Faculty Good News

Accomplishments by Ursinus College faculty members are noted regularly in “Faculty Good News.” This week features Dr. Sorensen’s moral psychology conference paper;  Dr. Greason’s panel discussion on oral history, race, migration and displacement; Dr. Hope’s recent doctoral composition; and Dr. Hurley’s work on the politics of natural resource extraction in developing countries.

Kelly Sorensen, Philosophy, delivered an invited paper, “Direct and Indirect Objections to Moral Enhancement,” at a conference on moral psychology in Stockholm, Sweden.  Sorensen was invited to present by the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics in light of his publications on moral psychology and applied ethics. He also spoke on professional ethics dilemmas at the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society during the summer.

Walter Greason, History, organized a panel discussion of oral history, race, migration, and displacement for the 2011 Society of American City and Regional Planning History conference in Baltimore coming up  Nov. 17-20, which features Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Patrick Hurley and Adjunct Professor of History David McAllister, as well as Environmental Studies and History alumnus Joe Joyce  f 2009, currently at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and Adjunct Professor Emily Lieb of Seattle University.   Professor Greason will chair a session titled “Public Authority and Private Interest in the Evolution of Local Governance” that discusses the work of Dr. Richardson Dilworth, Drexel University; Dr. Stuart Anderson, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Christa Lee-Chuvala, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Dr. Maximillian Tondro, University of Maryland at the conference.  Additionally, he directed a four-day Civil Rights Institute for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit under the federal Teaching American History grant in July.  Professor Greason also published two scholarly videos on American history. The American Institute for History Education hosts the first lecture, “Racial Violence and Social Order,” at its Talking History website.The Long Branch Historical Association created another video based on Greason’s book, The Path to Freedom: Black Families in New Jersey “Fashion, Uniform, and the Path to Freedom.”

Garrett Hope joins the Ursinus Music Department from the University of Nebraska where he completed a Doctor of Music Arts degree in composition.  His doctoral document was a one-act opera adaption of Anne Bronte’s “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.”  He composes acoustic and electro-acoustic music for both concert and multi-media.  Dr. Hope’s research interests include the intersection of religion and music, musical aesthetics, and musical pedagogy.  He will be teaching music theory and technology as well as coordinating the string ensemble program.

Patrick Hurley, Environmental Studies, had a paper titled, “Squeezing olives and mining (dis)amenity: The political ecology of mining opposition in the transitional landscapes of the Ida Mountains region of western Turkey” accepted for publication in the journal Development and Change. The piece is one of three papers specifically focused on the politics of natural resource extraction in developing countries.