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Publications, honors and creative works: Faculty

Alex Bloom, professor of history, was a panelist on Oct. 23, 2013, at a live forum and radio show at the Providence Athenaeum in Rhode Island, regarding the legislation that created the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. SueEllen Kroll ’98 was a program organizer.

Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, professor of religion, authored “Sukkot: The Paradigmatic Harvest Festival” in Celebration: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery (Prospect, 2012).

13-Drout-coverMichael Drout, professor of English, presented the lecture “How to Read J.R.R. Tolkien” at his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University, in October 2013, as part of the Carol Brown annual lecture series. Drout also released the audio course “How to Think: The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value” (Recorded Books, 2013), and published Tradition and Influence in Anglo-Saxon Literature: An Evolutionary, Cognitivist Approach (Palgrave, 2013), with cover art designed by Leah Smith ’14 and Amira Pualwan ’13.

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Publications, honors and creative works: Alumnae/i

13-Lori-Baker-coverLori Baker ’84, author of three story collections, published The Glass Ocean (Penguin Press, 2013), which received praise from Publishers Weekly.

Holly Barry ’85 published the children’s book Helen Keller’s Best Friend Belle (Albert Whitman & Company, 2013).

Rosemary Liss ’11 showcased her artwork in the exhibition “A Sacred Space” at Ancient Arts Wellness in Baltimore, Md., in October 2013.

Thomas Sanderson ’92, co-director and senior fellow at the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., co-authored “Terrorism’s shifting face” in the op-ed section of the Washington Post on August 5, 2013.

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Diane C. Nordin ’80 elected to Fannie Mae board of directors

Trustee Diane NordinFannie Mae recently announced that Diane C. Nordin has been elected to the company’s board of directors.

Nordin, a seasoned asset management executive, will offer her expertise to the board’s governance of Fannie Mae, as the company works to create a safer, more transparent, and sustainable housing finance system.

“Ms. Nordin brings to the board a deep and broad understanding of the global markets and excellent fixed income investment experience,” Philip Laskawy, board chair, stated in a press release. “Her experience coupled with her pragmatic approach will be valuable as we continue to strengthen the company and improve the housing finance system.”

Nordin most recently spent a year as a Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. Prior to this, she spent 20 years at Wellington Management Company, LLP, a private asset management company, where she was a partner from 1995 to 2011.

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Continuing tradition of service with the DAR

April Butler Staley 1983April Butler Staley ’83 has been installed as the state regent for the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a service organization with more than 175,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide.

The Hartford Courant in July wrote about her new position, describing her selection at the DAR’s national convention held in Washington, D.C., last summer.

Staley, who is assistant director in marketing at the Hartford Financial Services Group, joined the DAR in 2002, recalling how much her mother and grandmother enjoyed being a part of the organization. “At that point, my career was on track and my son was older, so I could commit more time to volunteerism,” she said. “Today’s DAR is a vibrant service organization that reflects goals that are important to me—historic preservation, education and patriotism.”

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