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Faculty Activities R–Z

Adrian J. Reimers, adjunct assistant professor of philosophy, presented “Theology of the Body in Facing the Challenges of the Consumer Culture” at an international symposium titled “Be Not Afraid: Christ Knows ‘What Is In Man’” in Lublin, Poland, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Karol Wojtyla’s election to the papacy as John Paul II, Oct. 22–23, 2008.

Gabriel Said Reynolds, assistant professor of Islamic studies and theology and director of the Master of Theological Studies Program, presented “An Elegy for the Orientalists” at a Middle East Studies Association conference, Nov. 24, 2008; and “Qāḍī ʿAbd al-Jabbār on the True Religion and Sexual Perversion” at American Oriental Society Conference held in Albuquerque on March 13, 2009.

Alison Rice, assistant professor and Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, delivered a paper titled “Métronomes: Les femmes composent une ‘littérature-monde’ en français” at the annual convention of the Conseil International d’Études Francophones in Limoges, France, in July 2008; presented the invited lecture “Les femmes, la francophonie et la ‘littérature-monde;'” for a workshop on Francophone writers at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France, in June 2008; and presented the invited lecture and guided tour titled “Paris arabe: Architecture, Culture, Religion, and Memory” for the UCLA Global Learning Institute in Paris, France in July 2008. Rice presented “Haunted Homecoming: Returning to Algeria in Malika Mokeddem’s L’Interdite” at a conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in October 2008; “Transnational Francophonies: Worldwide Women’s Writing in French” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in October 2008; and “Multiple Readings of Patrick Modiano’s Rue des boutiques obscures” at Alliance Française, Chicago, in November 2008; “International Feminisms: Global Women’s Writing in French” at the University of Notre Dame Gender Studies Workshop, December 2008. She chaired and convened a special session on “Women’s Human Rights, Transnational Subjectivities, and Political Aesthetics” at the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA), San Francisco, in December 2008; presented “Rehearsing 17 October 1961: The Vichy Syndrome and Post-1997 Representations of the Battle of Paris” at the conference on “Performances and Performatives of the Holocaust: French and Francophone Acts of Resistance, Collaboration, and Testimony” UCLA, May 1, 2009; and “Pour une littérature-monde au féminin: Global Women Writers of French” at the international conference on “Littérature-monde: New Wave or New Hype?” organized by Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University, Tallahassee, in February 2009.

Karen Richman, director of the Migration and Border Studies Center, presented “Religion, Migration And Transnationalism: Border Issues Beyond the Border” and “Hands On Design, Development and Implementation of a Border Issues Initiative” to the College of Health and Human Services, University of Texas-Panamerican, on Oct. 17, 2008; “The Structural Violence of Haitian Migration to the Dominican Republic: An Anthropological Perspective” to the Center for Latin American Studies; “Through the Camera’s Eye: Caribbean Migration to Florida—A Film and Lecture Series” at the University of Florida, Gainesville, on Sept. 8, 2008; and “A More Powerful Sorcerer: Conversion, Capital and Haitian Transnational Migration” at the “Obeah and Other Powers: The Politics of Caribbean Religion and Healing” conference at University of Newcastle, on July 18, 2008. She presented “A More Powerful Sorcerer, Conversion, Capital and Haitian Transnational Migration” to the “Black Atlantic and Caribbean Religions: Transnational Flows and Local Histories” panel at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco, on Nov. 19, 2008; and presented “Human Displacement and Cultural Survival: Does Migration Destroy Cultures?” in a series of three lectures: “Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Transnational Migration: Haitian and Mexican Cases,” “Haitian and Mexican Transnational Networks, Culture and Politics,” and “Transnational Religion and Ritual in a Haitian Community” to FACDIS (Faculty and Course Development in International Studies) 28th Annual Workshop titled “The Impact of Global Movement,” Nov. 13–14, 2008, in Morgantown, W.Va. She presented “Migration and Vodou: Religious Innovations of Haitian Transnational Communities” to the departments of anthropology and history at Central Connecticut State University on Feb. 18, 2009; “Creole Performance and Migration” to the Creole Linguistics Seminar at the University of Chicago, Department of Linguistics on Feb. 23, 2009; “Understanding Haitian Culture and Development” at the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Xavier University, on Feb. 25, 2009; “The Meaning of Participation in a Globalized World: Continued Migration Political, Social, Religious, and Economic Engagement in the Home Country by Haitian and Mexican Immigrants” at the Lecture Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, Northern Illinois University, on March 23, 2009; and the paper “Possession and Attachment: Notes on Moral Ritual Communication among Haitian Descent Groups” to the panel, “The Work of Possession” at “Moments Of Crisis: Decision, Transformation, Catharsis, Critique” conference of the Societies for the Anthropology of Religion and Psychological Anthropology, Pacific Grove, Calif., on March 28, 2009.

Jeanne Romero-Severson, associate professor of biological sciences, presented an invited talk titled “A ‘Hard’ Problem in Integrative Biology: Genetic Mapping in Woody Angiosperm” at Penn State University, May 7–8.

Deborah L. Rotman, director of undergraduate studies in anthropology, presented “Narratives of Dispersal: Oral History and Historical Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora in South Bend, Indiana” for the symposium “Conceptualising Migration: Interpretive Frameworks for People on the Move,” co-organized by S. Merlo, S. Hakenbeck, and S. Al-Kuntar for the “World Archaeological Congress,” Dublin, Ireland, June 28–July 5; was co-host of a Project Archaeology workshop at the Fogarty Residential Site in South Bend, Ind., with the Indiana State Museum, June 10–12; and presented “Irish Immigrants to South Bend: Historical Archaeology of the Fogarty Residence in the Sorinsville Neighborhood” at the “Archaeology Student Festival” at the Indiana State Museum on May 9.

Rev. Neil J. Roy, visiting assistant professor of theology, presented “The Roman Canon: Deesis in Euchology” at the “International Liturgical Conference: Benedict XVI and the Sacred Liturgy” in Fota Island, Co. Cork, Ireland, on July 12, 2008; and “Mary in the Liturgical Calendar and in Sacred Iconography” at St. Dunstan’s Parish, Toronto, Ontario, on Aug. 12, 2008; “This Sacrifice of Praise,” a three-day workshop with lay ministers of Holy Communion and lectors on implementing the General Instruction on the Roman Missal and Redemptionis sacramentum at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Oct. 19–21, 2008; the same workshop, Nov. 26–27, 29, 2008; “Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh: Three Carmelite Offerings Fit for a King,” at Carmelite Monastery, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 21–23, 2008; “A Priest’s Manual from the Gregorian Reform” at the meeting of the American Historical Association Convention, Society for Italian Historical Studies “Session I: Reform and Clerical Culture in the Eleventh Century,” on Jan. 2; and “Rituals and Prayers in a Twelfth-Century Presbyteral Handbook from Valva-Sulmona” at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Baltimore, on Jan. 3, 2009.

Steven Ruggiero, professor of physics, presented “Virus Sizing and Counting” at Scientific Methods, Granger, Ind., on Nov. 26, 2008.

Jonathan Saperstein, professor of physics, presented the invited talk “Atomic Structure of Heavy Atoms” at the conference “P and T Violation at Low Energies and Related Phenomena,” Heidelberg, IWH, June 9–11, 2008; and the invited talk “Atomic Physics Tests of the Standard Model” at the “International Conference on Particles and Nuclei (PANIC08)” Eilat, Israel, Nov. 9–14, 2008.

Slavi C. Sevov, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, presented an invited seminar at Auburn University, Alabama, titled “Deltahedral Zintl Ions Omit Their Reactivity” on Sept. 11, 2008; and “Deltahedral Zintl Clusters and their Functionalization” at the University of new Orleans as an invited speaker on Oct. 17, 2008; and gave two invited seminars at the USTC (Hefei) and Nanjing Universities, both titled “Deltahedral Zintl Ions,” in November 2008.

Duncan Stroik, associate professor of architecture, presented “Angels in the Architecture: Truth and Beauty in Contemporary Classicism” at the College of Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 11, 2008; had the cornerstone of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity chapel in California, which he designed, blessed by Pope Benedict XVI on Sept. 3; juried the “Catholic Arts Exhibition and Competition” for St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., in August; had his work, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, Wis., dedicated on July 31; presented “The Future of Sacred Architecture” at the Cathedral of St. James in Seattle, Wash., in June; lectured at St. Catherine of Siena church in Wake Forest, N.C., on “Theology in Stone and Glass” in May; and, in April, Stroik presented a Hesburgh lecture for the Notre Dame club at Marist College in N.Y., on “Sacred Architecture Today.” Stroik delivered five lectures on “The Meaning of a Cathedral” to the presbyteral assembly of the Diocese of Madison in September 2008; and two of his built works were exhibited in the “New Palladians” exhibition in London, England, in fall 2008.

Richard Taylor, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, presented an invited seminar at Temple University, Philadelphia, titled “New Sound of Chemical Diversity” on Dec. 4, 2008.

Julia Adeney Thomas, associate professor of history, presented “The Exquisite Corpse and Korea’s DMZ” at a conference on “Militarized Landscapes” at the University of Bristol, England, Sept. 3–6, 2008; organized a panel on “Speaking for the Wordless: Landscapes, Images, and Things” with T. Keirstead,P. Siegenthaler, and R. Abe-Austad, and presented “Flirtatious Evidence: The Games Photographs Play,” both at a meeting of the European Association of Japanese Studies in Lecce, Italy, Sept. 17–20, 2008; and was a co-organizer and respondent at the conference on “Japan’s Natural Legacies” sponsored by Montana State University, Harvard and the University of Notre Dame, Bozeman, Mont., Oct. 1–5, 2008. Thomas presented “Flirtatious Evidence: Photography’s Metaphoric and Metonymic Promises” at the “Conference on History and Photography” sponsored by History and Theory, Wesleyan University, Nov. 7–9, 2008, and atHarvard University, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Dec. 12, 2008. She was a panel discussant on “The Politics of the Real and the Surreal in Early Postwar Japanese Photography, Painting and Performance” at the Association of Asian Studies annual meeting in Chicago on March 28, 2009; and a co-organized the conference “Asian Environments Shaping the World” held at the National University of Singapore, March 19–21, 2009, where she presented “No-Man’s Land: History and Nature Between States in the Korean DMZ.” She presented "Flirtatious Evidence: Photography’s Promises in Occupied Japan’ at the University of Nevada at Reno, April 9, 2009, and at the University of Minnesota, April 21, 2009. On May 1–2, she participated in a workshop on “Capturing the Moment: Visual Evidence and Eyewitnessing” organized jointly by L. Hunt (UCLA) and V. Schwartz (USC).

Zoltan Toroczkai, professor of physics, presented “Network Science: the Challenge of Connections” at the Stem-Cell and Brain Research Institute, INSERM U846, Lyon, France, on June 19, 2008; and “On Realizing All Simple Graphs with a Given Degree Sequence” at a Center for Applied Mathematics colloquium, University of Notre Dame, on March 31, 2008.

Eugene Ulrich, professor of theology, presented an invited paper, “Clearer Insight into the Development of the Bible—A Gift of the Scrolls,” at the “International Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Contemporary Culture” at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, July 8, 2008; and presented one of the two invited international papers (“The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Septuagint Translation of Isaiah”) at the “XIX Annual Theological Conference of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University” in Moscow, Oct. 9–12, 2008.

Juan Vitulli, assistant professor and Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and Kellogg Institute for International Studies, delivered the invited paper “Sin tener ojos para ver, haya ojos para llorar: en torno al concepto de representación en la Oración fúnebre a las reales exequias de Carlos II (1701) de Rodrigo de Castro y Mena” at the symposium “Fiesta y religión en la América colonial (siglos XVI–XVIII)” at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Perú, Lima, Perú, August 2008.

John P. Welle, professor of Romance languages and literatures, concurrent professor of film, television and theatre, and Fellow of the Nanovic Institute, presented “The Magic Lantern and the Illustrated Book: Making Italians in Carlo Collodi’s La lanterna magica di Giannettino,” at the international conference “Technology and the Print Media in Italy, 1870–1914,” at Seton Hall, N.J., Oct. 16–18.

Michael C.F. Wiescher, the Freimann Professor of Physics, presented invited lectures at “Workshop cum School on Nuclear Astrophysics,” Kolkata, India, in February 2008; and the invited lectures “Experimental Needs and Experimental Tools in Nuclear Astrophysics,” “Nuclear Physics Questions in Stellar Hydrogen Burning,” “Nuclear Physics Questions in Stellar Helium Burning and Neutron Production,” and “Nuclear Physics Questions for Late Stellar Burning in Massive Stars,” all at the “Workshop cum School on Nuclear Astrophysics,” Saha Institute, Kolkata, India, in February 2008. Weischer presented the colloquium “Nuclear Physics in the Emerging Universe” and the seminar “Nuclear Physics at Notre Dame” at Florida State University, Tallahassee, in March 2008; the invited plenary session at “Nuclear Physics in the Emerging Universe; the Origin of the Elements,” at “Quarks to the Cosmos,” the APS spring meeting, in New Orleans, March 10–14, 2008; the opening talk “R-Matrix and Nuclear reactions in Stellar Hydrogen and Helium Burning” at the workshop on R-matrix applications, Santa Fe, N.M., April 21–23, 2008; and “Accelerator Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics Experiments at DUSEL” at the Homestake Laboratory Workshop, Lead, S.D., April 26, 2008. He presented the colloquium “Nuclear Processes in Exploding Stars” at the University of Köln, Germany, in June 2008; the seminar “Nucleosynthesis in Stellar Carbon Burning” at Technical University Darmstadt, in June 2008; the plenary talk “Long Range Perspectives in Nuclear Astrophysics” at the “International Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos NIC X,” Mackinac Island, Mich., in July 2008; and “Nuclear Processes in the Crust of Neutron Stars—From Thermonuclear to Pycnonuclear Burning” at the EMMI meeting, GSI Darmstadt, Germany, in July 2008. He presented “Nuclear Physics, Questions, Directions, Applications: Overview Presentation” to the Board of Physics and Astronomy, National Academies, University of California, Irvine, in October 2008; “Nuclear Physics in the Emerging Universe, the Origin of the Elements,” a colloquium, for the Department of Energy, Washington, D.C., in December 2008; “Neutronactivation Techniques in Art and Archaeology,” an archaeometry seminar, at the University of Notre Dame in February 2009; and “Nuclear Fusion Processes in Thermonuclear Supernovae and Superbursts,” a colloquium, at the University of Rochester in February 2009.

Rev. Oliver F. Williams, director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business, was a guest lecturer in ethics and corporate governance at Nelson Mandela Univ. in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on June 12, 2008; presented "Restoring Public Trust in Business: The Crucial Role of the King Report to the Association of Corporate Treasurers, Cape Town, South Africa, June 26, 2008; presented “Can You Do Well by Doing Good?” for the Catholic Peace and Justice Network, Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 9, 2008; presented “The Challenge: To Avoid Checking Our Spiritual Values at the Office Door” at the Johannesburg Country Club, Auckland Park, on July 11, 2008; and presented “The UN Global Compact: Can it Provide an Answer to Critics of Globalization?” at a plenary session of the International Society of Business, Economics and Ethics, Cape Town, South Africa, on July 16, 2008. He presented “Recasting the Bottom Line” in the Dominican University series on Globalization, Sustainability and US, River Forest, Ill., March 19, 2009; “Business Ethics in the 21st Century” as part of a panel in the Hesburgh Lecture Series, Fort Wayne, Ind., March 23, 2009; “Creating Shared Value: Can Shareholder Interests and Society’s Interests Be Aligned?” as part of a panel on the “Global Forum on Creating Shared Value,” New York City, April 27–28, 2009; and “Educating for Capitalism in the 21st Century: The Role of the UN Principles for Management Education (PRME)” at the “World Civic Forum,” Seoul, South Korea, May 7–8, 2009.

Samir Younés, associate professor of architecture, in association with Ettore Mazzola, visiting assistant professor of Architecture, exhibited their architectural project Il Porto di Pantelleria at the New Palladians Exhibition held at the Prince of Wales’ Foundation, Gallery, London, Sept. 3–20, 2008.

Randall Zachman, professor of theology, presented “The Radical Insecurity of Idolatry? or of Faith?” at the “Theological Interpretation of Scripture Symposium” at North Park Theological Seminary on Sept. 26, 2008; and made a presentation (with Michael Connors, associate professional specialist in theology) of the Notre Dame Theology project to the Lexington Seminar, Alexandria, Va., Oct. 2–4, 2008.