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“The Current”  2/2/2015

Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey presented “The Theater of Punishment on the Early Modern Stage: Lady Jane Grey’s Execution in Dekker and Webster’s Thomas Wyatt” at Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association’s 2014 Convention in Boise, Idaho in October 2014. She also gave a paper at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association’s Convention in Riverside, California in November of 2014, entitled “Silence and Sympathy: British Slave Executions During the Long Eighteenth Century.”

Dene Grigar's (CMDC, Vancouver) essay, "Curating Electronic Literature as Critical and Scholarly Practice," has been published by Digital Humanities Quarterly.  It chronicles her research, gathered through curating nine exhibits of electronic literature since 2008. She has also been invited to publish two additional essays. The first, “Electronic Literature and Digital Humanities: Opportunities for Practice, Scholarship, and Teaching,” will appear in Doing Digital Humanities:  Practice, Training and Research, edited by Constance Crompton for Routledge Press; the second, “The Legacy of Judy Malloy’s Uncle Roger,” in #WomenTechLit, edited by Maria Mencia for the University of West Virginia Press. Grigar was also invited to give a public lecture to the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at the University of Victoria on January 22.  The title of her talk is "Paths to PAD: Preserving the Legacy of Early Digital Literature.

A new review of Kim Burwick's Good Night Brother has just been published at The Rumpus.

Rebecca Goodrich served as a judge and co-director of the Wazzu Independent Film Festival in December 2014. The film festival screened live action and animated shorts submitted by filmmakers from around the US.

A staged reading of Desiree Hellegers’ new play, based on her 2011 book of the same title No Room of Her Own: Women’s Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death and Resistance, is coming up on Jan. 23 and 24th at Tabor Space in Portland. The reading, with a diverse cast of 15 actors, is being produced by the Circle Theater project, with a full production anticipated in late spring/early summer. Hellegers and No Room director Patty Price-Yates will do a brief interview in front of a studio audience on Jan. 28 for the new show “Vancouver Live” at the Kiggins Theater in Vancouver. Hellegers recently joined the feminist/socialist Old Mole Radio Collective on the Portland-based radio station KBOO, with her first segment, an interview on the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), airing on January 19. In March, Hellegers will give the annual “Values-based Lecture” at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies ("Disposable Bodies: Homelessness, the War on the Poor, and Death on the Streets of Livable City USA”). Hellegers’ article, “From Poisson Road to Poison Road: Mapping the Toxic Trail of Windigo Capital in Linda Hogan’s Solar Storms” is forthcoming in SAIL (Studies in American Indian Literature). Her essay “Body Counts: Pesticides, War and Queer Spirituality in Cherrie Moraga’s Heroes and Saints” has been accepted for a collection on Indigenous Art and Health from an International and Interdisciplinary Perspective edited by Dr. Robert Innes, Dr. Nancy Van Styvendale, and Robert Henry of the University of Saskatchewan.  

The department was well represented at the 2015 annual MLA conference in Vancouver, BC. Todd Butler gave a paper on early modern historiography and the imagination entitled “Perkin Warbeck and the Passions of History.” Donna Campbell presented “Wasted Bodies: Poverty, Disability, and Cinematic Naturalism in Wharton, Crane, and Early Film.” Dene Grigar presented jointly with a University of Washington colleague on “Theorizing Collaborative Making: Between Writing, Programming, and Development,” and Roger Whitson gave a paper entitled “Making Steampunk: Arts and Crafts, Spreadability, and the Varieties of Do-It-Yourself History.”   Two department members also participated in roundtable discussions: Dene Grigar in “Electronic Literature after Flash” and David Tagnani in “Digital Humanities from the Ground Up.”

Buddy Levy's article "Blind Faith" is the cover story for the March 2015 issue of the national publication Canoe & Kayak, on newsstands now. The article tells the story of the historic "blind" kayaking expedition down 277-miles of the Grand Canyon, in September of 2014, of Erik Weihenmayer and Lonnie Bedwell. Levy accompanied the expedition on the first 9-days of the 21-day paddling adventure. Weihenmayer and Bedwell have been nominated as 2015 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year for their achievement. Levy's story is immersive and comprehensive, at 4000 words. For more information check out

Buddy Levy's article "Fun in Sun Valley" is the cover story of the January 2015 issue of Alaska Airlines Magazine. It's currently in the seat back in front of you. 

Buddy Levy traveled to Golden, CO Jan 8-11 to begin research interviews and collaboration work with Erik Weihenmayer on a new co-authored book project. The book is entitled No Barriers, and it chronicles Weihenmayer's adventures, exploits, and achievements, including founding the No Barriers organization, taking blind Tibetan teens to a 20,000' summit in the Himalayas, and kayaking the entire length of the Grand Canyon—277 miles. Levy and Weihenmayer are currently writing a book proposal, which they'll deliver in February 2015. 


Teaching Accomplishments

Dene Grigar was invited to teach a seminar at Capilano University in Vancouver, B.C. to students in the course, “Lectronic Literature," on January 7, 2015.  

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