and Workforce Kimberly Young

Associate Provost for Career and Workforce Kimberly Young

Associate Provost for Career and Workforce Kimberly Young was among three Leadership Fredericksburg alumni honored for their outstanding and inspirational leadership at the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Impact Reception & Awards event, held at the Fredericksburg Expo Center on Oct. 13. Read more.

Farnsworth Moderates Congressional Debate on C-SPAN

Farnsworth

Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, served as moderator for a Tenth Congressional District debate held recently in Manassas Park. The debate, cosponsored by the Prince William Committee of 100 and the League of Women Voters of the Prince William/Fauquier area, featured candidates seeking to represent a district centered in Loudoun County and including parts of Prince William County and other neighboring jurisdictions. Watch the debate, which aired on C-SPAN.

In addition, Farnsworth was featured in several recent media mentions, including:
With UMW student Cassandra Atkinson:
Holding the Center (Richmond Magazine)
Midterm elections are often tough on candidates who belong to the political party that controls the White House, but Democrats are doing what they can to reverse a long-running trend that this year should favor Republicans.
Wexton, Cao debate in Manassas Park, outline key differences on immigration, transgender issues (Potomac Local)
University of Mary Washington Professor Dr. Stephen Farnsworth asked more than 10 questions of the candidates during an exchange that lasted nearly an hour and a half.
Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Republican Hung Cao debate on inflation, abortion (Blacksburg Dispatch; Arlington Weekly Story)
The forum, co-hosted by the nonpartisan Prince William Committee of 100 and local chapter of the League of Women Voters, was moderated by Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington.
10th District candidates Wexton, Cao trade barbs in second debate in four days (WTOP; Inside Nova; McClean Gazette)
Moderator Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at Mary Washington University, also asked the candidates about possibly expanding Metro into Prince William County.
U.S. House seat opponents in Virginia spar over inflation, abortion in latest debate (Record Patriot; C-Span)
The forum, co-hosted by the nonpartisan Prince William Committee of 100 and local chapter of the League of Women Voters, was moderated by Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington.
New Ad Campaign Featuring Governor Glenn Youngkin (WHRV 89.5)
“In Virginia we have long had new road maps printed after every election so that the picture of the new governor and maybe a brief welcome statement is included in that at the maps available at rest areas,” said Stephen Farnsworth.
Riggleman endorses Spanberger, continuing a long line of cross-party endorsements in Virginia (WVTF)
Riggleman lost his seat after officiating a gay wedding, then became an adviser to the January 6th Committee. Now he’s participating in what Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says is a long tradition in Virginia politics.
2022 Virginia Business Political Roundtable (Virginia Business)
Virginia Business Editor Richard Foster will moderate a live, in-person discussion with a panel of statewide political experts, debating the latest developments in the congressional midterm elections across Virginia and the nation.
Stephen Farnsworth, Professor and Director, Center for Leadership and Media Studies
WATCH: Rep. Wexton Repeatedly Stumbles Over Russia Question: ‘Un, Un, Un, Un, Un, Un, Un, Un …’ (CSN News)
At the Virginia 10th Congressional District Candidates Forum on Oct. 5, University of Mary Washington Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth asked Wexton, “What should the United States do with respect to the Russian – continuing Russian invasion and occupation of Ukraine?”
Denver Riggleman in a new ad endorsing incumbent Democrat Abigail Spanberger (WHRV)
“If you look back to the days when Senator John Warner was active in Virginia politics, for example, he really did see a real concern about conservative Republicans undermining the state of the party as well as not being the best choice for the country,” said Stephen Farnsworth. https://tinyurl.com/4r6fe6j8
Outcompeting China and Restraining Russia (CTV News)
“We recognize in the United States the kind of threat that China poses, both military and economic, and the Biden administration is making it clear that the challenge is a two-prong challenge. With respect to Russia, we all know around the world that the situation with Russia is really more military”, said Stephen Farnsworth.

Spanberger-Vega debate in Virginia’s 7th District is canceled (The Washington Post; Cave Spring News; US Today)
Last month, Vega would not agree to debate Spanberger at the University of Mary Washington — a session co-sponsored by a number of community organizations and news outlets — with Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the university, serving as moderator. Farnsworth said that the Spanberger campaign agreed but there was no agreement from Vega’s campaign.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/10/17/spanberger-vega-debate-canceled/
https://cavespringnews.com/spanberger-vega-debate-in-virginias-7th-district-is-canceled/
https://ustoday.news/spanberger-vega-debate-in-virginias-7th-circuit-is-canceled/

No faceoff in 7th District race, but plenty of debate about who’s to blame (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Spanberger’s campaign said it had expected the moderator to be Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington, who had moderated a debate the Prince William organization held earlier this month with candidates in the 10th Congressional District — Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-10th, and Republican challenger Hung Cao.
https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/no-faceoff-in-7th-district-race-but-plenty-of-debate-about-whos-to-blame/article_03b15b87-fe01-5924-a9e4-9fc4ed0254ac.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats? (Virginia Mercury)
“Virginia Republicans have come a long way from the days when congressmen who were redistricted into the same district as another Republican simply stepped aside for more senior members of Congress, as George Allen did 30 years ago,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington.
https://www.virginiamercury.com/2022/10/17/with-republicans-like-these-who-needs-democrats/

Congressional Candidate Critical of Loan Forgiveness Sought to Have Student Debt Cleared Via Bankruptcy (NBC Washington)
Political analyst Stephen Farnsworth said word of the Vegas bankruptcy is bad news for the campaign but may not actually influence that many voters because many are already firmly aligned.
Editorial: Blame Vega for three debate fails (The Free Lance-Star)
She first snubbed University of Mary Washington professor Stephen Farnsworth.

Davidson Comments on Europe’s Place in U.S. Strategy

Associate 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, who also is a nonresident senior fellow of the New American Engagement Initiative at the Atlantic Council, contributed to an article on Formiche. The piece, titled “Europe in the new US strategy according to Prof. Davidson, quotes him as saying, “Both the recognition of China’s power and Russia’s demonstrated weakness suggest that the current US concern for European security is bound to fade over time.” Read more.

Kuykendall Will Take Local Audiences ‘to Italy’

Music Department Professor and Chair Brooks Kuykendall

Music Department Professor and Chair Brooks Kuykendall

On Friday, Oct. 21, Music Department Professor and Chair Brooks Kuykendall will present “The Idea of Italy in Music History” at St. George’s Church in downtown Fredericksburg. Read more about the event in The Free Lance-Star and on Fredericksburg Today.

Larus Shares Thoughts on Taiwan With Bloomberg

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus spoke to Bloomberg about Taiwan as a Washington-based consultant on Asia. In the article, titled “Xi’s Fiery Taiwan Rhetoric Raises Risk of War in His Third Term,” Larus says that Xi’s options for keeping up pressure on Taiwan without a war are “endless.” Read more of the Bloomberg article and in the Bangkok Post.

Larus Comments also commented recently on the WION news program Fine Print on the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th Party Congress. She claimed Xi Jinping will continue China’s Zero-COVID policy because maintaining power is more important for the CCP than economic growth and that China will be more belligerent toward Taiwan in Xi’s third term. Dr. Larus’s comments begin 3:50 minutes into the program at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktFsqxPNI0o.