Faculty news recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, December 2015 and January 2016

January 28, 2016

At the American Historical Association meeting in Atlanta in January, the following members of Clemson’s history faculty presented their research: Stephanie Barczewski, Vernon Burton, Tom Kuehn, Steve Marks, Maribel Morey and Michael Silvestri. Professors Kuehn and Morey also took part in panel discussions.

100 Years of Clemson Architecture: Southern Roots + Global Reach Proceedings (Clemson University Press), was published in December 2015. Edited by Ufuk Ersoy, Dana Anderson and Kate Schwennsen (all architecture), the book documents most of the events held in 2013 to celebrate the first hundred years of Clemson University’s architectural program.

Todd Anderson, Clemson University’s new printmaker, had work included in two international exhibitions in New York and Atlanta.

In January, President Emeritus James F. Barker, FAIA, presented “The Architecture of Leadership” at the Design Futures Council Leadership Summit of Design Innovation and Technology in La Jolla, Calif. The presentation focused on leading and implementing innovation using new collaborative technologies, as well as fostering dynamic change to drive success in professional practices and organizations. Barker also presented “The Architecture of Leadership” in Charleston, S.C in January as a  continuing education opportunity offered through Clemson’s Rutland Institute for Ethics.

Vernon Burton (history) has made several appearances and presentations recently:

  • His article “Tempering Society’s Looking Glass:  Correcting Misconceptions About the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Securing American Democracy,” was published as the lead article of the Louisiana Law Review vol. 76 (2015), pp. 1-42.
  • At the end of 2015, Burton briefed Congress about the factors that led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and challenges to voter’s rights after the Supreme Court invalidated part of the act in 2013.
  • On Jan. 18th, he gave the Ellwood F. Curtis Family Lectureship in Public Affairs keynote for Augustana College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration.
  • On Jan. 24th, Burton presented a paper on Abraham Lincoln and the meaning of the 14th Amendment at the HistoryMiami Museum.
  • And on Jan. 25th, he participated as vice-chair of a meeting of the Congressional Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Foundation.

Recently, Hyejung Chang (landscape architecture) published the article, “An Aesthetic and Ethical Account of Genius Loci.” in Architecture, Culture and Spirituality, edited by Tom Barrie, Julio Bermudez, and Phill Tabb, 71-82 UK: Ashgate, 2015.

The Boston Architectural College presents Architecture + Mathematics, a solo exhibition by Joseph Choma (architecture), founder of the Design Topology Lab. Fifty linear feet of walls are filled with line drawings. Through a morphing process, cylinders and spheres are transformed into four existing buildings. The exhibition directly builds on the work established in his recent book: Morphing: A Guide to Mathematical Transformations for Architects and Designers (Laurence King Publishing). The exhibition is ongoing through February 14th.         

In December, Cliff Ellis (city and regional planning) published the article “Changing Lanes” in the fall issue of Access magazine. The article, based on the book by the same name, explores the controversy, racism, and legal battles associated with some of America’s urban highways. As several cities plan to demolish their urban highways for other creative developments, authors Joseph F. C. DiMento and Ellis examine possible opportunities for them, including a chance for more public transit.

Jan. 14th, Roger Grant (Lemon Professor of History) presented a public lecture at the Upstate History Museum in Greenville on “L. Frank Baum,The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the American Populist Movement.” Grant’s recent book, Railroaders without Borders (Indiana University Press, 2015) has been named as one of five notable books for 2015 by Trains magazine (Kalmbach Publishing Co.).

Appearing now in print is the Arabic translation of Steven Grosby’s (philosophy and religion) book Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford) with Hindawi Publishing (Cairo, Egypt).

Steve Katz (Pearce Professor of Professional Communication and Fellow of the Rutland Institute for Ethics) was cited and quoted in Al-Jazeera on Jan. 25th in relation to the Flint, Michigan water crisis in the article titledWhat voters can learn from Flint water crisis.

Katz also, with David Blakesley (Campbell Chair of Technical Communication) and Leslie Temesvari (biological sciences), is hosting a series of three new workshops for the Writing In the Disciplines (WID) initiative this semester, the most recent held on Jan. 28th.

At the American Historical Association Meeting in Atlanta, Thomas Kuehn (history) presented critical comments on a paper presented in the two different panels “Exploring Empires from Below: New Perspectives on the Early Modern Mediterranean” and “Brutality, Due Process, and Peace Accords: Criminal Justice in Medieval and Renaissance Italy.”

Along with colleagues from Texas Christian University and Cornell University, Joseph P. Mazer (communication studies) publishedEnjoyment Fosters Media Use Frequency and Determines its Relational Outcomes: Toward a Synthesis of Uses and Gratifications Theory and Media Multiplexity Theory in the latest volume of Computers in Human Behavior.

Tiffany Creegan Miller’s (languages) published the article, “‘Xib’e pa el Norte’: Ethnographic Encounters with Kaqchikel Maya Transnational Migration from Lake Atitlán, Guatemala to Brooklyn, New York” in “Ni sombras, ni proscritos: Indigenous Presence in the U.S. Latina/o Community,” a special edition of the peer-reviewed, online journal Label Me Latina/o. Miller’s essay examines the points of contention that complicate the construction of a unified Latino identity, including geographic regions of origin, socio-economic backgrounds, generational differences, language use, and, more generally, cultural milieu—before exploring the relationship between indigeneity and Latino Studies in the context of an ethnographic case study.

With the publication in January of his new novel, Travelers Rest (Little, Brown and Co.), Keith Lee Morris (English) has multiple notable reviews, interviews and reading/signings happening:

  • Reviews include at least 13 publications, including The Independent (UK) The New York Times Book Review and Newfoundland Journal.
  • Interviews in print, web, radio and podcast include 9 so far, including The Chicago Tribune, Stay Thirsty Magazine (online) and KBOO Portland, and Morris has done 6 signings and readings between Spartanburg, S.C. to Portland, Ore.
  • He’s also had several articles published in The Independent (UK), The Quivering Pen (blog) and elsewhere, along with excerpts of Travelers Rest published in Literary Hub (online).

New work by Joey Manson (art) was unveiled in December as the first piece of Mauldin S.C.’s new public art trail.

Salvador Oropesa (chair of languages) recently published two articles,  “Hauntology of the Revolution in Neoliberal Times: Roberto Bolaño‘s Amuleto and Elena Poniatowska’s Paseo de la Reforma.” Critical Insights. Roberto Bolaño. Ed. Ignacio López-Calvo. Ipswich, MA: Salem P, 2015. 77-93; and  “El cine según David Bordwell: Neoformalismo y el concepto de totalidad.” Hispania 98.3 (2015): 583-93.

Barton Palmer (Lemon Professor of Literature) has published the book Shot on Location: Postwar American Cinema and the Exploration of Real Place (Rutgers UP) and the article “Love Hurts, But Not Too Much: Julia Roberts’s Scenes of Suffering” in the Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media series by editors Rebecca Bell-Metereau and Colleen Glenn, Star Bodies and the Erotics of Suffering (Wayne State UP): 288-308. Palmer has also accepted the post of editor for The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, sponsored by the Historic New Orleans Collection.

In January, Elizabeth Rivlin (English) organized and presented a special session at the Modern Language Association’s annual convention. The session was titled,Shakespeare and Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Reading Publics,” and her paper, “Shakespeare, Women Readers, and the Contemporary Novel.”

Shannon Robert (performing arts) worked on scene design for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of As You Like It, which ran through Dec. 12.

Mashal Saif (philosophy and religion) recently published “Beyond Text: Fluid Fatwas and Embodied Muftis,” in Fieldwork in Religion 10/1 (2015): 115-132. Saif has also just published a book review of Questioning Secularism: Islam, Sovereignty, and the Rule of Law in Modern Egypt also in Fieldwork in Religion 10/1 (2015).

Kerrie Seymour (performing arts) has recently released a number of  audiobook productions, including K.T. Tomb’s A is for Amethyst, David Pandolfe’s The Dragonfly Season and, performing as Piper Brown in Claire Ashby’s New York Times bestseller, When You Make it Home. Her audiobook productions are available on, iTunes and Amazon.