Jones Humanities Speaker Series: 

The Presenters

Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. | An Afternoon with Brian Bress '93 

  • Brian BressBrian Bress '93 | Brian Bress was born and raised in Norfolk. He graduated from Norfolk Collegiate in 1993 and went on to earn his bachelor's degree in fine arts in film, animation and video from Rhode Island School of Design. In 2006, he earned his master's in fine arts in painting and drawing from the University of California, Los Angeles, and went on to earn his master's of art from Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing in 2007. Bress currently lives and works in Los Angeles, where his work is on display at Cheery & Martin. Bress' work on been on display in both solo and featured group exhibitions in cities such as Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Salt Lake City, as well Madrid, Cologne and Genève. 


Sunday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. | The Changing Role of Political Parties in the Lives of American Citizens  

  • Dr. Leslie CaughellDr. Leslie Caughell | Leslie Caughell earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after completing her undergraduate and Master's degree at Miami University of Ohio. She teaches courses in American politics and political theory at Virginia Wesleyan College. Her research interests center on the demographic and environmental factors that shape political attitudes. Her first book, The Political Battle of the Sexes: Exploring the Sources of Gender Gaps in Policy Preferences, was published by Lexington Books in 2016. She is currently working on a number of projects. The two about which she is most excited examine issues related to female candidates running for public office. 


  • Jesse RichmanJesse Richman | Jesse Richman  is associate professor of Political Science and International Studies at Old Dominion University. His research focuses on parties, legislative organization, and elections. His work has appeared in leading journals including American Political Science Review, Journal of  Politics and Legislative Studies Quarterly. He regularly appears as a political commentator on local and national television networks, and his commentaries have been published by The Washington Post, The New York TimesThe Globe and Mail and other news outlets.


  • Dr. Antje SchwennickeDr. Antje Schwennicke | Dr. Antje Schwennicke is an assistant professor in political science at Virginia Wesleyan College. She earned her Ph.D. at Indiana University in Bloomington after completing her master’s degree at the Free University of Berlin. Before moving to Virginia, Dr. Schwennicke held a post-doctoral and visiting scholar position at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests focus on social policy in advanced industrial societies, comparative public opinion and the interplay between public opinion and political parties in Western Europe. 


  • Dr. G. William WhitehurstDr. G. William Whitehurst | Dr. G. William Whitehurst is a native of Norfolk, and was educated in its public schools. Following military service in World War II in the U.S. Navy, he attended Washington and Lee University where he received his bachelor's in history in 1950. He received his master's in history at the University of Virginia in 1951, and his Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History at West Virginia University in 1962. In 1950, he began his teaching career at the forerunner of Old Dominion University, the Norfolk Division of William & Mary, as a history instructor. In 1963, he was appointed dean of students where he served until his election in 1968 to the 91st Congress as the Representative for the 2nd District of Virginia. He served until his retirement from the House of Representatives in January 1987. During that time he served 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee, six years on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, and two years on the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (the Ethics Committee). Additionally, he served for 10 years as a delegate to the North Atlantic Assembly, the parliamentary arm of NATO, and three one-year terms on the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy. On his retirement from Congress, Dr. Whitehurst returned to Old Dominion University to resume his academic career and is currently the Kaufman Lecturer in Public Affairs. He teaches courses in both history and political science.


Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. | Plain Janes and Rebellious Catherines: Female Identity and the Brontes' Legacy

  • Dr. Manuala MouraoDr. Manuela Mourão | Dr. Manuela Mourão is a professor of English at Old Dominion University. She teaches 19th century British Literature and Critical Theory. Her research and writing have focused on representations of sex and gender, Victorian women writers and the formation of Portuguese racial identity. She is the author of several academic articles and of the monograph Altered Habits: Reconsidering the Nun in Fiction (UP Florida 2002), She is also co-editor, with Edward Jacobs, of William Harrison Ainsworth’s 1839 novel Jack Sheppard (Broadview 2007). Currently, she is working on representations of Portugal and Portuguese culture by nineteenth-century British authors.