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Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – March 1-31, 2019

April 8, 2019

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Richard Amesbury presented a paper on populism in a workshop on “Reexamining Religion and Modernities” March 16 at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Under the direction of Head Coach David Antonini, Clemson’s Ethics Bowl Team placed third in the Nationals March 2-3 in Baltimore. Antonini was assisted in coaching by Adam GiesStephen SatrisKelly SmithCharles Starkey and Dan Wueste. Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is organized by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) and engages nearly 200 student teams from more than 150 U.S. institutions of higher learning.

HISTORY – Vernon Burton spoke about Reconstruction to the Edgefield Historical Society March 10 at the unveiling of a panel on African American Reconstruction leaders at the Heritage Corridor Discovery Museums. On March 21, he spoke at the Commitment to Justice Award Reception of the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation Center in Charleston, South Carolina. On March 25, Burton hosted Will Gravely at Clemson for a talk on his book, “They Stole Him Out of Jail: Willie Earle, South Carolina’s Last Lynching.”

LANGUAGES – Jody H. Cripps conducted ethnomusicological research at two sites by observing, taking notes and doing interviews about the development of signed music in “The Black Drum,” the first ASL musical theater production. (Signed music is created in signed language, rather than interpreted from sound.) His first trip was the retreat for Black Drum’s Creative Thinking Core Team that was held March 10-12 at Banff, Canada. The core team prepares and refines the script, storyboards and production. Cripps also attended Black Drum’s Actor Focused Workshop from March 18-23 in Toronto, Canada. The goal of this workshop was to create/compose the signed music pieces and conduct training with the actors/signed musicians. A pre-production trailer of “The Black Drum” can be viewed on YouTube.

 ARCHITECTURE – Ufuk Ersoy’s model of a well-known Glass Pavilion designed by the architect Bruno Taut in 1914 and seven student projects from his last architecture studio on the subject of “Liquidity of Desires vs Solidity of Matter: Pallasians in Charleston, SC” will be featured in the “City Luminous” exhibition through May 5 in the City Gallery of Charleston.

HISTORY – Roger Grant wrote the introduction to “After Promontory: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Transcontinental Railroading,” a joint publication of the Center for Railroad Art and Photography and Indiana University Press.

ENGLISH – Tharon Howard has been named an Associate Fellow for the Society of Technical Communication (STC). This rank is conferred by the international organization with more than 14,000 members to recognize their members with “outstanding achievements in and contributions to the arts and science of technical communication, and for sustained and significant service to STC.”

ENGLISH – Walt Hunter wrote a piece about dance, memory, and time passing for Modernism/modernity Print Plus, a digital platform that is an integral part of the Modernist Studies Association journal.

ARCHITECTURE – Anjali Joseph and David Allison, along with other researchers from the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson, received the Applied Ergonomics 2018 best paper award for their article “Using an integrative mock-up simulation approach for evidence-based evaluation of operating room design prototypes.” Joseph and other Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing researchers also presented “Designing a safer and more ergonomic operating room using simulation in a patient safety learning lab” at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2019 Health Care Symposium, held March 24-27 in Chicago.

ENGLISH – Steve Katz helped support the Graduate School’s “Margin’s Conference” by bringing Jenny Rice of the University of Kentucky to Clemson on March 8. Katz helped organize and performed/chaired two panels at the College Composition and Communication Convention (4Cs) held this year in Pittsburgh: “Laughter, Play, and Song: Integrating Orality, Aurality, and Multimodality of Performance-Rhetorics in the Composition Classroom” (March 15); and “Performing Interdisciplinarity: Writing and Teaching in STEM Collaborations” (March 16). His upcoming retirement was celebrated March 15 at Brugge on North, a restaurant within a bookstore in Pittsburgh. The event, organized by Elizabeth Pitts, an assistant professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, featured 40-60 former and current doctoral students and faculty colleagues originally from three universities where Katz taught: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, North Carolina State University and Clemson University. Katz plans to write full-time after his retirement in August, as well as continue his involvement at Clemson, including working with Ph.D. students, through the Emeritus College.

ENGLISH – Michael LeMahieu was one of four scholars invited to participate in the Second Book Project symposium hosted by the Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

LANGUAGES – Tiffany Creegan Miller gave a presentation titled “Tzotzil Maya (Net)working: Digitally Archiving the Politics of Collaboration in Taller Leñateros’s Facebook Account” at the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS) conference held March 27-30 in Oaxaca, Mexico. She was invited to a symposium on the Public Humanities in March at the University of Georgia. Miller also gave a guest lecture via videoconference to a medical anthropology class at Albion College in Michigan about her work with underserved Kaqchikel Maya patients in Guatemala.

ENGLISH – Amy Monaghan presented the paper “Seeing Sound: The Poor Image and the Rich Soundtrack of ‘Until the End of the World’” at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) annual convention, which was held March 13-17 in Seattle. Jamie Rogers also chaired a panel that included Eddy Troy.

ENGLISH – Dominic Mastroianni published a chapter, “Perfectionist ‘Pierre,’” in “The New Melville Studies,edited by Cody Marrs (Cambridge University Press).

ARCHITECTURE – Winifred Elysse Newman was a keynote speaker at the International Conference on Educational and Information Technology, held March 2-4 at the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, Cambridge, United Kingdom. Her subject was “Cultures of Learning Technology.” She served as a panelist for the 107th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting, “Black Box: Articulating Architecture’s Core in the Post-Digital Era,” held March 28-30 in Pittsburgh. Newman joined past colleagues from the University of Arkansas in presenting the case study “Baroque Rome as Algorithm: Coding History” as part of the “History and Precedent in the Design Process” panel. Peter Laurence, Andreea Mihalache and B.D. Wortham-Galvin also presented at the “Black Box” conference.

LANGUAGES – Salvador Oropesa published the article: “La Ética de una Estética en Antonio Muñoz Molina.” Barcarola 90-91 (Diciembre 2018-Enero 2019): pp. 141-47.

ARCHITECTURE – Mary Padua of Landscape Architecture presented her peer-reviewed work “Trees and ‘Greening’: The Lexicon of Political Freedom and Modern Nation-Building in China” at the 2019 annual conference of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) hosted by the University of California, Davis March 6-9 in Sacramento, California. The piece was excerpted from her forthcoming Routledge book, “Hybrid Modernity: Late 20th Century Parks in China.” In addition, a co-authored work on a Chinese public infrastructure pilot program titled “Investigating China’s Sponge City and the Significance of Groundwater: A Review of the Literature” was presented by lead researcher Jueminsi Wu, a student from the Planning, Design and the Built Environment Ph.D. program at Clemson.

PERFORMING ARTS – Shannon Robert served as one of three judges for the undergraduate and graduate design awards at The United States Institute for Theatre Technology 2019 national conference in Louisville, Kentucky. She also served as co-principal investigator in securing a grant from the Association for Performing Arts and Entertainment Professionals (USITT) along with Brad Putman, from Engineering. The grant proposal is based on an idea developed by Matt Leckenbusch, who began doing informal research and planning for the project in the Clemson DEN (Design Entrepreneurial Network) last year. The USITT grant for nearly $50,000 will allow Leckenbusch to develop Plot-Bot technology with students in computing, engineering, and performing arts. Mike East, a performing arts alumnus and owner of TTS Studios in Charleston, will work with the team to provide a laboratory setting for testing.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Kelly Smith edited a special issue of the Futures journal, which brings together 15 scholars from a number of disciplines to debate the ethics of human colonies in space. In addition to the individual articles, the issue features an interactive piece where all 15 contributors discuss various positions more informally.

LANGUAGES – Jae Takeuchi presented a paper, “A ‘Girly Girl’ or a ‘Man’s Man’? Ideologies of Gendered Language and Perceptions of L2 Spoken Japanese,” at the 34th Annual Conference of the Southeast Association of Teachers of Japanese, which was held on March 2 at Wake Forest University. She also presented a paper, titled “L2 Speakers and Keigo: Problematizing What It means to be a Speaker of Japanese,” at the 2019 Annual Spring Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, held on March 21 in Denver.

ENGLISH – Jillian Weise presented, via Skype, on the panel “Writing Against Assumptions: Crafting Diverse Narrators” at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference held March 27-30.



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