Asher Kaufman, PhD’00, professor of history and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, was appointed the John M. Regan Jr. Director of the university’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Asher, who joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2005, is an expert on border disputes and regional conflicts, specializing in the history and legacy of nationalism and colonialism in the Middle East. Stonehill College named political science professor Peter Ubertaccio, PhD’02, the founding dean of its recently established School of Arts and Sciences. A scholar of American political history and government, Peter began his appointment on July 1. Edouard Veber, IBS MA’02, co-leads Rothschild Group’s direct-lending arm and heads its investment team in Paris. He is also a member of the multinational financial-services firm’s investment committees. Earlier in his career, Edouard was an executive director at JPMorgan in the global special-opportunities group, based in London. Historian Joellyn Zollman, PhD’02, is the curator of the San Diego History Center. She spearheaded the museum’s recent exhibition “Celebrate San Diego: The History and Heritage of San Diego’s Jewish Community.” Ruth Kelley, Heller MM’04, retired from the Dimock Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts, after 25 years of service, the last 11 as chief behavioral health officer. In her honor, a residential program for families in recovery was renamed the Ruth Kelley/Ummi’s House. Actor Yaegel Welch, MFA’04, is a resident company member at Everyman Theatre, in Baltimore, Maryland. During the 2017-18 season, he will play the part of Marc in David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-winning drama “M. Butterfly.” Ana Karina Felix, IBS MA’05, is senior vice president, CCAR and Basel, in Citi’s financial planning and analysis department. John Aylward, MFA’06, PhD’08, assistant professor of music composition and theory at Clark University, received a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a composer, conductor and pianist. Kerry Castorano, MA’06, was named director of institutional advancement at the EcoTarium, a family-friendly indoor-outdoor museum in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has more than 10 years of experience working in nonprofits. Claire Schoen, IBS MA’07, is a business project manager at international banking group BNP Paribas. Margaret Post, MA’05, Heller PhD’08, joined Clark University’s Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise as a research assistant professor. The center connects the university’s research and teaching to the world of public policymaking and implementation. Formerly, she was a senior researcher at the Innovation Network. Lance Warren, MA’08, and his wife, Hannah Ayers, premiered their new documentary before a packed house at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, in Washington, D.C. Lance and Hannah directed, edited and produced “An Outrage,” which looks back at the searing history of lynching in the American South. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project has acquired exclusive K-12 distribution rights to the documentary. The center will write curriculum to support the film and make it available to its network of nearly 500,000 teachers — and millions of students — starting this fall.

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