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Speer slated for collaborations with Opera on the James, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra

Randall Speer

Music professor Randall Speer has been selected to conduct two of Lynchburg’s premier musical groups in special concerts during the upcoming academic year. First, he will conduct Opera on the James Tyler Young Artists along with the Randolph College Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. This work—the shortest one-act... READ MORE >>

Randolph music professor set to perform at National Opera Center

Emily Yap Chua

Randolph music professor Emily Yap Chua will perform on piano with tenor David Tayloe at the National Opera Center at Opera America in New York City on Sunday, July 15. Chua and Tayloe will present a recital with works by Benjamin Britten, Hugo Wolf, and Gerald Finzi’s “A Young Man’s Exhortation.” The concert will take... READ MORE >>

Deetz published in special issue of Slavery and Abolition academic journal

Kelley Deetz

Kelley Deetz, visiting professor of sociology, contributed an article to a special issue of Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies. Published June 1, the theme of the issue was “A Forum on Slavery and Universities.” Deetz’s article was entitled, “Finding dignity in a landscape of fear: enslaved women and girls at... READ MORE >>

Randolph adds 2018 Whiting Award winner to M.F.A. program faculty

Patty Yumi Cottrell (photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

Another nationally known, award-winning author is the newest member of the faculty for Randolph College’s new M.F.A. in creative writing program. Patty Yumi Cottrell, a fiction/nonfiction writer and winner of the 2018 Whiting Award for emerging writers, joins the program, which starts this summer. Cottrell’s first novel, Sorry To Disrupt the Peace, was long-listed for... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor elected to Association for Environmental Studies and Science Board of Directors

Karin Warren

Karin Warren, the Herzog Family Professor of Environmental Studies at Randolph, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Association for Environmental Studies and Science (AESS). Her term begins in June 2018. The AESS serves the faculty, students and staff of the 1,000-plus interdisciplinary environmental programs in North America and around... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor’s research cited by U.S. News & World Report

John Abell

John Abell, the Carl Stern Chair of Economics at Randolph, was recently cited in an article by U.S. News & World Report for his research on food deserts. Food deserts are defined as urban areas in which it is difficult to buy affordable or fresh, high quality food. Abell has conducted extensive research on the... READ MORE >>

Visiting professor’s book highlighted in Savor magazine

Kelley Deetz

A book by Kelley Deetz, visiting sociology professor at Randolph, is highlighted in the latest issue of Virginia’s Savor magazine. The article features a Q&A with Deetz, and highlights some of the historical recipes found in her book, Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine. Savor is a free magazine,... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor tabbed as first diversity ambassador for national Brewers Association

Janel Jackson-Beckham

Janel Jackson-Beckham, a communication studies professor at Randolph, has been named the first-ever diversity ambassador for the national Brewers Association. In the new role, Jackson-Beckham will travel around the country to state guild and other craft brewing community events to speak on best practices for diversifying both customer bases and staff and to listen to... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor, students serve as panelists at Virginia Social Science Association conference

(from left) Veronica Lee '21, professor Jennifer Gauthier, Alex Wieczorek '19, and Hannah Overstreet '20

On Saturday, April 21, Jennifer Gauthier, a Randolph communication studies professor, served as a panelist alongside Alex Wieczorek ’19, Hannah Overstreet ’20, and Veronica Lee ’21 at the Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) conference in Richmond. The group presented “’Still She Persisted’”: Gender, Politics, and Popular Culture,” which included papers addressing gender and politics in... READ MORE >>

Randolph history professor selected to participate in national seminar on ‘The Civil War and American Memory’

John d'Entremont

Randolph history professor John d’Entremont is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special seminar on “The Civil War and American Memory.” The seminar for faculty members in history, political science, and related... READ MORE >>