King Speaks at 17th Century Domestic Material Culture Symposium

IMG_6237 - CopyProfessor Julia King spoke at the 2nd annual 17th Century Domestic Material Culture Symposium in Surry, Virginia on July 12. King discussed the role of artifacts and architectural design in the understanding of religion and politics in Maryland.

Earlier this summer, King along with two alumni and a current student presented an open house of their excavation of Zekiah Fort, a 17th-century Piscataway Indian settlement located in Waldorf, Md.




Eberly Discusses Primary Election on MPT State Circle

eberlyAssociate Professor Todd Eberly and Melissa Deckman ’93 discussed the primary election on MPT State Circle on June 27.

Deckman is the Louis L. Goldstein Professor of Public Affairs and Chair of the Political Science Department at Washington College.

State Circle has served a resource for Maryland residents to keep up to date on major political issues, pending bills and legislative news for 30 years through commentary from experts.

Eller’s Manuscript Published in the Journal of Chemical Education

lrellerDr. Leah Eller had her manuscript entitled “Extraction of maltol from Fraser fir: A comparison of microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) and conventional heating protocols for the organic chemistry laboratory” accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Education. A student and two recent alumni are co-authors on the manuscript: Farah Mughal, Clio Chimento ’10 and Allison Berg ’14.

Froom’s “Amichai Songs” Performed in New York City

froomOn June 16 in Columbia University’s Miller Theater, Professor of Music David Froom’s composition “Amichai Songs,” was performed by the Orchestra of the League of Composers under direction of Louis Karchin. “Amichai Songs” sets to music three translated poems by Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai. The New York Times review of the piece remarked that Froom’s composition “captured the condensed and emotionally charged nature of their [Israeli] language.” In March, Froom earned a Maryland State Arts Council Award for music composition, his fifth such award. His successful season also included the publication of four new pieces of music and performances in venues such the Smithsonian Institution and in Italy. “This New York City performance takes the cake,” Froom said. “It was both a high profile venue and an orchestral performance by one of the nation’s leading new music organizations.”

Kenneth Cohen Featured on NPR’s “BackStory”

846Z0386 - CopyAssociate Professor of History Kenneth Cohen was featured on National Public Radio’s history program, “BackStory,” which aired July 13 on American University Radio WAMU 88.5. The show, entitled “U.S. vs. Them” discusses the historical roots of international sporting competitions.

Cohen’s scholarly research interests explore the relationship between commercial entertainment and political engagement in early America, including sports history.

Associate Professor Holly A. Blumner Begins Peace Corps Service

BlumnerHolly A. Blumner, associate professor of theater, film, and media studies began her 27-month journey as a Peace Corps volunteer on July 5 in the Philippines. Initially, Blumner will receive three months of intensive language and culture training before receiving her location of service in the Philippines at the end of September 2014.

“I wanted to volunteer to teach in a different way. I am looking forward to immersing myself in a new culture with new people, language and culture, as a representative for the United States,” says Blumner.

Blumner will serve in the education sector for 24 months, engaging in an exchange of language, history, and cultural traditions. In addition, Blumner will complete a secondary project in theater. Blumner chose to work in Asia because of her increased interest in the culture and history of Asia and previously served as the Asian studies program coordinator. Her areas of expertise are Japanese theater and culture.

Başaran Explores Ottoman Istanbul in New Book

BasaranAssociate Professor of Religious Studies Betül Başaran’s book Selim III, Social Order and Policing in Istanbul at the End of the Eighteenth Century has been published by Brill as part of “The Ottoman Empire and its Heritage” series. Başaran examines the beginnings of large-scale population control and crisis management in Istanbul, and urges us to go beyond mechanistic models of borrowing that focus primarily on European influence in discussions of Ottoman reform and “modernity”. The book will be available in July, and can be preordered on Amazon and Brill.

Başaran recently discussed the book and presented a paper at the Second International Conference on Ottoman Istanbul in Turkey.

Dennison Releases Article

rpdennison2Assistant Professor of Psychology Renée Peltz Dennison was published online in the Journal of Family Psychology on May 5. Her article, “A Dynamic Examination of Family-of-Origin Influence on Newlyweds’ Marital Satisfaction” examines the influence of family-of-origin characteristics on newlywed spouses’ marital satisfaction and potential mediation by current conflict style.

Cohen Accepted into “Doing Digital History” Summer Institute

kencohenAssistant Professor of History Kenneth Cohen has been accepted into the “Doing Digital History” summer institute to be held at the George Mason University Center for History and New Media from Aug. 4 to 15. The institute, which selected 20 mid-career historians from almost 100 applications nationwide, is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities. This two-week institute is designed to help improve practical programming and design skills related to the recent interest in presenting and researching humanities topics online. Cohen will apply his experience to class projects with the Maryland State Archives and a future class in digital humanities that is currently being planned with Assistant Professor of Computer Science Alan Jamieson.