Frederick Suppe was interviewed on September 15th by Network Indiana News at WIBC Radio in Indianapolis about the impending Scottish referendum on political independence for that country. On September 18, 2014 voters in Scotland, which is currently part of the United Kingdom, will vote in a referendum on the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Prior to 1707 Scotland was independent and this referendum will decide whether it will remain part of the United Kingdom or will revert to separate, politically independent status. Scotland has a total population of about 5.3 million and 4.1 million Scottish voters aged 16 and older are eligible to vote in this referendum, including roughly 600,000 who have arranged to vote by mail. The total population of the United Kingdom is now 64.1 million, with the English numbering about 53 million. Thus, the Scots are a bit more than 8% of the population of the entire UK. Recent polls of the voters suggest a slight majority will vote to remain part of the UK, but there remain many “undecided” voters, so the result could go either way. At present, Scotland has its own Parliament with some devolved political power. The Scottish Nationalist Party currently dominates this Parliament and its leader, Alex Salmond, has been a forceful advocate for Scottish independence.
Fred Suppe was also recently selected as a member of the Editorial Review Board for The Medieval Review, which is an online journal currently based at Indiana University and which publishes reviews of books on a wide range of medieval topics. The Editorial Review Board advises the editors about commissioning appropriate expert scholars to review recently published books.
Fred Suppe has once again accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Fulbright National Selection Committee for Ireland this academic year. He has served on this committee twice previously. The committee will meet in New York City later this semester to review more than 70 applications from scholars applying for Fulbright Fellowships to support research in Ireland and will recommend perhaps 4 to 6 applicants to the Irish government to receive fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year.