ARCHITECTURE – The 50th anniversary celebration of the Architecture + Health Program was held Aug. 23-25. The program is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the oldest and most comprehensive programs of its kind. The 2018 South Atlantic Regional Conference for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health was held in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Celebration. David Allison discussed “The Future of the Architecture + Health Program: Challenges and Opportunities.” The event celebrated the history of the program, its contributions to the discipline of healthcare architecture, current work in education and research, and the future of the program. Anjali Joseph, Dina Battisto and Byron Edwards provided research updates.
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Richard Amesbury’s essay “Secularity, Religion, and the Spatialization of Time” is the lead article in the September 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.
HISTORY – Rod Andrew’s talk about his book “The Life and Times of General Andrew Pickens: Revolutionary War Hero, American Founder” (UNC Press, 2017) aired in July on C-SPAN. Andrew originally gave the lecture at the Society of the Cincinnati headquarters, Anderson House, in Washington. A video is posted on the C-SPAN website.
PERFORMING ARTS – Anthony Bernarducci published a book related to music pedagogy, “Listening Awareness: Building Independent and Creative Listeners in Choir” (GIA Publications, 2018). In addition, the remaining two movements of his multi-movement work “Missa Brevis San Francesco di Assisi” – “Gloria” and “Agnus Dei” – have been published through GIA Publications. A recording of the first movement is posted online.
ENGLISH – David Blakesley was named a Watt Faculty Fellow for 2018-19, joining its inaugural class. Blakesley’s publishing company, Parlor Press, received the Best Non-Fiction Cover award from Ingram Industries for the book “Type Matters: The Rhetoricity of Letterforms,” edited by Christopher Scott Wyatt and Dànielle Nicole DeVoss (2018).
ENGLISH – Maria Bose was selected as a Watt Faculty Fellow for 2018-19, joining its inaugural class. Bose also organized a 14-person seminar on “Surveillance as Infrastructure” for the upcoming Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present conference (ASAP/10) in New Orleans.
HISTORY – Vernon Burton’s review essay on the Ibram X. Kendi book “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” appeared in the Journal of Southern History, Vol. LXXXIV:3 (August 2018). On Aug. 1, South Carolina Academy of Authors member Burton delivered the keynote address at the Literary Landmark Site dedication of the Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site in Greenwood. The Mays site was nominated by the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the State Library, and is only the third literary site in the state to be recognized. An article about the recognition appeared in the Index-Journal newspaper in Greenwood.
ENGLISH – Luke Chwala presented “Monstrous Affect: Reading Queer Ecologies in Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’” at the International Gothic Association (IGA) Conference, which was held July 31-Aug. 3 in Manchester, England.
PERFORMING ARTS – Linda Dzuris has been selected as an inaugural Watt Faculty Fellow at Clemson University for 2018-19.
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Steven Grosby published the article “Time, Kinship, and the Nation” in a special issue of the journal Genealogy 2/2: 1-18 on the theme of “Nations in Time: Genealogy, History and the Narration of Time,” which was edited by Atsuko Ichijo. Also, Grosby’s chapter “The Wars of the Ancient Israelites and European Culture” appeared in “Famous Battles and How They Shaped the Modern World 1200 BC-1302 AD, From Troy to Courtrai,” edited by D. Beatrice G. Heuser and Athena S. Leoussi (Pen & Sword: August, 2018), pp. 65-79.
LANGUAGES – Joseph Mai and Pauline de Tholozany each published a chapter in the Modern Language Association book “Approaches to Teaching Hugo’s ‘Les Misérables,’” edited by Michal Ginsburg and Bradley Stephens (2018). De Tholozany’s piece describes teaching the novel in the context of an interdisciplinary course on childhood. Mai’s piece explores Hugo’s conception of the moral individual. Mai also published an essay in The Mekong Review about Anthony Bourdain’s experiences in Cambodia.
ENGLISH – Angela Naimou completed a summer intensive course in Arabic at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey, California, in August and gave the final public lecture at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) as part of its National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Talk two-year series on diaspora and cosmopolitanism.
ARCHITECTURE – Mary G. Padua was invited by Charles Birnbaum, president and CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation to write a profile about Ron Herman (1941-2018) for the foundation’s “Pioneers of American Landscape Design” series. Herman was an expert on Japanese gardens who studied landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and Kyoto University. He retired in 2017 with a portfolio of more than 400 built works, including collaborations with I.M. Pei, Flavin Architects and Robert A. Stern. Herman was Padua’s former teacher at UC Berkeley.
LANGUAGES – George Palacios was a visiting professor in the school of history at the Universidad Industrial de Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia, where he taught the literature, culture and history of the African diaspora in Colombia and the Caribbean. Palacios lectured on “Reflexiones en torno a la diaspora Africana en Colombia” and “Literature and History through the Prism of the Haitian Revolution.” He also gave the inaugural lecture for the master in education program of the faculty of social sciences and humanities at the Universidad de Medellín in Colombia: “Una reflexión sobre el currículo: procesos y crítica para el contexto Latinoamericano.” Palacios presented the paper “Resistencias Afrodiaspóricas frente al destierro en la novela Colombiana hacia mediados de siglo XX” at the VI International Conference on Afro-Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and Latin American Studies, held Aug. 7-10 in Accra, Ghana.
ENGLISH – R. Barton Palmer recently co-edited “The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz” (University of Texas Press) with Murray Pomerance of Ryerson University. The multi-author volume is the first full study of the most prolific and successful Hollywood generalist of the classic studio period (1920-1970). Curtiz worked in all genres, turning out more than 100 films, including classics such as “Casablanca,” “Mildred Pierce” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Palmer also published Volume 9 of “The Complete Poetry and Music of Guillaume De Machaut” (Medieval Institute Publications) with musicologist Jacques Boogaart. Machaut was the pre-eminent poet and musician of the late Middle Ages. This volume is devoted to Machaut’s motets (a complex musical form with extensive lyrics). Palmer has provided the first translations into any modern languages of these French and Latin texts. The edition is formatted for use both by performers and readers. Palmer also published a book chapter devoted to “The Small Adult Film: A Prestige Form of Cold War Filmmaking” in “Cold War Film Genres,” edited by Homer Pettey (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press), pp. 62-78.
PERFORMING ARTS – Shannon Robert’s set design for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the Aurora Theatre in Atlanta was accepted into the Prague Quadrennial 2019. The set design will be exhibited in the professional category of the Quadrennial’s Transformation exhibit.
LANGUAGES – Johannes Schmidt was one of several scholars interviewed for a German radio feature on Johann Gottfried Herder, titled “Herder: a Grandniece Discovers the Poet.” The feature was recently released as a podcast.
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Charles Starkey presented “Virtue Without Character” at the annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
LANGUAGES – Gabriela Stoicea’s chapter “When History Meets Literature: Jonathan Israel, Sophie von La Roche, and the Problem of Gender” has just been published in a collection edited by Carl Niekerk, “The Radical Enlightenment in Germany: A Cultural Perspective” (Brill/Rodopi, 2018), pp. 211-37.
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Benjamin White published “Gentile Judaizing in the Dialogue with Trypho: A Test Case for Justin’s Reception of Paul,” pp. 252-64 in “The Early Reception of Paul the Second Temple Jew: Text, Narrative, and Reception History,” edited by Isaac W. Oliver and Gabriele Boccaccini. This collection is volume 92 in The Library of Second Temple Studies series (New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018).
ARCHITECTURE – Deborah Wingler presented recent work from the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing (“Integrating Technology in Patient Care Spaces: Using Scenario-Based Evaluations to Compare Design Alternatives in Virtual Reality”) at the International Ergonomics Association Conference in Florence, Italy.
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Daniel Wueste published “Linking Academic Integrity and Ethics Across the Curriculum: Groundwork for Sustainability in Practical and Professional Ethics,” Chapter 19, pp. 303-26 in “Ethics Across the Curriculum – Pedagogical Perspectives,” edited by Elaine E. Englehardt and Michael S. Pritchard (Springer, 2018).
ART – Valerie Zimany’s artworks “Digifloral Roundels I, II, & III” are on exhibit at Carbondale Clay Center, in Carbondale, Colorado, in “Out of the Mold: Clay National XIII.” The exhibition was juried by renowned artists and educators Andrea and John Gill, and ran from Aug. 3-31. The exhibition, which marked its 13th year, focused on ceramic art that uses a mold as part of the creative process, whether physical or metaphorical.