Professor Joseph Roisman (classics) received the Association of American Publishers' Prose Awards honorable mention in the category Classics and Ancient History for his groundbreaking book Alexander's Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors (University of Texas Press, 2012).
The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts presents "Terrain Vague," photos of abandoned, ambiguous, or marginalized urban land, Feb. 7-May 31 at USM's Glickman Family Library in Portland. Green offers an artist's talk at 2 p.m. March 15.
Professor James R. Fleming (STS) was elected to chair the section on societal impacts of science and engineering of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014-15. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society. Fleming chaired the AAAS section on history and philosophy of science 2006-09.
A Goldfarb Center poll released Jan. 3 confirms what Maine voters—who supported retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe and elected Angus King—seem to have signaled. Americans are tired of partisanship and want Congress to start working together in civil, productive ways.
Associate Professor Adam Howard (education) was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist and will participate in a project titled "Enhancing Social Inclusion in Universities" in Australia in March and April 2013. Currently on sabbatical, Howard studies and writes about educational inequality. He will work with the University of Melbourne and with Monash and Victoria universities to enhance social inclusion practices in an efforty to get more students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to attend universities and to succeed there.
A lecture series beginning in December will focus on the future of the liberal arts tradition from the perspectives of leaders from different areas of the academic spectrum. The series begins with artist and international documentarian Wendy Ewald on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.
Professor Paul Josephson (history) spoke on nuclear power, nature, and politics in Barcelona Nov. 6 and will speak in Vilnius, Lithuania, Nov. 16. His talks at universities there reflect on Fukushima, the shutdown of nuclear reactors as a result of superstorm Sandy, and continued efforts to rejuvenate nuclear power in Russia, the United States, and elsewhere.
Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News, a compendium of reports from that time, was published Nov. 1 with essays by historians including Professor Dan Tortora (history) regarding Native Americans.
Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan (English) became the first transgender person appointed to a national leadership position by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, GLAAD announced Oct. 29. Boylan was named secretary of GLAAD's national board of directors.
MacArthur Professor Cheryl Townsend Gilkes (sociology and African-American studies) discusses the influence of African-American preaching on American politics in an interview with Australia's public radio network.