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Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor African-American Studies and Sociology, was a guest on an episode for the podcast Interfaith-ish. Gilkes was invited to discuss "why we're falling short of MLK's prophetic vision" following her most recent opinion piece for the Religion News Service.
A new book by Assistant Professor of Government Nicholas Jacobs has just been released. What Happened to the Vital Center? "provides a long historical view of populism, party politics, and the growth of presidential power" while also tracing "the joining of executive power and movement politics over the past six decades." In this first book by Jacobs, he ultimately argues for "a reconstituted party system rather than greater presidential power."
Amanda Stent, director of the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, has been named a 2021 fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics. The association recognized Stent for her "significant contributions to computational models of multimodal and spoken dialogue, natural language generation, and summarization."
Professor of Art Véronique Plesch contributed the paper “The Anxiety of the Copy: Uniqueness and Reproduction in Hergé’s Le Sceptre d’Ottokar” for the recently released book titled Reproducing Images and Texts / La reproduction des images et des textes (Ed. Kirsty Bell and Philippe Kaenel. Amsterdam: Brill, 2021. 387-400).   The paper stems from a plenary lecture Plesch delivered in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2017, and became the starting point for the Humanities Lab she taught last year on Copies, Fakes, and Forgeries in which students created this website
Alyssa Kullberg '18 and Gail Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, have coauthored a paper published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Titled "Contamination of Maine Lakes by pharmaceuticals and personal care products," the paper reports on the under-studied presence of these PPCPs in lakes using samples from Maine's Belgrade Lakes.   Kullberg, an environmental science and Spanish double major, is the lead author; other coauthors include Serena Haver '16, also an environmental science major, and Bill McDowell, a two-year visiting assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies.
Professor of Art Véronique Plesch contributed an essay to the 2022 winter issue of the Maine Arts Journal: UMVA Quarterly titled “Of Dead Artists and Time Travel,” in which she had the occasion to talk about teaching and, in particular, to mention her recent Renaissance art course. Plesch also wrote the introduction to this issue, "Interview: Inner View.”
Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie co-edited the new special issue of Northeastern Naturalist, Climate Change in the Mountains of Maine and the Northeast. This special issue is an outcome of the October 2020 Symposium on Climate Change in Maine’s Mountains, a two-day virtual gathering to foster collaboration between land conservation and research communities. McDonough MacKenzie was a co-organizer of the symposium and co-chaired the Alpine Habitat and Management session. Following the symposium, McDonough MacKenzie and Sarah Nelson, director of research at the Appalachian Mountain Club, co-edited the special issue and co-authored the introduction with the symposium co-organizers. The special issue summarizes and synthesizes research on the impacts of climate change on the local climate and ecosystems and offers a research and conservation agenda for Northeastern mountain ecosystems.
A textbook written by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson has been published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Human Health and the Climate Crisis examines "both the direct and indirect human health impacts of climate change while uniquely exploring climate justice—the equitable protection of all people from climate impacts and the participation of all people in climate-related decision-making regardless of race/ethnicity, class, national origin, indigenous status and gender."
Professor of Creative Writing Debra Spark wrote the article "Career Pivots" about Yale alumni who have made a major career change later in life. "The pandemic gave us a gift," Spark writes. "Well, of sorts. A reminder of something we already know: we are all vulnerable; we must value what we have. Or, if we don’t value what we have, that we don’t 'have unlimited time to change,' as life coach Kirsten Parker ’11MFA notes."
Raffael Scheck, the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Chair in History, was interviewed for Netflix's new series WWII in Color: Road to Victory. He appears in three episodes, namely "Dunkirk," "the Invasion of North Africa," and "the Liberation of Paris."