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Laurels: April 2010

Published: April 15, 2010

Steve Fleck, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures, gave a paper, “Collaborative Authorship in Molière/Lully/Charpentier/Beauchamp Comedy-Ballets,” at the 18th Annual Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Symposium held at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, on Feb. 19.

Don Haviland and Seon-Hi Shin, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, and Steve Turley, College of Education, have an article titled “Now I’m Ready: The Impact of a Professional Development Initiative on Faculty Concerns with Program Assessment” appearing in the online version of Innovative Higher Education. The hard-copy version will appear in fall 2010. The article examines the impact of a professional development workshop series on faculty understanding, confidence and attitudes related to program assessment.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, presented a paper, “The Maatian Concept of Self-Reflection: A Contemporary Kawaida Interpretation,” and was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Scholarship—Best Activist-Scholar Publication, for his book Kawaida and Questions of Life and Struggle, Los Angeles: University of Sankore Press, at the 21st Annual Cheikh Anta Diop Conference, Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement, Philadelphia, Oct. 9-10. He also gave a series of full-length program interviews on Kwanzaa including: “Real Talk, Real Truth,” K-Beach Radio, Long Beach, Nov. 24; “The Global Black Experience,” WBAI, New York, Dec. 20 and 23; “The Frontpage,” KJLH, Los Angeles, Dec. 21 and 24; “The Open Line,” KJCB, Lafayette, LA, Dec. 23; Harambee Internet Radio, Washington, D.C., Dec. 23; On the Count, WBAI, New York, Dec. 26; “Make It Plain,” Sirius Satellite Radio, Washington, D.C., Dec. 29 and FraserNet Teleconference, Cleveland Heights, OH, Dec. 30. In addition, he gave a brief interview on Kwanzaa on “Africa Speaks with Alkebulan,” The Voice of Africa Radio, London, Dec. 21. Moreover, he published an article (March 12) “Reaffirming Our Right to Exist: A Transformative Black Agenda” at Humanities Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online), at

Shira Tarrant, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, gave invited lectures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and at Ohio University. The events focused on “Politics and Pleasure: Men, Feminism, and Social Justice” (Feb. 22 and 24).

T. Alex Washington, Social Work, has been selected by the California Planning Group (CPG) membership committee and the Office of AIDS (OA) to be a member of the CPG. In this capacity, Washington will collaborate with other CPG members to develop and monitor the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Plans for the state and provide timely advice on emergent issues. In addition, as a member of the newly redesigned CPG, his role will be to assist in the development of the team process that best addresses the tasks outlined in the CPG Roles and Responsibilities document.