HISTORY – The Marine Corps History Division of Marine Corps University has just published Rod Andrew’s monograph “Hill Fights: The First Battle of Khe Sanh, 1967.” This is the Marine Corps’ first official history of this important but lesser-known phase of the fighting in Vietnam. Andrew recently retired from the Marine Corps Reserve, where his last billet was Officer-in-Charge of the Field History Branch.
PERFORMING ARTS – Anthony Bernarducci’s choral composition titled “I Softly Sing” was premiered by the University of Arizona Symphonic Choir Oct. 28. The piece utilizes the poem “The Gift to Sing” by James Weldon Johnson. In addition, Anthony was asked to be the guest conductor for the Oconee County Choral Festival this October leading both middle and high school students in rehearsal and performance.
HISTORY – On Oct. 19, Vernon Burton received the South Carolina Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities presented by the South Carolina Humanities Board. Dixie Goswami, professor emerita of English, also was honored with the award. At 5 p.m. Nov. 3, Burton will be part of a panel discussion on Benjamin E. Mays as part of the Fine Arts and Lecture Series (FALS) at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. The next day, a statue of Mays will be unveiled at the Mays Historic Site in Greenwood, where Burton, a member of the site’s board, will participate in the weekend celebration of the longtime president of Morehouse College.
ENGLISH – Lucian Ghita’s article “The Specters of the Jacobethan Avant-Garde in Romanian Experimental Theatre” has been published in the essay collection “Shakespeare in Romanian, Shakespeare in the World” (Romanian Literature Museum Publishing House, 2017), edited by George Volceanov and Ioan Cristescu.
CAAH – Rick Goodstein led a roundtable discussion, “Interdisciplinary Core Curriculum Within the Production Studies in Performing Arts Major at Clemson University,” at the 54th Annual Conference of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Oct. 19.
HISTORY – H. Roger Grant has been awarded the William D. Middleton Fellowship for his forthcoming book project on the history of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. This award is given annually by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society based in College Station, Texas.
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Steven Grosby’s chapter, “Nationalism,” was published in the two-volume Sage Handbook of Political Sociology (November), pp. 587-603.
LANGUAGES – Daniel Holcombe published a book chapter, “Marco Berger: Homoaffective Edging and Cinematic Queered Continuums,” in Intimate Relationships in Cinema, Literature, and Visual Culture, edited by Gilad Padva and Nurit Buchweitz for Palgrave Macmillan. In the chapter, Holcombe combines queer theory with Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytical theory l’objet petit a to analyze the spectator gaze and cinematic techniques in two films by Argentinian director Marco Berger.
LANGUAGES – Jason Hurdich, who teaches American Sign Language, was named the Marie Griffin Interpreter of the Year. The award, given by the Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness, recognizes his outstanding service to the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind communities of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Hurdich was featured recently in a front-page article in the Greenville Journal.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION – Amalia Leifeste and Brittany Lavelle Tulla, (a Charleston preservationist and historic preservation alumna), presented a paper at the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians at their meeting in Lynchburg, Virginia in late October. The paper, developed with Carter Hudgins, illustrates the fine line that architect Joseph Croxton navigated between national guidelines and local regionalism in his designs for the CivilIan Conservation Corps-era buildings constructed at Kings Mountain National Military Park and Kings Mountain State Park. Also, over fall break Hudgins and Leifeste did fieldwork at Hard Bargain Farm in Maryland with five historic preservation graduate students. The field drawings, notes and photographs will be translated into measured drawings of the buildings over the remainder of the semester. These drawings will be included in the conference guide for the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s annual meeting in Alexandria, Virginia in 2018.
ARCHITECTURE – Andreea Mihalache presented the paper “Speculations on Robert Venturi’s Less Is a Bore” at the annual conference of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (Lynchburg, Virginia, Oct. 11-14). She also explored the topic in a Planning, Design and the Built Environment Colloquium Oct. 20 at Clemson.
HISTORY – Edwin Moise presented a paper “Reading Enemy Communications and Still Not Knowing: Tonkin Gulf 1964” Oct. 20 at the Symposium on Cryptologic History, hosted by the National Security Agency’s Center for Cryptologic History, in Laurel, Maryland.
LANGUAGES – Kelly Peebles published the article “The Head, the Heart, and Hysteria in Jeanne Flore’s ‘Tales and Trials of Love’ (c. 1542)” in the Journal of Medical Humanities. She presented the paper “Mothering in the Shadow of the Crown: Royal cousins, religious refugees, and the nurturing influence of Renée de France” at the Royal Studies Network’s Kings & Queens 6 conference, which was held in Madrid, Spain, Sept. 12-15.
CITY PLANNING AND REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT – Elora Raymond’s solo-authored paper “The Impact of Income Sorting on Housing Wealth Inequality: A Comparison between Urban Regions in the United States” was accepted for publication in the Community and Economic Development Discussion Paper Series at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Her article “Wholesale Funding and the Increase in Construction Bank-Owned Real Estate in the U.S. Financial Crisis” appears in the current issue of Urban Geography. In addition, her article “Uneven Recovery and Persistent Negative Equity in the Southeast” is forthcoming in the Journal of Urban Affairs and was the recipient of the 2017 Best Conference Paper Award from the Urban Affairs Association.
ARCHITECTURE – On Oct. 11, Kate Schwennsen provided the keynote presentation, “We have done more than stir: We have persisted,”at “LEVEL: A Symposium on equity in the design of the built environment,” sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council in Fargo, North Dakota.
LANGUAGES – Eric Touya gave the lecture “Make Civil Rights and the Humanities Happen at Your Library” on Oct. 12 at the 2017 South Carolina Library Association Conference in Columbia. He also read the paper “Humanizing Economics: Pedagogical Approaches to Transforming the Homo Economicus” at the 32nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities held Oct. 27 at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Benjamin L. White’s article “The Traditional and Ecclesiastical Paul of 1 Corinthians” appeared in October in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly 79 (2017): pp. 651-669.