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

December 14, 2021

ARCHITECTURE – Lecturer Bryan Beerman and his team were recently recognized with design awards for the Wando Mount Pleasant Library, including an AIA SC Citation Award in the Interior Architecture category and an AIA SC New Construction Merit Award. The design is inspired by its Lowcountry environment, and diffused light filters through and animates the space, while a nature-inspired materials palette references grass, fish scales, water, and sky. Further details and photos can be found on LS3P’s website and e-book.

HISTORY – Professor Vernon Burton received the Benjamin E. Mays Legacy award, spoke at Lander University on the legacy of Benjamin E. Mays, and introduced the keynote speaker at the 10 year commemoration of the Mays Historical site on November 6. His essay, “Epworth Native Earned Place in History: Benjamin E. Mays, Schoolmaster of the Civil Rights Movement,” 98-102 was published in 10 Years Preserving History: Building a Legacy, (Greenwood: Gleams Center, 2021), the booklet accompanying the commemoration. On November 10, he participated in a discussion on his book, Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court with moderator Frye Gailliard in Dock Street Theater at the Charleston Literary Festival. Burton also responded to a session devoted to Justice Deferred at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Philadelphia.  On November 17 he was interviewed a second time by Sharon Kay on Fisk University Nashville public radio about Justice Deferred. CNN’s Brandon Tensley quoted Burton as chair of the History Advisory Board for a story on the Racial Reconciliation Echo Project in CNN’s Race Reconstructed NewsletterAlso, The Association of African America Life and History (ASALH) and Howard University featured Justice Deferred, its authors, and Harvard historian and president of ASALH Evelyn Higginbotham in their Social Justice Reading Room for a two hour discussion.

HISTORY – Professor Emerita Elizabeth Carney co-ran an international conference, “Macedonia and its Environment” with Sabine Müller of the University of Marburg, which ran November 1-3. She presented her latest paper, “The role of Macedonia in the decline of monarchy in Molossia/Epirus,” on November 1.

LANGUAGES – “Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language Project,” one of the Creative Inquiry (CI) courses under the direction of Assistant Professor Jody Cripps, is collaborating with the television program, MV Signs: Then and Now and the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of CommerceAccording to the Martha’s Vinyard Chamber of Commerce, approximately 100 to 200 deaf people visit Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, every year as the island is known for its deaf-related history during colonial times. An introductory signed language webinar was created last semester in supporting teaching signed language to the business owners and the residents. Two American Sign Language students, Jaylin Dillard and Brooke Turell, and Dr. Cripps, traveled to Martha’s Vineyard and conducted interviews with the participants from November 18th to 21st.  In addition, Dr. Cripps published a special issue on the topic of Martha’s Vineyard in the latest Society for American Sign Language Journal.

ARCHITECTURE – Lecturer Harrison Floyd was part of a project team that earned a patent for US 11160483B2: a neurological monitoring cable for magnetic resonance environments. The technology reduces the risk of unwanted RF-induced heating in MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) devices. Also, Floyd, along with his comprehensive studio partner, Ryan Bing, received an Honor Award from the South Carolina AIA for their project, “The Grammar of Wood: Hangar for 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group on Mass Timber,” which they completed in fulfillment of the requirements for their Master of Architecture degree. The project is a proposed aircraft maintenance hangar/auxiliary-support facility, which began with a respectful dissection of the visions proposed and prescribed by United States Air Force Facility Standards for these and similar projects. The award presentation can be viewed at the 16:50 mark of this video.

PERFORMING ARTS – Professor Emeritus Rick Goodstein was elected as a Lifetime Honorary Trustee of the Clemson Architecture Foundation and named an Emeritus Member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans.

LANGUAGES – Lecturer Jason Hurdich is appearing in promos for WIS-TV in Columbia as a representative of ABLE South Carolina, teaching viewers to say “Good Morning” in American Sign Language and bringing ASL awareness to the Columbia metro area. Hurdich also published an article in the quarterly magazine of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, for which he serves on the Board of Directors.

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION – Assistant Professor Elizabeth Jemison presented a paper at the American Academy of Religion’s annual meeting in November evaluating a recent book, Christianity Corrupted: The Scandal of White Supremacy by Jermaine Marshall (Orbis, 2021). Jemison was joined by senior faculty at Dartmouth College and Virginia Tech who share her expertise in Christianity and race.

ARCHITECTURE – Professor Anjali Joseph served as coauthor of a paper recently published in Applied Ergonomics: “An Exploratory Study Investigating the Barriers, Facilitators, and Demands Affecting Caregivers in a Telemedicine Integrated Ambulance-Based Setting for Stroke Care.” The study determined that the technical support required for communications and various tasks was not adequately supported by the current telemedicine system and should be addressed through system design.

PHILOSOPHY – Assistant Professor Claire Kirwin was an invited discussant for the launch of Mattia Riccardi’s book, Nietzsche’s Philosophical Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2021). The launch took place over Zoom on November 16.

PERFORMING ARTS – Professor Linda Li-Bleuel performed the piano with renowned tenor, Victor Robertson, at the Clemson University Men of Color Women’s Roundtable Pre-Summit and Leadership reception. Speakers at the Women’s Roundtable included Soledad O’Brien, journalist and host of “Matter of Fact,” and Vanessa Wyche, Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

ARCHITECTURE – Professor Anjali Joseph, Research Assistant Professor Sahar Mihandoust and master’s student Seyedmohammad Ahmadshahi, along with other researchers from the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing (CHFDT), published an article in the Health Environments Research & Design Journal – Comparing Sources of Disruptions toTelemedicine-Enabled Stroke Care in an Ambulance. The study concluded that adequate space could reduce flow disruptions and facilitate the stroke care evaluation process.

LANGUAGES – Associate Professor Joseph Mai’s The Cinema of Rithy Panh: Everything Has a Soul, co-edited with Leslie Barnes of the Australian National University, was selected by the Asian Cinema Research Lab in Singapore for a special book launch. The event, conducted over zoom, featured the co-editors, six others speakers, and participants from Asia, the US, Australia, Europe, and Israel. Mai also published a review essay of the Cambodian filmmaker Kavich Neang’s documentation of the demolition of Phnom Penh’s iconic “White Building” (The Building) during a time of global capital influx in Cambodia; the essay appears in the November issue of The Mekong Review.

ENGLISH – Lecturer Chelsea Rice McElvey’s article, “Queen Anne’s Body in Stuart Court Sermons” was published with the Ben Jonson JournalThe article aligns the 1605, 1606, and 1609 court sermons of Lancelot Andrewes with Ben Jonson’s Masque of Blackness and Masque of Beauty (performed in 1605 and 1608, respectively) in order to argue that both genres politicize James VI and I’s domestic life by commenting on Queen Anne’s political and domestic roles.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE ­–At the 2021 national American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference (Nov 19-22 Nashville, TN), Mary G. Padua, professor of Landscape Architecture was the lead speaker for a sold-out Deep Dive educational session panel on technology, titled, “How Big Data Benefits You: Using Information for Good in Landscape Architecture.” The panel of speakers also included two alumni of Clemson’s Planning, Design and the Built Environment (PDBE) Ph.D. program: Yang Song, assistant professor at Texas A & M’s Department of Landscape Architecture & Planning, and Jessica Fernandez, assistant professor at University of Georgia’s Department of Landscape Architecture. Their session presented ways big data and machine learning can cultivate solutions for equitable and inclusive environments.

ENGLISH – Associate Professor Elizabeth Rivlin presented a paper for the “Gloria Naylor in the Archive Symposium,” which took place at Lehigh University and online on Nov. 5-6. Her paper, presented virtually, was titled “’They Needed Things Like That’: Gloria Naylor and the Rise of Shakespeare Novels.”

LANGUAGES – Professor Johannes Schmidt was appointed to the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust. He will serve a 2-year term and focus on Holocaust and genocide education in the Upstate, especially for K-12 teachers.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE – Thomas Schurch, Professor of Landscape Architecture+Urban Design was inducted into the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects. This is one of the highest honors bestowed by the ASLA. An investiture ceremony for him and other inductees to the Council was held this past month at the Annual Meeting of the ASLA held in Nashville.

HISTORY – Professor Michael Silvestri participated in a roundtable panel on “Navigating the Archives” at the North American Conference on British Studies annual meeting, which was took place in-person in Atlanta from November 11thto 14th. On November 6th he also chaired a pre-conference on-line panel session on “Remembering Empire: Can Public Art Transform History?” Michael Silvestri and Stephanie Barczewski continue to serve as Executive Secretaries of the NACBS.

LANGUAGES – On November 13th, Professor Pauline de Tholozany gave a paper at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference. Her paper was titled “Speed, Velocity, Pace: Time and Identity in 19th-century Paris.” It explored the ways in which 19th-century French novelists have thought of urban speed and character identity. Professor de Tholozany argued that 19th-century novels can help us think about how the pace of the city may shape our identity and sense of self.

PERFORMING ARTS – Professor Bruce Whisler edited and mastered a collection of historic recordings for the International Trumpet Guild.  The title is From the ITG Archives: A Retrospective of the National Trumpet Symposium 1968-73.  These performances were all recorded on tape and were re-engineered to improve the sound quality and converted to digital files for online distribution. Notable performers in the compilation include Maurice Andre, The Maynard Ferguson Band, The Los Angeles Brass Quintet, and the brass-based rock band, Chase.