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People In and Around Fordham


Babette Babich, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of philosophy, has delivered a number of lectures in Germany and France as part of her Fulbright Fellowship. She delivered two lectures at Bauhaus University in Weimar: “Nietzsches Antike zwischen Hölderlin” on Nov. 9 and “Heideggers Wille zur Macht: Nietzsche-Technik-Machenschaft” on Nov. 10. At the College International de Philosophie in Paris on Nov. 18, she delivered a lecture, “Une pensée vient quand elle veut: Nietzsche sur la pensée.”

Albert N. Greco, Ed.D., BUS,
associate professor of communication and media management, delivered a lecture, “Economic and Business Trends in the U.S. Book Industry, 1945-1999,” at the Library of Congress on Nov. 5. He also co-edited a book, Media Economics: Theory and Practice (third edition: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004), and contributed a chapter titled, “The Economics of Books and Magazines.” He was recently nominated to serve on the editorial review boards for the Journal of Media Business Studies and The International Encyclopedia of Publishing.

Anie Kalayjiana, Ph.D., A&S,
visiting professor of psychology, was a member of the organizing committee for the Commemoration of the Convention of the Right of the Child at UNICEF in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2. She facilitated a working group at the conference, “Children in Violence War and Traumatic Events.” She was also appointed to an advisory group that discussed homeland security on Nov. 15 and 16 in Washington, D.C.

Paul Kantor, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of political science and director of the graduate studies department of political science, was selected as the 2005 Fulbright John Marshall Distinguished Chair in Political Science at the University of Szeged in Hungary. Kantor will teach courses in American politics and comparative urban political development. During fall 2004, he was a visiting scholar at the Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. In addition, he was appointed to a three-year term as a member of the editorial board of the Urban Affairs Review, the leading American interdisciplinary journal on urban affairs.

Philip M. Napoli, Ph.D., BUS,
associate professor of communication and media management and director of the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center, delivered a presentation, “Concentration, Content Diversity, and Media Usage by Citizens/Consumers,” to the Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 10. He also delivered a lecture on Nov. 18 at NYU’s Brennan Center for Law and Justice on developing a state-level method of auditing the strength of democracy, including auditing the extent to which the media are structured and operated in a way that represents democratic principles.

Sister Francesca Thompson, O.S.F.,
assistant dean and director of multicultural programs, received a Distinguished Service Award and a key to Cincinnati for her contributions to the education of city students. The presentations took place during a Dec. 3 banquet in Cincinnati at St. Joseph School, an inner-city school where Sister Francesca began her teaching career 50 years ago. Sister Francesca also received a commemorative pin in honor of the opening of the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati in honor of her work in education. Similar pins have been presented to President George W. Bush, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Oprah Winfrey.

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