Rhodes Faculty Assume Leadership Roles

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Publication Date: 4/23/2007

Rabbi Harry K. Danziger of the Religious Studies Department has just completed a two-year term as president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). With some 1,800 members, the CCAR is the largest and oldest association of rabbis in the world. It includes the Liberal, Progressive and Reform rabbis of North and South America, Europe, Australia and Israel.

Professor Ming Dong Gu of Modern Languages organized and chaired the panel, "Across Invisible Divides in Chinese Fiction Studies," at the recent Association for Asian Studies Conference in Boston. He also presented a paper titled "Lu Xun′s Old Tales Retold: Modernist Experiments with Border Crossing.”

Professor David Romano of the International Studies Department served as the discussant for a panel on "Iranian Foreign Policy Under Ahmadinejad” at the 2007 Chicago Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association. At the conference, he also presented a paper on "Iraqi Kurdish Islamist Groups." Romano has two forthcoming articles in peer-reviewed academic journals:  “The Future of Kirkuk,” in Ethnopolitics and “IDP and Refugee Return to Northern Iraq: Sustainable Returns or Demographic Bombs?” in Refuge.

Professor Mark Smith of the Education Department chaired the recent SACS-COC On-Site Review Committee at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Smith began chairing review teams in 2000 and has been on over 20. On-Site Review Committees are charged with (1) follow-up regarding any issues of compliance with the Principles of Accreditation and (2) examining the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) of the institution.  The QEP for St. Edward’s was Developing Global Understanding in Undergraduate Students.