Campus Notes for The Point Issue #8

Office of Communications | April 28, 2010
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #8


Assistant Professor of Philosophy Mickaella L. Perina made two presentations recently: “Transnational Citizenship? Pluralism, National Identity and Contemporary Political Membership,” presented at Policing Citizenship: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, a conference hosted by the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Middlebury College on March 5 and 6; and “A Matter of Recognition: Race, Unruliness, and Vulnerability, Comments on Falguni Sheth’s Toward a Political Philosophy of Race,” presented at the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division’s 84th annual meeting, held in San Francisco, California, from March 30 through April 3.

Associate Director of the Honors Program Dick Cluster gave a talk on the history of Havana at the Langley-Adams Library in Groveland, Massachusetts, on March 31.

Professor of History and Graduate Program Director Spencer M. Di Scala gave a symposium, “A Sicilian Statesman and the Crucible of History: Vittorio Orlando, Italian Diplomacy, and WWI,” at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, on April 19.

Professor Adenrele Awotona, director of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD), presented a paper titled “The Government of Haiti’s Approach to Post-disaster Reconstruction: Initial Comments” at the A Day for Haiti conference at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York on April 13.

Assistant Professor of American Studies Lynnell Thomas gave a presentation, titled “‘Wasn't Nothing Like That’: New Orleans Black Heritage Tourism and Counter-Narratives of Resistance,” at a Society for the Study of Southern Literature conference recently in New Orleans. He also gave the keynote address, titled “Apology, Recognition, and Normative Mutuality,” at Georgetown University’s Philosophy Department Colloquium, “Constituting Normative Worlds,” on April 9.

Assistant Professor Scott Maisano of the English Department was the plenary speaker at two different events commemorating Shakespeare's birthday on April 23. On April 22, he was the featured speaker at the annual Shakespeare Festival hosted by the University of Akron, and on April 24, he delivered the plenary address at the 9th Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference hosted by The College of the Holy Cross. He also cochaired an advanced seminar on the topic of “Renaissance Posthumanism” at the annual conference of the Shakespeare Association of America, held in Chicago during the first weekend of April. Also in April, Professor Maisano's article, “Shakespearean Primatology: A Diptych” was published in Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies.

During the week of March 5 through 13, Professors Robert Chen and Xu-Chen Wang and PhD candidate Kim Frashure, all from the Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences Department, traveled with a U.S. delegation of fourteen ocean scientists and educators to Beijing, China, where Chen and Wang led a two-day workshop to share their expertise about the Centers for Ocean Sciences Educational Excellence (COSEE) project in the U.S. COSEE is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project consisting of 12 COSEE Centers located throughout the U.S. with the major goal of promoting ocean science literacy. Later, the U.S. delegation traveled to Xiamen University and the Ocean University of China to learn about China’s ocean science research and to tour their facilities.

Professor Siamak Movahedi and Associate Professor Glenn Jacobs of the Sociology Department presented an invited paper at the plenary session of "Unequal Before Death," a conference organized by the Columbia University Seminar on Death and held on March 20.


Associate Director of the Honors Program Dick Cluster published translations of eleven essays by Cuban architects and historians in Havana Revisited, published in April by Norton, and a translation of “The Loneliness of a Wing Tensed for a Long Time,” a story by Cuban writer Pedro de Jesús, in Translation Review #77/78, Special Latin American Issue, published by the University of Texas at Dallas in April.

Michael Liu, senior research associate at the Institute for Asian American Studies, has coauthored an essay titled “Against the Tide: Mobilization and Community Planning in Asian Ethnic Enclaves, Contentious Sites Between Capital and Community Appears,” in a new anthology, Urban Spaces, published by Lexington Books.

Robert Weiner, graduate program director of International Relations at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, has published three essays recently: “The Law of Genocide” and “Diplomacy and War” (with coauthor Paul Sharp, University of Minnesota) in The International Studies Encyclopedia, published by Wiley Blackwell as part of the compendium project of the international Studies Association. The project comprises 12 volumes, with 350 peer-reviewed essays of up to 10,000 words each. Both essays have also been published in an online version, International Studies online. He also published the essay “Foreign Policy of the Basescu Administration,” in the Spring 2010 issue of The New England Journal of History.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Jalal Alamgir published an article, “Bangladesh’s Quest for Political Justice,” in Current History, Vol. 109.

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs Christian Weller recently published an article titled "Recovery Continues, but Weaknesses Remain" on the Web site of the Center for American Progress.


Associate Professor of Mathematics and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Maura Mast and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Ethan Bolker have received a $190,778 grant from the National Science Foundation for their project, “Common Sense:  Quantitative Reasoning in the Undergraduate Curriculum.”


CPCS Student Services Coordinator Elaine Ward, who will be receiving her doctorate from the Higher Education Administration Program in the Graduate College of Education in June, received the John Schmitt Award from the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) for her outstanding dissertation research at their annual meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Her research, “Women’s Ways of Engagement: An Exploration of Gender, the Scholarship of Engagement, and Institutional Rewards Policy and Practice,” is a study of women faculty who conduct engaged scholarship across their faculty roles of teaching, research, and service.


Professor Siamak Movahedi and Associate Professors Jorge Capetillo and Glenn Jacobs of the Sociology Department organized the conference of the VII Annual Social Theory Forum on Critical Social Theory: Freud and Lacan for the 21st Century, held April 7 and 8. The conference was cosponsored by the Sigmund Freud Foundation in Vienna and other major American and international universities, and attracted 200 scholars from around the world.


Associate Professor Darren Kew of the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution coauthored an op-ed article on the Global, titled “Analysis: Nigeria's smoldering crisis in Jos."

Assistant Professor of American Studies Lynnell Thomas was quoted in an April 13 New Orleans Times-Picayune article, “Slave Trade in New Orleans was a Thriving Business.”

The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters was featured as the Web site of the week in the April 23 issue of the Weekly Homeland Security Newsletter.

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