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Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – Dec. 1, 2017-Jan. 31, 2018

February 5, 2018

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Richard Amesbury participated in a policy dialogue on “The New Populism, the Old Human Rights and the Global Order” at the European University Institute School of Transnational Governance in Florence, Italy, Jan. 9-11. His co-authored piece “Online Resource for Religion and the Law” was published in Religious Studies Review. Amesbury also published two co-authored papers – “Emoji Dei: Religious Iconography in the Digital Age” and “Nothing Outside the Text? Religion and its Others in Emoji Discourse” in the Bulletin for the Study of Religion.

ENGLISH – Susanna Ashton co-edited “Approaches to Teaching the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt” with Bill Hardwig, an English professor at the University of Tennessee. The new book is part of the Approaches to Teaching World Literature series published by the Modern Language Association of America. Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932) was born to free parents of color and he made a career as a journalist, stenographer, political activist and author of numerous stories, dozens of essays and a series of novels. His writings addressed issues including segregation, class, racial passing, Southern nostalgia and the Wilmington coup d’état of 1898. This collection of essays is designed to share with other teachers in ways that bring the challenging and brilliantly rewarding works of Chesnutt to their classrooms.

PERFORMING ARTS – Anthony Bernarducci’s four-movement work for choir and orchestra titled “Christmastide” was premiered in December by the Lake Forest College Department of Music in Illinois. The work consisted of three arrangements of traditional Christmas Carols and one newly composed setting of “Angels From the Realms of Glory.”

HISTORY – Vernon Burton participated in the filming of a documentary on slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation policies on Dec. 29 at the Benjamin E. Mays historical site. On Jan. 3, he participated in a documentary filming on Esau Jenkins, the Freedom Schools, and the Civil Rights Movement on Johns Island. He substituted for the mayor of Charleston to present the key to the city and to proclaim Jan. 4, Candie Carawan Day to honor the legendary civil rights activist and folk singer. He was quoted in the Mother Jones story “The Supreme Court Is About to Hear a Case That Could Unleash a New Wave of Voter Purges.” Burton was interviewed on Solomon Jones’ Philadelphia radio program “Our Voice” on Jan. 10 about voter restriction laws. He gave the Martin Luther King Jr. speech and initial lecture for former Charleston Mayor Joe P. Riley’s International African American Museum (IAAM) lecture series Jan. 16 at The Citadel. Burton was quoted In the Texas Tribune on the Texas in-person voter identification law and Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s role. He also presented a paper on the 14th Amendment at the Louisiana State University Law School symposium Jan. 27.

HISTORY – Elizabeth Carney presented the papers “An Exceptional Argead Couple: Philip II and Olympias” at the Conference on Exceptional Couples, University of Lausanne, Switzerland and “The End of the Argead Dynasty: Causes and Commemoration” at the Eighth International Macedonian Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. She published “Argead Marriage Alliances” in “The History of the Argeads: New Perspectives,” edited by Sabine Müller, Tim Howe and Robert Rollinger (Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2017, 139-150). Carney became Professor Emerita in January.

LANGUAGES – Stephen Fitzmaurice published “Best Practices for Educational Interpreters in South Carolina,” a technical assistance resource for the South Carolina Department of Education Office of Special Education Services. He was also featured in the Member Spotlight of the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

ENGLISH – Lucian Ghita’s essay “Bannon and the Shakespearean Revenge Playbook” was published on the Los Angeles Review of Books blog on Jan. 7. His preface to the Romanian translation of William Shakespeare’s “Henry VIII,titled “Spectacles of Power and Theatrical Disenchantment in ‘Henry VIII,’” appeared in Vol. 12 of the New Romanian Shakespeare Series, edited by George Volceanov (Bucharest: Editura Tracus Arte, 2017).

PERFORMING ARTS – Lillian “Mickey” Harder, artistic liaison of the Brooks Center, selected artists to appear at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals Young Performers Career Advancement Program (YPCA) concert Jan. 15 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In addition to being a judge, she served on the classical connections committee, was a panelist and mentored pianist Fei-Fei Dong.

LANGUAGES – Daniel Holcombe published the essay “Salvador Dali’s Everyman: Renaissance and Baroque Classicism in ‘Don Quixote and the Windmills (1946)’” in Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America. Here he traced Dali’s classical trajectory through art historical analyses of the third watercolor illustration from the artist’s first illustrated edition of “Don Quixote.” He also published “Salvador Dalí’s “Don Quixote: High Art or Kitsch?” in Laberinto Journal. He was recently named an editor of this online peer-reviewed journal published by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. His article in Laberinto defines Dalí’s role as an illustrator of the 1946 text. It also reveals how Dalí achieved what critics have deemed impossible: the rendering of both fantasy and reality in the same pictorial composition. Holcombe presented related research at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference in Atlanta.

ENGLISH – Tharon Howard contributed the chapter “The Viability of Online Communities and Virtual Teams for Enterprise Clients” to the first edition of “The Wiley Handbook of Human Computer Interaction Set,” edited by Kent Norman and Jurek Kirakowski. The two-volume collection is the definitive source on current research and theories in the field of Human Computer Interaction.

ENGLISH – Steve Katz published “Foreword” [Autopoeisis: The Evolution of Robots as Poems], written in both poetry and prose, in Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society, edited by Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design graduate Steven J. Thompson (IGI Global, 2018), xii-xxi. Katz also reviewed an experimental scholarly essay written as an electronic short story for the new rhetorical journal Intraspection. On Jan. 24, he presented a science writing workshop at Clemson on “Reading and Responding to Deep Values of RFPs in Writing Proposals” for the NSF-NRT Doctoral Program in Critical Resilient Infrastructure; in collaboration with Sez Atamturktur (Civil Engineering), Steve is a co-principal investigator on Atamturktur’s multimillion dollar NSF-NRT grant that funds this multidisciplinary Ph.D. program.

HISTORY – Edwin Moïse published the article “The Tet Offensive Was Just the Beginning” in the Opinion section of the New York Times. His new book “The Myths of Tet: The Most Misunderstood Event of the Vietnam War” was published by University Press of Kansas.

ENGLISH – Angela Naimou published an interdisciplinary forum on global refugee matters in the latest issue of Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development. The forum features essays by 10 scholars across humanities, social sciences and law. More about the forum, and full access to Naimou’s “Preface” and the “Dossier on Contemporary Refugee Timespaces” is available at Humanity journal.

ARCHITECTURE – Hala Nassar co-authored the chapter “Village Talk” in the Island Press book “Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity,” in conjunction with Clemson alumnus Paul Duggan. The book was edited by David de la Pena, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester, Jeffrey Hou, Laura J. Lawson and Marcia J. McNally. To design places that fulfill urgent needs of the community, achieve environmental justice and inspire long-term stewardship, the authors contend that bringing community members to the table opens up the possibility of exchanging ideas meaningfully and transforming places powerfully.

ENGLISH – R. Barton Palmer published an essay on Richard Burton in “Close-Up: Great Cinematic Performances: Vol. 1: Hollywood” and an essay on Alec Guinness in Vol. 2 (Edinburgh University Press). He served as the general editor of “William Faulkner in Hollywood,” by Stefan Solomon (University of Georgia Press) and the following books from Edinburgh University Press: “Nordic Genre Film: Small Nation Film Cultures in the Global Marketplace,” by Tommy Gustafsson and Pietari Kääpä; “Short Films From a Small Nation: Danish Informational Cinema 1935-1965,” by C. Claire Thomson; “Coming-of-Age Cinema in New Zealand: Genre, Gender and Adaptation,” by Alistair Fox; and “Who’s in the Money?: The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood’s New Deal,” by Harvey Cohen. Palmer served as co-editor on “Adaptation and Visual Culture: Images, Texts, and Their Multiple Worlds” (Palgrave) and “Machaut’s Legacy: the Judgment Poems in the Later Middle Ages and Beyond” (University of Florida Press). Palmer presented one of the plenaries at the University of Mannheim Mediavistik Seminar Dec. 14 in Munich. He also provided texts for the Orlando Consort’s performances of “Machaut: Songs From Le Voir Dit” and translations for the related CD.

PERFORMING ARTS – Kerrie Seymour performed under contract with Actors’ Equity Association in Eugene O’Neill’s classic play “A Moon for the Misbegotten” Jan. 26-Feb.10 at The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Kelly Smith signed a contract with Oxford University Press for an anthology on social and conceptual Issues in astrobiology. The project is an interdisciplinary look at some complex “extra-scientific” issues surrounding the search for life on other planets: What are our moral responsibilities to extraterrestrial life? What exactly is life and how will we know when we find it? What kinds of rules should govern whether and how we attempt to communicate with alien beings?

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Charles Starkey presented “Courage in Public Debate: Process Courage, Accolade Courage, and Values” in January at the “Virtues in the Public Sphere” conference at Oriel College, University of Oxford in England. The presentation involved a collaborative research project with Clemson University faculty Cynthia Pury (psychology) and Laura Olson (political science).

LANGUAGES – Eric Touya gave the lecture “Mallarmé et Claudel: ‘Qu’est-ce que cela veut dire?’ Théorie, poétique, et les fins du monde” at the Modern Language Association of America Conference Jan. 5 in New York.