College of Arts and Humanities – Faculty Juncture – February 2024

February 27, 2024

HISTORY — Professor Vernon Burton was highlighted as one of the keynote speakers for the Feb. 22 conference of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission. On January 9, Burton spoke with the World Community Magazine LIFE with Edward McQueen and April Garner on the “Supreme Court Decisions: Past, Present and Future” program. On January 24, Burton keynoted at the University of California Santa Barbara in “Picturing Justice: Race and the Supreme Court” and spoke at a fireside chat the following day. On Jan. 25 he spoke at the San Diego Supercomputing Center on “History of Computing in the Humanities and Social Sciences before the Digital Age.”

From January 29 through February 1, Burton and Joshua Catalano hosted two representatives from the Library of Congress (LOC) who work with the Veterans Project and worked with the Clemson Creative Inquiry Veterans Project. On January 31, he conducted an oral history workshop for the campus. On January 31, the “Lansing City Pulse” p. 14 featured an article on Burton and his coauthor’s “Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court.”

In late January, attorneys filed an amicus brief drafted by Professor Allan Lichtman of American University and Burton, which was signed by 23 more historians on the Colorado Ballot Supreme Court case Trump v. Anderson. The historians explained the origins of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment and what the stakeholders and policymakers at that time intended for Section 3 to cover and whom. Their work was covered in media outlets including the Guardian, New York Times, MSNBC, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post and Law and Crime.

LANGUAGES — American Sign Language associate professor Stephen Fitzmaurice published an article with Meri Faulkner addressing ASL-English Interpreters and Anxiety in the Journal of Interpretation. The research investigates coping strategies used by ASL-English interpreters with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and issues including professional stigma.

PERFORMING ARTS — Brooks Center Director Emerita Lillian Utsey Harder, artistic director of the Utsey Chamber Music Series, secured two broadcasts on America Public Media’s “Performance Today” in January with a broadcast on January 12 of Brahms’ Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114 by Anna Polonsky, piano; David Shifrin, clarinet; and Peter Wiley, cello, from their concert on February 9. The second broadcast happened January 24 and was of Capricci by Sergio Assad, commissioned for the 35th anniversary season of the Utsey series and performed by the Escher String Quarter and guitarist Jason Vieaux from their concert on September 14, 2021.

ENGLISH — Alumni Distinguished Professor Lee Morrissey’s essay, “From Ireland to Barbados: architecture of extraction in British colonies” was published in “Architecture and Extraction in the Atlantic World, 1500-1850,” edited by Luis Gordo Palaez and Paul O’Neill (Routledge, 2024), 91-105.

ENGLISH — Associate Professor Angela Naimou co-organized two linked sessions on dispossession for the 2024 Modern Language Association in Philadelphia, January 4-7, in her role as Postcolonial Studies Executive Committee chair. The journal she edits, “Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development,” joined the Project MUSE Subscribe to Open (S20), among the largest humanities open-access initiative for scholarly journals, which is set to launch current content as open-access for 2025.   

PERFORMING ARTS — Assistant Professor of Music Lisa Sain Odom presented a session, “When Worlds Collide: Faculty collaboration in musical theatre and agriculture” with Clemson Agriculture professor Kirby Player at the January 2024 Musical Theatre Educator’s Alliance conference in Atlanta, Georgia. On January 7, she performed two art songs, “Allerseelen” by Richard Strauss and “For You There Is No Song” by Leslie Adams with Clemson collaborative pianist Grace Berardo in New York City. This was part of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Winter Workshop. She was also selected to speak on a panel “Easy Does It…?” alongside world-renowned pianist and coach Warren Jones to speak about how to motivate students to deeply engage with their work when the research process has become so much easier. Her article was published on January 27 in the winter edition of the print magazine “ClassicalSinger”on “Trauma Informed Voice Care.”

LANGUAGES — Professor of German Johannes Schmidt published “Herder und die Oper: Pluralität der Sinne” in a volume entitled “Kunst kommt von Können oder von Kennen her” Künste und Ästhetik bei Johann Gottfried Herder. This wasedited by Stefan Greif.