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

January 18, 2022

HISTORY – Professor Vernon Burton was featured on the SCETV radio program, “Walter Edgar’s Journal,” to discuss his book, Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court, which he co-authored with Armand Derfner. Later in December on Victoria Hansen‘s interview with Walter Edgar commemorating his 21-year career on public radio, Edgar mentioned Burton as one of the most frequent, memorable, and outstanding guests that he had interviewed over the years. Also, a special page review by John Simpkins of Justice Deferred appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier on December 5.

LANGUAGES – Assistant Professor Jody Cripps’ Creative inquiry project, “Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language,” was featured in a story in MV Times. The story interviews one of Cripps’ community partners who described how their project promotes the visibility of signed language and disseminates it on the island.

LANGUAGES – Associate Professor Stephen Fitzmaurice with Elizabeth Winston, published a co-edited volume “Advances in Educational Interpreting” with Gallaudet University Press.   This long-awaited volume brings together experts in the field, including Deaf and hearing educational interpreters, interpreter researchers, interpreter educators, and Deaf consumers of educational interpreting services. The contributors explore impacts and potential outcomes for students placed in interpreted education settings and addresses such topics as interpreter skills, cultural needs and emergent signers.

ENGLISH – Cambridge Elements in Digital Literary Studies, a series co-edited by Associate Professor Gabriel Hankins, has released Literary Geographies in Balzac and Proust by Melanie Conroy. This Element explores the literary geographies of Balzac and Proust as exemplary of realist and post-realist traditions of place-making in novelistic spaces. The central concern of the work is how literary cartography, or the mapping of place names, can contribute to our understanding of place-making in the novel.

ARCHITECTURE – Professor Anjali Joseph, Director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing (CHFDT), co-authored an article in Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD): “Perceived Usability of Seating in an Outpatient Waiting Area: A Combined Approach Utilizing Virtual Reality and Actual Seating Prototypes.” The study found that using VR and real seating in a lab is a reliable tool for designers and furniture manufacturers to obtain users’ perceived usability evaluations of seating during the design process, while the actual context is absent.

Joseph also presented “The Impact of Daylight and Views on Patient Satisfaction and Staff Burnout” at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo in Austin, Texas. The presentation discussed how hospital and window design influences patient and staff satisfaction and how window blinds can impact staff burnout and productivity.

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION – Assistant Professor Claire Kirwin was interviewed by Richard Marshall for the 3:16 AM series of interviews with philosophers (formally hosted at 3 AM). The interview was mentioned on Leiter Reports and discussed on the Daily Nous. She also presented her paper ‘How to Decide What to Do: An Argument for Value Realism’ at the annual Southampton–Humboldt Normativity Conference, which took place over Zoom on December 17–18.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE – Professor Hala Nassar and Benjamin Okenwa’s paper, “Investigating Smart Neighborhood Design for Physical Activities; A Case Study of South Atlanta Neighborhood, Georgia,” has been published in Landscape Research Record Vol 10, 2021 pp. 122- 132.  The paper was published in the Journal paper titled  “Landscape Architecture for Health”.

Also, Dr. Nassar and Ryan Helle’s abstract for an oral presentation at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA 2022) has been fully accepted for presentation and publication in the conference proceeding. The paper, “Perry Hill & Utica Mill Hill Villages Opportunity Zone Innovating Community Development in Context of Climate, Pandemic, and Social Disruptions,” will be presented at the conference this March in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

PERFORMING ARTS – Associate Professor Kerrie Seymour is directing the February 2022 production of Bekah Brunstetter’s “The Cake” at Roanoke, Virginia’s Mill Mountain Theatre.

HISTORY – Professor Michael Silvestri contributed a chapter on “Empire” to Ireland 1922: Independence, Partition and Civil War, edited by Darragh Gannon and Fearghal McGarry. The volume, published by the Royal Irish Academy, features fifty short essays by leading international scholars from different disciplines exploring a turning point in Irish history; one whose legacy remains controversial a century on.

LANGUAGES — Professor Pauline de Tholozany was invited to give a virtual talk at the Universidad Nacional Federico Villareal in Lima, Peru. Her conference took place on December 8 and was titled “Divorcios transatlánticos: Flora Tristan entre Francia y Perú”. Professor de Tholozany’s presentation investigated 19th-century Franco Peruvian activist Flora Tristan’s pleas for divorce laws in Pérégrinations d’une paria (1838), an autobiographical travel narrative that describes her violent marital situation in France and her subsequent trip to Peru.

ART – The photography of Associate Professor Anderson Wrangle and MFA student Aviana Wells was selected for inclusion in Emergence: A Survey of Southeastern Studio Programs at the Bascom in Highlands, NC. The show opened on January 15th.