ART – Daniel Bare’s solo exhibition “Fused” opened at the Jane Hartsook Gallery of Greenwich House Pottery in New York City on Feb. 23 and will close with an artist talk March 23. A critique on the wastefulness of American consumerism, Bare’s reglazed and fired sculptures are formed with unwanted pottery from thrift stores, landfills and abandoned kilns. The gallery described his assembled works as appearing on the brink of collapse, while highlighting the uniformity of mass-produced goods: “Bare stacks similar items together, making it seem as though they are replicating of their own accord.”
ENGLISH – David Blakesley received an Award for Excellence from the Clemson University Board of Trustees Feb. 8 at a ceremony in the Brooks Center. The award followed his recognition as a Rhetoric Society of America Fellow and as recipient of the organization’s 2016 George E. Yoos Distinguished Service Award.
HISTORY – Vernon Burton delivered the Ragsdale Lecture Feb. 27 at Young Harris College in honor of Black History Month. “From Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, and Second Inaugural to the March on Washington” was his topic for the lecture, which supports the academic study of politics, government, and the community at the Georgia college. In addition, Burton is partnering with the University of Illinois as lead social scientist on the grant “To Improve Patient Outcomes by Listening to Their Social Media Communications,” funded by the Homecare Education Advocacy Resources & Support Team. He also received a South Carolina Humanities Council major grant to host a conference Nov. 28-Dec.1, 2018 at Clemson on “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work” and to conduct a workshop about teaching race in the South Carolina public schools. Burton, one of 27 presidential historians or doctors interviewed, was quoted in the Health Media article “Ranking the Health of U.S. Presidents: From Best to Worst.”
PERFORMING ARTS – Paul Buyer presented the clinic “Percussion From the Podium” at the South Carolina Music Educators Association conference in Columbia, South Carolina, in collaboration with Christopher Davis, a North Greenville University percussion professor, and Jesse Willis, a Coastal Carolina percussion professor. The clinic was a hands-on lab that gave band directors the opportunity to perform on percussion instruments and learn the correct techniques, mindsets, and listening skills necessary for their students to succeed.
HISTORY – Elizabeth Carney, professor emerita, gave the keynote address at a conference on Plutarch and Gender Feb. 23, which was sponsored by the Classics Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her paper was titled “Women and Masculinity in the ‘Life of Alexander.’”
CONSTRUCTION SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT – Shima Clarke coached the Clemson University team at the 2018 Associated Schools of Construction’s National Integrated Project Student Competition in Sparks, Nevada Feb. 8-9. It was the first time a Clemson team competed in the contest, and the group of three undergraduate and three graduate students from the department won second place. Stanford University placed first and the University of California-Berkeley placed third.
LANGUAGES – William “Bo” Clements received the Florida American Sign Language Teachers Association Distinguished Service Award at the group’s Professional Development Conference Feb. 16-18 in Tampa, Florida. The award recognized his service to the association and to the field of teaching American Sign Language. Until February, Clements had been the association’s president for three years and he had earlier served two years as secretary.
HISTORY – H. Roger Grant published the article “Railroads, Motor Carriers and Superhighways” in the Spring 2018 issue of Classic Trains magazine.
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Steven Grosby’s review essay “Selden, A Legal and Philosophical Giant” was published by Law and Liberty: http://www.libertylawsite.org/book-review/selden-a-legal-and-philosophical-giant/
ENGLISH – Steve Katz was invited to be a main speaker on the first plenary panel of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference March 14 in Kansas City. The panel, which pairs “renowned scholars with…rising stars” for a discussion of the future of technical and professional communication, will be presented with no concurrent sessions. Katz, with Assistant Professor Lauren Cagle from the University of Kentucky, will discuss rhetoric and ethics in relationship to politics, in particular, ideology and phronesis (reasoning about ends) in human/nonhuman digital communication concerning climate change.
ARCHITECTURE – Andreea Mihalache co-chaired a panel at the College Art Association Conference Feb. 21-24 in Los Angeles. The panel was titled “Speech Balloons and Thought Bubbles: Architecture and Cartoons.”
LANGUAGES – Salvador Oropesa presented the paper “LSP Business Program: The Value of the Internship” at the IV International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes (ISLSP)/CIBER Business Language Conference Feb. 23 at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
ENGLISH – R. Barton Palmer recently published a chapter in “Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen.” The book was published by Edinburgh University Press and was edited by Murray Pomerance and Steven Rybin.
PERFORMING ARTS – The Clemson University Symphonic Band, under the direction of Mark Spede, performed at the South Carolina Music Educators Association Feb. 16 in Columbia, South Carolina. Assistant director of bands Timothy Hurlburt guest conducted. They gave an hourlong concert to an audience of high school students and teachers, as well as most of the college band directors in the state. Also present was Spede’s college band director from the University of Michigan, H. Robert Reynolds.
LANGUAGES – Gabriela Stoicea’s article “Moosbrugger and the Case for Responsibility in Robert Musil’s ‘Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften’” was published in a special issue of The German Quarterly that focuses on “The Politics of German Literature”: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gequ.2018.91.issue-1/issuetoc.
LANGUAGES – Eric Touya gave the lecture “Political, Transcending, and Transgressive Voices/Sounds in Véronique Tadjo’s ‘The Shadow of Imana’ and Isabelle Eberhardt’s ‘In the Shadow of Islam’: Rancière, Spivak, Lévinas” at the 2018 Women in French Conference Feb. 8-10 in Tallahassee, Florida.
ENGLISH – Lindsay Turner received a 2017 French Voices Award from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy for her translation-in-progress of the contemporary French poet Stéphane Bouquet’s multi-genre book, “Vie Commune.” Turner also published a peer-reviewed essay, “Writing/Not-Writing: Anne Boyer, Paralipsis, and Literary Work,” in the January 2018 issue of ASAP/Journal.
ART – The work of Valerie Zimany, Daniel Bare and Denise Woodward-Detrich is featured in “SC Clay > Higher Ed” Feb. 20-March 29 in the Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. The invitational exhibition features contemporary ceramic art produced by 22 individuals teaching at 14 colleges and universities around the state. The show also features Clemson Professor Emeritus Mike Vatalaro and alumni Deighton Abrams, Elizabeth Keller and Blake Smith.