St. Lawrence in the News - April 5, 2021 | St. Lawrence University

St. Lawrence in the News - April 5, 2021

This regular roundup features a selection of recent mentions of St. Lawrence University and its students, faculty, and staff in regional, national, and international media outlets.

St. Lawrence University’s musician-in-residence at Gunnison Memorial Chapel Sondra Goldsmith Proctor was featured on NCPR’s First Person series on Friday, March 26. In the interview, she reflects on her path to becoming musician-in-residence and how the virtual show must go on during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For 45 years, Proctor served churches in the Washington Metro Area as organist and music director and she spent nearly three decades as Director of Music and Arts/Organist for Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ. Proctor was the first woman to conduct a concert in the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the first woman to present a full-length organ concert in the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center. She has taught choruses and applied music in junior high and high schools, universities, and graduate schools.

Associate Professor of Government Ronnie Olesker penned an opinion piece published by on Tuesday, March 23. In the piece, Olesker, whose work focuses on international relations and security studies, offers important questions as Israelis head to the ballot box for the fourth time in two years.

Olesker’s work focuses on international relations and security studies. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and is a former assistant prosecutor at the Central District Attorney’s office in Tel Aviv, Israel. Courses she regularly teaches at St. Lawrence include Introduction to International Relations, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and Middle East Politics.

Associate Professor of History Howard Eissenstat, whose recent work focuses on contemporary Turkish domestic and foreign policy, was quoted in an article by Middle-East news outlet Ahval News about a recent video conference meeting where top EU officials holding and Turkish President Erdogan and neglected to address human rights issues.

On Monday, March 15, Eissenstat was quoted in an article by Austrian paper, DiePresse on Monday, March 15 about Turkish president Erdogan's attempt to break Turkey out of its diplomatic isolation. 

Eissenstat's research focuses on nationalism and Islam in the 19th century Ottoman Empire as well as the history of the Turkish Republic.  His recent work has focused increasingly on contemporary Turkish domestic and foreign policy, especially on issues of rule-of-law, minority rights, and the reshaping of political culture under the Justice and Development Party (AKP). In addition to traditional academic work, Eissenstat served for over a decade as a Turkey Country Specialist for Amnesty International-USA. He has lectured at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. military, and the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, as well as given testimony to the Canadian Senate and offered briefings to Congressional Committees.

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