University of Delaware

For the Record, Feb. 24, 2012

Faculty, staff, alumni announce exhibitions, presentations, publications


11:56 a.m., Feb. 24, 2012--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent exhibitions, presentations, publications and service include the following:

Campus Stories

From graduates, faculty

As it neared time for the processional to open the University of Delaware Commencement ceremonies, graduating students and faculty members shared their feelings about what the event means to them.

Doctoral hooding

It was a day of triumph, cheers and collective relief as more than 160 students from 21 nations participated in the University of Delaware's Doctoral Hooding Convocation held Friday morning on The Green.


Colette Gaiter, associate professor of art, is presenting an exhibition titled "With Minimal Concern for Safety" from March 2-30 in the Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery, Carvel State Office Building, 820 North French St., Wilmington. A reception to meet the artist will be held from 5-8 p.m., Friday, March 2. The solo exhibition will showcase works on paper that combine crochet, photographs and media images. The works include photographs from the artist’s trips to Cuba in recent years, documenting Gaiter’s perceptions of the communist country through the literal and figurative lens of relative privilege. 


Farley Grubb, professor of economics, presented "Is Paper Money Just Paper Money? Experimentation and Local Variation in the Fiat Paper Monies Issued by the Colonial Governments of British North America, 1690-1775," at the conference on De-Teleologising History of Money and Its Theory held at the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 14-16. Funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research.

Rudi Matthee, Munroe Professor of Middle East History, presented "Persia in Crisis: Safavid Decline and the Fall of Isfahan," at Carleton University, Ottawa, on Feb. 10, and, as the Kathleen and Roger Savory Lecture, at the University of Toronto, on Feb. 15.


James M. Brophy, professor of history, published "Which Political Nation? Soft Borders and Popular Nationhood in the Rhineland, 1800-1850," in Nationhood from Below: Europe in the Long 19th Century, edited by Marnix Beyen and Maarten Van Ginderachter, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012, pp. 162-189.

Susan Strasser, Richards Professor of American History, published "A Historical Herbal: Household Medicine and Herbal Commerce in a Developing Consumer Society," in Uwe Spiekerman and Hartmut Berghoff, eds., Decoding Modern Consumer Societies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Rudi Matthee, Munroe Professor of Middle East History, published Persia in Crisis: Safavid Decline and the Fall of Isfahan (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012)

Deborah Bird Rose, a 1973 graduate and a professor in the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion at Macquarie University in Australia, whose research interests include extinction studies, ecological humanities, animals and society, and indigenous philosophies, is the author of Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction (Under the Sign of Nature), published by the University of Virginia Press.

Senior Kerry Bowden, a journalism student who covers sports for the student newspaper The Review, has written for The New York Times about Delaware women's basketball


Gregg Silvis, assistant director for library computing systems, University of Delaware Library, was appointed as a member of the OCLC (Online Library Computer Center) E-resource Advisory Council. The purpose of the council is to help guide OCLC in advancing a new webscale electronic resources management strategy that includes adding licensed and open-access content to WorldCat, building the knowledge base for e-resources, enhancing resource sharing to allow the sharing of electronic articles and introducing an entire suite of new services for electronic materials. The council will also explore new ways that OCLC can maximize exposure of electronic collections and, at the same time, reduce the total cost of acquiring, managing and exposing electronic collections.

To submit information to be included in For the Record, write to

News Media Contact

University of Delaware
Communications and Public Affairs

UDaily is produced by
Communications and Public Affairs

The Academy Building
105 East Main Street
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716 | USA
Phone: (302) 831-2792