Dr. Russell Martin, associate professor of history at Westminster College, recently joined several Harvard professors in round table discussions on Isabel de Madariaga's recently published book, "Ivan the Terrible: The First Tsar of Russia," at the Early Slavists Seminar.
"The book is the most recent scholarly treatment of Ivan the Terrible and has been enthusiastically received by reviewers and readers," Martin said. "But for many specialists in the medieval history of Russia, the book presents many problems and challenges. This seminar presented an opportunity to raise and discuss questions posed by the book and to address the general problem of making early Russian history more accessible to a broad range of readers.
"The seminar was conducted by Harvard professors Donald Ostrowski, and John LeDonne and myself, and was attended by many noted historians in early Russian history," Martin continued. "I was asked to participate because of my own work on Ivan the Terrible, especially his seven marriages. I was also asked becaused my own work, like that of Ostrowski's and LeDonne's, was heavily influenced by Harvard professor Edward Keenan, who comes under some fire in de Madariaga's book. The seminar was a chance to respond to those parts of the book that challenge Keenan's interpretation of Ivan the Terrible and the nature of the political system in Muscovy."
Martin appeared on A&E Biography in a broadcast on Ivan the Terrible as an expert on the controversial ruler. He is the co-founder of the Muscovite Biographical Database, a Russian-American computerized register based in Moscow of early modern Russian notables. The Neville Island, Pa., native is not only fluent in Russian, but also reads Old Church Slavonic/Russian, French, German, Latin, and Polish.
Martin, who has been with Westminster College since 1996, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his master's and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
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Dr. Williams J. Evans, association professor of education at Westminster College, recently presented his research, "A Glimpse of the Future: Technology is Live Counseling Supervision," at the American Counseling Association National Conference in New Orleans.
The Westminster College Cable 9 Television broadcast of the high school football game between Neshannock and Monaca this Friday, Oct. 13, will be carried live as the "PCN Game of the Week" on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).
The Westminster College Celebrity Series has recently announced the star-studded scheduled for the 2002-2003 season.
The schedule is as follows:
Sept. 28 - The 5th Dimension
Oct. 4 - South Pacific
Oct. 9 - Sandy Patti (not included with season tickets)
Oct. 29 - Anne Murray
Nov. 8 - The Georgian State Dance Company
Nov. 9 - Tom Chapin (not included with season tickets)
Dec. 10 - Glenn Campbell Christmas Show
Feb. 7 - Youngstown Symphony Orchestra
April 5 - Roger Williams
The Westminster College Coffeehouse series continues with "Korea: From Hermit Kingdom to Nuclear Player" Thursday, Nov. 16, at 4:15 p.m. in the Berlin Student Lounge located in the McKelvey Campus Center.
Durann VanGorder, a Westminster College chemistry major from New Castle, received a summer research position funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) will publish "For the New Band Director: Building Your Foundation" by Dr. R. Tad Greig, Westminster College assistant professor of music and director of bands, in the April issue of NFHS News, a national publication that will focus on the arts.
Seven Westminster College students will study at off-campus locations ranging from Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., to France, Spain, Argentina, and Africa for the spring 2009 semester.
Westminster College's Department of Political Science and Sociology received a $2,000 grant from Global Solutions Education Fund Pittsburgh to support Model United Nations at Westminster student organization activities for the 2009-2010 academic year.
More than 100 students from area junior and senior high schools competed in the regional History Day competition at Westminster College March 23.
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