Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – February 2022

March 22, 2022

HISTORY – The Washington Post published “Biden’s pick won’t shift the Supreme Court, but here’s what might” by Professor Vernon Burton and his “Justice Deferred” co-author, Armand Derfner. On Feb. 6, Burton participated in EMBCA’s zoom discussion of “Revolution of 1821, Hellenic “Cotton Triangle” Merchants, and the American Civil War” On Feb. 7, his interview on “Justice Deferred” with Heather Gray and Ernest Dunkley on Atlanta’s WRFG-FM aired.  Excerpts from “Justice Deferred” and a review also appeared on Gray’s Justice Initiative Blog/Newsletter soon after the broadcast. On Feb. 10, Burton presented the Black History Month lecture on the Emancipation Proclamation at Greenville Technical College. On Feb. 16, he was interviewed and quoted at length in an article in the Greenwood Index-Journal about Abbeville County council’s vote to acquire the John C. Calhoun statue. On Feb. 16-17 he also spoke on “Justice Deferred” at the University of South Carolina Law School, History Department, two undergraduate classes and Ph.D. students. Burton also appeared on “Speak On It! History and Genealogy Conversations with Janice & Cherekana” with Derfner to discuss “Justice Deferred. On Feb. 19, he participated as part of a panel with S.C. House Rep. Chandra Dillard and S.C. House Rep. Terry Alexander on a discussion of the documentary “Downing of a Flag” at the Greenville Peace Center.  On Feb. 20, he was one of several presidential historians and pundits whose ranking and their explanations of their rankings appeared in the featured essay, “Who’s the greatest post-war commander-in-chief of the all?” in the Champaign, Ill. Newsgazette. On Feb. 28, WILL PBS in Illinois revisited the Lincoln documentary, “Prelude to Presidency,” showcasing Burton and his 2007 book, “The Age of Lincoln.”

ENGLISH – Professor Emeritus Wayne Chapman published a book in two volumes entitled “‘Something That I Read in a Book’: W. B. Yeats’s Annotations at the National Library of Ireland.” Volume I, “Reading Notes” (Clemson University Press and Liverpool University Press, February 2022) is illustrated at lxvi + 475 pages; and Volume II, “Yeats Writings” (Clemson University Press and Liverpool University Press, February 2022) is also illustrated and concludes with appendices, lxvi + 235 pages. A commemorative essay by Chapman, “Yeats, the Library, and Literary Afterlife,” was simultaneously published on blog sites by both publishers. Also, in a special issue of the “Virginia Woolf Miscellany,” No. 98 (p. 16), on “The First Thirty Annual (International) Conferences on Virginia Woolf,” Chapman contributed the narrative for the Sixth Annual Conference, “Virginia Woolf and the Arts,” which he co-organized at Clemson with his English colleague Elisa Kay Sparks in 1996.

LANGUAGES – Associate Professor Stephen Fitzmaurice provided an online seminar detailing his findings from his recent text “The Role of the Educational Interpreter: Perceptions of Administrators and Teachers” for educational interpreters and administrators across New York City public schools.

ENGLISH – Pearce Professor Jordan Frith published his newest article in the journal “First Monday.” The article, which is co-authored with one of his colleagues in London, examines identity construction through virtual reality, with a specific focus on Mark Zuckerberg’s recent push for a supposed Metaverse as the future of digital media. The article, which can be found here, is part of a larger project that Frith and his colleagues are currently developing into a book about visions of the Metaverse.

LANGUAGES – Lecturer Jason Hurdich published his first American Sign Language (ASL) translation of a song, “7 Curses,” a new single with Charleston-based musician Chris Holly. A recent article about the song in Charleston City Paper is accompanied by a striking video featuring Hurdich’s translation.

ARCHITECTURE – Professor Anjali Joseph, director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing (CHFDT), recently presented Improving Safety and Quality Through Evidence-Based Healthcare Design to Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design and Construction. Joseph discussed healthcare design as a system design challenge, the relationship between the built environment and patient safety, a CHFDT operating room study and a CHFDT preoperative room study. The presentation highlighted the point that a well-designed and therapeutic environment should be intuitive, flexible and supportive to all users at all times. Joseph also coauthored an article in
Healthcare Design Magazine titled, “Frontline Workers are Burnt Out. Studies Show Environment Can Help.” The article notes that simple changes to the work environment can have a huge effect on staff morale and wellbeing.

PHILOSOPHY – Assistant Professor Claire Kirwin’s long-form encyclopedia entry, “Nietzsche’s Ethics”, was published in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a peer-reviewed online encyclopedia.

LANGUAGES – Associate Professor Joseph Mai published a review of Boreth Ly’s groundbreaking book, “Traces of Trauma: Cambodian Visual Culture and National Identity in the Aftermath of Genocide” in the Kyoto Review.

ENGLISH – Assistant Professor Clare Mullaney received an honorable mention for “Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers” contest for best paper delivered at the 2021 SSAWW Conference for her essay, “Emily Dickinson, Incapacity, and Industrial Life.”

ENGLISH – The February issue of “Poetry” magazine published an essay by Associate Professor Aga Skrodzka (World Cinema) titled “Strawberry Bondage and Disabling Discipline in a New Series of Cyborg Video Sonnets.” The magazine commissioned this essay as a critical introduction to the video poetry of Cyborg Jillian Weise (poet, disability activist, and former Clemson faculty), also published in the same issue of “Poetry.

LANGUAGES – Assistant Professor of Japanese Jae DiBello Takeuchi was invited to give a talk by the Interdisciplinary Committee on Linguistics at Arizona State University. Her presentation was titled ‘‘Don’t Treat Me Like I’m Stupid:’ Code-switching, Native Speaker Bias, and Linguistic Microaggressions in Japanese.”

ENGLISH – Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature Rhondda Robinson Thomas was one of three panelists who participated in the virtual discussion titled “Remembering!: Increasing Empathy & Healing Trauma Through Untold Black Stories” as part of the Micah 6:8 Series sponsored by the University Care Department at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, on February 17, 2022.

ART – Associate Professor Anderson Wrangle and MFA candidate Aviana Wells are exhibiting in the “Emergence: A Survey of Southeastern Studio Programs” exhibition at the Bascom Center for Art in Highlands, N.C. “Emergence” showcases the work of faculty and student pairs to celebrate the role of teaching and mentoring in artistic development. Each submission consists of two works: one by the faculty mentor and one by the student. 18 programs are represented in this year’s exhibition, which runs through April 30, 2022.