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

April 18, 2022

HISTORY – Professor Vernon Burton and Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature Rhondda Robinson Thomas were appointed as commissioners to the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, whose mission is “is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina, and to assist and enhance the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.” On March 4, Burton spoke with the Clemson Humanities Advancement Board about his book, “Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court.” On March 9, he spoke on the “Effects of the Civil War Then and Now” as the invited President Bill Clinton endowed lecture on American History at the New York Historical Society.  Burton was also interviewed by Grid News for a story about the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson. On NBC’s “Racial Reckoning,” Burton, who serves as chair of the History advisory board for the Echo Project, was interviewed for the story, “A former KKK Headquarters terrorized a town for years,  Now it  will become a Diversity Center.” On March 24, he spoke with Rev. James Howell on the podcast “Maybe I am Amazed” about “Justice Deferred.” He also spoke about his book to the Modjeska Simkins School’s public series sponsored by the S.C. Progressives Network on Reconstruction, Ben Tillman, Critical Race Theory debate, and Justice Deferred. Finally, Burton gave a guest lecture on “Justice Deferred” for the College of Charleston’s Friends of the Library and Avery Research Center on March 28.

ENGLISH – Lecturer Luke Chwala presented “Queering Gothic Slash Fandoms: Harry Potter, Ginger Snaps, and Worldbuilding” at the 43rdInternational Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Fantastic Communities, held 16-20 March 2022.

ART – Lecturer David Gerhard designed a new book, “Warhol Lives: 2022 Print Market Report” for Revolver Gallery, a Los Angeles-based gallery boasting the largest Warhol print collection. He has also been published in the inaugural edition of FATHERFATHER Magazine, a publication that centers around text-based visual art. His piece, “the father at bedtime” is an interactive moment documented with lidar scanning.

ENGLISH – Lecturer Melissa Edmundson Makala published a scholarly edition of Charlotte Riddell’s “The Uninhabited House” (1875) for Broadview Press.

CONSTRUCTION SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT – Assistant Professor Ehsan Mousavi hosted Mick Schwedler, the president of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), at Clemson with a tour of the West Side Chiller Facility.

ENGLISH — Senior Lecturer Kathleen Nalley published a three-part pantoum poem in Limp Wrist Magazineco-edited by Dustin Brookshire and Denise Duhamel. The issue celebrated Barbie’s 63rd birthday and the 25th anniversary of Denise Duhamel’s Barbie-themed poetry collection, “Kinky.” Nalley also participated, alongside Denise Duhamel, Dorianne Laux, Nin Andrews, and others, in an online poetry reading in celebration of the issue’s publication.

CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING –Assistant Professor Luis Enrique Ramos-Santiago recently published two peer-reviewed papers, in recognized transportation journals. The first paper, solo-authored by Ramos-Santiago is titled “Does walkability around feeder bus-stops influence rapid-transit station boardings?” and implements a multi-level generalized linear model to assess multi-scalar influences on aggregate travel behavior. The second paper, which is result of a recent international collaboration with researchers from Spain’s Universidade Da Coruña, is titled “Identifying and Understanding Determinants of Regional Differences in Light-Rail Patronage and Performance.” The latter is the first paper of a projected long-term research collaboration focused on sustainable urban transportation and accessibility impacts across socio-economic levels.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE — Professor of Landscape Architecture+Urban Design Thomas Schurch, FASLA, presented a paper titled “Amicus Curiae: a Model for Amicus Civitas in Landscape Architecture Teaching, Research, and Service” at the annual conference of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture that was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico March 16-18.

HISTORY – Professor Michael Silvestri delivered the keynote address at the South Carolina Historical Association’s annual conference, which was held online on March 12th. His talk was entitled “‘The Police Courts Rang with the Brogue’: The Irish Policeman in the British Empire.”

ENGLISH – Associate Professor Aga Skrodzka (World Cinema) interviewed the Polish visual artist Katarzyna Kozyra at the Four Corners Gallery in London. Titled “I Cannot Be Sure That I Will Not Be Erased or Voided,” the conversation was centered on Kozyra’s arts foundation and her efforts to bring the female artists from Poland, Belarus and Ukraine together into a creative collective.

LANGUAGES –Assistant Professor Jae DiBello Takeuchi hosted a Zoom event called “Talk with a Translator.” The main guest was Claire Tanaka, a Japanese-to-English translator in Japan. Tanaka talked about her work, including her current project doing the subtitle translations for “Komi Can’t Communicate,” a popular Japanese anime currently streaming on Netflix. The event offered an inside look into media translation, highlighted linguistic and cultural issues translators have to navigate, and shed light on restrictions that impact translators who work for large entertainment companies.

ENGLISH – Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature Rhondda Robinson Thomas was a featured speaker for the “Addressing Erasure: Designing Our Future” Conference organized by the Clemson chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (cNOMAS) on March 18-20, 2022, held at the Clemson Design Center in Charleston.

ART – Chair and Professor Valerie Zimany presented the lecture ‘Dirt x Digital:  Patterns, Profiles, and Print Phenomena’ at the 2022 National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference, which was held from March 16-19 in Sacramento, CA.  Zimany’s presentation was featured in the annual FabLab, and examined digital design modeling and the incorporation of FDM and 3d clay printers into creative research and studio pedagogy. “With both successes and casualties, I fabricated a variety of 3D printed components for an installation project, joined by graduate students pursuing complementary research,” she said.