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Laurels: November 2014

Published: November 3, 2014

Kirstyn Chun, Counseling and Psychological Services and Division of Student Services, chaired a peer-reviewed symposium titled “Identifying Dangerous Persons: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Threat Assessment and Management” at the American Psychological Association annual convention in Washington D.C. in August with colleagues from UCLA, Caltech and the FBI. Within this symposium, Chun delivered a presentation titled “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Managing Stalking Threats at Institutions of Higher Education.”

Lesley Farmer, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, gave a presentation on the library’s role in interesting girls in STEM at the California state STEM symposium in San Diego held Sept. 22. Shelley Xu, Teacher Education, also presented at the conference on using advertisements to teach STEM.

Boak Ferris, English, saw the publication of his neurolinguistic analysis of recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI Optimism: Reasons for Hope in the Science of Artificial Intelligence) in SKEPTIC, Vol. 19, No. 2.

Martin Fiebert, Psychology, published an article titled “A Look at Open Access Publication and Beal’s List of ‘Predatory’ Journals” in the Global Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2014, Vol. 3, No. 4.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, presented a paper titled “The Four Good Deeds of Ra: Conceptual Sources of Human Rights in Ancient Egypt” and made a presentation at a special plenary session titled “The State of Black Studies” at the Annual Conference of the National Council for Black Studies, Miami, March 7. He also presented a paper titled “Actualizing Philosophical Notions of Diop and Asante: Critical Retrieval, Deep Thinking and Radical Maatian Practice” at the Diop Institute for Scholarly Advancement Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Oct. 11, 2013. In addition, he gave two lectures titled “The Social Responsibility of the Author: An Activist Intellectual Perspective” and “Sankofa, Retrieval and Writing: Kwanzaa, Husia and Odu Ifa” at the First Annual Sacramento Black Book Faire, Sacramento, June 7. He published two articles: “Claiming the Sky with Maya: Breaking Out of Cages and Rising” and “On the Battlefield in Ferguson: Remembering Our History, Resisting Occupation”, June 5 and Aug. 21, respectively, in the Los Angeles Sentinel.

Victor M. Rodriguez, Chicano and Latino Studies, saw his article in Spanish “2014: Los Latinos en la Politica Estadounidense” published in Claridad, a political weekly in Puerto Rico, on April 17-23, pp. 8-9. He also wrote an Op-Ed for Latino Rebels, an online magazine, titled “The Political Consequences of the “Whitening” of Latinos Myth” on June 2. His book review of Piero Gliejeses’ Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991, University of North Carolina Press, 2013, was published in English in Dissident Voice on June 23 and a Spanish version in Rebelion on March 8. His review of G. Cristina Mora’s Making Hispanics: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New American,” University of Chicago Press, will be published in Choice, of the American Library Association. From Aug. 4-8, he co-led the 5th Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC) seminar with Emily Drew from Willamette University and faculty from five Minneapolis area universities.

Ron Schmidt, Political Science, has published “Democratic Theory and the Challenge of Linguistic Diversity” in Language Policy 13; 4 (November), pp. 395-411. And in August, at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington D.C., he received the Frank J. Goodnow Award for “distinguished service to the profession and the association.”

Jennifer Smith, English, presented a paper at the 20th International Medieval Congress at Leeds University, UK, which is the largest conference of its kind in Europe and also Europe’s largest annual gathering in the humanities. She presented her dissertation research in the form of a potential chapter titled “Upending a Father’s Authority: Forced Penance for the Transgressive Daughter in Chaucer’s The Physician’s Tale and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.”

Frederick Wegener, English, recently received an offer from Princeton University Press to reissue his volume, Edith Wharton: The Uncollected Critical Writings (1996; 1999), in the publisher’s Princeton Legacy Library series of reprints.