Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities — August 2021

September 10, 2021

LANGUAGES—Yanming An, Professor of Chinese and Philosophy, published an essay: “The Idea of Cyclicality in Chinese Thought” in the September Issue of Dao: a Journal of Comparative Philosophy.

HISTORY–Professor Vernon Burton’s book, Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court, received continued critical attention in multiple media outlets, including reviews in The Nation, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Post & Courier. Burton appeared at two sessions at the Martha’s Vineyard Book Fair: “History: Racism and Exclusion,” a panel with Heather McGhee, and a session with co-author Armand Derfner and Peter Edelman to discuss Justice Deferred. Burton was also interviewed about his book by The Jabot podcast, by The Majority Report with Sam Seder, and by the South Carolina Bar.

ENGLISH—Associate Professor Cameron Bushnell made two presentations at the recent International Writing Across the Curriculum (IWAC) conference held on the Whova Online platform August 2 – 6, 2021. She spoke at a Publisher’s Roundtable as co-editor, with David Blakesley, for The WAC Journal. She also presented a paper, “Designing a Racial Project for WAC: International Teaching Assistants and Translational Consciousness” on a panel entitled, “Innovations & Challenges of Writing Fellows Programs.” At this event, Clemson University was announced as the next host for the IWAC conference in June 2023.

HISTORY—Professor Elizabeth D. Carney published “Women and War in the Greek World,” In The Wiley Companion to Greek Warfare, in Waldemar Heckel, F. S. Naiden, John Vanderspoel, and E.E. Garvin (eds.). London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2021, 329-38.

HISTORY—Assistant Professor Joshua Catalano (History and Geography) and Assitant Professor David Markus (Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice) were awarded a grant for $133,539 from the National Park Service to continue their historical and archeological research on Fort Rutledge, a Revolutionary War fort located on campus. This grant will bring together a group of stakeholders including representatives from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Nikwasi Initiative, and the Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina to development an interpretive plan for Fort Rutledge, the Battle of Esseneca, and the Cherokee town of Esseneca.

LANGUAGES—Jody Cripps, Assistant Professor of ASL, is Editor-in-Chief for the Society for American Sign Language Journal and has published a special issue on “signed language education and reading” (Volume 4, Number 1) in August 2021. Also, in this issue, he and his colleagues published an article titled “A Case Study on Accessible Reading with Deaf Children.”

ENGLISH—Lecturer Stevie Edwards’ poem, “Dread Myth” was published in the most recent issue of Bennington Review, a nationally circulated literary magazine published by Bennington College.

LANGUAGES—Jason Hurdich, Lecturer of ASL, has been elected to the National Executive Board of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. RID is the only accreditation body in the country that certifies sign language interpreters. Also, Hurdich was invited to sign the National Anthem for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a Single-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, on their Deaf Awareness Night game on August 14.

ENGLISH—Associate Professor Michael LeMahieu’s article “Post-54: Reconstructing Civil War Memory in American Literature after Brown” appears in the Fall 2021 issue of American Literary History.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE—Mary G. Padua, Professor of Landscape Architecture, was invited by Harvard University’s Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies and MIT’s Sustainable Urbanization Lab to deliver a lecture for their Online Speaker series focused on Urban China. Her lecture entitled, “Hybrid Modernity: theory-building & revelations on the public park in post-Mao China” took place on Aug 17th and drew from her award-winning book, Hybrid Modernity: the Public Park in late 20th century China recently published by Routledge. Additionally, Landscape Journal, the premier refereed scholarly journal for the Council for Educators in Landscape Architects (CELA), published a positive review of her book in Vol. 39 No. 2.

LANGUAGES—Professor of German Johannes Schmidt attended the 2021 virtual meeting of the International Herder Society and presented a paper entitled “'[…] once such ugliness exists it endures forever’ —Herder on the Artistic Expression of Ugliness.” He also was instrumental in supporting the virtual platform for this meeting and chaired a session.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE—The American Society of Landscape Architects announced the elevation of Thomas Schurch, Professor of Landscape Archtecture+Urban Design, to the National ASLA Council of Fellows for exceptional contributions in knowledge to the landscape architecture profession and society at large. Election to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members.

PERFORMING ARTS—Kerrie Seymour, Associate Professor of Theatre, just signed with SR//SS Talent Agency out of Atlanta, GA, for theatrical and commercial representation.

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION—Kelly Smith, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy & Religion, just signed a contract with Oxford University Press for a monograph on the Philosophy of Astrobiology and Space Exploration.  The book will attempt the first systematic treatment of the many complex problems in this emerging discipline, addressing questions such as: how should we define “life?” What are our ethical obligations to other lifeforms (and abiotic features) on worlds beyond Earth? And how we should approach commercial enterprise in space?

ARCHITECTURE—Lecturer Berrin Terim has recently earned her PHD degree from Virginia Tech and her article “Filarete’s Libro and Memoria: The Archive within a Book” is published in the July 2021 issue of Architecture and Culture.

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION—John T. Thames, Assistant Professor of Religion, published his article, “Writing Ritual and Calendar Together: The Biblical Cultic Calendars in Ancient Near Eastern Context” in the peer-reviewed journal, Religion Compass.

ART–Valerie Zimany begins service as a Visiting Evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Art & Design. She was nominated by NASAD leadership in Spring 2021 in light of the successful Plan Approval for Clemson’s new BA Art undergraduate program, and completed intensive orientation and training conducted by the association in Summer 2021. Also, Zimany’s mixed media drawings, sculptures and ceramic artworks were on exhibit in BLOOM, which ran June 25 – August 21, 2021 at Greenwood Arts Center. The exhibition description included: “A beautiful Bloom expresses the perfection of nature. This invitational art exhibition is an ode to the flower illustrating contemporary concepts with blooms and botanicals.”