• “Avatar” Star Stephen Lang to Perform His One-Person Play at the Rogers

    Actor Stephen Lang, a star in the Hollywood blockbuster “Avatar,” is appearing for one night at the Rogers Center for the Arts Nov. 1 to perform his one-man show “Beyond Glory,” which pays tribute to the stories of eight Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

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  • Dr. Daniel Herda brings his second Sociology of Immigration class to Germany

    For the second consecutive year, Professor Herda’s Sociology of Immigration class (SOC 3650) traveled to Germany to observe and experience the phenomenon of human migration first-hand.

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  • Professor Completes 500-Mile Pilgrimage in Spain On Foot

    In August 1968, 15-year-old Warren Kay and his friend completed a 250-mile run in four days, from Midland Park, New Jersey to Washington, D.C. Now a professor of religious and theological studies at Merrimack, Kay recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of that achievement by trekking more than 500 miles along the northern coast of Spain as part of a pilgrimage to the city of Santiago de Compostela.

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  • Christina Troy ’09, Senior Project Manager, Arnold Worldwide and Co-Founder, OnBendedKnee

    “Merrimack helped shape the way I approach life, the career decisions I have made and the relationships I’ve cultivated along the way. Because of the sense of purpose developed through my time with the institution and the friends and faculty who were a part of that journey, I’m proud of who and what I’ve become and will remain grateful to those 4 incredible years.”

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  • MC Filmmaker-Sisters Win Raves for Golf Film

    The Reilly sisters, Emily and Hannah ’21, came up short in their bid to win New England Sports Network’s video production contest for the popular “NESN Next Producer” television show — but won the hearts of viewers across the region who voted the Reillys their fan favorite.

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Notable & Quotable

  • Sociology assistant professor Daniel Herda’s latest article, with Dr. Bill McCarthy of UC-Davis, is “No Experience Required: Violent Crime and Anticipated, Vicarious, and Experienced Racial Discrimination.” The article is in press at Social Science Research.

  • Research from sociology assistant professor Daniel Herda was recently published in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. His research examines the discrimination experiences of young Muslim Americans in Southeastern Michigan and how these can alter their self-perceptions and opinions about the United States.

  • Lauri Kurdziel, assistant professor of psychology, was recently quoted in the Boston Globe on the topic of naps and bedtime sleep for preschoolers. Kurdziel conducted research with two others entitled “Sleep-dependent enhancement of emotional memory in early childhood” which was published in Scientific Reports.

  • Sociology assistant professor Daniel Herdawith coauthors John Hagan (Northwestern) and Bill McCarthy (UC Davis), have published a study in the journal The DuBois Review. The research looked into the connections between legal cynicism, the electoral regime of Mayor Richard M. Daley and citizen calls for police assistance and police reports of drug crime.

  • William Wians, professor of philosophy, delivered the opening keynote address at the 2018 Fonte Aretusa conference in Siracusa, Sicily, on June 6. His topic was ‘Violence and the Origins of Beauty’. Prof. Wians discussed three figures closely associated with the Greek city of Syracusa on Sicily: Aeschylus, whose play “Prometheus Bound” was produced in the city’s outdoor theater around 405 BC; the poem of Empedocles, who was born in nearby Acragas; and the philosopher Plato, who spent 13 years in Siracusa in a failed attempt to produce a philosopher king out of the local ruler Dionysius the Second.

  • Sociology assistant professor Daniel Herda, with coauthors John Hagan (Northwestern), Bill McCarthy (UC Davis), and Andrea Cann Chandrasekher (UC Davis) have published their article “Dual-Process Theory of Racial Isolation, Legal Cynicism, and Reported Crime” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Dan Vlahos, assistant professor of visual and performing arts, was recognized as Designer of the Week by Print Magazine on April 10, 2018. Vlahos shares some of his work in the local community, his favorite and most challenging projects, and his plans for the future. “Three things that inspire me are graphic design history, my students and contemporary design outside of graphic design (especially architecture),” he said. 

  • Melissa Zimdars, assistant professor of communication, wrote a fake news “how-to” for the Young African Leadership Initiative as part of the U.S. State Department’s ongoing campaign to counter misinformation in Africa. YALI supports young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance and enhance peace and security across Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • He Li, professor of political science, published an article, “Chinese Discourse on Constitutionalism and Its Impact on Reforms,” in the September 2017 issue of the Journal of Chinese Political Science, and a book chapter, “China’s Rise in Latin America: Myths and Realities,” in “China, the United States and the Future of Latin America” (New York University Press, 2017).

  • Joseph Vogel, assistant professor of English, published an article, “The Confessions of Quentin Tarantino: Whitewashing Slave Rebellion in ‘Django Unchained,’” in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of American Culture.


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