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William W. Parsons, PhD presented a paper "Remember the 2016 Iowa Caucus? A focus group of Iowa Caucus Voters would like to tell you, ‘I told you so!' at the Iowa Association of Political Science Conference, Des Moines, Iowa (2017). The paper is co-authored with SAU alumni Joe Dillon and Jessica Kleitsch.

Currently, Dr. Parsons is researching women running for state legislature in the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections. He is collaborating with Dr. Regina Matheson (SAU Sociology and Criminal Justice Professor) and Sara Killackey (sophomore political science major) on this research project that will seek to survey the motivations for women running for office in this important election cycle.

L. Joseph Hebert, PhD presented a paper – "‘Who Will Follow A Traitor?' Philosophy, Poetry, and Statesmanship in Sir Thomas More" – at the University of Dallas on November 4, 2017, as part of the Center for Thomas More Studies' "Early Modern Thomas More(s)" conference.

On November 16, 2017, he delivered the St. Ambrose University College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Lecture, "The Sweetest Heraldry of Art: Sir Thomas More on Statesmanship and the Liberal Arts."

On September 18, 2017, he participated in St. Ambrose University's Constitution Day panel; a version of his talk, "Freedom of Speech in Socratic Political Philosophy," was published September 22 in Public Discourse as "Socratic Reason, Free Speech, and White Supremacists." Also published in Public Discourse were his essays "Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and ‘The Very Mercy of the Law'" (March 31) and "Richard III and the Machiavellian Madness of Postmodernity" (September 15).

In March 2018 ,Dr. Hebert was appointed Research Fellow of the Center for Thomas More Studies for a three-year period and will be presenting another paper at their conference this November.

Duk Kim, PhD delivered a talk, "Can You Hear Me Now?: North Korea's Nuclear Brinkmanship" to the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities, Bettendorf, on April 24, 2017.

He was also invited to speak at Korea: Land of Morning Calm, A Cultural Music and Art Gala on October 21, 2017 at St. Ambrose University, and the title of his presentation was "From Hiroshima to Pyongyang: Lessons We Have Learned."

For the 2017-18 academic year, Dr. Kim was named Faculty Member of the Year.

He had several media appearances including:

  • "Father Expresses Concern for Son Competing in South Korea" with KWQC TV-6 News on April 18, 2017
  • "St. Ambrose Hosts Music and Art Gala to Highlight Korean Culture" with WQAD News Channel 8 on October 21, 2017
  • "U.S.-North Korean Talks Spark Ideas of Peace" on March 9, 2018 with WHBF-TV4.

Dr. Kim was recently also invited to give a talk to the Davenport Rotary Club on April 23, 2018 and the title was "Too Good To Be True?: Prospects for the U.S.- DPRK Summit."

In addition to his two ongoing research projects, The Success of the Six-Party Talks and Causes of Peace, Dr. Kim currently works with Amy Rowell, the Director of World Relief of Moline; Dr. Melissa Sharer, the Director of Master of Public Health program at St. Ambrose University; Dr. Thomas Crea, a social work professor at Boston College; Dr. Johny Augustine from the Master of Social Work at St. Ambrose to initiate a book-making program for refugees living in the Quad Cities areas.

Dr. Kim served as coordinator of the 2018 College of Arts and Sciences theme of Faces of Globalization which included numerous lectures, music concerts, theater performances, conferences, academic programs, and forums. The year-long theme highlighted differences as a way to more clearly understand the various aspects of globalization for the campus community

Lastly, Dr. Kim plans on his fourth short-term study abroad trip to Korea and Japan, 12/26/18-1/17/19.

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