Special Collections has received a grant from the CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) Collections Enhancement Awards Program to catalog materials related to the Upper Mississippi Valley. The grant proposal can be found here: http://www.carli.illinois.edu/mem-serv/coll-man/FY10proposals/MS_Valley_Materials.pdf
Todd Cleveland's chapter, "Working While Walking: Forced Laborers' Treks to Angola's Colonial-Era Diamond Mines, 1921-1948," appeared in the edited volume: Trabalho Forçado Africano - O Caminho de Ida, José Capela, ed. Porto, Portugal: Centro de Estudos Africanos da Universidade do Porto, 2009, which was released over the summer.
John Delaney (Accounting) and Marty Coe (Western Illinois University) received an award from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) this summer for their article "The Impact of Certifications on Accounting Education" published in Strategic Finance magazine.
Scott R. Irelan (Theatre Arts) recently served as new play dramaturg for "Armed", a ten minute piece by Chicago-based playwright Dana Formby. The story deals with the first meeting of a Marine, her husband and her young daughter since losing both arms to an IED explosion in Iraq. Formby's play won the Kennedy Center for the Arts National 10 minute Playwriting Award. In his capacity as new play dramaturg, Scott worked closely with the writer to sculpt the "Shadow limb" moments of the piece so as to clarify the soldier's relationship with her now missing arms. In addition to this, Scott spent the summer on the artistic staff of the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival in Iowa City. The 10th Anniversary season included A Midsummer Night's Dream and Richard III. His work at the festival will find its way into his forthcoming book The Process of Dramaturgy: A Handbook (Focus Publishing). Augustana graduate Katie Wyant (Class of 2009) served as his assistant.
Scott was also named to the Executive Board of the Illinois Theatre Association. He will be officially seated at the organization's annual meeting in September. He, too, was named as co-chair of the Emerging Scholars Symposium for the Mid America Theatre Conference.
His article "Goon, Warrior, Communitarian and Mythos: The Lincoln Legend of Dramatic Literature and Live Performance" was nominated for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Outstanding Article 2009. This piece already received the 2007 Robert A. Schanke Research Award from the Mid America Theatre Conference for best conference paper by an untenured faculty member. It was subsequently published in Theatre History Studies.
Peter Kivisto and Thomas Faist, his colleague from Bielefeld University, published a chapter titled "The Boundaries of Citizenship: Dual, Nested, and Global" in Politics of Globalization, edited by Samir Dasgupta and Jan Nederveen Pieterse (New Delhi: Sage, 2009).
Peter also published a single-authored chapter titled "Citizenship" in Globalization and Security, edited by Ronaldo Munck and G. Honor Fagan (London: Sage, 2009).
In late May, he presented a lecture titled "When Did Finns Become White?" at the annual Finnfest, aboard a Holland America cruise ship somewhere near Glacier Bay, Alaska.
In early June, he delivered a paper titled "The Place of Race in American Immigration History" at a conference devoted to assessing 30 years of social historical research on immigration held at the Migration Institute, Turku, Finland.
The following week, Peter was the keynote speaker at a conference on Migration and Social Theory held at the University of Trento. His address was titled "In Defense of Multiculturalism."
In July, he was a Visiting Professor at Bielefeld University, where he taught a graduate-level seminar on social theory.
Finally, in August he attended the American Sociological Association annual meeting in San Francisco, where he began his duties as a member of the Committee on Awards.
Chippiannock Cemetery just published a walking tour brochure entitled "Death, Murder & Mayhem: Graves Tell the Story of Gangster John Looney". It is based on the research carried out by the students as their service learning project in last year's History 131 class taught by Arthur Pitz.
In January 2010, the Putnam Museum will have an exhibit on Davenport's Civil Rights History that Art Pitz is putting together as a guest curator for the Putnam.
Mike Wolf traveled to Davos, Switzerland in June to serve as a co-convener and presenter at the International Geochemistry Goldschmidt Conference. Mike presented his work on "Experimental Constraints on protolith contributions to Sierra nevadan Granitoids, California, USA."