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

November 16, 2022

ENGLISH – Professor David Blakesley published the article “The Residual Concepts of Production v. the Emergent Cultures of Distribution in Publishing” in the TeX Users Group publication, TUGboat. The TeX Users Group is a worldwide consortium founded in 1980 for anyone who uses the TeX typesetting system created by Donald Knuth and/or is interested in typography and font design. The pre-print copy of the article is available now here. The full TUGboat issue (43.3, 2022) will be accessible for free online in March 2023. The article is based on Blakesley’s keynote presentation at TUG 2022 on 23 July 2022, which you can view on YouTube here.

HISTORY – Professor Vernon Burton lectured on “creating race” for Raffi Andonian—“the Celebrity Historian”—and the North Dakota Humanities and NEH course “Conflicts in History and History and Memory of Americana”on Oct. 4. On Oct. 12, at an academic conference at Morehouse College, Burton was part of an academic panel discussing the special issue of The Journal of Modern Slavery: A Multidisciplinary Exploration 7:4 (2022) which was also issued as a book, Slavery and its Consequences: Racism, Inequity & Exclusion in the USA. Burton’s essay, “American Slavery Historiography” is pp. 43-97 in the book. The following day, Burton was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse.   On Oct 18, Burton and Cecil Williams commented on the movie screening of “From Segregation to Justice” for the Joseph and Mattie De Laine Lecture at Clemson. On Oct. 20, he joined former Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson to speak on “The Past, Present, and Future of Voting Rights” as part of the Legacy of Slavery to Savannah Lecture series at Georgia Southern University. Burton delivered two talks on his co-authored book, Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court, first to the Columbia Luncheon Group, and again at Furman University Homecoming. He was also recognized as the “Faculty of the Game” during Clemson’s home football game against Syracuse University on Oct. 22.

ENGLISH – Associate Professor Cameron Bushnell has published an article, “Richard Powers’ Ecology of Mind: Bewilderment, Overstory, Orfeo, & Generosity” in Studies in American Culture 45.1. The essay argues that Richard Powers’ four most recent novels can be read as an extended and increasingly urgent argument urging readers to think with expanded consciousness. Building on theories first proposed by Gregory Bateson’s Ecology of Mind and recently expanded by Timothy Morton’s The Ecological Thought, this essay seeks to counter the current, intensely self-interested political environment by exploring Powers’ ideas of planetary consciousness.

LANGUAGES – Assistant Professor of American Sign Language Jody Cripps, who is an editor of the Society for American Sign Language Journal, published a new issue along with his editor’s note titled “Why Schools for Deaf Children Are a Good Thing…” He and his colleagues also published an article titled “Signed Music and Deaf Musicians: A Follow-Up Dialogue Between Youssouf, Witcher, and Cripps” in Theatre Research in Canada. Also, Cripps was invited to talk along with Chris Dodd at the Music Festivals: Histories & Cultures 2022 Conference hosted by Queen University and the University of Guelph. Cripps and Dodd’s conversation video can be seen here.

ARCHITECTURE – Assistant Professor Lyndsey Deaton and graduate students Rucha Jaykhedkar, Kristian Baber, Seth Bout, and Noah Gaither, all from the Architecture + Health program, represented Clemson in the invitational AIA/AAH Steris Student Design Charette along with the University of Florida, University of Utah and Kansas State University. Completed in 48 hours, their team developed a proposal for a primary care center aimed at creating a culture of trauma-informed care as a secondary facility to the existing ChildSafe child abuse prevention and trauma center in San Antonio, TX. Their solution, “Cascading Courtyards,” addresses pediatric users’ stress and second-hand trauma through the local landscape, which maximizes the benefits and connections to biophilia on multiple scales. Their competition boards will be printed and on display in Lee Hall 2 in the coming weeks.

LANGUAGESBMW Senior Lecturer of German Lee Ferrell and Professor Johannes Schmidt sponsored a meeting for German students with Ilka Horstmeier, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG (Germany), People and Real Estate, Labour Relations Director on Oct. 26. Horstmeier expressed a genuine interest in the career aspirations and in the question of German as the primary language choice by our students. She also discussed the importance of Clemson University as a strategic partner for BMW and the importance of functioning in a different language and culture.

ENGLISH – Pearce Professor Jordan Frith’s two newest articles were published in a special issue of Communication Design Quarterly. The first article is an introduction to the special issue he co-edited with Portland State University Professor Sarah Read. The second article is coauthored with Virginia Tech Professor Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq and titled “Citational practices as a site of resistance and radical pedagogy: Positioning the Multiply Marginalized and Underrepresented (MMU) scholar database as an infrastructural intervention.” The article examines anti-racist pedagogical practices and argues that academics need to rethink (and maybe tear down) the too-often dead European male “canons” within their disciplines and build more equitable pedagogical infrastructures.

HISTORY – Professor H. Roger Grant is the author of two new articles. They are “Atlantic Northern & Southern: An Iowa Twilight Railroad” in the Annals of Iowa (Fall 2022) and “The Railroad Station Agent” in Railroad History (Fall-Winter 2022).

ARCHITECTURE – Professor Anjali Joseph co-authored an article in HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal entitled, “Measuring potential visual exposure of physicians during shift-end handoffs and its impact on interruptions, privacy, and collaboration.” The study provides design recommendations for end-of-shift handoff locations between emergency physicians and a method to test emergency physician workstation designs prior to construction.

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION – Assistant Professor of Philosophy Claire Kirwin gave invited comments on Andrew Huddleston’s paper, “Abstracting the Divine: The Rothko Chapel” at the Southern Aesthetics Workshop in Charleston, Oct. 14-15.

ENGLISH – Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Michael LeMahieu presented two papers – “Writing after Wittgenstein” and “Confederate Modernism” – at the Modernist Studies Association conference in Portland, Oregon.

ART – Senior Lecturer Joey Manson’s sculpture, “Prevail,” was installed in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The installation is part of a Public Art initiative supported by the City of Goldsboro. The Public Art Steering Committee (PASC) narrowed down the applicants and gathered the community’s input in selecting Manson’s installation for the city.

ART – Associate Professor Todd McDonald’s exhibition, “Thresholds,” is on display at the Thompson Art Gallery at Furman University until December 12. “Through painterly discourse, I use various conventions of painting, photography and digital outputs to generate imagery and syntax that display the entanglement of human biology and culture in both how we see and construct meaning,” McDonald said.

PERFORMING ARTS – Assistant Professor Lisa Sain Odom was recently invited to Piedmont University in Georgia where she gave a vocal master class to the voice students there on Friday, October 14th. The students sang selections by Handel, Mozart and d’Indy and received public one-on-one coaching from Odom on each performance. Odom also recently published an article about successfully auditioning for college music programs, “Get Into the College of your Dreams,” in CS Music.

LANGUAGES – Associate Professor Kelly Peebles published the chapter “Renée de France (1510-1575): Valiant Protector of Religious Dissidents,” in Women Reformers of Early Modern Europe: Profiles, Texts, Contexts, edited by Kirsi I. Stjerna (Fortress Press, 2022).

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT – Dustin Read, Professor and Director of the Master of Real Estate Development program, recently received a best paper award from the American Real Estate Society for his research on senior housing presented at the organization’s annual conference. The prize-winning paper, co-authored with Donna Sedgwick at Virginia Tech, is titled “Do affordable housing professionals employed in the for-profit and non-profit sectors conceptualize the work of their companies differently?”

PERFORMING ARTS – Associate Professor Kerrie Seymour appeared as Patricia/James Madison in the political comedy The Taming by Lauren Gunderson at LEAN Ensemble Theatre on Hilton Head Island. She is now in rehearsal for Jen Silverman’s Witch (inspired by a 1621 Jacobean play by William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford) at Greenville’s Warehouse Theatre where she is playing Elizabeth, a suspected witch who is given the opportunity to sell her soul to the Devil as he passes through town. All of Professor Seymour’s stage work is performed under contract with the Actors’ Equity Association.

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION – Professor and Chair Kelly Smith and a team of students from Clemson, Texas A&M Galveston, and the SC School for Science and Mathematics wrote a paper that was just published in Teaching Ethics.  The paper is designed to introduce an interdisciplinary audience to the many complex social and ethical questions surrounding space exploration and astrobiology through a series of 11 case studies.  It has already been adopted for inclusion in OpenStax Astronomy, the most widely used Astronomy text in the US, as well as for a NASA educational initiative.

LANGUAGES – Associate Professor Graciela Tissera published a book chapter, “El individuo y la ciudad en la visión de Ezequiel Martínez Estrada” in Universalidad y Multiversalidad en Literatura, Lengua y traducción (Editorial Comares), and presented her research paper, “Los límites paranormales en los cineastas Juan Antonio Bayona y Álex de la Iglesia” at the XXXI CILH-Virtual Conference on Hispanic Studies.

HISTORY – Associate Professor Lee B. Wilson participated in an Author-Meets-Readers panel entitled “Writing Slavery and Freedom in Early America” at the American Society for Legal History annual meeting in Chicago. The panel featured a discussion of her book, Bonds of Empire: The English Origins of Slave Law in South Carolina and British Plantation America, 1660-1783 (Cambridge University Press, 2021).