Summer 2014 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Richard Burt delivered an invited paper entitled “Shakespeare’s Unread ‘Letters’” at the Inaugural Conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association at National Taiwan University.

Sidney Homan has edited The Audience As Player: Interactive Theater Over the Years (a double issue of the journal Comparative Drama 48.1–2 [spring and summer, 2014]). In the edition he has an article written with his son Daniel, “The Interactive Theater of Video Games: The Gamer as Playwright, Director, and Actor.”

Judith W. Page gave an invited talk, “‘Claiming an Education’: Women and Gender in the Academy,” at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, on June 19. Following the talk, she lead a seminar on the subject for faculty and graduate students. Earlier in the year, an interview about her recent book was published on the NASSR graduate student blog.

Robert Ray published “Notes on Fred Astaire” in the online journal The Cine-Files #6.

Mark A. Reid presented “Desirous Discourses of the Racialized Other in Film and Media” at the 31st International Conference on Psychology and the Arts, which was held at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, June 25-29, 2014.

Raúl Sánchez presented “Writing Theories of Rhetorics: Walter Mignolo and the Virtues of Contradiction” at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Phil Wegner spoke as an invited guest at the President of Ireland’s Ethics Initiative, “Critical Pedagogy in the Contemporary Irish University: Challenges, Methods, Horizons,” held in mid-June at the University of Limerick. His talk was entitled “To Name the World is to Change It: Formalization and the Promise of Critical Pedagogy.” Wegner has also been invited to serve as an editor for the Ralahine Utopian Studies series, the publishing project of the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies at the University of Limerick. For more information on the series, see this link.


Brandon Kershner’s essay “Joyce Beyond the Pale” appears in EcoJoyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce, edited by Robert Brazeau and Derek Gladwin (Cork University Press, 2014).

Phil Wegner’s essay “Things as They Were or Are: On Russell Banks’s Global Realisms” appears in the collection Reading Capitalist Realism, edited by Alison Shonkwiler and Leigh Claire la Berge (University of Iowa Press, 2014).


News of Retired Faculty


Andrew Gordon organized the 31st International Conference on Psychology and the Arts at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, June 25–29, 2014. 54 papers were delivered by conferees from the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Argentina, Japan, and the Philippines. From the University of Florida, Mark Reid spoke on “Desirous Discourses of the Racialized Other in Film and Media” and Sylvie Blum-Reid spoke on “Rithy Panh’s Film I Remember.” The 32nd International Conference on Psychology and the Arts will be held in June 2015 at the University of Malta. Contact Andrew Gordon here.


News of Current Students


Mitch R. Murray presented “Experiencing ‘Poetic Possibility’: Leaving the Atocha Station, Autonomy in the University, and the Future of the Contemporary Künstlerroman” at the Marxist Literary Group Institute on Culture and Society in Banff, Alberta.


Rob Short presented his “After the Theory Wars: Rehabilitating the Human in Wallace’s Infinite Jest” at Illinois State’s First Annual David Foster Wallace Conference in Normal, IL.

Scott Sundvall presented “Everything Is (Becoming) Terrible: Repurposing Rhetorical Garbage Into Digital Art” at the Computers and Writing 2014 conference in Pullman, Washington.


News of Former Students


Amy Scharmann’s story “Bandana” appears online at the New Orleans Review.

Caroline Short presented “Making the Seams Visible: Punk Rock Zines, Tactical Games, and Art from E-Waste” at the Computers and Writing 2014 conference in Pullman, Washington.


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