Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – March 1-31, 2020

April 6, 2020

Editor’s note: Due to the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak, most academic conferences scheduled after the first week in March were canceled. We included news about our faculty’s scheduled appearances because their scholarship deserves the same recognition as the publications and presentations that were able to go forward as planned.

ARCHITECTURE – Anjali Joseph and David Allison, along with other researchers from the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing (CHFDT), authored a paper published March 13 in the Journal of Patient Safety: “Proactive Evaluation of an Operating Room Prototype: A Simulation-Based Modeling Approach.

ENGLISH – David Blakesley was scheduled to make two presentations at the canceled annual convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, scheduled for March 25 in Milwaukee: “Tales from the Far Side: The Commonplaces of Publishing” and, as both chair and speaker, “Kenneth Burke Special Interest Group.”

HISTORY – Vernon Burton hosted his collaborator Ian Brooks, director of the University of Illinois’ Center for Health Informatics, a World Health Organization Collaborating Center, on March 6 at Clemson University. Their talk, “Building Information Systems to Detect Disease Outbreaks and Support Public Health,” was sponsored by the School of Computing. They also discussed research projects conducted with their interdisciplinary team of medical doctors, and scholars of health and computer science. Their abstract, “Capturing Patient Perspectives: Natural Language Processing of Social Media to Evaluate Patient Global Impression of Change in Dermatological Treatments” was to be presented at the Cochrane Group Skin Conference March 18-19 in Colorado. With the cancellation of the meeting, it will be published online. Burton also was to chair a session at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Historical Association March 14 at USC-Aiken. Three of his M.A. students, Megan Gaston, Harris Bailey and Alexander Bowen, were to present papers but the meeting was canceled. Burton also was interviewed by Jorge Valencia about the Democrats Abroad primary for “The World,” a PRI radio program.

HISTORY – Caroline Dunn co-organized and co-presided over the annual meeting of the South Carolina Medievalists Group, held at the College of Charleston on March 7.

LANGUAGES – In March, Stephen Fitzmaurice presented a two-hour online seminar, “Identifying and Conveying Key Vocabulary,” for 126 educational interpreters across America for the National Association of Interpreters in Education.

ENGLISH – Jordan Frith coauthored the article “Locative-Media Ethics: A Call for Protocols to Guide Interactions of People, Place, and Technologies” in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. His article “Radio-Frequency Identification: The Shadow of a Once-Feared Technology Looms Large” was published by and also the MIT Reader. He was scheduled to speak on the topic of “Defining and Demarcating Infrastructure as a Concept, Methodology and Object of Study for Technical Communication” at the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing conference, which was canceled in late March.

ENGLISH – Cynthia Haynes was to give a keynote lecture on March 26 at the Texas Christian University NTX Gaming Symposium in Fort Worth, Texas, which was canceled. The topic was “Endgame Rhetoric: Theorycraft at the End of Play.”

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Elizabeth Jemison‘s chapter “Christianity and Race in the Memphis Massacre” appeared in a new volume published by the University of Georgia Press, “Remembering the Memphis Massacre: An American Story,” edited by Beverly Bond and Susan O’Donovan.

ARCHITECTURE – Amalia Leifeste and Barry L. Stiefel co-authored a book chapter, “In Search of the Greenest Car: Automobility and Sustainability,” in “The Routledge Companion to Automobile Heritage, Culture, and Preservation.

ENGLISH – Michael LeMahieu received a research travel grant from the John Hope Franklin Research Center at Duke University to support archival work in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The center houses the papers of Franklin, a pioneering figure in African American history who is best known as the author of “From Slavery to Freedom,” first published in 1947.

CITY PLANNING AND REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT – Eric A. Morris won the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) research award for best published paper in 2019 in the field of time use for “Do Cities or Suburbs Offer Higher Quality of Life? Intrametropolitan Location, Activity Patterns, Access, and Subjective Well-Being.” IPUMS is a major demographic data aggregator.

ENGLISH – Due to cancellation, Chelsea Murdock was unable to present “Commonwaters: Public Memory, Sustainability, and Embodied Presence” and “Standing Peachtree and Storying Places” at the annual convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Milwaukee. She was also unable to present “4Rs at the Center: Relations in Writing Center Praxis” as part of the 2020 International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Collaborative. On March 28, she presented alongside undergraduate Writing Fellows Ronnie Clevenstine and Gracie Boyce as part of a collaborative panel, “Can We Collaborate?: Similarities and Differences in Writing Center and Communication Center Tutor Training.” This panel paired the Clemson Writing Center and the Clemson Communication Center, and potential collaborations were discussed.

ARCHITECTURE – Mary G. Padua was scheduled to present two peer-reviewed papers, titled “Park-Making in 21st Century China: From Hybrid to Ecological Modernization” and “The American Experiment: Through the Lens of South Carolina’s Cultural Landscape,” at the 2020 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) conference in Louisville. Her papers were selected out of 420 submissions for the canceled conference planned for March 18-21. She also co-authored a paper, “Understanding the Healthy Impact of “Nature” in Outdoor Play Environments: A Comparative Case Study in South Carolina,” with Xiaotong Liu, a Ph.D.  student from thePlanning Design and the Built Environment program at Clemson.

PERFORMING ARTS – Shannon Robert was selected as a featured designer for Stage Design South at the Southeastern Theatre Conference convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Robert also was scheduled to lead a panel at the United States Institute of Theatre Technology about preparing students for the realities of the industry and designing practices around those realities. The panel she proposed was selected by the Stage Design Commission. Though the conference was canceled, information will be shared with the membership.

HISTORY – Michael Silvestri’s research on the role of Irish people in building the British Empire in India was featured March 18 in a story in the Dublin InQuirer, an online Irish newspaper.

LANGUAGES – Johannes Schmidt was scheduled to attend the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in St. Louis. He was to co-chair a panel on “Women in German Romanticism” with Elizabeth Millán Brusslan of DePaul University, and to deliver a paper titled “Universal Beauty and Particular Ugliness: Herder’s Concept of That Which Is Good After the Ideen.” Both panels have been moved to the 2021 conference in Toronto.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Charles Starkey was scheduled to present “Virtue Without Character” at the joint meeting of the North Carolina and South Carolina Philosophical societies on March 28 in Asheville, North Carolina (canceled).

ENGLISH – Rhondda Robinson Thomas and Shelby Henderson, director of the Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum in Seneca, South Carolina, one of the community partners for Thomas’ “Call My Name Project,” presented “When Oil and Water Mix: Small Museums Partnering With Major Institutions” at the South Carolina Federation of Museums Conference March 11-13 in Columbia, South Carolina.

LANGUAGES – Jae DiBello Takeuchi was scheduled to present as part of a panel at the Fifth International Symposium on Language for Specific Purposes (ISLSP) conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her paper was titled “Combining Business Case Studies with Mock Product Proposals in a Japanese for Business Class.” The panel, “Curricular Innovations in LSP: Three Examples from Clemson University’s Programs in Spanish, French and Japanese,” was canceled. Kelly Peebles was scheduled to present her paper “Blending LSP with the Health Humanities in a French for Health Program” on the same panel.

LANGUAGES – A paper by Eric Touya titled “‘Souvenirs d’horizons, qu’est-ce, Ô Toi, que la Terre?’: Sens et présence dans l’oeuvre poétique de Mallarmé et Bonnefoy” was peer reviewed and accepted at the 20th-21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. The conference, scheduled for March 28, was canceled.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Benjamin White published “Paul and the Jerusalem Church in Irenaeus,” pp. 225-243 in the volume “Irenaeus and Paul,” edited by Todd D. Still and David E. Wilhite for the Pauline and Patristics Scholars in Debate Series. (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark).

ART – Anderson Wrangle’s work was featured in a three-person exhibition, “The Pleasure of Unintended Consequences,” along with photography by Martin Amorous and Pablo Gimenez Zapiola, which opened March 14 in Houston. The show, part of FotoFest 2020 Biennial, was scheduled to run through April 18.

ART – Valerie Zimany’s artwork was selected for the South Carolina Arts Commission Pop-Up show at the American Craft Show, scheduled March 13-15 at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, but the event was canceled. The SC Pop-Up aimed to showcase six of the best South Carolina artists working in their craft mediums, and highlight these trends: tradition, innovation, social justice, technology, entrepreneurship and upcycling. Zimany, the current SC State Fellow in Craft, was selected as the “Technology” artist for her work in 3D-printed ceramics. Zimany was also to present “Hanazume: Digital Translations of Historic Packed Floral Designs” at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference scheduled March 25-28 in Richmond, Virginia, but the conference was canceled. She also was going to demonstrate 3D clay printing research along with her MFA students Sara Mays, Molly Morningglory and Lauren Bradshaw, and architecture faculty members Shan Sutherland and David Lee. Finally, her work was to be exhibited in “Finding Nature,” a peer-reviewed, independent exhibition organized by Elaine Quave, at W. Howard Myers Enterprises LLC during the NCECA conference.