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Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – Dec. 1, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

February 3, 2020

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – David Antonini presented a paper titled “An Arendtian Reflection on Civil Disobedience and the Separation of Powers in Light of the Trump Presidency” at the Indiana Philosophical Association’s workshop on Social and Political Philosophy.

ARCHITECTURE – Dina Battisto and designer Jacob J. Wilhelm published a co-edited book titled “Architecture and Health: Guiding Principles for Practice,” (Routledge, 2019).

PERFORMING ARTS – Under the direction of Becky Becker, the Clemson Players have been invited to perform a scene from “John Proctor Is the Villain,” by Kimberly Belflower, for the Awards Gala at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The gala event on Feb. 8 will be the culmination of a weeklong regional festival in which universities and colleges from across the region are represented.

PERFORMING ARTS – Anthony Bernarducci served as guest conductor of the Greenville County High School Honor Choir. Each teacher from the 14 high schools in Greenville County brought students to participate in the one-day festival on Jan. 31 at Mauldin High School.

HISTORY – Vernon Burton commented at a Jan. 4 session on Reconstruction at the American Historical Association annual meeting in New York. A pre-recorded interview about Politics in South Carolina Between World Wars first aired on Jan. 13 on “Walter Edgar’s Journal” on SCETV Radio. On Jan. 17, he gave the Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration lecture and participated on a panel about Dr. King at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. In an interview with the Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV), Burton shared his views about the growth of racial inequalities in the United States, public perceptions of minorities, police brutality against African Americans and President Trump’s immigration policies. The interview by international journalist Kourosh Ziabari is available on the ODVV website. Burton attended the National Park Service’s first Reconstruction Advisory Board meeting Jan. 30-31 in Beaufort, South Carolina, where the new Reconstruction Era National Historical Park is located.

ARCHITECTURE – Hyejung Chang published “Environmental Justice as Justification for Landscape Architectural Design,” the featured article in Landscape Journal 37(2), pp.1-17. She also published a book chapter, “Design for Humanity: Landscape Architecture of Understanding, Feeling, and Care,” in “Landscape Handbook of All Hands,” published in Seoul, South Korea, and edited by Y Kim, (pp. 236–251). The book was celebrated in a book signing event on Jan. 17 in Seoul, which was attended by noted authors and academics who read select passages from the book.

ENGLISH – Stevie Edwards’ poem “Narrative” was published in American Poetry Review. In addition, her pantoum poem “Easy as Pie” appeared in a special, food-themed issue of Crab Orchard Review, a publication of Southern Illinois University.

LANGUAGES – Stephen Fitzmaurice presented an interactive poster, “Exploring the Clemson University ASL-English Educational Interpreting Program,” in the Language and Literature Programs Innovation Room at the Modern Language Association convention in Seattle.

ENGLISH – Gabriel Hankins published “Interwar Modernism and the Liberal World Order,” (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

PERFORMING ARTS – Lillian “Mickey” Harder reports that two concerts from the Utsey Chamber Music Series were broadcast in December on the American Public Media radio program “Performance Today,” reaching more than 500,000 listeners. Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata, which aired Dec. 17, 2019, was performed by clarinetist Julian Bliss and pianist Bradley Moore on Jan. 19, 2017 at the Brooks Center. Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1, which aired Dec. 30, 2019, was performed by pianist Wu Han, cellist David Finckel, and violinist Philip Setzer of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on Oct. 24, 2013 at the Brooks Center. The Utsey series was created through the generosity of Lillian and her husband, Dr. Byron Harder.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Elizabeth Jemison delivered a paper titled “Constructing Race and Christian Identity in Reconstruction-Era Southern Methodism” on Jan. 3 at the American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting in New York as part of a panel jointly sponsored by the Society of Civil War Historians about “Reimagining Interracial Cooperation in Religious Communities After the Civil War.”

ARCHITECTURE – In December, Anjali Joseph, Sahar Mihandoust and other researchers from the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing visited the new pediatric Ambulatory Surgery Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. The purpose of their visit was to conduct a post-occupancy evaluation. This new MUSC surgery center has implemented some concepts developed over the course of the RIPCHD.OR project (Realizing Improved Patient Care through Human Centered Design in the Operating Room). The evaluation included: 1) making observations to map out layouts, key flows and locations in the facility; 2) conducting interviews with nurses, anesthesiologists, surgeons and cleanup techs; and 3) beginning to collect video recordings of the pediatric Ambulatory Surgery Center’s new operating rooms. Videos will be collected over several weeks to capture a variety of surgery types. The videos, flow maps, pictures and interviews are being analyzed to understand the impact of OR design and induction rooms on staff work flow; to identify design barriers and facilitators; and to make comparisons to the RIPCHD.OR project. A special toolkit was developed for the post-occupancy evaluation. Study outcomes will be published at a later date.

ARCHITECTURE – A manuscript authored by Anjali Joseph, Andrew Robb from the School of Computing and other researchers from the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, “Using Virtual Reality to Compare Design Alternatives Using Subjective and Objective Evaluation Methods,” was recently published in Health Environments Research and Design Journal (HERD).

HISTORY – Thomas Kuehn presented an invited paper, “The “Confused Legal Status of the Children of Foundling Hospitals,” at “Common Children and the Common Good: Locating Foundlings in the Early Modern World, an International Conference” held Dec. 9-10 at Villa I Tatti and Innocenti Hospital in Florence, Italy. Kuehn also published “State and Law” in “A Cultural History of Marriage From Antiquity to the Present,” a six-volume collection edited by Joanne M. Ferraro. His paper appears in Vol. 2, “A Cultural History of Marriage in the Medieval Age (500-1500), edited by Joanne M. Ferraro and Frederik Pedersen (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2020), pp. 57-75.

HISTORY – Kathryn Langenfeld presented the paper “Inscriptions and Permanence: Memory, Spoliation, and Social Networks at Ostia and Dion” at the North American Colloquium for Greek and Roman Epigraphy, hosted Jan. 6 at Georgetown University in Washington.

ENGLISH – Melissa Edmundson Makala published the collection “Gothic Animals: Uncanny Otherness and the Animal With-Out,” co-edited with Ruth Heholt of Falmouth University in England. The book was published by Palgrave Macmillan.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Professor Emeritus William Maker presented “Capitalism and Nihilism” at the 26th International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference meeting at Dublin City University in Ireland.

ENGLISH – Lee Matalone’s essay  “On the Line Between Truth and Fiction When Writing About Your Family” was published in Literary Hub on Jan. 13.

LANGUAGES – Arelis Moore de Peralta, M.D. has been elected a director at large for the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice.The alliance is an interdisciplinary national membership organization of individuals committed to addressing some of society’s most challenging issues through research, policy development and practice. Through the board position, Dr. Moore will be able to increase her contributions to health equity and social justice in the United States and globally. In addition, she was formally recognized as a member of the Dominican Republic National Scientific Career cohort (Carrera Nacional de Investigación de la República Dominicana) during an award ceremony held Dec. 11 at the Santo Domingo Autonomous University (UASD). She was nominated by the Dean of Research Office at Iberoamerican University (UNIBE).

NIERI FAMILY DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT – Ehsan Mousavi was invited as a panelist for the workshop on Ultraviolet Disinfection Technologies & Healthcare Associated Infections organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), held Jan. 14-15 in Washington. Mousavi presented his current research on “Automation in Hospital Cleaning and Disinfection” as part of the panel discussion of disinfection in the hospital environment.

ENGLISH – Chelsea Murdock presented “BTS Transmedia: English Composition and Participatory Culture” and “The BTS Transmedia Escape Room” at the first BTS: Global Interdisciplinary Conference at Kingston University on Jan. 4 in London.

ENGLISH – Angela Naimou was elected to the Postcolonial Forum Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association (MLA) for a term of five years.

ARCHITECTURE – Winifred Elysse Newman is the scientific committee and publicity chair for the Ninth International Conference on Educational and Information Technology (ICEIT 2020), which will take place Feb.11-13 at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, England.

PERFORMING ARTS – Lisa Sain Odom performed an art song by Mozart,  “Als Luise die Briefe ihres ungetreuen Liebhabers verbrannte,” at the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s Winter Workshop on Jan. 10 in New York as part of a German Lied masterclass with clinician Margo Garrett of the Juilliard School. Odom also performed a recital of opera arias, art songs, musical theater and jazz numbers on Jan. 28 at Clemson University with collaborative pianist and the University’s director of choral activities, Anthony Bernarducci.

LANGUAGES – Salvador Oropesa published a brief article in the Winter 2019 MLA Newsletter, “Using Data to Advocate for Your Department.” In total, 13,000 printed copies of the newsletter are sent to Modern Language Association members.

LANGUAGES – Roberto Risso was guest editor for a special issue of the Rutgers University scholarly journal Italian Quarterly. The theme of the monographic issue was “Representations of Disaster in Italian Literature, Cinema and Arts.” The issue was co-edited with Alberto Iozzia.

ENGLISH – Elizabeth Rivlin’s essay “Shakespeare for Use and Pleasure: Elizabeth Nunez’s and Terry McMillan’s Middlebrow Fiction” was published in the Journal of American Studies 54 (2020), pp. 19-26, in the special issue “Shakespeare and Black America,” edited by Patricia Cahill and Kim F. Hall.

ARCHITECTURE – Tom Schurch was an invited speaker at the dedication ceremony for community art at the Sterling Community Center in Greenville, the historic site of the former African-American Sterling High School. Schurch secured funding from the Clemson Architectural Foundation to produce large reproductions of historic quilts from neighborhood residents. The work is permanently displayed in four locations on the exterior of Sterling Community Center, which is operated by the Greenville County Parks Recreation and Tourism Department. The four art pieces were produced by Schurch and his students as part of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail program in South Carolina.

HISTORY – Michael Silvestri participated in a screening and panel discussion of the film “Black 47” on Jan. 15 in Atlanta. The event was co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Ireland and Georgia Public Broadcasting. Other panelists included Consul General of Ireland Shane Stephens; President of Georgia Public Broadcasting Teya Ryan and James Frecheville, who played the leading role in the film, which tells the story of an Irish soldier who returns home in 1847, the worst year of the Great Famine.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Charles Starkey presented “Emotion, Phenomenal Binding, and Synesthesia” at the annual Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association on Jan. 9 in Philadelphia. He also organized a conference session, “Recent Work on Emotion Kinds and Moral Emotions.”

LANGUAGES – Eric Touya read two papers at the Modern Language Association convention held Jan. 9-12 in Seattle. His first paper was titled “‘Ne me quitte pas’: Literature, Professional Opportunities, and the Betterment of Society,” and was part of the panel “Let’s Say Quit to ‘Quit Lit’: Structural Issues in Graduate Education,” chaired by Kathryn D. Temple of Georgetown University. His second paper, “French-Chinese Poetics: Cross-Cultural and Symbolic Landscapes in Claudel’s ‘Connaissance de l’Est,’” was read in the panel “Comparative Poetics,” chaired by Pichaya Damrongpiwat from Cornell University.

ENGLISH – Jillian Weise presented on Jan. 10 at the Modern Language Association convention in Seattle on a panel titled “Disability and Surveillance.” Her short story on this theme, “Stealth,” appeared in the Sunday Review section of the New York Times Jan. 5. Weise’s alter ego, Tipsy Tullivan, rang in the New Year by conducting a two-hour live-streamed reading and call-in show about the novel “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes. The commercial breaks during the show included trailers for the decade’s best films about disability.

ART – A photograph from Anderson Wrangle’s “Outer Banks” series was exhibited at the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati in the group exhibition “Time Bombs: Art About Anxiety & Impending Disaster,” Dec. 13, 2019 – Jan. 10, 2020. His “Outer Banks” project was featured in the online magazine Lenscratch on Jan. 28, in one of four recent features written by Amanda Musick, an alumna from the MFA photography program.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Daniel Wueste published “Algorithmic vs. Conscientious Professional Responsibility” in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Vol. 108 Issue 6 (December 2019).



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