Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – Feb. 1-28, 2021

March 17, 2021

LANGUAGES — Yanming An recently published a Chinese translation of Georg Brandes’ “Friedrich Nietzsche” in Yilin Press of China.

VISUAL ART — Todd Anderson participated in a panel discussion, “Don’t just stand there, do something,” chaired by Robert Derr at the 2021 College Art Association (virtual) Conference. The panel focused on collaborative art practices centered on social and environmental change. Anderson discussed “The Last Glacier,” a small art collective he co-founded about 10 years ago. In addition, Anderson’s work is featured in the exhibit “The Last Glacier: Images of Our Changing Landscape” through June 19 at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana. The exhibition is being featured by Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, a print and web-based special global project of the Codex Foundation. The project brings together about 50 exhibitions and art interventions throughout North and South America, Europe, and Australia, centered on societal change and the climate crisis. Visit Extraction here.

COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, ARTS AND HUMANITIES — James Burns‘ article “The African Bioscope—Movie House Culture in British Colonial Africa,” is being reprinted in a special three-volume issue of “Black Camera: An International Film Journal” commemorating the 50th anniversary of FESPACO (Festival panafricain du cinema et de la television de Ouagadougou), the oldest African film festival.  The editor in chief called the essay “integral to an understanding of the colonial formation of African cinema.” The article was originally published in the French journal “Afrique & Histoire.”

HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY — Vernon Burton keynoted the first virtual Interdisciplinary Conference on “Race, Identity & Equity” hosted on Feb. 15 by the University of South Carolina at Beaufort. Burton spoke on how different disciplines study and approach race relations. In the “Justice Initiative” newsletter on Feb. 15, editor Heather Gray introduced Burton and highlighted some of his work. She recapped the eight parts she had serialized earlier from Burton’s Foreword to Benjamin E. Mays’ autobiography, “Born to Rebel.” Gray also reprinted part of an interview with Burton by Roy Rosenzweig from 2001 in History Matters. (The complete interview can be viewed here.) Burton was interviewed twice by Gray in February to broadcast later on her Atlanta radio show, “Just Peace” on WRFG-FM. One program aired Feb. 8 with Burton and his friend Emory Campbell about Penn Center and the book Burton wrote, “Penn Center:  A History Preserved,” and the second edited interview was aired on Feb. 15 where Gray ranged over a number of topics related to Southern history and race relations, including Burton’s friendship with Mays.

ARCHITECTURE — Joseph Choma gave three invited virtual lectures at the Rachana Sansad’s Academy of Architecture in Mumbai, India, at the Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY — H. Roger Grant presented on Feb. 18 “The Rock Island Railroad Takes Shape: The Iowa Main Line Experience.” His Zoom lecture and question-and-answer session were part of the ongoing “Iowa Stories Series” sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

ENGLISH — Walt Hunter spoke with the poet Jay Bernard about Claudia Jones for the Young Poets Network. Hunter has three new poems and a review in the recent issue of Literary Matters.

LANGUAGES — Jason Hurdich was named 2021 Palmetto Goodwill State Champion for his work on behalf of individuals with disabilities and the Deaf community related to barriers to employment. Palmetto Goodwill honored Hurdich for his dedication to helping people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of employment. Palmetto Goodwill presented the certificate in a ceremony at its corporate headquarters in North Charleston to Hurdich on Feb. 19. Hurdich joins 23 previous Goodwill Champions. During his time with the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department, Hurdich suggested Palmetto Goodwill incorporate ASL classes for hearing employees interacting with their Deaf co-workers, which was implemented in 2020. It became a success locally. Later, it was expanded to Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hurdich’s acceptance speech can be viewed here.

Also in February, Hurdich presented a live performance titled “Deaf Influencer’s Journey Into the World of Social Media” in Santa Rosa, California. Hurdich spoke about his journey as a social media influencer and as a Deaf creator on different social media platforms. His platforms are primarily TikTok and Instagram. He discussed how creators in minority communities, including creators with disabilities, face challenges in mainstream social media communities, such as dealing with shadow bans where the company partially blocks a creator to protect them from being bullied. Hurdich currently has more than 100,000 followers and 4 million likes on TikTok. His videos have more than 50 million views. This event was sponsored by Santa Rosa Junior College.

ARCHITECTURE — Anjali Joseph, Sahar Mihandoust, and doctoral students Rutali Joshi and Roxana Jafarifiroozabadi, along with other researchers from Clemson University authored two papers. One study published in The Gerontologist explored how proactively evaluating and adapting the home environment prior to total joint replacement surgery may support transition to the home after surgery: “Understanding key home and community environment challenges encountered by older adults undergoing total knee or hip arthroplasty.”  The other study was a collaboration with researchers from the Industrial Engineering program at Clemson to explore how the design of telemedicine systems support communication and teamwork to provide stroke care in an ambulance. This study was published in Human Factors: “Communication and teamwork during telemedicine-enabled stroke care in an ambulance.

ENGLISH — Melissa Edmundson Makala published the solicited essay “Many (Un)Happy Returns: Nostalgia and Haunted Memory in the Final Season of ‘Supernatural’” in the Canadian journal, Monstrum, which can be accessed here.

ARCHITECTURE — Sahar Mihandoust published an article in Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD) recently: “Exploring the Relationship Between Perceived Visual Access to Nature and Nurse Burnout.”

LANGUAGES — Arelis Moore, M.D. was invited, as a guest speaker, to the IV Anniversary of the Institute on Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Iberoamerican University (UNIBE), Dominican Republic. Moore presented on the topic “Amplifying voices: Community-based participatory research and its impact in health promotion” on Feb. 3 on the UNIBE’s YouTube channel. On Feb. 10, Moore published a peer-reviewed manuscript titled “Social Determinants of Health Approach to Facilitate Fulfillment of the U.S. Latinx Children’s Right to Personal Security: The Strong Communities Initiative as a Case Study” in the Epidemiology International Journal, 5 (1).

ENGLISH — Clare Mullaney recently wrote a commentary for Times Higher Education about the benefits of online learning for disabled students: “The shift online has finally made space for disabled students.”

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE — Hala Nassar was part of a team that presented “A Low-Cost Acoustic Alerting System for Rogue Drones in Public Spaces” at the National Robotics Institute conference. This was part of an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborative work with Duke Robotics and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Duke University in North Carolina. Nassar is the Clemson University Principal Investigator of this National Science Foundation grant titled “Drones and the Design of Outdoor Public Space.”

LANGUAGES — Johannes Schmidt recently published the chapter “Johann Gottfried Herder: Misunderstood Romantic?” in the Palgrave Handbook of German Romantic Philosophy, edited by Elizabeth Millán (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, 177–203).

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION — Charles Starkey presented “Epigenetic Obligation” with Kendra Gordillo, an Honors student writing a thesis on biomedical ethics, as part of the annual meeting of the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics at the end of February.

VISUAL ART — Denise Woodward-Detrich was juror for the 2021 Juried Exhibition held Jan. 15-Feb. 25 at the Blue Ridge Arts Center. The exhibition draws applications from a regional audience and the exhibit showcased 75 works representing a broad range of ideas and media. Woodward-Detrich was also invited as one of three jurors for the “74th Annual Student Art Competition” hosted by the Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee. Woodward-Detrich reviewed more than 300 works of art selecting 78 works and identifying 22 awards for graduate and undergraduate artworks. Jurors were invited to present a talk on “Artist as Curator” held in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit. The jurors’ presentations can be viewed here.