Catching Up with CAAH Faculty – October 2015

October 8, 2015

Paul Anderson and Michael Meng (history) are teaching an honors class this fall that was mentioned in a recent article in the New York Times.

Rod Andrew (history) delivered a lecture at the Pentagon for the Department of Defense History Speakers Series recently on “Operation Starlite” (Vietnam, 1965).  Andrew has been researching and writing on Starlite as part of his Marine Corps Reserve duties as a field historian with Marine Corps History Division.  Operation Starlite was the first large battle by U.S. ground forces against a regimental-sized Communist force, the 1st Viet Cong Regiment in August 1965. In addition to his teaching and research at Clemson, Andrew is currently the Officer-in-Charge of the Field History Branch, Marine Corps History Division.

Stephanie Barczewski (history) contributed  a chapter titled “An Elite Imperial Vision: Eighteenth-century British Country Houses and Four Continents Imagery,” in the edited volume Exhibiting the Empire: Cultures of display and the British Empire from Manchester University Press.

Vernon Burton (history) has been busy in recent months, interviewed dozens of times for his views on events unfolding in South Carolina and the U.S. One story of special interest involves his testimony in a landmark Texas Voter ID case.

Garry Bertholf (English) recently presented a paper entitled “John Coltrane and the Signifyin(g) Monk: A Theory of the Rhizomatic Scale” at the “Deleuze and Guattari” Conference at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. During his stay in South Africa, Bertholf also conducted further ethnographic research for another, comparative project tentatively titled “The Biopolitics of Race and the Post-Genomic Turn to Caste”—the title of a seminar he gave last year at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India. With the help of a CAAH Faculty Research Grant, he plans to return to India this December to finish his international research.

Parlor Press, the scholarly publishing company founded and edited by David Blakesley, (English, Campbell Chair in Technical Communication), received its third national book award in the past year in July. Also, Blakesley published “Terministic Screens” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods, edited by Mike Allen (2015)

An essay by Nic Brown (English) was included in Best Food Writing 2015, published this month by Da Capo. The essay, called “Kitchen Diplomacy,” was originally published in Garden & Gun.

David Detrich (art) exhibited his sculptural work KYOTO this fall at Georgia State University’s Ernest G. Welch Gallery for the juried show Indoor Pro: Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Sculpture Exhibition. Detrich also recently exhibited his work Constellation: Booth, Hyde, Peterson & Vallens at the Charles Adams Studio Project / 5&J Gallery in Lubbock, TX. Alberto Careaga & Chad Plunket curated the exhibition entitled Grayscale. This exhibition was created with the intent of showcasing contemporary works from a diverse group of artists that are all produced in different intensities of black and white.

Linda Dzuris (University carillonneur) was on tour this past summer, performing at:

  • American Guild of Organists Southeast Regional Convention 2015 in Charlotte, N.C.
  • 13th Festival International de Carillon de Perpignan. Invited guest artist performing on the on the oldest set of bells in France – one of the few to have survived melting for ammunition metal during WWII. The Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste, which houses the carillon, is a medieval structure in the town center of Perpignan, southern France. The festival theme was “Memories of 1945” celebrating the end of the war.
  • Basilique de la Visitation in Annecy, France. Performed by invitation a solo concert on the 37-bell carillon.
  • Eglise Saint-Maurice, Thones, France. Guest organist for mass at this Baroque historic monument in the Rhone-Alpes region of the country.
  • International guest artist on the 64 bells at the Hôtel de Ville de Lyon, the city hall of the City of Lyon.
  • XXVII Festival de Carillon et d’Art Campanaire, Taninges, France. Featured musician for “Concert en nocturne par une carillonniste etrangere.
  • 2015 Lausanne Festival, Switzerland. Solo concert on Le Carillon de Chantemerle at the Eglise de la Rosiaz a Pully.

Recent accomplishments from Carter Hudgins (director, historic preservation) include:

  • Publication (Invited):
    “More Data, Please: Comments on Eric Schweickart’s ‘Ideologies of Consumption: Colonialism and the Commodification of Goods in 18th-century Virginian and Lowland Scottish Rural Households,’” Post-Medieval Archaeology, 49/1 (2015), 175-181.
  • Conference Papers
    (1) “Molana Abbey in the Elizabethan Age,” with co-author Eric Klingelhofer at The Place of Spenser, Conference of the International Spenser Society, 20 June 2015, Dublin
    (2) “Architectural Horizon and Population Fluctuation: Confirming Trend Correlations on Nevis, W.I.,” with co-author Eric Klingelhofer at International Association of Caribbean Archaeologists, St Maarten, 17 July 2015
  • Peer Review
    Assessment of “An Archaeological Brief for Site X: A Summary of Investigations of Site 31BR246,” for First Colony Foundation, 5 May 15
  • Fieldwork
    Molana Abbey, County Waterford, Ireland, 21-30 June 2015. Returned for a third field season to 11th century abbey ruin to conduct excavations in cooperation with the First Colony Foundation. Working under a permit granted to our Irish colleague Eamonn Cotter, investigations focused on (1) determining depth and type of foundations employed at the abbey to complete documentation of this nationally-listed building, and (2) clarify understanding of the location and extent of Elizabethan modifications to the abbey when it was converted from religious to domestic use.

Roger Grant (history) was tapped as one of “75 people you must know” in the special 75th anniversary year issue of Trains magazine. Trains has a circulation of more than 100,000. Recently, Grant gave two public lectures, “Living in the Depot” and “The Electric Way” at the Broomfield Cultural Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

Steven Grosby (philosophy and religion) recently published:
Review of Carys Moseley, Nationhood, Providence and Witness (James Clarke, 2001), Heythrop Journal: Bimonthly Review of Philosophy and Theology 56/3 (May 2015): 534-536.

Walt Hunter (English) was featured recently on the Poetry Foundation website in “Walt Hunter & Marijeta Bozovic Consider Poetry in Global Terms for Arcade.”

Alex Kudera (English) released an e-single “Frade Killed Ellen” (Dutch Kills Press) in July and a second one, “Turquoise Truck” (Mendicant Bookworks), in September.

In May 2015, as a guest professor at Nanjing University of the Arts in Nanjing, China, Linda Li-Bleuel (performing arts) performed two recitals and conducted master classes. During the month of July, she, along with John Bleuel (professor of saxophone, University of West Georgia) and Leslie Warlick (instructor of violin, Clemson University) performed the premiere of Interrogations  by renowned French composer, Lucie Robert; and along with Stephen Fischer (instructor of saxophone, Clemson University) and Rachael Fischer (instructor of violin, Piedmont and Erskine Colleges) premiered Sobriquet by Natalie Williams at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France.  

Joseph P. Mazer (communication studies) and colleagues from Western Kentucky University published “Communication in the Face of a School Crisis: Examining the Volume and Content of Social Media Mentions During Active Shooter Incidents” in a recent volume of Computers in Human Behavior. Mazer and Hongxin Hu (computing), Feng Luo (computing), and Robin Kowalski (psychology) received a $239,680 grant from the National Science Foundation for their project, Defending Against Visual Cyberbullying Attacks in Emerging Mobile Social Networks. Mazer and Brandon Boatwright (communication studies) received a $32,000 grant from Greenville Health System to undertake social media monitoring for GHS.

To follow up on fieldwork funded by the Tinker Foundation, Tiffany Creegan Miller (languages) received a grant from the Humanities Advancement Board to research Kaqchikel Maya children’s songs and poetry in Guatemala this past July. Kaqchikel Maya is one of 22 Mayan languages spoken today in the Highlands of Guatemala by approximately 500,000 people. Dr. Miller’s project is entitled “Ri ak’wala’ nikib’ixaj pa qach’ab’äl: (Re)negotiating the Politics of Orality and Ethnography in Performances of Kaqchikel Children’s Songs and Poetry.” Positioning her research at the intersection of cultural ethnography and cultural/linguistic revitalization activism, Dr. Miller began working with a local schoolteacher in Santa María de Jesús to record numerous songs and poetry to be used as educational materials in this teacher’s Kaqchikel Maya language classes in Guatemala.

Ed Moise (history) has signed a contract with University Press of Kansas to publish The Myths of Tet, which should be available next year.

Maribel Morey (history) has teamed up with colleagues from several institutions to launch a new website on the history of philanthropy. Also, Morey recently published “Are Americans really champions of racial equality?” in the Atlantic.

Kathleen Nalley (English) has been invited to give readings of her work recently in Greenville and Columbia. Additionally, she was a featured author at the 2015 S.C. Book Festival, serving on a panel with S.C. Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth and S.C. poet Ray McManus.

Salvador A. Oropesa (chair of languages), recently published:
“La épica de la derrota de la posguerra española en la novela catalana: Pa negre (2003) de Emili Teixidor y Les veus del Pamano (2004) de Jaume Cabré.” Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies 10 (2015): 133-52.

Andrew Pyle (communication studies) recently spoke at the Southeast District Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) annual conference. Pyle talked about Clemson’s Social Media Listening Center and how faculty and students are using it for research, as well as how public relations practitioners can use these types of tools to learn and to enhance organizational storytelling.

In recent months, Shannon Robert (performing arts):

  • was guest artist, scene designer and lecturer for TTU’s Wildwind Performance Lab,
  • was faculty in residence at Hollins University and guest director for new plays workshop and festival at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Va.,
  • and participated in World Stage Design in Prague.

In June, Mashal Saif (philosophy and religion) participated in the Summer Institute for Scholars organized by the International Institute for Islamic Thought. She presented a paper at the institute titled “Shia Ulama and the Pakistani Constitution: Navigating Between Pluralism and an Islamic State.”

Robert Silance (architecture) recently exhibited his photographs “US Flag” at the Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, and “Territory” at the Leibig Arts Center in Naples, Fla.

Michael Silvestri (history) published an article entitled “Irish Mutiny in the Pubjab” in the June issue of An Cosantóir, the magazine of the Irish Defense Forces.

James P. Smith (construction science and management) presented his work on the relatively controversial methodology, Design Science Research, to the international Lean Construction community at the 23rd Global Lean Construction Conference in Perth, Australia.

Mark Spede (performing arts, director of Tiger Band) presented recently at the CBDNA Athletic Band Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado. 2015 marks the largest membership in Tiger Band, Clemson’s marching band, at 337 members.

The Clemson Faculty Sextet, which includes Mark Spede on drums, Monty Craig on guitar, Hazen Bannister on piano, Ian Bracchitta on bass , Evan Jacobi on saxophone and Tim Hurlburt on trumpet, will perform with Tiger Band during the October 12 (Georgia Tech) half time show in Death Valley.

Richard St. Peter (performing arts) recently presented a paper entitled “Who’s There? Richard Burton, the Wooster Group and Transnational ‘Otherness’” at the 11th European Shakespeare Research Association conference at the University of Worcester in England on June 30.

Charles Starkey (philosophy and religion, fellow of the Rutland Institute for Ethics), presented “Affective Colored Glasses: Emotion, Perception and Moral Cognition” at the annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology at Duke University in June. He also presented “Emotional Reinforcement and Character Traits” at the annual meeting of the European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions (EPSSE) at the University of Edinburgh in July. Starkey was an invited contributor to the In Character web discussion series, which features two scholars talking with each other about their recent research. The series is organized by The Character Project at Wake Forest University and supported by the John Templeton Foundation.  Starkey spoke with Daniel McKaughan, associate professor of philosophy, Boston College about their respective projects and the implications of recent work in psychology and neuroscience for character.

William Terry (history) was invited for a week in May to be a guest lecturer at the Mid-Sweden University in Östersund, Sweden, where he taught undergraduate and Ph.D. seminars and delivered a faculty colloquium talk titled, “Law and the Shaping of the Cruise Industry: Legal geographies of labor in a global industry”.

The poetry of Jillian Weise (English) was included in recent issues of Granta and The New Republic. Her essay, “Why I Own a Gun,” appears in Tin House. Her 3D-printed poem, “Future Biometrics,” was on exhibit in a group show called, “Hybrid Paradises” at the Evanston Art Center. The poem was also exhibited at the Northern Illinois University Gallery in Chicago. The artist is Tom Burtonwood. The Braille translator is Sean Tikkun.

Benjamin White (philosophy and religion) spoke at the 17th International Conference on Patristic Studies in Oxford, England on August 12th.  His presentation was part of a longer piece entitled “Justin Between Paul and the Heretics: The Surprising Salvation of Gentile Christian Judaizers in Dialogue with Trypho 47.”

The dissertation of Lee Wilson (history) has been chosen as a finalist for the Southern Historical Association’s C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize. Wilson also has a new article in the August issue of  The Law and History Review, titled “A ‘Manifest Violation’ of the Rights of Englishmen: Rights Talk and the Law of Property in Early Eighteenth-Century Jamaica.”

The month Valerie Zimany (art) will present “Antecedents and Appropriations – Contemporary Japanese Kutani and Chinese Ceramic Culture” at the biannual meeting of The International Society for Ceramic Art Education and Exchange (ISCAEE) Symposium, Tsinghua University, Beijing, and Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China. She will be accompanied by three current Department of Art MFA students in ceramics, who will present about the Clemson Community Supported Art (CSArt) program. Zimany’s artwork is featured in four international exhibitions this fall:

  • The 3rd International Ceramic Triennial UNICUM – 2015, May 15 – September 30, 2015, The National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • TOOL: An International Exhibition of the Tools of Our Trade, September 3 – November 30, 2015, Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta Historic Clay District, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • The 2nd Cluj International Ceramics Biennale, October 9 – November 3, 2015, Cluj Art Museum, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • International Society for Ceramic Art Education and Exchange Exhibition, October 15 – 24, 2015, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China