PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Richard Amesbury’s post “The Agency of Agencies: Bureaucracy and the Politics of Religious Freedom” appeared on the University of Groningen’s blog “The Religion Factor.” He also participated in a roundtable discussion on the theme “Resisting: Political Theology” and chaired the Law, Religion, and Culture unit at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion Nov. 18-21 in Boston.
HISTORY – Rod Andrew discussed his book “The Life and Times of General Andrew Pickens: Revolutionary War Hero, American Founder” in an interview on “Walter Edgar’s Journal,” which aired on South Carolina Public Radio stations.
HISTORY – Amit Bein’s book “Kemalist Turkey and the Middle East: International Relations in the Interwar Period” (Cambridge University Press) will be released in the United States in December.
HISTORY – Vernon Burton published two essays, “Southern Identity,” pp. 40-53, and “Religious Practices,” pp. 111-26, in “The Routledge History of the American South,” which was edited by Maggi M. Morehouse (New York: Routledge, 2017). Burton’s book “The Age of Lincoln” was this year’s selection for Piedmont Technical College’s “One Book, One College” series. As part of the event, he spoke at the college’s library Nov. 28.
ART – Andrea Feeser is invited to participate in the seminar “Routes of Indigo: Interwoven Histories of the Global South” May 20–22. The “exploratory seminar program” hosted by the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, brings together 11 scholars who specialize in indigo, concentrating on those working in Africa, India, the Middle East and the Americas. Participants will address the role of indigo in global history and the history of modernity.
HISTORY – H. Roger Grant was reelected president of the Lexington Group Inc., an international railroad historical organization, at its annual meeting Oct. 25-28 in Panama City. He is the author of “The Prince Plan: A Largely Forgotten Proposal for Railroad Consolidation,” which appeared in Railroad History (Fall-Winter 2017):8-17.
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Steven Grosby chaired “Civil Society and Self-Governance: A Colloquium for Emerging Scholars” and was a member of the organizing committee for the conference “The Constitution of Order in a Self-Governing Society.” Both gatherings were co-sponsored by the Smith-Tocqueville Center for Studies in Political Economy at Michigan State University and The Philanthropic Enterprise, and were held consecutively at Michigan State University Nov. 30-Dec. 3.
ENGLISH – Steve Katz presented several lectures and workshops at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge Nov. 8-10: “Scientific Articles as Arguments;” “Writing-Teacher Workshop: Reading Style Across the Disciplines” and “Science and Authorship Ethics: Communicating With the Public” at the Center for Computation and Technology. Steve also met with Jewish studies program faculty on Nov. 9. His trip was arranged and funded by the Office of Research and Educational Development at LSU. Katz also published “A Predestination for the Posthumanistic” (with Nathaniel A. Rivers) in “Kenneth Burke and the Posthuman,” a book edited by Chris Mays, Nathaniel A. Rivers and Kellie Sharp-Hoskins (Transdisciplinary Rhetoric Series, Penn State UP [142-160]); and “Lines and Fields of Ethical Force in Scientific Authorship: The Legitimacy and Power of the Office of Research Integrity” (with former Master’s student C. Claiborne Linvill) in “Scientific Communication: Practices, Theories, and Pedagogies,” edited Han Yu and Kathryn Northcut (Routledge’s Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Culture [39-63]).
ARCHITECTURE – Andreea Mihalache presented the paper “The Priest, the King, and the Street Vendor: Urban Allegories in Saul Steinberg’s ‘Strada Palas’ (1966)” at the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) International Conference (Nov. 16-18, Birmingham, UK) on the topic of Architecture, Festivals and the City. At the International Conference on “The Tools of the Architect,” organized by the European Architecture History Network (EAHN, Nov. 22-24, Delft, Netherlands), she presented the paper “Saul Steinberg’s Embodied Cartographies.”
LANGUAGES – Salvador Oropesa presented the paper “La Trilogía del Baztán de Dolores Redondo como guía de liderazgo en el contexto de la novela policiaca contemporánea española” at the XXVII annual congress of the International Association of Female Hispanic Literature and Culture Nov. 8 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
PERFORMING ARTS – Kerrie Seymour is directing “The Cake” by Bekah Brunstetter (producer of the NBC show “This Is Us”) at The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville. The production runs Dec. 1-17. In January and February Seymour will appear as Josie in Eugene O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” also at The Warehouse.
HISTORY – Michael Silvestri published the article “‘A Fanatical Reverence for Gandhi:’ Nationalism and Police Militancy in Bengal during the Non-cooperation Movement” in The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. He also presented the paper “‘Those Dead Heroes Did Not Regret the Sacrifices They Made:’ Responses to the Russian Revolution in Revolutionary Ireland, 1917-1923” at a conference on “The Wider Arc of Revolution: The Global Impact of 1917” on Oct. 27 at the University of Texas-Austin. A two-volume collection of essays with the same title as the conference will be published in 2018, exploring the global impact of the Russian Revolution. Professor of history Steve Marks is one of the co-editors.
ENGLISH – Rhondda Robinson Thomas made presentations on her research project, “Call My Name: African Americans in Early Clemson University History,” at the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora’s ninth biennial conference Nov. 7-11 in Seville, Spain and Nov. 14 at Furman University for a Cultural Life Program sponsored by the Furman Taskforce on Slavery and Justice and The Furman Humanities Development Fund.
LANGUAGES – Graciela Tissera presented her research on armed conflicts and historical memory in film, “Paco Cabezas y Gilles Paquet-Brenner: intersecciones de la memoria histórica en el cine,” at the IX Congreso de Análisis Textual Trama y Fondo (University of Valladolid, Spain) in October. Tissera also attended the II Congreso Internacional Figuraciones de lo Insólito en las Literaturas Española e Hispanoamericana organized by the University of León, Spain in October to present her research paper “Jorge Luis Borges y David Roas: percepciones de múltiples universos y seres soñados.” The research focused on the perception of time, space, and personal identity related to supernatural dreams and idealist philosophy in the fiction of Borges and Roas.
ENGLISH – Jillian Weise presented on “Accommodating Ableism” at the Creative Writing Studies Conference Nov. 10-13 in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Two of her poems were published in Bellingham Review. A short story was published in Epiphany.
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Benjamin L. White presented two papers at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature Nov. 18-21 in Boston. The papers were titled “Practicing Paul: Outline for a New Approach to Pauline Biography” and “Fingerprinting Paul: Weighing the Value of Stylometric Analysis in the Determination of the Authorship of the Pastoral Epistles.”
ART – Valerie Zimany is exhibiting as a juried artist in the South Carolina Biennial 2017 Part II, which runs Nov. 15–Dec. 24 at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia. The 24 artists included in the Biennial 2017 were selected from a record number of 146 submissions. The jury consisted of Lisa Dent, director of grants and services at Creative Capital in New York City; David Houston, director of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University in Georgia; and Lori Kornegay, curator of art at the South Carolina State Museum. The Biennial 2017 is a survey exhibition of work by contemporary artists who are current residents of South Carolina.