Shout-Outs, April 2024

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Distinguished professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and executive director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy David Weisburd, has been appointed as the Chair of the Planning Committee on Law Enforcement Use of Predictive Policing Approaches by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The committee will conduct two in-person workshops exploring person-based and place-based predictive policing strategies with a focus on the effectiveness and sustainability of these practices. Learn more about the workshop. Congratulations, David!


A shoutout to Lisa Gilman, Folklore Program director and professor of English, who received a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars residential fellowship for academic year 2024-2025. As part of her fellowship, Gilman will be affiliated with the Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative of the Wilson Center to work on her project, "My Culture, My Survival: Arts Initiatives by Refugees for Refugees." It is a global multi-site project focused on the arts and cultural dimension of refugee "crises" to understand the cultural impacts of migration, the creativity and entrepreneurial initiatives of "refugees," and what structural systems and policies should be integrated to address refugees' cultural sustainability, emphasizing acceptance and integration into their new environments.


Michelle Greet, director of the Art History Program, has been awarded an appointment as an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fellow for the 2024-2025 academic year at the National Gallery of Art's Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts (CASVA). While in residence, she will continue her research and writing of her next book, "Abstraction in the Andes, 1950-1970," which examines the emergence of abstract painting in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. The fellowship emphasizes research in the history, theory and criticism of visual arts of any geographical area and of any period. Congratulations, Michelle!


LaNitra M. Berger, associate professor of history and art history and director of African and African American studies, has been selected to participate in the 2024 America's Role in the World meeting. This is a prestigious annual conference of scholars, policymakers, social change activists, and other leaders to discuss topics of significant importance to international affairs She will be participating on a panel about the future of area studies in connecting global and domestic policy. Congratulations, LaNitra!


A shout out to Eric Eisner, associate professor of English, who has edited the Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Romantic Period, along with Deidre Shauna Lynch of Harvard University. This is a field defining achievement fundamental to how literature students engage with the English Romantic Period. The book is out now!