Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – June 1-30, 2017

July 9, 2017

ARCHITECTURE – Anjali Joseph participated in an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) review panel in Washington, D.C. June 22-23. The group met to review grant proposals related to healthcare safety and quality improvement research. A conference paper authored by researchers at the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, “An Ergonomic Evaluation of Preoperative and Postoperative Workspaces in Ambulatory Surgery Centers” was published as part of the Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conferences on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare and Medical Devices. Herminia Machry, doctoral student, and Dr. Joseph led a workshop at the EDRA 48 conference in Madison, Wisconsin. The team also presented three papers related to the center’s research projects. David Allison presented a poster based on RIPCHD.OR project work at the European Healthcare Design Conference in London. The RIPCHD.OR project was selected as one of three projects to represent Clemson University at the ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival 2017 to be held at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in October.

ENGLISH – Clemson History and English students, Glenn Bartram, Melissa Knapp, Hannah Meller and Mary Kate Tilley, along with Susanna Ashton, participated in “Transforming Public History – From Charleston to the Atlantic World,” an interdisciplinary conference in Charleston, South Carolina June 14-17. In spring 2016 the students were part of an English Department Creative Inquiry project group led by Dr. Ashton. In the class they researched and helped design an upcoming exhibit for the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative on the life and world of Samuel Williams, a man who survived enslavement in Charleston and went on to write a little-known memoir of his life.

LANGUAGES – The Summer issue 94.1 of the journal of Italian studies Italica contains an article by Luca Barattoni on the representation of work in post-WWII Italian Cinema. The article is entitled “Diritto negato, pratica alienante, collisione corpo/macchina: l’identità ferita nella rappresentazione cinematografica del lavoro” and looks at film as the privileged medium for a symbolic negotiation of work in Italian society.

PERFORMING ARTS – Anthony Bernarducci had two of his new choral works premiered. The first movement “Kyrie” from his “Missa Brevis San Francesco d’ Assisi” was premiered by the Grammy-Nominated Westminster Choir College Williamson Voices. His three-movement work titled “To Althea” was premiered by the University of Arizona Symphonic Choir.

ENGLISH – Cameron Bushnell presented a paper on “Graduate Writing Associates” for the Consortium on Graduate Communications at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, June 7-10.

HISTORY – On May 11 Vernon Burton was interviewed by NPR’s “Here and Now” on the removal of Confederate monuments from New Orleans. He published his keynote address, “Reconstructing South Carolina’s History Through the South Caroliniana Library,” 80th Annual Meeting Address by Dr. Orville Vernon Burton, The University South Caroliniana Society 81st Annual Meeting, 22 April 2017, pp. 2-32. He has two essays, “From Clarendon County to the Supreme Court,” pp. 84-88 and “Eating with Harvey Gantt and Mathew Perry:  Myth and Realities of ‘Integration with Dignity,’” pp.139-40, accompanying Cecil Williams’ photographs of South Carolina’s Civil Rights Movement in Cecil Williams’ “Unforgettable, Life Hope Bravery, 1950-1970: Celebrating a Time of Bravery” (Orangeburg:  Cecil J. Williams Photography/Publishing, 2017). On May 4, Burton spoke to Greenville area theologians on the “Theology of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays.” On May 8 and 9, he met with former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley as part of the advisory and planning committee for the proposed International African American Museum (IAAM) in Charleston, S.C. On May 10 he met with the College of Charleston Advisory Board for the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) program, where he serves as executive director, to plan for upcoming conferences on public history and on Reconstruction. On May 25 Peter Eisenstadt and Burton spoke at the Benjamin E. Mays site in Greenwood, S.C. about  their proposed comparative biography of Howard Thurman and Benjamin E. Mays.

ART – David Detrich and Denise Woodward-Detrich recently traveled to Paris and Venice to research historical and contemporary artwork. They were joined by former Clemson University MFA graduate students Elizabeth Snipes-Rochester (07’) and Fleming Markel (98’). The trip was facilitated by Elizabeth Snipes-Rochester, who is professor of art at Lander University, and colleague Sandy Singletary. Twenty-two Lander art students joined the group. In Paris, they visited the major art centers of The Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, l’Orangerie, the Pompidou Center (which hosted a photographic exhibit by Walker Evans) and the Grand Palais (which had a major exhibit of Auguste Rodin’s work marking the centennial of his passing). In Venice, they spent five days exploring the 57th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, which features 86 National Participations in the historic pavilions at the Giardini, the Arsenale and the City of Venice. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal offered a great survey of artwork that is housed in her former residence in Venice.

HISTORY – Caroline Dunn presented “Having It All in Medieval England? The Careers of Ladies-in-Waiting” at the Berkshire conference of women historians, held at Hofstra University in early June.

ENGLISH – Jonathan Beecher Field organized and hosted The Seventeenth Century Atlantic and Americas Salon in Barnard, Vermont, on June 17. He served as guest editor of the spring 2017 issue of Commonplace.

CAAH – Rick Goodstein was invited to conduct at a recent reunion of the All-American College Orchestra at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Dr. Goodstein served as a conductor and musical director of the prestigious Disney All-American College Program from 1987-1998. The program is nationally recognized for launching the professional careers of hundreds of student musicians.

HISTORY – Roger Grant was twice quoted in the June 2017 issue of the Monocle, a London-based international magazine, in the article “Higher-Speed Rail/Express Delivery – USA.” Grant’s book-review essay, “Illinois Railroads,” appears in the summer 2017 issue of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES – Steven Grosby delivered the lecture “Nationality: Its Persistence and Significance” as a participant in the Engelsberg Seminar 2017, June 8-10, held at the Engelsberg Ironworks, Sweden. The seminar was sponsored by the Axson Johnson Foundation.

LANGUAGES – Tiffany Creegan Miller organized a panel session on Central American cultural and literary production at the Latin American Studies Association Congress in Lima, Perú. As a presenter in the panel, Miller discussed her recent work with Kaqchikel Maya children’s songs as a form of socio-political activism in terms of language revitalization efforts for this Guatemalan indigenous language. In early June, Miller also attended the DHSI (Digital Humanities Summer Institute) at University of Victoria.

HISTORY – At the International Meeting on Law and Society in Mexico City in June, Maribel Morey presented her work-in-progress as part of a panel on “Examining Class and Inequality in Different Contexts.”

ENGLISH – Lee Morrissey presented “Imagine an island … facing massive debts and emigration” at the 2017 Inish Festival, Inish Bofin, Co. Galway, Ireland.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE – Mary G. Padua, along with two Master of Landscape Architecture alumni, Zaid Al Shabibi (’07) and Feifei Huang (’07), presented long-term strategies to the Surfside Beach Town Council at a June 26 community workshop. Their work considered coastal resilience, a living shoreline, habitat restoration, integrated mobility and system of open spaces, as part of re-branding the town’s family-friendly identity. At the joint conference of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture and Chinese Educators in Landscape Architecture held in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, May 26-29, Ph.D. PDBE Students Pai Lu and Lei Hua presented their peer-reviewed work. Pai Lu presented “How Design Influences Older Adults’ Outdoor Space Usage and Satisfaction: A Case Study of Outdoor Environments in Chinese Facilities for the Older Adults.” Lei Hua, with Dr. Padua as second author, presented “Exploring the concept of health in urban China: case study of an activity-friendly neighborhood in Beijing.” Also at CELA/CLAEC Beijing, Dr. Padua, along with co-author, Jiachun Yao of Xiamen University, Fujian Province, PRC, presented their peer-reviewed work entitled, “Serve your community – integrate community participation into landscape architecture education in China.” As part of the special lectures series at Victoria University’s Faculty of Architecture and Design, Wellington, New Zealand, Dr. Padua delivered the lecture entitled: “Nature-based Designed Environments: Land Stewardship and Social Equity” on May 31.

LANGUAGES – In June Johannes Schmidt visited the OTH Regensburg in Germany, a new partner university, and gave two workshops: “German Culture and Economy in the US” (in German) and “Holocaust Education in the US” (in English). In addition, he promoted Clemson as a study-abroad destination for Regensburg students. He also took the opportunity to visit the first three Clemson students studying at Regensburg and got a tour of the large semiconductor manufacturer Infineon where one of the students is currently interning.

ARCHITECTURE – Robert Seel’s “Pendleton Spring” is a photographic monograph, following the successful publication of “Pendleton Winter” a few months ago. Rob’s photographs offer an artist-architect’s view from casual strolls through Pendleton, South Carolina, capturing the sense of place that so many people have come to love: street scenes, vignettes, and seasonal treasures.

ENGLISH – Jillian Weise interviewed three disability rights activists during the Denver jail vigil on June 29. Weise’s captioned video circulates on social media. Her poem “Some Rights” was selected for Poem-a-Day, the Academy of American Poets digital series which reaches 450,000 readers.

ART – Valerie Zimany gave an artist talk, “Digital Translations: From Hand to Code” as the Antinori Distinguished Fellow at Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, GA on June 10.