Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – October 2021

November 16, 2021

ARCHITECTURE – Professors Anjali Joseph and David Allison presented the work of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing (CHFDT) at the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference in Cleveland, OH. CHFDT presentations included “Coming Full Circle: POE of a Prototype OR Implementation” and “Mock-up of a Pediatric ICU: Identifying Clinical Challenges and Flow Disruptions.”

HISTORY – Professor Vernon Burton spoke at the Furman Chapel for the memorial service of Furman University Chaplain James Pitts.  The Star & Ledger quoted Burton in an article on Justice Joseph P. Bradley’s name removal from a Rutgers University building. On Oct 7, he keynoted the Texas State NAACPs 84th Annual meeting.  He discussed his co-authored Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court at the Nashville Southern Festival of Books. On Oct. 18, Burton’s interview with Hoopeston Hay on “Diverse Voices Book Review” was broadcast on KKAZI 99.7 FM on Oct. 18 (The Voice of Austin) and is available as a podcast. On Oct. 20, he discussed Justice Deferred at the Ollie Full Moon Bookfest at Patrick Square.  Burton published a review essay by former Beaufort mayor Billy Keyserling’s memoir, Sharing Common Ground: Promises Unfulfilled but Not Forgotten (2020) in Southern Jewish History: Journal of the Southern Jewish Historical Society Vol 24 (Fall, 2021).  He also published a book chapter, “Modeling the Baptist Faith” in the collection, Walk with Me: Reflections on the Life and Influence of James Milton Pitts, edited by Cecil P. Staton and John Adams (Smyth and Helwys).

HISTORY – Professor Emerita Elizabeth D. Carney gave a paper, “Complicating the ‘Agency’ of Royal Women,” on October 22 at a Zoom conference, “Power, Royal Agency, and Elite Women in the Hellenistic and Roman World: Session II.” This is a continuing international conference sponsored by the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Institute.

LANGUAGES – Assistant Professor Jody H. Cripps and his colleagues published an article titled “Effects of inverted L2/Ln language pedagogy on student experiences and outcomes: The case of American Sign Language” that investigated flipped pedagogy with an advanced American Sign Language course in the Language Teaching Research journal. This ‘online first’ article can be found here.

ART – Provost Pathways Fellow in Art Rachel de Cuba’s work Nabegá was featured in a review written by Noah Hanna for the exhibition It Feels Like the First Time in Art Papers’ fall publication. Her work and writing was also featured in a collection of artists’ text on Mana Contemporary’s Editorial site. This collection of text focuses on the backstory and development of various works on display at Mana Contemporary’s Chicago exhibition space.

ENGLISH – Lecturer Stevie Edwards’ poem “Parthenogenesis” appears in the October 2021 issue of Poetry Magazine.

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION – Assistant Professor Elizabeth Jemison was the featured speaker for the Rocky Mountain American Religion Seminar (RMARS) on October 7 where she discussed her recent book, Christian Citizens: Reading the Bible in Black and White in the Postemancipation South (UNC Press, 2020). RMARS includes graduate students and faculty working with interests in American religion from the University of Utah, Utah State University, and Brigham Young University. Jemison’s book, Christian Citizens, has recently been reviewed favorably in the Journal of Church and State, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive EraCivil War Book Review, and Political Theology, among other journals.

ARCHITECTURE – Anjali Joseph, Director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing (CHFDT), presented Improving Safety and Quality Through Evidence-Based Healthcare Design, at the 20th Annual Human Factors and Ergonomics Symposium: Puget Sound Chapter. The virtual presentation provided an overview of the work of the CHFDT. Joseph also edited a special issue of the open access International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health on ‘Improving Patient and Staff Safety through Evidence-Based Healthcare Design’. The special issue includes 7 high-impact papers addressing issues ranging from telemedicine implementation during COVID-19 to operating room design.

LANGUAGES – Joseph Mai and his co-editor Leslie Barnes (Australian National University) were invited by Michael Vann for an in-depth discussion of their book, The Cinema of Rithy Panh: Everything Has a Soul, on the popular New Books in History podcast.

ENGLISH – Lecturer Melissa Edmundson Makala published the first modern edition of short fiction by Clotilde Graves titled A Vanished Hand and Others with Swan River Press (Dublin, Ireland). The book is part of Swan River’s “Strange Stories by Irish Women” series.

ARCHITECTURE – Sahar Mihandoust, Anjali Joseph and doctoral student Sara Kennedy recently published an article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health – Exploring the Relationship Between Window View Quantity, Quality, and Ratings of Care in the Hospital. The study found that patients viewing green spaces from their rooms rated the hospital, their care, and their rooms higher compared to those patients viewing non-green spaces, having no views, or no windows.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE – Professor Hala Nassar’s peer-reviewed publication together with Mary Cummings and Vishwa Alaparthy has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Intelligent & Robotics Systems. This research is the outcome of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant titled “Drones and the Design of Public Outdoors Spaces” which was awarded in the full amount requested of $ 750,000 for three-year duration. The NSF grant is an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research proposal in collaboration with Duke University Departments of Electrical and Computing Engineering, Material Sciences, the Human and Autonomy Laboratory, and Duke Robotics. The research examines the uncharted intersection of science and robotics, current problematic use of drones, and the design of outdoor public spaces, and utilized the Sarah P. Duke Botanical gardens and the North Carolina Correctional facilities as sites for the research.”

ENGLISH – Associate Professor Elizabeth Rivlin organized a session and presented a paper for the American Studies Association Annual Conference (Oct 11-14), held virtually this year. The session was titled “Collective Shakespeare in American Life,” and her paper was titled “’I Shall not Hence Upon that Stage’: Women’s Middlebrow Shakespeare at Chautauqua.”

LANGUAGES – Professor Johannes Schmidt presented with Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte (Mechanical Engineering) “The Corporate Partner: Forging New Global Connections” at the International Virtual Exchange Conference 2021. Their talk presented two case studies describing how to incorporate South Carolina businesses into the curriculum.

PERFORMING ARTS – Associate Professor Kerrie Seymour is directing the Kate Hamill adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” at The Warehouse Theatre. The show opens on November 19 and runs through December 19. The cast includes actors from New York City, Los Angeles and the Southeast region. She also filmed a short film, “The Devil’s Game,” in Atlanta.

HISTORY – Professor Michael Silvestri chaired and commented on a panel on “Policing Thought, Surveilling Bodies: Everyday Operations of State Power in Colonial India” at the 49thAnnual Conference on South Asia. The Conference on South Asia, normally held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, took place online this year.

PERFORMING ARTS – Professor Mark Spede was elected to the Board of the National Music Council. The National Music Council serves as a forum for the free discussion of the nation’s music affairs and problems. Founded in 1940, the council’s membership includes almost 50 national music organizations, encompassing professional and commercial musical activity.

LANGUAGES – Associate Professor Pauline de Tholozany presented a paper titled “Removing Chains: Medical Discourse and Political Dissent in Post-Revolutionary France” at the International Romanticism Conference in Charleston. In this paper,  de Tholozany questions the links between two famous French post-revolutionary scenes of liberation: physician Philippe Pinel removing the madmen’s chains at the Bicêtre Hospital (1792) and the National Convention abolishing slavery in the French colonies (1794). De Tholozany also presented a paper titled “Marie-Kondo-ing Madame Bovary” at the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference in Washington D.C. The paper explores the ways in which modernity affects our relationship to objects, cluttering, and consumption.

ART – Valerie Zimany, Chair of the Department of Art, Rachel de Cuba, Provost’s Pathway Fellow in Art, and Huan LaPlante, MFA student, are exhibiting as juried artists in the South Carolina Biennial 2021 Part I, which runs from October 7 – November 14, 2021 at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC. The 2021 Biennial features 24 artists and is the sixth survey of South Carolina art taking place at 701 Center for Contemporary Art.  701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed-Sat, 11-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit