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

September 19, 2022

HISTORY – Professor Vernon Burton authored a foreword for the new paperback edition of W. J. Megginson’s, African American Life in South Carolina’s Upper Piedmont, 1780–1900 (University of South Carolina Press, 2006). On August 6, Burton spoke to the Greenwood County Democratic Party at the Morris Chapel Baptist Church on his co-authored book, Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court. On August 11, the Professor Buzzkill History Podcast released a conversation with Burton, entitled “Race and the US Supreme Court: Justice Deferred.” On August 23, The Post and Courier carried a guest op-ed by Burton and co-author Armand Derfner entitled, “Legislature Might Not Get Last Word on Abortion in SC.”

ENGLISH – On August 1, Interventions, International Journal of Postcolonial Studies published Associate Professor Cameron Bushnell’s article “Orientalism Otherwise: A Poetics of Adjacency in Négar Djavadi’s ‘Disoriental.’” Her essay suggests that readers reconsider Orientalism by including women’s largely disregarded perspectives about the orient. It focuses on Négar Djavadi’s Disoriental as a model for disorientalizing the Orient through a poetics of adjacency — a creative process that puts voices, events, and circumstances side-by-side using modes borrowed from narrative’s sister arts — to suggest a basis for an orientalism that doesn’t forget Said’s “Orientalism,” but rather sets beside it another orient that modifies it. The essay is part of a larger book project: Orientalism Otherwise: Women Writing the Orient.

ART ­– Professor David Donar’s film, John Henry, is being screened virtually at the Morehouse University Human Rights Film Festival, September 20-30. By promoting understanding and appreciation for world cultures, artistic and creative expression, and a commitment to global issues and social justice, the Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival promises to be an exciting opportunity to engage both the College and our community.

ENGLISH – Pearce Professor Jordan Frith published his fourth book, titled The changing face of VR: Pushing the boundaries of experience across multiple industries. The book is an edited collection that brings together authors from five continents and multiple backgrounds, including academics from different disciplines and practitioners in industries as varied as museum curation and screenwriting. His fifth book, From Microverse to Metaverse, also became available for preorder in August. In addition, Dr. Frith took on two significant editorial roles in the month of August. He became the editor-in-chief for the peer-reviewed Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) publication Communication Design Quarterly, and he launched a new book series as series editor in collaboration with Professor David Blakesley. The new book series is called the X-Series, and he hopes the series plays a role in rethinking the academic monograph and bridging gaps between academic and public audiences.

PERFORMING ARTS – Brooks Center Director Emerita Lillian Utsey Harder, artistic director of the Utsey Chamber Music Series, secured a broadcast on America Public Media’s Performance Today of a selection from pianist Anna Polonsky’s Brooks Center concert on November 4, 2019. The August 23 broadcast reached an estimated 260,000 listeners.

ARCHITECTURE – Professor Anjali Joseph, Professor David Allison and other members of the Center for Health Facilities Design & Testing (CHFDT) research team are beginning an exciting new multiyear project. The CHFDT team is working with Indiana University Health (IU Health) on a large project to design and test new exam rooms, patient rooms, and operating rooms.  The new CHFDT project seeks to design rooms for IU Health that better meet the needs of and improve safety for both patients and staff. IU Health is the largest network of physicians in the state of Indiana, offering a unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine, one of the nation’s leading medical schools.

ENGLISH – Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Michael LeMahieu published a chapter titled “Brown v. Board, the Civil War Centennial, and the Literature of Civil Rights” in The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American Civil War and Reconstruction, edited by Kathleen Diffley and Coleman Hutchinson (Cambridge University Press, 2022).

ENGLISH – Alumni Distinguished Professor Lee Morrissey’s book, Milton’s Late Poems: Forms of Modernity, has been published by Cambridge University Press.

ENGLISH – Lecturer Chelsea Murdock was elected to the Executive Board of the Southeastern Writing Centers Association, of which the Clemson Writing Lab is an institutional member. Murdock will serve as the organization’s archivist and is the only representative of South Carolina on the Executive Board.

ENGLISH – Senior Lecturer Mike Pulley won a training fellowship in data journalism for educators from Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc., a nonprofit association. The weeklong intensive training from August 1-5 prepared instructors to teach data journalism as a course or assignment.

CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING – Assistant Professor Luis Enrique Ramos-Santiago recently completed a one-week ‘Comprehensive Bikeway Design Workshop’ at Portland State University TREC-IBPI Research Center (PSU-TREC). PSU-TREC is considered the premier center for active transportation research and training in the United States. To date, Ramos-Santiago is the only architect, planner, and professor in South Carolina to hold this specialized training and certificate. Ramos-Santiago was supported by a Diversity Grant from PSU-TREC, and by Clemson’s Nieri Family School of Construction Science and Management and the Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning.

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT – Professor Dustin Read, director of the Master of Real Estate Development program, delivered a keynote address at the annual conference of the African Real Estate Society held September 6-9 in Accra, Ghana. He also recently published an article titled “Competing Logics in the Affordable Housing Industry: A Comparative Analysis of How Various Types of Professionals in the For-Profit and Non-Profit Sectors Conceptualize Their Work and that of Their Companies” in Housing, Theory and Society along with his co-author, Donna Sedgwick at Virginia Tech.

HISTORY – Assistant Professor Amanda Regan published an article entitled “Mapping the New Gay South: Queer Space and Southern Life, 1965-1980” in Southern Quarterly’s special issue on The Digital South. The article, co-authored with Eric Gonzaba (CSU Fullerton), is based on their digital project Mapping the Gay Guides.

LANGUAGES – Professor Eric Touya was invited to participate in the 8th Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminar (National Endowment for the Humanities for Higher Education Faculty) entitled “Emmanuel Levinas: Ethics of Democracy” at the University at Buffalo from August 1-5, 2022. The event was a week-long seminar of intensive text-based examination and discussion of politics and democracy viewed from the perspectives of the ethics of responsibility elaborated by the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995).

HISTORY – Lecturer Patrick Troester published an article in the Pacific Historical Review entitled “Bad Fathers, Spurious Daughters, and Fratricidal Projects: Borderland Violence, Gender, and Nation in the U.S.-Mexico War.”