Friday, March 25, 2011

Faculty Spotlight

History and Political Science
The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies invited Erich Lippman, Assistant Professor of History, to give a lecture on Russian writer Maxim Gorky. Lippman presented his work — “Maxim Gorky as a Religious Type” — at Pitt on March 23 to an audience of Russian history and religious studies scholars.

Marc B. Sable, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies, spoke before an audience of 110 at Congregation Beth Yam in Hilton Head, S.C., on March 6. His talk, “Mubarak's Egypt — And After,” expanded on his earlier comments in Bethany on the current political unrest in Egypt. He elaborated on its roots in Egyptian government policies over the past 30 years, the prospects for democratization, the role of the military and the Muslim Brotherhood in the transition, and implications for Israel and the United States.

Visual and Performing Arts
Herbert G. Weaver Jr., Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Fine Arts, as well as his daughters Anda and Raven and wife Anita, completed a community service project for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) by painting a new sign for the organization located in Wellsburg, W.Va. The CASA chapter in Wellsburg ( is managed by Rhonda Stubbs, Executive Director, who is a 1988 graduate of Bethany College.

Aaron Anslow, Adjunct Professor of Art, presented and defended his M.F.A. Senior Thesis Exhibition (March 11 - April 2, 2011) at the Mesaros Gallery, located in the Creative Arts Center, West Virginia University. Anslow's exhibition, titled "Immediacy and Gesture," features 30 salt-fired and wood-fired clay artworks completed in the last six months. "The attention to surface detail and clay body formulation on Aaron's work is simply captivating," said Herb Weaver, who attended the reception on March 18. Anslow is a 2006 graduate of Bethany College.