Spotlight on English Department Faculty
Buddy Levy's profile "The Natural," about former World #1 amateur golfer (now turned pro) Chris Williams (from Moscow, Idaho) appeared in Alaska Airlines Magazine August 2013 issue.
Buddy Levy was an invited attendee and media member at the No Barriers Summit, August 8-11, in Telluride, CO. The summit was co-founded by blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer—the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest (and all the fabled Seven Summits). Levy's feature story on Weihenmayer and No Barriers will appear in HEMISPHERE'S Magazine's December 2013 issue.
Buddy Levy wrote a feature article called (tentatively) Idaho Outdoors, to appear in the Alaska Airlines Magazine—Horizon Edition. The article will appear in the October 2013 issue.
Buddy Levy delivered the book GERONIMO: Leadership Strategies of An American Warrior (co-authored by Coach Mike Leach) on July 15, 2013. The book will be published by Simon & Schuster on April 22, 2014.
Roger Whitson was invited to participate in a roundtable on "Digital Humanities Microclimates: Practice and the Politics/Pragmatics of Place" as part of the keynote by Ray Siemens for the 2013 meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association in October. Both of his panels for the 2014 MLA conference in Chicago, "Critical Making in Digital Humanities" (with Dene Grigar) and "Steampunk: Repurposing the Nineteenth Century" have been selected as Presidential Theme Sessions by Marianne Hirsch and will be featured on the MLA brochure amongst the Presidential Forums. He was invited to be a review editor for the journal Hyperrhiz, where he will curate reviews of non-textual scholarly artifacts like comics, digital scholarship, and design objects. Finally, he created "BillBlakeBot," a program that rearranges words from David Erdman's William Blake's Poetry and Prose and creates novel lines of poetry that are automatically posted to Twitter. You may
view the auto-generated poetry and follow his bot here:
Kirk McAuley delivered a variation of his colloquium, "Brandy & Iron: The Nature of Things in Mungo Park's Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa," at the 9th Biennial Symbiosis conference at Brunel University in London, UK, June 27 – 30, 2013.
Will Hamlin spent two weeks in June as a visiting researcher in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University (UK).
Robert Eddy's book on racism, contract signed last century (1996 to be exact, which wins the Guinness Book of World Records for longest gestation period for a contracted academic book, 17 years), and done with Victor Villanueva, will be on the shelves and available to e-book readers in November. It is published by
Utah State University Press.
Michael Delahoyde is serving as consultant on a series of monster books for kids: vampires, werewolves, and Bigfoot so far. Two parts of a late 2011 interview in which he discussed Shakespeare and the importance of literature have shown up on YouTube.
Delahoyde's article on "Shakespeare and Perspective Art" will appear in the newsletter Shakespeare Matters, and his article on "Lyric Poetry from Chaucer to Shakespeare" has been accepted by Brief Chronicles. He will soon be interviewed about Chaucer's influence on Shakespeare for a Shakespeare Underground podcast.
Leslie Jo Sena was part of a panel discussion and presented two sessions (Articulating and Assessing Student Outcomes of Common Reading Programs) at the second annual Common Reading Workshop, July 18 and 19th, held at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas' Lied Library. This second annual meeting included attendees from 17 institutions, including the American University in Cairo.
Sena also served as a faculty marshall for the First-Year Focus faculty procession during WSU's Fall 2013 convocation, August 16.
T.V. Reed will have two new books out in 2014: Making Sense of Our Digitized Lives: Culture, Power and Social Change in the Internet Era (Routledge Press), and Critical Fellow-Traveling: Robert Cantwell, the 1930s Literary Left, and the Re-Working of US Literature (University of Washington Press). His piece,
"Digitizing the Arts of Protest," appears on the Mobilizing Ideas social movement studies website
Reed has just been invited to contribute to the introductory panel discussion (with Judith Jack Halberstam, Sheila Rowbotham, John Holloway and Tony Bennett), for a book on the "Disobedient Objects" exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; the exhibit and book focus on the art, design and material culture of social movements.
The forthcoming issue of Black Earth Institute's About Place Journal will include Susan Dente Ross's essay, The Chestnut of Taksim Square. The essay details her impressions of Istanbul on the eve of the popular protests that began in Gezi Park and spread across the country, involving more than two million protesters. At least eight people died, thousands were injured, and hundreds of protesters were jailed in the ongoing unrest.
Victor Villanueva has had a nice summer. He's had a publication accepted for a special issue on rhetoric and neoliberalism for the British journal Cultural Economics ("Puerto Rico: The First Neoliberal Project"), another for the Journal of Basic Writing ("Subversive Complicity"), and a chapter in a book on Crossing Borders, Drawing Boundaries ("Metonymic Borders"). And there's the book with Bob Eddy. Finally, a graduate student at the Institute of Advanced Communication Education and Research at Kathmandu, Nepal, has asked to write his thesis on Bootstraps, surely an honor.
Daniela Miranda's manuscript "Painted (Hi)stories: The Subversive Power of Codex and Comics Elements in Codex Espangliensis: From Columbus to the Border Patrol" will be published in the Fall 2013 issue of The International Journal of Comic Art. This issue will contain a rich selection of articles covering all types of comic art in 15 countries.
Nancy Bell, in collaboration with former MA student Stephen Skalicky and Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning Tom Salsbury, has had the article "Multicompetence in L2 Language Play: A Longitudinal Case Study" accepted for publication in Language Learning. The ISI Journal Citation Reports ranked Language Learning 23/160 in Linguistics and 36/216 in Education for 2012, and its most recent impact factor is 1.318.
The forthcoming Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, published by Sage, will include three entries written by Nancy Bell (second language acquisition, failed humor, and non-laughter responses to humor).
Lori Beth De Hertogh founded and organized The Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop, which is an online, asynchronous, interdisciplinary, participant-driven workshop for scholars and individuals working on feminist-oriented research projects. This year's workshop took place in May and was hosted by HASTAC—the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collboratory. Jacob Friedman graciously helped her organize the workshop.
Lori Beth De Hertogh published a book review of Wendy Hesford's Spectacular Rhetorics: Human Rights Visions, Recognitions, Feminisms in the journal Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture.
Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey's article "Heathcliff's Abject State in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights" has just been published in Brontë Studies 38.3 (2013): 206-218.
Dene Grigar will curate an exhibit of electronic literature at the 2014 Modern Language Association Convention, entitled "Pathfinders: 25 years of Experimental Literary Art" She has been invited also to give two papers at the conference relating to her work with digital media.
Her essay, "Teaching Mobile App Design + Development," has been published in The Journal of International Digital Media & Arts (spring 2013, pp. 48-63).
She has also been invited as a speaker at the"Emerging Visions: Digital Media and Culture"lecture series, to be held at the University of British Columbia (at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses) in November. Her talks focus on her research in mobile media, particularly "The Digital Botanical Garden" project on which she is collaborating with Hussein Keshani and Constance Crompton, from UBC-Okanagan, and Lee Foote, from the Devonian Botanical Gardens in Edmonton.
Grigar also gave a paper at the Digital Humanities 2013 conference in Lincoln, NE in July on the topic of feminist digital humanities, entitled "hooks in the 21st Century: Feminist Pedagogy in Action."
Peter Chilson's ebook on Mali, We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches from the Lost Country of Mali, has been shortlisted for the Kurt Schork Memorial Prize for International Reporting. Schork was a reporter for Reuters who was killed while covering the civil war in Sierra Leone in 2000.
On July 18 Peter Chilson delivered a lecture entitled "Security and a Changing Climate: The American Southwest and the African Sahel" at the Colorado Water Workshop hosted by Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. Chilson also read from his ebook on Mali for the distinguished visiting writers series at Pacific University, in Forest Grove, Oregon on April 18 and again for the visiting writers' series at Western State College in Gunnison, CO on April 24.
On June 11 and 12 Chilson lectured on Malian history for the world studies program at Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago.
Chilson's review of Paul Theroux's new travel book, Last Train to Zona Verde, about Theroux's journey from Cape Town, South Africa, across Namibia and Angola, appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle May 19.
Heather Springer completed work on a Pearson "Emerging Pedagogies" grant this summer. The finished website documents conversations about basic writing pedagogy at this year's CCCCs.
Jon Hegglund's essay, "Patrick Keiller's Ambient Narratives: Screen Ecologies of the Built Environment," was published in the Spring 2013 issue of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (20.2).
Hegglund presented a paper, "Stories Without People: Theorizing Nonhuman Narrative Agency," at Narrative 2013 (the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative) in Manchester, England, in June 2013.
Linda Russo's book of poems, The Enhanced Immediacy of the Everyday, has been accepted for publication by Chax Press (Tucson, AZ). It's due out next year.
Debbie Lee attended Orion Magazine's Wildbranch Workshop, July 14-20 at Sterling College, Craftsbury, Vermont.
Lee's article "Black single mothers in Romantic history and literature" was published in Race, Romanticism, and the Atlantic, edited by Paul Youngquist (Ashgate, 2013).
Debbie Lee's essay "Luminosity" was published in GHLL XXIV (2013).
W. Scott Olsen
Reading, November 7, 2013
November 8 (Friday):
Bundy Reading Room
12:00 p.m., Avery Hall
Debbie Lee, Scott Olsen, Rita Rudd, and Brian Fry
Panel discussion on publishing and editing across disciplines