Denise Davis and Toi Thibodeaux Recognized as Women of Distinction

Two UC Riverside staffers were recognized as Women of Distinction by California State Assemblymember Jose Medina, D-Riverside, during an awards ceremony held Saturday, March 10, at the Marriott Riverside.

Denise Davis, director of UCR’s Women’s Resource Center, and Toi Thibodeaux, assistant director of the university’s LGBT Resource Center, were part of a group of 20 women honored for their service-based contributions to the local community. During their time at UCR, Davis and Thibodeaux have been integral to expanding the efforts of their respective resource centers, both of which are located inside Costo Hall.

In November 2017, Davis spearheaded UCR’s inaugural Persist Women’s Political Engagement Conference — the first conference of its kind in the region — to encourage women to become more politically active. She is an elected assembly district delegate and is running for Redlands City Council.

In addition to her work with the LGBT Resource Center, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, Thibodeaux is co-chair of the UCR Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on LGBT Student, Faculty, & Staff. A role model for queer students of color on campus, in 2014 she established the annual BlaqOUT Conference, which will return to UCR on April 27 and 28 and welcomes participation from those who self-identify as both black/African American or of African descent and same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum.

Tess Eyrich

UCR Historian Receives Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship

Michele Salzman, professor of history at UCR

Michele Salzman, a UC Riverside professor of history, is the recipient of a prestigious fellowship from the Princeton, N.J.-based Institute for Advanced Study. Salzman’s fellowship, which is offered through the institute’s School of Historical Studies, begins Sept. 1 and lasts through Dec. 31.

Salzman plans to use the fellowship to finish her latest book project, “The ‘Falls of Rome’: The Transformations of the City in Late Antiquity (270-603 C.E.),” which explores the efforts of competing groups of elites who strove to rebuild the city of Rome in the wake of a series of crises and military disasters.

“Researching papal letters and neglected Roman texts, I challenge the popular ‘decline and fall’ interpretation of the period from 270 to 603 C.E.,” Salzman added of the project, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. “My book project explores episodes which the inhabitants of Rome themselves called ‘crises’ to capture the creative resilience of elites and the bishops of Rome as they continue to compete for power.”

Since its founding in 1930, the Institute for Advanced Study has served as a leading research center for both permanent faculty and visiting fellows, who are referred to as “members.” Among its roster of past and present faculty and members are 33 Nobel Laureates. The School for Historical Studies, meanwhile, emphasizes scholarship related to Greek and Roman civilizations, in addition to areas such as medieval Europe, the Islamic world, and East Asian studies.

Salzman, who specializes in ancient Mediterranean history and late antiquity, is the author of the books “On Roman Time: The Codex-Calendar of 354 and the Rhythms of Urban Life in Late Antiquity” and “The Making of a Christian Aristocracy: Social and Religious Change in the Western Roman Empire.” With co-author Michael Roberts, she published a translation of “The Letters of Symmachus: Book 1,” as well as a commentary on it, and she was senior editor of “The Cambridge History of Religions in the Ancient World.” She is an associate editor of the peer-reviewed journal Studies in Late Antiquity, a publication of the University of California Press.

Tess Eyrich

UC Riverside’s Philosophy of Action Ranked Among Nation’s Best

Philosophical Gourmet Report, a ranking of Ph.D. programs in philosophy, rated University of California, Riverside No. 2 in Philosophy of Action, a specialization within the philosophy program. The report rated UCR’s philosophy program No. 32 in the U.S. and No. 41 in the English-speaking world.

UCR tied for No. 4 in Chinese Philosophy, No. 7 in 19th Century and No. 8 in 20th Century Continental Philosophy, No. 8 in Philosophy of Race, and No. 17 in Philosophy of Cognitive Science.

UCR also ranked No. 42 among the top 50 research universities in the U.S. with a doctorate program in philosophy, as part of its 2017-2018 rankings.

The Gourmet Report ranking is based on a survey of philosophers nominated by the report’s Advisory Board. Rankings provide guidance to prospective Ph.D. students who intend to pursue a professional career in academic philosophy.

In addition to UCR, top ten Philosophy of Action programs include Florida State University, Cornell University, Stanford University, University of Arizona, UC San Diego, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California, Brown University, and Cambridge University.

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