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

August 22, 2022

ARCHITECTURE — Professor David Allison, Professor Anjali Joseph, and graduate students Swati Goel, Sara Kennedy, Monica Gripko, Devi Soman, Mina Shokrollahi Ardekani, Kassie Landvay, and Mohammad Ahmadshahi, all with the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, presented work at the 53rd Annual Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA53) Conference — “Health in All Design” — held June 1-4 in Greenville, SC. The team’s presentations included: “Mapping the Co-Operational Behavior of Healthcare Design Networks and Healthcare System in the U.S.,” ”Effects of the Physical Environment on Children and Families in the Emergency Department: A Systematic Literature Review,” ”OR-SMART: Design to Understand and Improve Workspace Design and Safety Culture to Influence Anesthesia Medication Selection and Delivery,” ”Impact of Exposure to Virtual Tours of Healthcare Facility on Child and Parent Anxiety,” “Investigating the impact of the built environment on patient and family engagement in healthcare design and delivery within the United States,” “Does the Built Environment of an Adult Intensive Care Unit Support the Families’ Needs As Part of the Patient and Family Engagement Model of Care?,” “Developing Design Guidelines for Anesthesiologist Workspace to Support Safe Medication Practices and Workflows,” “The Role of the Built Environment in Surgical Ergonomics and Interactions in the Operating Room,” “Impacts of daylight and window views on health and well-being: New Research Findings,” “Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Patient Room Design: Identifying Safety Risks in Mirrored Rooms through a Graphical Systems Analysis,” “Hospital Emergency Department Adaptations and Resilience in Response to Respiratory Outbreak Events – the Case of Sars-Cov-2 (COVID-19),” “Exploring Nurse Burnout between Nurses in COVID-19 and Non COVID-19 Units and the Role of Break Area Support in the Hospital,” “Use of Virtual Tours to Inform Healthcare Facilities Design through the Recognition of Anxiety Triggers,” “Understanding Anesthesia Workflow Challenges during Medication Related Tasks,” and “Preparing the Next Generation in Design – How Can Health be Integrated and Prioritized in Design Education?” EDRA53 Greenville was cohosted by Clemson University’s School of Architecture.

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT – Associate Professor Stephen Buckman published a paper in the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate entitled “The Impact of Sea-Level Flooding on the Real Estate Development Community in Charleston SC: Results of a ULI Member Survey.” The paper examines how developers in the Charleston area are dealing with issues of flooding and climate change and if it is changing their development patterns. The research was a result of a Pennell Center grant. In addition to the article, Buckman presented his research in two internarial conferences over the summer.

HISTORY – In June, LSU Press hosted a live Facebook book launch of “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work:  A New Birth of Freedom from Generation to Generation.” Edited by Professor Vernon Burton and Peter Eisenstadt, the book is a collection of essays by 14 of the 40 scholars who presented papers at the 2018 Clemson conference “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work.”  The conference included participation by students from under-resourced South Carolina high schools, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, who interviewed scholars at the conference. Also in June, Burton spoke virtually at the Livermore Public Library in California as part of a conversation on Juneteenth, Lincoln and race relations in U.S. history. On June 28, his discussion of critical race theory and the U.S. Justice System aired in Italy on Obehi Ewanfah’s Obehi Podcast.  On July 1, the National Archives Blog Talk Radio “Speak on It” rebroadcast Burton and his co-author’s interview about their book “Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court.” On July 10, Burton spoke on the Hamburg Massacre in North Augusta during a three-day event hosted by the Hamburg-Carrsville African American Heritage District. Burton was also quoted in a July 11 article in Atmos entitled, “The Courts Won’t Save Us.” He twice participated in Clemson History Department colleague Brent Morris’ NEH Teacher’s Institute on Reconstruction in Beaufort and spoke with the teachers at length on July 20. He also chaired a session at the St. George Tucker Society annual meeting in Savannah and gave the closing keynote, “Speaking the Past to the Present for the Future” at the conference on July 29.

ARCHITECTURE – Assistant Professor Lyndsey Deaton was elected to serve a second term as the American Planning Association’s International Division Vice-Chair-at-Large. In this role, she facilitates the student grant program, manages regional coordinators and oversees the Humanitarian Planning Committee (HPC), which produces bimonthly webinars to encourage humanitarian response teams to include designers and design thinking in their crisis responses. This year she will work with the HPC’s robust Ukraine Reconstruction Working Group which has partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the American Institute of Architects to develop guidelines for post-conflict construction.

ENGLISH – Maziyar Faridi, assistant professor of English and World Cinema, was an invited speaker at the symposium “Like Water Through Stone: Celebrating Hamid Naficy’s Contribution to Iranian Film and Diaspora Studies” at Northwestern University, June 2-3. Faridi presented an essay titled “Theorizing a ‘National Cinema’ Transnationally,” highlighting Naficy’s influence on diasporic film studies and Maziyar’s theoretical approach to Iranian cinema. At the American Comparative Literature Association 2022 he presented a draft of a new article he is currently developing, titled “En/Countering Rhythms of Modernity: Rhuthmos and Domestic Labor in Sohrab Shahid Saless’ ‘Still Life.’”

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Assistant Professor Elizabeth Jemison presented a paper at the Society of Civil War Historians biennial meeting in Philadelphia (June 2-4, 2022) on a panel discussing “New Perspectives on Reconstruction: Race, Religion, and the Remaking of the U.S. After the Civil War.” Jemison’s paper explored how the history of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church (CME Church) can reframe historians’ current assumptions about racial, religious and political identity in the postemancipation South.

ARCHITECTURE – Professor Anjali Joseph, director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing (CHFDT), will be working on a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant with Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering Jackie Cha entitled, “Adapting to the Future of Robotic Surgery: Understanding Training and Design Environments for Human-Robot Teams.” The major goals of this NSF funded project include developing a framework for designing work and workplaces to support the future of robotic surgery.

Also, as part of the EDRA 53 Conference Organizing Committee, Joseph assisted with organizing and providing the 53rd Annual Environmental Design Research Association Conference (EDRA53 Greenville), cohosted by Clemson University’s School of Architecture. The conference was held June 1-4, 2022. The conference attracted a large multidisciplinary community of practitioners, researchers, and students from around the world that engaged in conversations about the role of built environments in promoting health, equity, sustainability and resilience. The event also provided the perfect opportunity to showcase and promote Greenville, Clemson University and the work of the CHFDT. EDRA53 conference attendees commented that the event was well organized, provided high-quality speakers, sessions and presentations, and provided the perfect venue to demonstrate the conference theme: “Health In All Design.”

Joseph and graduate student Sara Kennedy coauthored an article that was published in the Journal of Patient Experience entitled, Using discrete choice methodology to explore the impact of patient room window design on hospital choice. The study demonstrates the role patient room design plays in patient preference. Incorporating windows into the patient room is expected and demonstrates the need for a nuanced consideration of how patient room windows are designed in order to maximize the benefits of daylight and views.

Also, Joseph and graduate student Swati Goel coauthored an article that was published in Applied Ergonomics entitled, Improving safety in the operating room: Medication icon labels increase visibility and discrimination. The study concluded that carefully designed icons may offer an additional method for identifying medications and help reduce medication administration errors.

Finally, Joseph attended the first in-person meeting of the advisory board of the Swiss Center for Health Design in Biel, Switzerland in July where she contributed to developing the strategy and vision for this new organization.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Assistant Professor of Philosophy Claire Kirwin presented her paper “Worlds Collided: Love as Seeing and Seeing-With” at a conference on Interpersonal Relations at the University of Birmingham, UK (June 8–10) and at the 96th Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association at the University of St Andrews, UK (July 8–10). She also presented her paper “After Birth: Middle and Late Nietzsche on the Value of Tragedy” at the annual workshop of the International Society for Nietzsche Studies at the University of Oxford, UK (June 24–25).

ENGLISH – Professor Brian McGrath’s monograph, “Look Round for Poetry: Untimely Romanticisms,” was published by Fordham University Press. The title is drawn from William Wordsworth’s advertisement to “Lyrical Ballads,” where McGrath anticipates that readers might not recognize his poetic experiments as poems and, as if seeking poetry elsewhere, look round for it. The book transforms Wordsworth’s idiomatic expression into a methodological charge. By placing tropes and figures common to Romantic and Post-Romantic poems in conjunction with contemporary economic, technological and political discourse, the book identifies poetry’s untimely echoes in discourses not always read as poetry or not always read poetically.

HISTORY – Professor Brent Morris has published his newest book, “Dismal Freedom: A History of the Maroons of the Great Dismal Swamp” by University of North Carolina Press. It the first book-length study that fully examines the lives of maroons (self-emancipated people) in the liminal world between slavery and freedom along the North Carolina-Virginia border, and undertakes a close analysis of the communities and individual lives of thousands men and women who made the Dismal Swamp their free home and sanctuary and who played an outsized role in undermining slavery and its supporting ideologies from the seventeenth century through the Civil War. This study offers a fresh reassessment of resistance to enslavement, scholars’ understanding of marronage and freedom in North America, and the uses of cutting-edge technology and interdisciplinarity in historical scholarship.

PERFORMING ARTS – Assistant Professor Lisa Sain Odom gave a master class this June to voice students at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, England. The theatre program at Rose Bruford and the theatre program in the Clemson Performing Arts department are part of an exchange program where students from each school spend a semester at the other school learning about theatre in another culture. Odom was in England with the new Performing Arts Study Abroad summer program in London and was invited to the Rose Bruford campus to teach a master class and promote the Clemson exchange program.

GLOBAL BLACK STUDIES – Associate Professor L. Kaifa Roland recently penned a column for The Greenville News and Spartanburg Herald Journal: “Celebrating Juneteenth: Metaphors and More.” She also recently joined the Executive Council of the Caribbean Studies Association.

LANGUAGES – Professor Johannes Schmidt visited two universities in Germany to reconnect with partner institutions, the first visit since the beginning of the pandemic. Together with Todd Schweisinger, principal lecturer of mechanical engineering, he spent three days at OTH Regensburg to restart and reevaluate study abroad opportunities for Clemson students, especially for those with a German language background. A visit at RWTH Aachen University followed to explore new exchange opportunities for students and faculty. The visits were part of a U.S. Department of Education grant that has been instrumental in establishing Clemson’s new Engineering+Languages program. Also, as a member of the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust, Schmidt participated in the first in-person council retreat in Conway, SC since the start of the pandemic. During the retreat, he was appointed chair of the Higher Education Committee of the Council.

PERFORMING ARTS – Professor Mark Spede partnered on a follow-up to the International Aerosol Study with the Centers for Disease Control. The new paper, “Evaluation of COVID-19 Prevention Strategies among Elementary, Middle, High School and Collegiate Music Programs in the United States, August 1 – December 15, 2021,” can be viewed along with accompanying graphics and videos at the National Federation of State High School Associations website.

LANGUAGES – Assistant Professor of Japanese Jae DiBello Takeuchi began an appointment as co-director of the annual spring conference of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ), which is planning to hold its spring 2023 conference in-person for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. On July 15, her article titled “Code-switching as Linguistic Microaggression: L2-Japanese and Speaker Legitimacy,” was published online in the journal “Multilingua” and will appear in print in an upcoming issue.

LANGUAGES – Associate Professor of French Pauline de Tholozany talked about her book, “L’Ecole de la maladresse” (Paris: Champion, 2017) on Radio France on July 14 on the show, “L’été comme jamais.” She discussed the topic of the day—awkwardness—with film director Antonin Peretjatko and choreographer Mylène Benoît.

LANGUAGES – Professor of French Eric Touya read a paper entitled “Con/di/vergences: Laïcité française, Féminisme/s, Intersectionnalités” inZones de contact, zones de conflit. Convergences et divergences francophones” at the “36ème Congrès Mondial du Conseil International d’Études Francophones,” Trente, Italy on June 24, 2022. He also published a book review of “Transcultural Migration in the Novels of Hédi Bouraoui” by Elizabeth Sabiston (Boston: Rodopi, 2021) “French Review” 95.3, p. 232-233.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION –  Associate Professor Ben White published a chapter entitled “The Pauline Tradition,” in the “T&T Clark Handbook to the Historical Paul.” He also gave a paper entitled “‘Was Someone Called While Circumcised? Let Him Not Conceal His Circumcision’ (1 Cor 7.18): How the Jewish Paul of Acts Underwent Epispasm in the Second Century” at the Nangeroni Meeting of the Enoch Seminar in Rome.