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University community reports recent presentations, publications, honors, exhibitions

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

Recent presentations, publications, honors and exhibitions include the following:


Pascha Bueno-Hansen, associate professor of women and gender studies, has a new book, Derechos Feministas y Humanos en el Perú. Decolonizando la Justicia Transicional (Feminist and Human Rights in Peru, Decolonizing Transitional Justice), published by Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.


Philip Gable, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, has received the Society for the Science of Motivation’s inaugural Early Career Award. A social psychologist who researches the interplay of emotion, motivation, personality and cognition, his research was among the first to examine just how key motivation is within emotion. In announcing Gable’s selection for the award, the society cited his development of the Motivational Dimensional Model, which makes the distinction that motivation is not merely about positive or negative emotion but is about intensity.


The Ese’Eja People of the Amazon, an exhibition developed from an interdisciplinary UD-led cultural mapping project in Peru, has opened at the Field Museum in Chicago and will continue through June 20. Beginning in 2014, faculty, students and alumni worked on the project in collaboration with the Ese’Eja people, exploring their relationship with their ancestral lands and sharing their oral histories and deep knowledge of the Amazon rainforest. The exhibition was created by photographers Jon Cox, assistant professor of art and design, and Andrew Bale, who earned his master of fine arts degree at UD, and features artifacts curated by Monica Dominguez Torres, associate professor of art history, and the late Vicki Cassman, professor of art conservation. Read more about the project in this UDaily article from 2017, when the exhibition opened at the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, D.C.


José-Luis Riera, vice president for student life, participated as an invited speaker on a webinar panel that kicked off the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) 2020 Presidential Webinar Series. Focusing on the topic “The Existential Crisis and Equity Imperative Facing Higher Education,” the webinar also featured academic leaders from the University of Maryland, College Park, Boston College and the Ohio State University. .

Julie McGee, associate professor of Africana studies and art history and director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, will be a scholar moderator for a tribute to seminal African American artist David C. Driskell at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The Live Artist Conversation will be held from 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, with opening remarks by Kaywin Feldman, the first woman director of the gallery, and Lonnie Bunch III, the first African American secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. McGee, whose scholarship specializes in contemporary African American art and South African art, has written and lectured extensively on those subjects and has curated numerous exhibitions. Also the director of the Paul R. Jones Initiative at UD, she is the author of the biography David C. Driskell: Artist and Scholar. For more information and to register for the free online event, visit this website.

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