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Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – Nov. 1-30, 2019

December 9, 2019

ARCHITECTURE – Anjali Joseph, David Allison, doctoral students Herminia Machry and Roxana Jafari, all with the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing (CHFDT), presented work at the Healthcare Design Conference Nov. 3-5 in New Orleans. Their presentations included “Improved Patient Care Through Human Centered Design in the OR: Final Implementation and Tool Development,” “The Impact of Using an Induction Room or Operating Room on Child and Parent Anxiety” and “The Impact of Daylight and Views on Post-Myocardial Infarction Patients.”

ARCHITECTURE – David Allison was presented the American College of Healthcare Architects’ highest honor, the ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award, at a luncheon held on Nov. 3 in conjunction with the 2019 Healthcare Design Conference in New Orleans. The award recognizes Allison’s full body of work in the field and his lasting influence on the theory and practice of healthcare architecture. On Nov. 4, the Center for Health Design formally recognized Allison with its Changemaker Award, which is given to professionals who have demonstrated “an exceptional ability to make change happen in how healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work has had broad impact throughout the industry.”

ART – Todd Anderson’s prints and Valerie Zimany’s ceramics are featured in “ILLUMINATE,” the 11th anniversary exhibition of the contemporary art gallery KAI LIN ART in Atlanta. MFA alumnus Dale Clifford ’89 is also included. The opening reception was Nov. 22, and the exhibition featuring 20 artists based in the Southeast runs through Jan. 10. A mixer with the artists will be held from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12.

ENGLISH – Bree Beal published “What Are the Irreducible Basic Elements of Morality? A Critique of the Debate Over Monism and Pluralism in Moral Psychology” in Perspectives on Psychological Science, pp. 1-19.

ENGLISH – David Blakesley’s publishing company, Parlor Press, and author Elizabeth Jacobson received the New Mexico Best Book Award 2019 and Best Poetry Book 2019 at the Arizona/New Mexico Book Awards banquet on Nov. 9 for the poetry collection “Not Into the Blossoms and Not Into the Air.

ENGLISH – Keith Lee Morris, Jillian Weise, Nic Brown and a team of Clemson faculty and students published Vol. 52.1 of The South Carolina Review (SCR) with Clemson University Press. Their aim is to reimagine the Southern literary magazine and publish the best in international fiction and poetry twice a year. The fall issue includes fiction by Dean Bakopoulos and Emily Collins, along with poetry by Maurice Manning, and Canese Jarboe. The South Carolina Review is available by single copy or through subscriptions of one, two or three years.

HISTORY – Vernon Burton chaired a session on Reconstruction at the annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association, held in Louisville. He also participated in a panel on “Computing in the Humanities and Big Data” at the University of Illinois, sponsored by the School of Library Science and the Illinois Program in Research in the Humanities. He was quoted in a Greenville News article about Fletcher Perry being elected the first black mayor in Pickens County, South Carolina. As the chair of the speakers committee for Pan African Studies at Clemson, Burton introduced Paul Finkelman, president of Gratz College and distinguished legal scholar, and served as respondant to several of his six talks held Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Radio host Heather Gray in her “Justice Initiative” newsletter and blog posted a 2001 interview with Vernon Burton from “History Matters,” and serialized in six installhiments his foreword to Benjamin E. Mays’ autobiography, “Born to Rebel.”

PERFORMING ARTS – Paul Buyer received the Outstanding PAS Service Award on Nov. 15 at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis. He also appeared on “Pete’s Percussion Podcast” on Nov. 1.

ENGLISH – Wayne Chapman, professor emeritus, was invited to contribute two writings to special sections of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany (VWM). The works are “Cecil Woolf (as I remember him),” part of a tribute edited by Paula Maggio, VWM 95; and “Leonard Woolf’s ‘The Village in the Jungle in Retrospect” in “Reading, Fast and Slow: Centennial Musings on the Early Novels,” edited by Rebecca Duncan, VWM 96 (Fall 2019).

LANGUAGES – On Nov. 2, Jody H. Cripps was a Master of the Ceremonies for a musical performance art show called “In Search of Signed Music: An Anthology of the Work of Ian Sanborn,” at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He also gave a presentation titled “The Rise of Aesthetics and Intersectionality in Signed Language Performance Arts: Poetry and Music in Valli’s ‘Dandelion,’” at the ARTiculating Deaf Experience Conference on Nov. 9 at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.

ENGLISH – Stevie Edwards’ poem “Window Shopping” was recently featured as Poem of the Week in the Missouri Review.

HISTORY – Stephanie Hassell presented a paper, “Slavery, Households, and Belonging in the Portuguese Empire in India, 16th and 17th Centuries,” at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association on Nov. 23 in Boston.

HISTORY – Thomas Kuehn published “What Has Moving Into the Twenty-First Century Done to the Sixteenth Century?” in the 50th anniversary issue of the Sixteenth Century Journal, pp. 24-28.

PERFORMING ARTS – Richard E. Goodstein, Eric J. Lapin and Ronald C. McCurdy (University of Southern California) published a book, “The Artist Entrepreneur: Finding Success in a New Arts Economy” (Rowman and Littlefield).

ENGLISH – Michael LeMahieu presented a paper titled “Writing After Wittgenstein” on Nov. 1 at the Boston University Symposium on Philosophy, Literature, and Aesthetics. The paper will be included in a forthcoming volume on “Wittgenstein and Literature,” published by Cambridge University Press.

COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, ARTS AND HUMANITIES – Joseph Mai from Languages and Angela Naimou from English co-led a Creative Inquiry trip to Lumpkin, Georgia Nov. 7-9. Each member of the Creative Inquiry team met with a person detained at the Stewart Detention Center to listen to their stories. They also met with lawyer Marty Rosenbluth of Polanco Law, P.C., and the legal team of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrants Freedom Initiative to learn more about challenges in representing detained clients. The team worked closely with Amilcar Valencia, director of El Refugio, a nonprofit group that advocates for people detained at Stewart and provides hospitality to their families and friends. On Nov. 21, the Creative Inquiry team presented its findings at a student-centered symposium co-sponsored by the National Scholars Program.

HISTORY – Steven G. Marks published an article, “‘Workers of the World Fight and Unite for a White South Africa’: The Rand Revolt, the Red Scare, and the Roots of Apartheid,” in a book he co-edited, “The Global Impact of Russia’s Great War and Revolution: The Wider Arc of Revolution, 2 Vols.” (Slavica Publishers). Marks is co-editor of the multivolume series, along with Choi Chatterjee, Mary Neuburger and Steven Sabol. In addition, a peer from the Department of History at Clemson, Michael Silvestri, contributed the essay “‘Those Dead Heroes Did Not Regret the Sacrifices They Made’: Responses to the Russian Revolution in Revolutionary Ireland, 1917–23.”

ENGLISH – Chelsea Murdock presented “Spirits Supporting Inquiry: Indigenous Video Games in Composition Classrooms” at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention on Nov. 23 in Baltimore.

PERFORMING ARTS – Lisa Sain Odom presented the workshop “Your Perfect Audition Song Cut” at the South Carolina Theatre Association’s 53rd Annual Convention on Nov. 16 at Francis Marion University. She also sang several alternative versions of children’s lullabies for a professional recording project with Hamilton Altstatt from the department’s audio engineering program.

LANGUAGES – Satomi Saito presented a paper on Japanese popular media titled “Medium Specificity: Theorizing Japan’s Media Mix” at the international symposium “Theorizing Anime: Invention of Concepts and Conditions of Their Possibility” at Waseda University, on Nov. 16 in Tokyo.

ARCHITECTURE – Thomas Schurch delivered a talk at the annual Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Diego titled “If It’s ‘Urban’ and There Is ‘Design’, Is It ‘Urban Design’?” The talk, which was prepared in his capacity as co-chair of the Urban Design Professional Practice Network of the American Society of Landscape Architects, compared urban design perspectives from architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture.

ARCHITECTURE – Four photographs by Rob Silance were chosen for exhibit by Independent Curator Kara Soper at the South East Center for Photography in Greenville. The opening reception is at 6 p.m. on Jan. 3.

HISTORY – Michael Silvestri provided commentary on a panel titled “Who Belongs? Ireland, Opposition & Soldiering” on Nov. 17 at the national meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies, Vancouver, British Columbia. He and Stephanie Barczewski serve as joint associate executive secretaries on the executive board of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS).

ENGLISH – Rhondda Robinson Thomas participated in the roundtable “Routes and Roadblocks: Considerations of Home, Migration, and Belonging in Publicly Engaged Humanities” at the National Humanities Alliance conference Nov. 7-10 in Honolulu, which brought together four members of the 2018-19 Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowship cohort. Like Thomas for her Black Clemson exhibition project, each Whiting Fellow worked with local community partners to identify relevant questions, develop new approaches to research and learning, and ultimately advance new understandings of home, migration and belonging. Their work raises questions about how to construct routes – and dismantle roadblocks – between the academy and the community.

LANGUAGES – Graciela Tissera presented her research “Imágenes del cuerpo y del alma en ‘A Esmorga’ (2014) de Ignacio Vilar” at an international conference in Warsaw, Poland: Cuerpos (in)tangibles en las culturas minorizadas de la Península Ibérica, literatura, cine y arte, organized by Instituto de Estudios Ibéricos e Iberoamericanos de la Universidad de Varsovia. The research paper analyzed the filmic adaptation of the novel “A Esmorga” (1959) by Spanish writer Eduardo Blanco Amor (Orense, 1897-Vigo, 1979). The film is set in Galicia during the post Spanish Civil War period, giving filmmaker Ignacio Vilar the opportunity to interpret the novel by Blanco Amor and to create a visual tragedy of characters trying to confront their inner demons, political repression, and ways to conciliate the crossroads of body and mind.

ENGLISH – Jillian Weise completed a six-city book tour for “Cyborg Detective,” including a residency Nov. 5-8 at The Betsy Hotel in Miami. While on the road, Weise’s alter ego, Tipsy Tullivan, interviewed disability rights activist Ace Tilton Ratcliff. Weise edited a trailer for Health Justice Commons to announce the Summer 2020 launch of the nation’s first medical abuse hotline. Reviews of “Cyborg Detective” appeared in American Literary ReviewForeword and RHINO. Anthony Madrid wrote in his review, “Here — and almost nowhere else in American poetry — we have an anarchic sharp-fanged satirist of the very first rank.”

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Ben White presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego on Nov. 24 titled “Paul’s Dirty Texts: Scribal Transmission and our Access to the Apostle’s Stylome.”



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