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For the Record

University community reports recent presentations, publications, honors

For the Record provides information about recent professional activities and achievements of University of Delaware faculty, staff, alumni and students.

Recent presentations, publications and honors include the following:

In the media

David Shearer, Thomas Muncy Keith Professor of History, gave an interview to the Russian public affairs journal, Republic. The interview was published online, with photographs, on Dec. 8. Topics in the interview ranged from discussion of the Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin, and his world view, to the present-day crisis in Ukraine and the standoff between Russia and NATO countries.


Alice Ba, professor of political science and international relations and also Asian studies, gave an invited public lecture at the London School of Economics and its Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre. Titled "Bringing Institutions Back In: ASEAN's Institutional Logics at a Time of Great Power Transition," her public lecture on Nov. 20 considered the complex role played by regional institutions, especially the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as order-bridging mechanisms in East Asia's changing regional order. She also presented an invited paper at a two-day workshop on "The Power of Narratives in East Asian International Relations" co-organized by the Swedish Defense University and Swedish Institute of International Affairs on Dec. 7-8.  Her paper, which investigated narratives about major powers, questions of audience recognition and how they conditioned China's prospects as a leading actor in Southeast Asia, joined others that considered the power of narratives and counter-narratives in constructing such defining East Asian challenges as Okinawa, the Senkaku-Diaoyu Islands dispute, "assertive China", China as a "rising power" and an emergent US-China security dilemma. On Dec. 8, she also joined two leading China scholars from Harvard University and Manchester University on a public panel on the topic of "Xi Jinping's 'New Era': What Does It Mean for China's Role in the World?" at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden.  

On Dec. 12, Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, gave an invited lecture in Philadelphia to the Philobiblon Club, a bibliophile organization of librarians, booksellers, book collectors and book historians, established in 1893. Her presentation, "Carolyn Wells (1862-1942): Booklover and Bookmocker," emphasized the importance of this forgotten American writer of comic verse and fiction, especially as a major book collector whose collection of works by Walt Whitman is now part of the Library of Congress.

David Shearer, Thomas Muncy Keith Professor of History, participated as a "senior scholar commentator" at the International Forum for Young Scholars of Soviet and Post-Soviet History and Culture, held Dec. 11-13. The forum was held at the National Research Institute, Vyshaya Shkola Ekonomiki, Moscow, Russia. Scholars gathered from 11 different countries.


Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, has had two book reviews published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Her review of Wilde’s Women by Eleanor Fitzsimons has just appeared in Papers on Language and Literature. Vol. 53, no. 4: Fall 2017; and her review of A. S. Byatt's Peacock and Vine, a study of the designs of Mariano Fortuny and of William Morris, is in the new issue of The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, Vol. 26: Fall 2017.


Emmett Robinson II
Emmett Robinson II

Emmett Robinson II, corporal in UD Police, was selected to receive a Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Star award from the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. The awards was presented at the office’s Highway Safety Conference awards luncheon, held Nov. 8 at Dover Downs Conference Center.


The Disaster Research Center has compiled a selection of documents, photographs and other materials from its E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection and other sources to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Dec. 6, 1917, explosion in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that killed nearly 2,000 people, injured thousands more and destroyed or damaged more than 12,000 buildings. The disaster, caused when a ship carrying munitions exploded in the harbor, created such devastation that the event was later studied by scientists developing the atomic bomb.

The Quarantelli Collection at UD includes the papers of disaster response expert T. Joseph Scanlon, who conducted extensive research on the Halifax explosion. The resource page, including interactive maps and a collection of 100 stories, can be viewed here.


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