A&S Faculty News Round-Up

English professor Michael Erickson‘s full-length play, Honor Student, will be featured at Omaha’s Great Plains Theatre Festival (May 26 to June 2).  Honor Student is one of 30 scripts  selected from over 640 nationwide submissions for workshop development and readings at the festival. The Great Plains Theatre Festival is an annual gathering of hundreds of theatre professionals from around the country for a week of readings, discussions, and networking.

Webster Geneva International Relations Professor Oreste Foppiani has published an article in Revue Militaire Suisse (in French) on the European Union’s Operation “ATALANTA,” which aims to protect World Food Program humanitarian aid off the Somali Coast.  Read the article.

Jubin Goodarzi, international relations research professor at Webster Geneva, was recently interviewed by Le Temps, Switzerland’s leading French-speaking journal. The interview was about Webster Geneva’s roundtable discussion, “Human Rights in Iran,” which will take place Feb. 29.

Chair, assistant professor, and coordinator of German Studies Paula Hanssen published her article, “Brecht’s Dependable Disciple: Elisabeth Hauptmann,” in the peer-reviewed journal, Edinburgh German Yearbook 5: Brecht and the GDR: Politics, Culture, Posterity (Ed. Laura  Bradley, Karen Leeder, Cambridge House, 2011). The volume explores the multiple, contradictory impulses behind Brecht’s activities in the GDR. It also investigates the tensions engendered by his co-option as a socialist classic and the range of creative responses his works have inspired. (Read the January 2012 Global Thinking article about Hanssen’s research.)

Dan Hellinger, professor in History, Politics, and International Relations, now writes a monthly update on developments in Venezuela for the Center for Democracy in the Americas, a Washington non-governmental organization. Read the January update here.

Stacy Henning, Worldwide Director of Counseling and assistant professor of counseling, and Roslyn Thomas, head of Geneva’s Psychology and Counseling Department, have co-written a chapter for the American Counseling Association’s book about international counseling.  Their chapter, about counseling in Switzerland, is one of 40 chapters in the upcoming book. Publication is expected in late 2012 or early 2013. Henning and Thomas’ related article on counseling in Switzerland has been accepted by the Journal of Counseling and Development for its special edition on international counseling.

Yossi Mekelberg, head of International Relations at Webster London, recently appeared on BBC Five Live to discuss Egypt Feb. 2, on LBC (London’s Biggest Conversation) Radio to discuss Syria Feb. 4, and on Voice of Russia to discuss the Iran nuclear situation and Israel Feb. 6.

Warren Rosenblum, associate professor of history, was quoted in a recent Washington Post article, titled “Holocaust Museum in negotiation to maintain loaned exhibit.”

Alexandre Vautravers, head of Geneva’s International Relations Department, recently spoke at a conference on piracy in Interlaken, organized by the Swiss Shipper’s Council. View an interview on Swiss television (in French).

Debra Yost, adjunct professor of Legal Studies, has received a St. Louis Business Journal  “40 Under 40” Awards for 2012.