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

January 25, 2023

HISTORY – Professor Vernon Burton spoke about his co-authored book, Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court at the “Our World” lecture series on Kiawah Island, SC on December 8.  He also led a workshop on racial justice with a Racial Awareness Group in Charleston.  On December 12 he spoke about race and the Supreme Court at the Clemson Emeritus College in Pendleton, SC.

LANGUAGES ­– Assistant Professor Jody Cripps was featured on a Martha’s Vineyard TV program, “MV Signs Then and Now.” The program featured the work of a Clemson Creative Inquiry project led by Cripps, which explores the rich history of signed language on Martha’s Vinyard which spans nearly 300 years.

PERFORMING ART – Assistant Professor of Music Lauren Crosby presented her work “The Sound of Boba Fett: John Williams’s Legacy in the Expanded Star Wars Universe” at the “John Williams, Last of the Symphonists?” conference. This international conference celebrating John Williams’s 90th birthday was held December 7–9 at the Université d’Évry in Évry, France.

ART ­­– The works of Lecturer John Cummings and Senior Lecturer Denise Woodward Detrich and recent BFA graduates Rachael Yon and Aidan Rhoades were selected for the Emergence: A Survey of Southeastern Studio Programs exhibition at The Bascom on display January 21 through April 29.

ARCHITECTURE – Assistant Professor Lyndsey Deaton was featured in the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine, (Vol. 98, No. 4. Winter 2023, p. 40) for the special issue, “F+: Conversations on failure and moving forward” intended to destigmatize failure. The article highlights how she discovered validation, hope and confirmation that she was on the right professional path despite failing her consultancy.

ENGLISH –Assistant Professor of English and World Cinema Maziyar Faridi had three conference presentations and an invited talk about his current book project during the Fall semester. In August, he presented at the Biennale Iranian Studies Association conference at the University of Salamanca. In September, he had an invited talk titled “Hauntologies of the Present: Notes on Politics of Friendship in Férydoun Rahnéma’s Modernism” at the University of Toronto. The talk focused on the third chapter of his manuscript. He also co-organized the panel “World Persian Modernism” and presented a paper titled “Becoming-Leper of Iranian Modernism” at the Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. Finally, in December, he presented “Notes on the Anxieties of Nima Yushij’s Aesthetics,” sections of the first chapter of the manuscript, at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting in Denver.

HISTORY – Professor H. Roger Grant participated in the NPR conversation program, “The Takeaway,” a production of WNYC in New York City on December 24.  He spoke on the legacies of railroads, focusing on the “Day of Two Noons” that occurred on November 18, 1883, when U.S. railroads adopted a coordinated system of standard time zones.  An expanded version is available on “The Takeaway” podcast.

ARCHITECTURE — Anjali Joseph, Director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, coauthored two new articles recently. The first paper, published in the Journal of Intensive Medicine is titled “The impact of daylight and window views on length of stay among patients with heart disease: A retrospective study in a cardiac intensive care unit.” This study found that patients receiving mechanical ventilation in rooms with direct access to both daylight and window views stayed significantly less time in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) than those in windowless CICU rooms.  Her next article, published in Health Care Management Science is titled “Operating room design using agent-based simulation to reduce room obstructions.”  This study sought to determine the significance of individual factors as well as the level of contribution of each factor towards the contacts observed during the course of a procedure in the operating room. Transforming the simulation model from playback to probabilistic created the opportunity for the modeling approach to be applied in a much broader sense at our healthcare institution partner.

ENGLISH – Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Michael LeMahieu published a chapter titled “Writing after Wittgenstein” in the volume Wittgenstein and Literary Studies (Cambridge UP), edited by Robert Chodat and John Gibson.

CITY & REGIONAL PLANNING – Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Barry Nocks was appointed to the Ethics Committee of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) for 2023. The Ethics Committee works with the AICP Ethics Officer to issue formal advisory opinions, oversees the issuance of informal opinions and adjudicates all contested ethics matters and disciplinary proceedings under the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

PERFORMING ARTS – Professor Kerrie Seymour is currently performing as Emily in The Lifespan of a Fact at LEAN Ensemble Theatre on Hilton Head Island. All of her on-stage acting work is done under contract with the Actors’ Equity Association.

ENGLISH – Associate Professor Michelle Smith was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships Open Book Program grant for her book, Utopian Genderscapes: Rhetorics of Women’s Work in the Early Industrial Age. The grant is “designed to make outstanding humanities books digitally available to a wide audience.” With the support of the grant, Utopian Genderscapes will be released in an accessible open-book format by Southern Illinois University Press.

ART – Lecturer Brooks Harris Stevens curated the exhibit “There Just Isn’t” in Greenville. Presented by the artist-run network, Tiger Strikes Asteroid Greenville, “There Just Isn’t” explores the complexity and compromises of parenthood. It also includes work by Lecturer Dan Bare. The exhibition is on display from January 6 – February 11.

LANGUAGES – Professor Eric Touya published the 2nd edition of his book on Simone de Beauvoir entitled Simone de Beauvoir: le combat au féminin (Presses Universitaires de France). Touya also published two articles : “Ionesco and Camus in the Age of Covid 19: Power, Chaos, Responsibility” in a special issue of Contemporary French & Francophone Studies and “‘Habiter poétiquement le monde’: présence et représentation chez Claudel et Jean-Luc Marion” in Bulletin de la Société Paul Claudel: Les philosophes inspirés par Claudel.