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Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – Feb. 1-28, 2019

March 5, 2019

ENGLISH – Katalin Beck and Mike Pulley showcased the Pearce Center for Professional Communication’s Global Learning Seed Grant Project on Feb. 16 at the second annual Global Learning Institute for Faculty at Clemson University. Their presentation highlighted the ways global learning modules were incorporated into the curriculum of several of the English department’s advanced writing courses during the fall 2018 semester, as well as how the pilot project was substantially expanded to include more courses and faculty this spring.

HISTORY – Vernon Burton and his wife, Georganne, spoke about their 2002 book “The Free Flag of Cuba: The Lost Novel of Lucy Holcombe Pickens” on Feb. 14 at the Edgefield Discovery Center. The occasion was the premiere of an original play, “The Loves of Lucy Pickens.” He also appeared on the PBS special “Lincoln in Illinois,” which aired on public television stations across the country in February. In local media, he discussed Gov. Lanham of Virginia and the topic cultural racism on Feb. 4 with reporter Joe Ripley on WYFF in Greenville. He also was quoted in the Greenville News on Feb. 13 for an article in a series on Civil Forfeitures, “Why Did They Lie.”

PERFORMING ARTS – Paul Buyer was named co-editorial director of Percussive Notes, the official journal of the Percussive Arts Society. He also published an article titled “America’s Mallet Maker – The Epilogue; An Interview With Mike Balter” in Rhythm! Scene.

HISTORY – Joshua Catalano published an article, “Blue Jacket, Anthony Wayne, and the Psychological and Symbolic War for Ohio, 1790-1795,” in Ohio History 126, No. 1 (2019): pp. 5-34.

ARCHITECTURE – Maria Counts has been elected as the Region 6 director of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) for a three-year term. Region 6 includes Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Puerto Rico. Counts’ book chapter, “Inside Out: Illustrating Site Experience Through Drawing,” was published in “Representing Landscape: Analogue,” (Taylor & Francis: 2019), edited by Nadia Amoroso.

HISTORY – Caroline Dunn organized the South Carolina Medievalists biannual meeting, which was held at Wofford College, and presented a paper, “Political Negotiations and Personal Support: Queens of England and Their Foreign Ladies-in-Waiting.”

HISTORY – H. Roger Grant published the article “Southern Pacific: The Southern Transcon” in the February 2019 edition of Trains, pp. 26-35.

HISTORY – Stephanie Hasell has received a Humanities Fellowship from the Clemson Humanities Hub for a book project, “Renegade Slaves: Religious Conversion, the Inquisition, and the Portuguese Empire in India in the 16th and 17th Centuries.”

ENGLISH – Steve Katz was invited to deliver a presentation and workshop for the GRAD 360° program at Clemson University. The title of this event held on Feb. 28 was “The Art of Communicating Science With the Public.” The workshop was intended to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the sciences at Clemson University translate and/or accommodate science to both general and specific non-expert audiences.

ARCHITECTURE – Winifred Elysse Newman served as keynote speaker for the Eighth International Conference on Educational and Information Technology (ICEIT 2019) held March 2-4 at the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, in the United Kingdom. Her address was titled “Cultures of Learning Technology.”

PERFORMING ARTS – Shannon Robert and Matt Leckenbusch recently traveled with a group of students from the theater concentration within the Department of Performing Arts to present their devised production “Hello, My Name Is” at the American University of Sharjah in Dubai. Robert also designed scenery for the Salt Lake Acting Company production of “The Cake,” by Bekah Brunstetter, a writer and producer for the television series “This Is Us.” The play was staged in Salt Lake City and directed by Justin Ivie.

LANGUAGES – Johannes Schmidt edited the Herder Yearbook XIV with Rainer Godel. The yearbook, an academic journal devoted to the philosopher and literary figure Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803), is published every other year by the International Herder Society. At 320 pages, this volume was the most extensive yearbook to date. In addition to the continuation of the Herder Bibliography, it features two reviews and 11 articles by scholars from four continents.

PERFORMING ARTS – Kerrie Seymour appears in the world premiere production of “Power of Sail,” by Paul Grellong, at The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville. The production runs from March 15-31.

LANGUAGES  – On Feb. 18, Daniel J. Smith presented online to a graduate seminar class studying bilingual code-switching at Leiden University in Leiden, The Netherlands. At the invitation of the class professor, Maria del Carmen Parafita Couto, he presented his research about Spanish English contact in the state of Georgia.

PERFORMING ARTS – Mark Spede was selected by the College Band Directors National Association Athletic Band Committee to share a video presentation of the Clemson Tiger Band at the association’s Marching Band Showcase in February at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Tiger Band director was joined by his assistant director, Tim Hurlburt, when they presented alongside the four other universities selected.

LANGUAGES  Gabriela Stoicea has received a Humanities Fellowship from the Clemson Humanities Hub, as well as a 2019 CU SEED grant in support of her book project “Fictions of Legibility: The Human Face and Body in Modern German Novels From Sophie von La Roche to Alfred Döblin.”

ENGLISH – On Feb. 14, Rhondda Robinson Thomas was the featured presenter for the African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities’ (AADHum) first intensive this semester at the University of Maryland. Her talk was titled “Life, Love, and Labor in Clemson University’s Early African American History, 1825-1972.” She is one of six scholars selected to receive individualized assistance from the staff of Maryland’s AADHum and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, which will support the digital development of her Call My Name project during the spring 2019 semester.

LANGUAGES – Graciela Tissera presented a research paper titled “‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao:’ Junot Díaz y los Reflejos Lingüísticos y Literarios de Dos Culturas en Contacto” at the Congreso internacional Cruce de Fronteras Entre el Español y el Inglés: Cuestiones Actuales, Perspectivas Futuras, Aproximaciones Lingüístico-Literarias held from Feb. 5-6 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Universiteit Gent in Belgium.



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