Spencer R. Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History, was the historical advisor for “Songs of Freedom,” a children’s hardcover book and DVD published by Blue Sky Project, a nonprofit media-development organization. Crew also presented “The Role of the Underground Railroad as a Cause of the Civil War” at the second Signature Conference sponsored by the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the American Civil War and held at Norfolk State University in September. Crew also wrote “Striking a Blow for the Ideals of a Great Nation” in the Sept. 19 edition of the Free Lance-Star newspaper, Fredericksburg, Va.
Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, presented the opening keynote address on “Mineral Evolution” at the quadrennial meeting of the International Mineralogical Association in Budapest, Hungary, as well as lectures on “Mineral Surfaces and the Origins of Life” and “The Deep Carbon Observatory.”
John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, lectured at the Foreign Service Institute on “Islam in Nigeria” and at the U.S. Department of State on “Ethnicity in Africa: Implications for Development and Stability.”