Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – Feb. 1-29, 2020

March 10, 2020

HISTORY – Vernon Burton spoke to the Clemson Seratoma Club on Feb. 4 about his forthcoming book about race and the Supreme Court. On Feb. 8, he spoke at the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site about commemorating important places to understand South Carolina history. On Feb. 25, he spoke at “A History of Race Relations at Clemson,” sponsored by the Clemson Young Democrats. Burton was an invited speaker and participant in the Liberty Fund Symposium on “Henry Clay, The American System, and the Politics of Liberty in Antebellum America,” which began Feb. 27 in Tucson, Arizona. Burton contributed extensively to a recent USA Today article about 10 civil rights sites people should visit. He was quoted in a Washington Post article, “Lincoln’s Forgotten Legacy as America’s First ‘Green President.’” In the Charleston City Paper on Feb. 19, College of Charleston Professor Adam Domby cited Burton in the article “Debunking Myths Surrounding the Confederate Narrative: The Lost Cause Was a False Cause.” He wrote that “Clemson professor Vernon Burton likes to point out that the majority of South Carolinians supported the Union because the majority of South Carolinians in 1860 were enslaved, so one might even argue that South Carolinians won the Civil War.”

LANGUAGES – Jody Cripps published a feature article titled “Signed Language Pathology: A Profession in Need” in the Fall/Winter issue of California-Speech-Hearing-Association Magazine.

ART – Rachel de Cuba presented “Pioneer Women and the Future of Rural Engagement” as a part of the “No Country for Old Murals” panel at the College Art Association’s annual conference held Feb. 14 in Chicago. Her presentation focused on her time researching and working with the Pioneer Women quilting group in rural Indiana.

ENGLISH – Megan Eatman published “Ecologies of Harm: Rhetorics of Violence in the United States” (Ohio State University Press).

ENGLISH – Stevie Edwards recently presented a paper at the American Literature Association’s “American Poetry Symposium” in Washington. In her paper, “On the Dilemma of Trans-Exclusionary Imagery in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Feminist Poetry,” she discussed the works of Anne Sexton, Muriel Rukeyser, Lucille Clifton, and Sharon Olds, among others.

ENGLISH – Jordan Frith’s new coauthored article, “Locative-Media Ethics: A Call for Protocols to Guide Interactions of People, Place, and Technologies,” was published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

HISTORY – H. Roger Grant contributed three articles to the special 20th anniversary edition of Classic Trains magazine. This Spring 2020 publication contains his “Stronger Together” (railroad mergers), “Strike of the Century” (Shopmen’s Strike of 1922) and “Down by the Station” (disappearance of country railroad stations).

ENGLISH – Tharon Howard presented “Usability & UX Research in the Future: Mapping the Minefield” at the Ninth Annual Symposium on Communicating Complex Information (SCCI) on Feb. 25 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

ENGLISH – Walt Hunter was selected to be a Writer-in-Residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut.

ARCHITECTURE – Anjali Joseph participated in an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality review panel Feb. 19-20 in Washington. The group met to review grant proposals related to identifying risks and hazards that lead to medical errors and to find solutions to prevent patient injury associated with the delivery of health care. Joseph also was quoted in a Bloomberg opinion article about the spread of the new COVID-19 disease caused by a coronavirus, “Small Weapons Are the Most Potent in Virus Fight.”

HISTORY – Kathryn Langenfeld gave an invited lecture on her monograph manuscript, “Forging a History,” at the Southeast Regional Late Antiquity Consortium. The talk on Feb. 28 was hosted by University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Center for Humanities. Langenfeld discussed how forged imperial letters and fake documents were used in politically subversive ways to undermine the public’s trust in the Roman emperors of the third and fourth centuries CE.

ENGLISH – Michael LeMahieu presented a paper, “Wittgenstein in 3D: Surveying Rough Ground,” as part of a workshop on “Reading Wittgenstein’s ‘Philosophical Investigations,’” sponsored by the Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature at Duke University.

LANGUAGES – Tiffany Creegan Miller published an essay, “Ri pach’un tzij aj Iximulew: Teaching Contemporary Maya Poetries From Guatemala,” which appears in the book “Teaching Modern Latin American Poetries” (MLA Series: Options for Teaching). In this essay, Miller offers techniques for teaching recent Guatemalan Maya poetry to demonstrate how these poets are not stuck in an ancient past, but are transforming themselves and taking advantage of electronic media to build community and extend their audiences.

LANGUAGES – Arelis Moore de Peralta, as a director-at-large for the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice, participated in its board meeting Feb. 21-23 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

ENGLISH – Chelsea Murdock presented “Writing Relations: Storying Constellations in the Writing Center” on Feb. 21 at the Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) conference in Birmingham, Alabama. The conference gathered writing center leadership from across the southeastern United States.

ENGLISH – Angela Naimou delivered the annual Barstow lecture at Saginaw Valley State University. In addition to her talk, “Border Regimes and the Global Forms of World Literature,” Naimou guest-taught two general education classes on poetry and border politics. The Barstow seminar was created to promote excellence in teaching and recognize scholarship in the humanities, and its annual lecture is chosen by a committee in cooperation with the dean’s office. It was established through a gift from The Barstow Foundation, which supports education, health and human services agencies and humanitarian causes with emphasis on the greater Midland area.

ARCHITECTURE – Winifred Elysse Newman served as the scientific committee and publicity chair of the Ninth International Conference on Educational and Information Technology (ICEIT 2020), Feb.11-13 at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom.

PERFORMING ARTS – Lisa Sain Odom served as musical director of the Clemson Players’ production of the musical “Bright Star,” presented Feb. 20-23 at the Brooks Center. This production was reviewed by a respondent with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, who nominated two of the student performers for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition. Odom also co-hosted a workshop on Feb. 29 with Jenna Elser, artistic director of GLOW Lyric Theatre, titled “Difficult Conversations: Classic Musical Theatre and the Modern Audience.” In this workshop at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Odom and Elser explored the question of how to reconcile a love of classic musicals with their often problematic treatment of marginalized groups and social issues. They discussed strategies for starting the conversation with students and audiences about whether we can still perform classic musicals today and how to approach the material.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Charles Starkey presented “Perceptual Emotion and Emotional Virtue” at the annual Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association on Feb. 27 in Chicago. He also presented “Interpersonal Variation and Noncognitive Urges: Comments on ‘Addictive Craving: There’s More to Wanting More’” at the conference.

LANGUAGES – Gabriela Stoicea published “Fictions of Legibility: The Human Face and Body in Modern German Novels from Sophie von La Roche to Alfred Döblin (Transcript, 2020).

LANGUAGES – Jae DiBello Takeuchi gave the keynote address at the annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese, held on Feb. 22 in Memphis, Tennessee. Her talk was titled “Why Affirming Students’ Speaker Legitimacy Matters: Lessons from L2 Speakers Living in Japan.”

ENGLISH – Rhondda Robinson Thomas has curated the exhibition titled “Call My Name: The Making of the Black Clemson Community,” which is currently on display on the third floor of the Cooper Library. The exhibition was made possible by grants from the Whiting Foundation and South Carolina Humanities, and is based on research that is being conducted for the Call My Name Project. Thomas created the exhibition in collaboration with Shelby Henderson, director of the Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum and Nick McKinney, director of the Lunney Museum. The exhibition will be on display until May 10, 2020.

ENGLISH – Jillian Weise read from her book “Cyborg Detective” at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln and The College at Brockport, part of the State University of New York.

ART – Valerie Zimany’s ceramic artwork is featured in the solo exhibition “Efflorescence” at the Tennessee Tech University Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee. Included are sculptures and wall works that reinterpret traditional patterns through hand-built and 3D-printed ceramic florals, and digitally printed wallpaper. This research was facilitated by a CU SEED grant through the Office of the Vice President for Research. The exhibition opened on Feb. 13 with an artist talk and reception, and runs through April 20. The Appalachian Center for Craft hosts multiple juried exhibitions each year featuring traditional and contemporary fine craft, and mixed media work made by international and national artists.