ESU Faculty in the News
Kimberly S. Adams, Ph.D., professor of political science at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, traveled to Barcelona, Spain, where she gave a presentation and chaired research presentations at the International Conference for Academic Disciplines.
The presentation, titled “Reaching Across the Aisle to Protect Women: The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013,” introduced the significance of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to an international audience. It explored the specific provisions of the VAWA that included its extension to protect people regardless of sexual orientation or immigration status and to enhance domestic violence protections to women in Tribal communities. In addition, the presentation examined the bi-partisan influence of the 20 female U.S. senators on the Act’s passage.
Adams gave the presentation at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona’s Casa Convalescencia campus during the week of June 17.
Anthony L. Drago, Ed.D., professor and chair of East Stroudsburg University’s psychology department, presented training in St. Croix on June 12 to approximately 30 staff members at Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands, Queen Louise Home for Children, Ginger Thomas Residence and AmeriCorps. He discussed types of mood disorders, identification of risk factors for suicide, intervention strategies for suicidal individuals and treatment options. Through the training, participants were certified in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) for suicide prevention.
Shannon Frystak, Ph.D., ESU associate professor of history, will attend the Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat, an annual professional writers’ retreat held at Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, a historic arts colony and former home of Edna St. Vincent Millay, which is in the Catskills. Each year about 16-18 writers are invited to attend the week-long retreat where the writers participate in daily writing peer workshops, are allotted free writing time and participate in evening readings for the general public.
Frystak, who will attend the retreat from July 22-28, is the author of Our Minds on Freedom: Women and the Struggle for Black Equality in Louisiana, 1924-1967, and the winner of the 2012 Glenn R. Conrad Prize awarded biannually for the best published article on Louisiana History. Frystak’s forthcoming book, which she edited and authored with Mary Farmer-Kaiser, Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times, Vol II, part of the Southern Women Series, is due out soon.