Faculty news recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Sept. 30-Oct. 25, 2016

November 1, 2016

ENGLISH – Susanna Ashton was invited to the recent premiere of “Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes,” a documentary film for which she consulted and was interviewed. Ashton’s earlier published works on Grimes and his memoir of enslavement, escape and survival led to her involvement in the film.

ARCHITECTURE – President Emeritus James F. Barker, FAIA, has been named an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Honorary membership is among the highest honors ASLA may bestow upon non-landscape architects in recognition of notable service to the profession. According to ASLA, “James Barker has always valued a sense of place and has continually promoted and valued the profession of landscape architecture due to his decades of work as an architect and as president of Clemson University from 1999 to 2013. As Clemson’s former dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and the Humanities, Barker led the creation of South Carolina’s sole bachelor of landscape architecture program with graduates now spread throughout the country. Clemson’s master of landscape architecture program also became established during Barker’s tenure as president.” The award was announced at the annual meeting and expo of ASLA in New Orleans.

HISTORY – In September, Vernon Burton was interviewed about Texas voting rights history for Reveal, a weekly public radio show from The Center for Investigative Reporting that airs on over 300 NPR stations. Their story of Texas’s voting rights history was based largely on Burton’s expert report for the NAACP/LDF in the in-person photo voter ID case. The segment aired the weekend of Oct. 1. The story, part of a whole episode on voting rights, is here, and the podcast via iTunes is here. On Oct. 19, Burton presented a lecture “Breaking Massive Resistance, 1954-1971” and participated in a seminar on digital humanities at Manchester University. On Oct. 20, Burton presented his draft chapter 3, “The Supreme Court in Reconstruction” from his in-progress book manuscript “Race and the Supreme Court” to a seminar at the University of Edinburgh. On Oct. 24, he presented a lecture on “Race and the Supreme Court” and presented a seminar on digital humanities at Chester University.  On Oct. 25, he presented draft chapter 4, “The Supreme Court and the Jim Crow Counterrevolution” of his manuscript at the Rothmire American Institute University of Oxford.

PERFORMING ARTS – Paul Buyer’s article “Teaching Jazz Drumset” was published in the Jazz Education Network newsletter.

ART – Andrea Feeser’s research on Jimmie Durham, “Traces and Shiny Evidence,” was presented at the Textile Society of America’s 15th Biennial Symposium in Savannah, Ga. The symposium was held at the Savannah College of Art and Design in late October.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION – Frances Ford was invited to sit on a panel at her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She spoke to current historic preservation students about her career path after graduation and participated in a question and answer period with the students. In other news, Ford was invited to present her paper, “Hybrid methodologies for mortar analysis, a digital view from the Carolina Lowcountry at the 4th Historic Mortars Conference on October 12th.” The subject matter of her presentation came from her fall 2015 advanced conservation class. On October 15 Ford presented a paper entitled, “Ruins in a New Age: Old Sheldon Church” at the Noreen Stoner Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation program’s annual conference at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.

COLLEGE – Dean Richard Goodstein’s article “The New Performing-Arts Curriculum” appeared in the Oct. 9 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The piece was co-authored with Eric Lapin (Clemson performing arts) and Ronald C. McCurdy (University of Southern California Thornton School of Music). In other news, Goodstein has been invited to serve on the advisory board for the College of Creative Arts at Miami University, his alma mater.

HISTORY – Congratulations to Roger Grant for winning the 2016 Simpson College (Iowa) Alumni Achievement Award. The award recognizes outstanding career achievement, service to the community and service to Simpson College. Grant received the award at Simpson’s alumni recognition reception in October. In other news, Grant was recently re-elected president of the Lexington Group, Inc., an international transportation organization of academics and senior transportation executives.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION – Carter Hudgins and Amalia Leifeste recently presented “As Built: Documentation of CCC-era Buildings, Structures and Landscapes at Kings Mountain National Military Park as Planned vs. Practiced” at the symposium A Century of Design in the Park: Preserving the Built Environment in National and State Parks, sponsored by the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

ENGLISH – Walt Hunter’s essay “For a Global Poetics” was published in ASAP/Journal 1.3. The essay precedes a forum on “global poetics” that Hunter edited and that includes the poets Manal Al-Sheikh, Omar Berrada, Whitney DeVos, Julie Morrissy, Katie Peterson, NourbeSe Philip, Marie de Quatrebarbes, Emma Ramadan, Keston Sutherland and Timothy Yu.

HISTORY – Thomas Kuehn published “Protecting Dowries in Law in Renaissance Florence,” in Studies on Florence and the Italian Renaissance in Honour of F.W. Kent, ed. Peter Howard and Cecilia Hewlett (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016), 199-216.

ARCHITECTURE – Peter Laurence’s book “Becoming Jane Jacobs” was featured in the November issue of The Atlantic magazine, where reviewer Nathaniel Rich described it as “a close, vivid study of Jacobs’s intellectual development.” In September, economist Tyler Cowen wrote that it was “definitely one of the best books of the year.” In addition to press coverage, Laurence has spoken and been invited to speak about his book and participate in symposia and master classes at the Technological University of Delft; Cooper Union; UC Berkeley Center for New Media; San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association; the Eldridge Street Museum in NYC; the Boston College Carroll School of Management; University of Virginia School of Architecture; and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm; as well as academic conferences in Chicago and New Orleans. For more information visit

HISTORY – In late September, Steven Marks gave an invited lecture at Tulane entitled “Russia and the History of the Word ‘Capitalism.'” The lecture was sponsored by Tulane’s Jewish Studies program.

ENGLISH – Kathleen Nalley has won the Red Paint Hill Press Editor’s Prize for her full-length poetry collection “Gutterflower.” The press will publish “Gutterflower” in fall 2017. Recently, Nalley’s work has appeared in concis, Fall Lines, Slipstream, New Flash Fiction Review, and the anthology “Red Sky” from Sable Books. South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth selected Nalley’s poem “Last Man on the Moon” as winner of the Saluda River Poetry Prize. Nalley read her work, along with poet Al Black, at Viva! il Vino in Pendleton on Oct. 25.

LANGUAGES – Salvador Oropesa published the book chapter “Lonely Souls in ‘Solo Dios Sabe’ by Carlos Bolado: Pastoralism and Syncretic Spirituality in Times of Crisis” in “The Latin American Road Movie,” edited by Jorge Pérez and Verónica Garibotto. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 121-36.

ENGLISH – Mike Pulley has been named facilitator of Clemson University’s fall 2016 writing group, a program offered by the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI). The group, which meets on alternate Tuesdays at 2 p.m. in Brackett 234, is based on the research of Dr. Robert Boice, known by many as the “guru” of scholarly writing. Boice encourages academic faculty to write 15-30 minutes a day and belong to a group that holds them accountable for their writing goals. Clemson’s Writing Group is open to all faculty and graduate students. For more information, contact Mike Pulley ( or OTEI (

ENGLISH— Geveryl Robinson was asked by the Washington Post and American Public Media to record an episode of their eight-part Historically Black podcast series. Robinson submitted a photo of her parents on their wedding day, along with a brief description of the photo’s meaning and her thoughts about the media’s negative depictions of relationships between Black men and women. According to the podcast website: “As part of the Washington Post’s coverage of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, people submitted dozens of objects that make up their own lived experiences of black history, creating a ‘people’s museum’ of personal objects, family photos and more. The Historically Black podcast brings these objects and their stories to life through interviews, archival sound and music. The Washington Post and APM Reports are proud to collaborate in presenting these rich personal histories, along with hosts Keegan-Michael Key, Roxane Gay, Issa Rae and Another Round hosts Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton.”

PERFORMING ARTS – Kerrie Seymour performed recently in “Women in Jeopardy” at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, Ga.

ART – Greg Shelnutt conducted a workshop at the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD) pre-meeting workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 12, for new and aspiring art and design administrators in higher education on “Goals, Planning and Time Management” in Baltimore, Maryland.

ENGLISH – Jillian Weise presented work at an experimental film and poetry screening hosted by Public Space One (Oct 9). She gave poetry readings at Converse College (Oct 4) and Coe College (Oct 19).

PHILOSOPHY – Daniel Wueste gave a keynote lecture, “Consequences and Responsibilities,” and conducted a plenary workshop, “Tools for Integrity,” at the 4° Congreso Nacional de Iintegridad Académica at the Universidad De Monterey, Monterrey, Mexico Oct. 20-21. Wueste presented a paper, “Norm Conflict and the Telos of Practice,” at the 18th International Conference of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, “Social Justice and Bioethics: The Rich, the Poor, and the Rest of Us,” in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 6-8. A paper Wueste coauthored with Nicole Martinez (Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Science, Clemson University), “Balancing theory and practicality: engaging non-ethicists in ethical decision making related to radiological protection,” has been published in Journal of Radiological Protection 36 (2016) 832–84.

ART – Valerie Zimany’s ceramic artworks are currently on view in three international exhibitions at prominent institutions across the country. Her sculpture “Chigiri-e (Bakusou)” is featured in Transference: Transfer Printing and Contemporary Ceramics, an international juried and invitational exhibition at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Transference explores how the combination of ceramics and transfer print technology enables the immediacy of printmaking to be joined with the enduring nature of fired clay. Artists use everything from traditional intaglio printing methods to modern technology to make prints that are immediate, personal, digitized, and/or imbued with historic references. The combination of historic process with contemporary ideas and design continues to result in dynamic, thoughtful works of art that resonate through the fields of art, design, history, and technology. The exhibition runs from Oct. 7  – Nov. 28, 2016.  “Chigiri-e (Moonwalker)” was selected for Points of Departure, an international juried exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin from Oct. 20, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017. A vessel grouping of Zimany’s “Toddlers” is highlighted in A to Z: AMOCA’s Permanent Collection at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California. Zimany’s work was accessioned into the museum collection in 2012 as a gift of Gail A. and Robert M. Brown. The exhibition runs through April 23, 2017.