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.
An editorial published by The Watertown Daily Times on Monday, June 14, highlights President Fox’s distinguished 12-year career, dedication to St. Lawrence, and the impact his legacy will have on future Laurentians.
Fox was appointed president of St. Lawrence University in 2009. Throughout the Laurentian community and beyond, he is known for his forward-thinking approach to how St. Lawrence provides a liberal arts education. During his 12 years as president, Fox expanded international education, launched the Experience St. Lawrence Task Force, advanced service and learning opportunities in the North Country, and remained steadfast in his support of the Laurentian community.
Associate Professor of Education Jeff Frank shared the lessons parents, coaches, and student-athletes can learn about sports and mental health following Naomi Osaka’s decision to withdraw from the French Open in his opinion piece published by the Albany Times Union on Saturday, June 12.
“Athletic toughness is important, but it isn’t everything. Balancing athletic toughness with mental health and emotional wellbeing may be the greatest gift we can give a young athlete,” wrote Frank. “We should be grateful to Naomi Osaka for allowing us to have this conversation, even though it complicates our sense of the relationship between athletic excellence and living a good life.”
Frank’s research focuses on the philosophy of education, liberal education, as well as teaching and teacher education. He has taught a First-Year Seminar (FYS) titled What Does it Mean to be Educated and courses in Contemporary Educational policy, Teaching and Teachers, and American Philosophies of Education.
On Wednesday, June 9, members of the St. Lawrence community tolled the bells of Gunnison Memorial Chapel 215 times to remember the Native American children whose remains were discovered at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia in May 2021.
Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Native American Studies Melissane Schrems and St. Lawrence student Tahonwentsiawakon Jacobs ’22 shared the gravity of the news in an NCPR piece published on Thursday, June 10.
“The event really is the discovery of the bodies because Indigenous communities have always been aware that this exists, not the possibility, but the reality," said Schrems.
Associate Professor of History Howard Eissenstat, whose recent work focuses on contemporary Turkish and domestic foreign policy, was quoted by the Turkish news outlet, Ahval News on Wednesday, June 9 about the forced disappearance of a Turkish dissident in Kyrgyzstan while the Kyrgyz President visits Ankara.
“ "It appears that Turkish agents are illegally detaining a Turkish-Kyrgyz national at the Bishkek embassy, while simultaneously trying to force him to renounce his Kyrgyz citizenship in order to facilitate his extradition to Turkey," wrote Eissenstat.
Eissenstat's research focuses on nationalism and Islam in the 19th century Ottoman Empire and 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 and given testimony to the Canadian Senate, and offered briefings to Congressional Committees.
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