Saturday, March 28, 2015

Nicholas Bartulovic Wins State Music Honor

Ok, so this is a musical achievement, but Nick Bartulovic is a history major and we are happy to call attention to his well-roundedness (besides, "everything is history," right?).  Nick, who is also a music minor, was awarded third place in the 2015 Ohio Federation of Music Clubs College Composers' Contest for his entry "Three Sketches for Piano."  Congratulations!

The statewide contest is offered annually by the OFMC's Foundation for the Advancement of Music to encourage the composition and performance of music, aid performing and creative artists regardless of citizenship, promote musical education, aid veterans in commencing and resuming musical careers, and grant scholarships to carry out the above.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Editor at Cleveland State Law Review

Elisa Leonard, who graduated from AU with a BA in Political Science and Public Relations, and who was also an Ashbrook Scholar, has just been elected Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review for 2015-2016. Before going to law school Elisa worked as the Executive Director of a political party in Northeast Ohio and as a congressional staffer for the United States House of Representatives where she handled community outreach and digital media for the office.

Political Science Alumna Testifies in US House Hearing

Alumna Rebeccah Heinrichs will be testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa regarding Iran's noncompliance with the IAEA.  The Hearing is scheduled for 2-5pm today and will probably be broadcast here: Foreign Affairs Hearing

Thursday, March 12, 2015

New Book by Professor Justin Lyons

Professor Lyons has just published a new book comparing Alexander the Great with Hernan Cortes on the model of Plutarch's Lives.  In case you can't read the text on the cover (see below), here is what Paul Cartledge of the University of Cambridge says about the book:
Like a self-proclaimed latter-day Plutarch, Lyons boldly goes where Alexander the Great of
Macedon and Hernán Cortés of Castile blazed their respective trails, comparing and contrasting the motives, methods, and achievements of the two conquering empire-builders who changed the political map of the world, and doing so within an illuminating overall moral-philosophical frame of reference and evaluation.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Articles on Peace by AU Faculty

Two members of the Department have essays in this new book on The Question of Peace in Modern Political Thought (Wilfrid Laurier University Press).  Professor Sikkenga's article is called "John Locke's Liberal Path to Peace," while that by Professor Paddags is "In Search for Laws Above Nations: Jean-Jacques Rousseau on Perpetual Peace."  The book also has essays on Martin Luther, Spinoza, Hobbes, Vattel, Kant, Hegel, Thoreau, Heidegger, Benjamin, Arendt, Derrida, and Habermas.

Friday, February 27, 2015

History & Political Science Students Win Awards @ Model Arab League

Pictured from left: Kelly Ranttila, Joey Barretta, James Coyne and Andrew Dailey 

 Last week, nine students from Ashland University, most of them History & Political Science majors, participated in this year's Ohio Model Arab League at Miami University. In this simulation of an Arab League summit meeting students represent an Arab country and seek to further their country's interests by passing suitable council resolutions.
This year, Andrew Dailey and James Coyne, representing Lebanon in the Joint Defense Council, won an outstanding delegation award while Kelly Ranttila and Joey Barretta won an honorable mention for their representation of Lebanon in the Palestinian Affairs council.
This was the third time an Ashland University delegation participated in the Model Arab League and the most successful so far.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Liberal Arts Training Improves STEM Majors?

Skeptics wouldn't take it seriously if we were to suggest that Leonardo da Vinci is evidence that STEM majors can benefit from liberal arts training, but how about Steve Jobs: 
When introducing the iPad 2, Jobs, who dropped out of college but continued to audit calligraphy classes, declared: “It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.” (Indeed, one of Apple’s scientists, Steve Perlman, was inspired to invent the QuickTime multimedia program by an episode of “Star Trek.”)
Or Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, who 
credits her degree in philosophy and medieval history in helping her be the first woman to lead a high-tech Fortune 20 corporation. “If you go into a setting and everybody thinks alike, it’s easy,” she has said. “But you will probably get the wrong answer.”
Those quotes come from this article in the Washington Post by Loretta Jackson-Hayes.  See also "V is for Victorious," a story about Bing Chen in the UPenn Arts & Sciences Magazine, Fall/Winter 2014 (page 36).