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  October 20, 2003

Activities and Achievements

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Articles & Chapters
Jocelyn Linnekin, Anthropology, "Tradition Sells: Identity Merchandise in the Island Pacific," in Victoria S. Lockwood ed., Globalization and Culture Change in the Pacific Islands, in Prentice Hall Series 'Exploring Cultures' (2003)

Lawrence Goodheart, History and Greater Hartford Campus, Mad Yankees: The Hartford Retreat for the Insane and Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003).

Josef Gugler, Sociology, African Film: Re-Imagining a Continent (Bloomington: Indiana University Press; Oxford: James Currey; and Cape Town: David Philip, 2003).

Robert Thorson, Geology, is writing for the "Place" section in The Hartford Courant, which recently won a national award, the Tom Wellman Award for Community Service, from the Association of Opinion Page Editors for "Place" sections published between Feb. 23 and July 27, 2003. The section is a series of essays about making the built environment a better place for residents to live, covering such topics as architecture, town planning, suburban sprawl, and transportation. During the period of the award, Thorson had six pieces published in the section: "Riverfront Reconsidered" (on Adriaen's Landing); "Making Connecticut" (on earth architecture and bedrock); "Cat Tales" (on cougars and negative evidence); "Tides of Time" (on whale beachings and cultural change); "Cheshire's Dark Underground" (on environmental threats and cover-ups); and "Glacial Gifts" (on thanks). The award was presented during the association's annual conference Oct. 2-4, hosted jointly by the Hartford Courant and the University of Connecticut and held in Storrs.

Lawrence Armstrong, Kinesiology, presented two lectures to physicians, athletic trainers and coaches at the "U.S. Olympic Committee Conference on Heat, Humidity, and Air Pollution: Preparing for Athens 2004" in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sept. 18.

Richard Brown, History and the Humanities Institute, and Irene Brown, Family Studies, emerita, spoke about their new book, The Hanging of Ephraim Wheeler: A Story of Rape, Incest, and Justice in Early America, as the Bosworth Lecturers in American History at Yale University on Oct. 1.

Douglas Casa and Lawrence Armstrong, Kinesiology, presented invited lectures at the Gatorade Sport Science Institute, Barrington, Ill., on Sept. 26.

Donald Crosby, Modern & Classical Languages, emeritus, presented a lecture entitled "The 'Setting' for the Ring: Richard Wagner in the Cultural Context of the 19th Century" on Sept. 19. The lecture opened a three-day Smithsonian Institution symposium on Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung.

Lynne Healy, Social Work, gave an invited plenary lecture titled "Social Work Education and Development of the Profession" at the 6th Biennial Conference of Caribbean and International Social Work Educators held in Barbados in July. She also gave an invited lecture on "International Social Work and Human Rights" at the University of Chicago School of Social Work in May; and an invited keynote presentation and workshop on "Internationalizing the Social Work Curriculum" at the Wisconsin Council of Social Work Education in April.

Dick Reynolds, English, emeritus, gave a presentation on Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, "Portia Unfrocked," at St. Michael's College, Vt., on Oct. 2.

Other Activities
Robert Stephens, Music, has been invited by the Rockefeller Foundation to a residency at its study center in Bellaggio, Italy, in spring 2004, to continue his work on Afro-Cuban religious music.