Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, wrote an article assessing the first year of President Hassan Rouhani’s administration in Iran, which was published in the Iran Primer under the title “Mixed Bag: One Year Later.” The article was republished in the Woodrow Wilson Center’s “Viewpoint” series, was excerpted in the Asia Times and circulated on the Gulf2000 website. He also helped edit and wrote the introduction to the book “Karim Emami on Modern Iranian Culture, Literature and Art,” which was published in August by the Persian Heritage Foundation. Over the summer, he appeared on a panel on Iran’s nuclear ambitions organized by the Woodrow Wilson Center and was quoted in news stories by the BBC and the InterPress news service.
Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theater and English, was the keynote speaker at the Harvard Club of Washington on the occasion of a screening of the WETA/TV production of his play “Nathan the Wise.”
Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, was the keynote speaker on mineral evolution at the Nordic Astrobiology conference in Bergen, Norway. He also presented lectures at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Geochemical Society’s Goldschmidt Conference in Vancouver, where he was awarded fellowship in the society. He was also named the 2014 Ingerson Lecturer of the Geochemical Society. Hazen also presented keynote lectures on the co-evolution of minerals and life at the Gordon Research Conference on Biomineralization in New London, N.H., and at the Dallas, Texas, Mineral Symposium. He engaged in field studies in the ancient Pilbara Complex of Western Australia, accompanied by a film crew from NOVA TV (WGBH, Boston). He also presented three talks at the International Mineralogical Association meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa.
John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Studies, in May presented “Countering Violent Extremists and Conflict Mitigation in Nigeria: Political Narratives and U.S. Options” at the State Department and “Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy” to senior U.S. officials. Also, he briefed the Department of Political Affairs of the United Nations on “The Current State of Affairs in Nigeria.” In August, Paden traveled to Nigeria to consolidate links with Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS), especially its Center for Peace Studies, and also with the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, which has a memorandum of cooperation with Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. In addition, he met with senior officials of the new Northwest University, Kano, to discuss future collaboration. In Sokoto, he gave a faculty seminar at the UDUS Center for Peace Studies on “graduate studies in conflict analysis and resolution.” He also gave a lecture to the UDUS faculty and graduate students on “Challenges Facing Northern Nigeria.” In Abuja, he presented a paper at the national conference, Interfaith Initiatives for Peace, on “Interfaith Relations in the 1st Republic.” Also in Abuja, he presented a paper and led a symposium on interfaith relations and conflict management in Nigeria.
Laurie O. Robinson, Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society, was appointed to the inaugural Faculty Advisory Board for the University of Maryland’s new Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation and Crime, jointly sponsored by the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the College of Behavioral Sciences. She recently chaired panels at the 14th Jerry Lee Crime Policy Symposium on Mandatory Arrest Laws for Domestic Abuse and the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy annual symposium. She spoke at the launch of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Washington Office and presented a national webinar with criminologist Al Blumstein on what’s next for crime and the justice system.