News in brief

Photos and news from Davies-Jackson scholars, past and present, all delightfully bite sized.

As part of a photoshoot for the Times, current scholar Sasheene Denny sits behind the camera.

As part of a photoshoot for the Times, current scholar Sasheene Denny sits behind the camera.

A Davies-Jackson author

George Ciccariello Maher, Davies-Jackson scholar from 2001 – 2003 and current Assistant Professor of Political Science at Drexel University, has completed his first book. Titled We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, the book has resulted in a rather busy couple of months for Maher. 

Maher’s given dozens of speeches across the country and internationally (in Egypt and Jordan, recently), appeared frequently on media like CNN and Al Jazeera, and has written a number of news articles and op-eds for the New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer. 

His book is currently being translated into Spanish, French, and Arabic.

In case that’s not enough, Maher is completing two more: a theoretical book based on his dissertation entitled Decolonizing Dialectics, and an analysis of the Venezuelan communes entitled Building the Commune (for which he has just been awarded the Antelo Devereux Award here at Drexel, providing $10k for research). 

Tweeter? Find Maher @ciccmaher.

Previous scholar Brian Biggs celebrating a cycle ride in England.

Previous scholar Brian Biggs celebrating a cycle ride in England.

Nathan Matias in the news (again)

In a continuation of doing amazing things, Davies-Jackson Scholar from 2006, Nathan Matias, has been busy with MIT Media Lab. His current work creating a telepresence robot was featured on CBC.

Nathan was featured on NPR to discuss how he used a robot to create a poem.

He also continues to facilitate The Atlantic’s book club, #1book140. 

A Cambridge visit from Deanie, who says:

Previous scholar Deanie Vallone visited Cambridge recently.

Previous scholar Deanie Vallone visited Cambridge recently.

“I’m currently in England, soaking in as much theatre as humanly possible and enjoying all the Shakespeare festivities. Going to have tea with the Master, Queenie, and Sasheene on Friday!

Previous scholar Deanie Vallone with one of the falcons she trains.

Previous scholar Deanie Vallone with one of the falcons she trains.

One of my poems is going to be published in Sundog Lit, an online literary magazine. I’m also currently working as dramaturg on a production of Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love in Milwaukee. Kane was a playwright I worked on quite extensively in Cambridge, so it’s great to actually explore the production side of her text.”

Regular recipe sharer and previous scholar Randalle Hughes celebrates a new cookbook

Regular recipe sharer and previous scholar Randalle Hughes celebrates a new cookbook

Amazing award

Current Master Professor Chris Dobson has been awarded the extremely prestigious 2014 Heineken Award. He’s done some fantastic things trying to understand Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Click the link to read all about it.

Previous scholar Nathan Matias meets incoming scholar Courtney Dymowski

Previous scholar Nathan Matias meets incoming scholar Courtney Dymowski

Other news

Scholar Lindsay Brainard is teaching an Ancient Philosophy course in North Carolina this summer. 

Scholar Michael Gallen, 2005 scholar, has completed three chapters of his dissertation. He’s nearly finished with the fourth. 

Previous scholar Stephen Worden continues to travel the world. Here he's outside a nunnery.

Previous scholar Stephen Worden continues to travel the world. Here he’s outside a nunnery.

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