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2/13/2019   |  Professional Activities Archive

James Alm, professor and chair in the Department of Economics, was recently elected as the Second Vice-President of the National Tax Association, “the leading association of scholars and professionals dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of public finance”. 

William Brumfield, professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, recently added three articles to his "Discovering Russia" series titled “Russia Beyond the Headlines.” Each article in the series focuses on Russia’s historic architecture and cultural heritage and is written for the foreign-language service of the Russian national newspaper Rossiiskaia Gazeta.

Aaron Collier, assistant professor in the Newcomb Art Department, was a featured artist in a four-person group exhibition entitled Datum Drawing in the Design Building Gallery at UMass Amherst.  Also included in the group exhibition was the work of Tiffany Lin, associate professor of Architecture at Tulane.  Lin and Collier participated in a gallery talk on February 5 with UMass Amherst Architecture students.

Marilyn G. Miller, associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, presented "Authorial Assertion and Coercion in the Works of Juan Francisco Manzano" at the Workshop on Slavery, Authorship and Literary Culture at Columbia University, New York - January 26, 2019. Additionally, Miller published, "Racial Pathology, Resistance, and Recovery in the Queloides andDrapetomanía Exhibitions" in the Afro-Hispanic Review 36.2 (Fall 2017): 180-195. 

Barry Spanier, director of bands in the Newcomb Department of Music, recently served as guest clinician and conductor for the East Baton Rouge All-Parish Honor Symphonic Band. The 50+ member ensemble was selected from across all participating high schools in the area. Mr. Spanier rehearsed the group on January 30, 31 and February 1, with the performance taking place in the evening on February 1 at Broadmoor High School. Musical selections included Amparito Roca (Texidor), Chorale & Toccata (Stamp). Fantasia on a Theme By Thomas Tallis (Vaughn Williams) and Louisiana Parish Sketches (Giroux).

Jing Wang, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Communication, was invited by the Center of East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania to give a talk on “Digital Technologies and Financial Governance in China’s Fin-tech Development.” Additionally, Wang published an article titled “The Ant Empire: Digital Technologies and Corporate Convergence within and beyond Alibaba” on The Political Economy of Communication.  

In January, Ferruh Yilmaz, associate professor in the Department of Communication, organized two events for the Centre for the Study of Democracy symposium at the University of Westminster titled “Tackling Right-wing Populism: Theoretical, Political and Activist Prespectives.”  These events were organized jointly with Dr. Ben Pitcher from Westminster University in London, UK. Yilmaz will also be giving a talk in London on February 14 titled “How does Populist Communication Succeed?” Both of these activities are a part of his British Academy international visiting fellowship.

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