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March 21: Accomplishments

Performances/Media Productions/Exhibitions

Don Kimes, art, CAS: exhibit, “Etruscan Memory,” March 2–April 5, at Fondo del Sol, 2112 R St., N.W., Washington, D. C.

Nobue Matsuoka, AU Library: was a guest artist at the two-day Trumpet and Percussion Festival, Loyola University, New Orleans.


Anton Fedyashin, history, CAS: was awarded a  Likhachev Foundation, Cultural Fellowship for summer 2012.

Claudio Grossman, dean, WCL: received an honorary degree from the Universidad de San Martin de Porres in recognition of his contribution to global legal education; he also gave a presentation on challenges for legal education in the twenty-first century.

Eric Lohr, history,  CAS: was awarded a National Council for Eurasian and East European Research fellowship for spring 2012.

Michael Purcell, Office of University Architect: was elected the Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative for the Society of College and University Planning and will have a seat on the Board of Directors for three years.

Naima Prevots, professor emerita, Performing Arts, CAS: has been awarded a competitive grant from the American Ballet Theatre to research and publish their history of cultural diplomacy, based on her books and articles and current research. This is in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the company.

Maggie Burnette Stogner, SOC: and her students received a DC-Peer Gold Award for their short documentary film Hawks in the City, produced for the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.


Donna Bain Butler, WCL: presented “A Transformative Model for Engaging and Assessing Our Students” at the Capital Area Legal Writing Conference,  Georgetown University Law Center.

Brenda Kirkwood, public health-sociology, CAS: panelist,  “Undergraduate Public Health Studies and LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes,” at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting.

Katharine Kravetz, Washington Semester Program, SPExS: presented a workshop entitled “Connecting Civic Engagement at the Grassroots to Washington, D.C.: An Exercise in Civic Education” at the 2012 American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington, D.C.  

David Rosenbloom, SPA:  “The U.S. Senior Executive Service: Origin, Organization, Operation, and Challenges,” Senior Administrative Officers Class at the University of Inner Mongolia (Ordos, Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region), PRC.

Judith Shapiro, SIS: delivered the keynote entitled “Environmental Justice and the Displacement of Environmental Harm,” offering insights from her forthcoming book “China’s Environmental Challenges,” at the Half the World Symposium, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Linda Voris, literature, CAS: “Gertrude Stein, Writer,” at the invitation of the Smithsonian Institution as part of their programming for the exhibition, “Seeing Gertrude Stein:  Five Stories,” National Portrait Gallery. 

Published Works

Naomi Baron, language and foreign studies, CAS: New Scientist, invited review of John L. Locke, Duels and Duets: Why Men and Women Talk So Differently, Cambridge University Press.

Daniel Dreisbach, SPA:  “The Bible in the Political Rhetoric of the American Founding,” a peer-reviewed article in Politics and Religion 4, no. 3 (2011):  401–427.

Max Paul Friedman, history, CAS: “Fracas in Caracas: Latin American Diplomatic Resistance to United States Intervention in Guatemala in 1954,” in Diplomacy and Statecraft 21:4 (December 2010): 669–89.

Consuelo Hernandez, language and foreign studies, CAS: “La inmigrante,” “La que fui,” “Encuentros y desencuentros,” “Invitación,”  and “Muchacha con flores,”  in Estafeta del Viento, a poetry review published by Casa de America, Madrid, Spain, 2011

Susan Shepler, SIS: “The Real and Symbolic Importance of Food in War: Hunger Pains and Big Men’s Bellies in Sierra Leone,” Africa Today 58(2): 43– 56, 2011.

Jonathan Tubman, vice provost: coauthored with Assaf Oshri and Mandi  Burnette, “Childhood Maltreatment Histories, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Symptoms, and Sexual Risk Behavior in a Treatment Sample of Adolescents,” in the American Journal of Public Health.