Peter Kivisto (Sociology) and Paul Croll's (Sociology) co-authored book, Race and Ethnicity: The Basics was just released from Routledge Press. The book discusses the relationship between race and ethnicity and addresses four substantive areas within the field; prejudice and discrimination, the dynamics of inequality, ethnic conflict, and modes of incorporation of ethnic and racial groups. Race and ethnicity have shaped the social, cultural and political character of much of the world, and remain an important influence on contemporary life in the 21st Century. The book provides an accessible introduction to the sociological study of race and ethnicity.
Kelly Daniels (English) work of creative nonfiction, "Wanted Man"--originally published in the Fall of 2010 issue of Saint Ann's Review--has just been reprinted in the tenth anniversary, "best of" issue of that same journal.
Cathy Goebel co-led a session at the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Providence, Rhode Island. She presented the Liberal Arts through the AGES project and the new 2011 book she edited. The full audience for the session included directors for NEH and AAC&U as well as faculty and deans from across the country. The project was enthusiastically received and elicited much discussion. Cathy continues to consult deans and faculty internationally on this unprecedented interdisciplinary faculty/student collaborative project. The current edition was launched for LS 102 faculty and students at last week's first-year convocation, free-of-charge courtesy of the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts. Complimentary copies are available to the community in the Department of Art History and in the Augustana College Art Museum, where Cathy also curated the complementary exhibition. The corresponding catalogue includes over 200 essays, half contributed by administrators and faculty from across the curriculum and the other half by students and alumni, ranging from the classes of 1987-2014.
Bill Hammer (Geology) presented the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Midstates Consortium for Math and the Sciences that was held in late October on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. Bill also recently accompanied Augustana seniors Jake Crandall and Spencer Hellert to two national meetings, the Geological Society of America meeting in Minneapolis and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Las Vegas. The students gave poster presentations at these meetings on the collaborative research project they worked on as National Science Foundation funded interns with Hammer and former student Nate Smith (02). The results of this research were also published last summer in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.
An article on physician-assisted suicide that Dan Lee (Religion) wrote was recently cited by Barbara Coombs Lee (no relation), president of Compassion & Choices, an organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life, in an address to a group of Members of Parliament in London. She stated:
"Perhaps most persuasive is an assessment from one who opposes aid in dying on moral grounds. In 2003 Professor Daniel E. Lee wrote in the Hastings Center Report, a prominent journal of bioethics, 'I'm opposed to [physician-assisted suicide], strongly opposed to it. I agree with Karl Barth that 'it is for God and God alone to make an end of human life.' Nevertheless, . . . the arguments in favor of continued prohibition of physician-assisted suicide are not particularly compelling . . . . We should not stand in the way of thoughtful individuals . . . who favor legalization.'"
"I have the greatest respect for Dr. Lee and for the profound meaning and integrity of his personal beliefs. I respect him all the more for separating religious beliefs from the scientific record and refraining from imposing his religious doctrines on those who do not share them."
The article to which she makes reference, which is entitled "Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Conservative Critique of Intervention," has been widely reprinted and distributed in the United States and overseas.
Doug Tschopp (Communication Studies, Entrepreneurial Center) recently returned from the HighEdWeb conference where he served his 9th year as the Conference Program Chair. Conference registration closed 8 weeks ahead of schedule with 530 attendees this year. For 12 years Doug has presented his popular pre-conference workshop titled "Developing and Maintaining Web Content: An Idea Generating Workshop".
Along with Doug, student Joe Santucci (senior, Physics) attended and presented at the conference. He presented "Usability of Graduate School Websites From a Student's Perspective" during the poster session. It was Joe's 3rd year to present at the conference.
On November 4, 2011, Stephen Warren (History) and Dr. Brice Obermeyer (Delaware Tribe Historic Preservation Officer & Emporia State University) co-presented at the "Wiping Away the Tears" Symposium at Purdue University. Their paper, "Migration, Identity and Cultural Survival in Shawnee and Delaware History," was designed to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Tippecanoe, a conflict that shattered Native American resistance to American expansion in the Great Lakes region.
Last week members of the Communication Studies Department attended the 2011 National Communication Association annual convention in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 16-20, 2011. Among the highlights:
- Lisa Allen presented a paper entitled "Caregiving and Social Support: Examining Outcomes for Parents of Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech."
- Communication Studies and English senior Hannah Johnson presented a debut paper she co-authored with Steve Klien entitled "Stories of Transformative Mainstreaming: Representative Anecdote and (Alleged) Heteronormativity in the It Gets Better Project." The paper was a product of her 2011 Summer Student/Faculty Research Fellowship.
- Steve Klien also spoke on "Using Multimedia to Connect Millennial Students to Rhetorical Criticism" in a pre-conference session on public address pedagogy.
- Wendy Hilton-Morrow served as chair and respondent for two panels. The first was entitled "The ‘It Gets Better Project': Voices of Identity, Voices of Heteronormativity," which included Hanna and Steve's paper. The second was entitled "Girls and Boys (Who Like Boys) Who Like Girls: Cultural Performances of Gender and Sexuality."
- Recent alumna Katherine (Kasia) Galica '10, who attends graduate school at San Diego State University, presented her NCA debut paper entitled "Soliciting Social Support to Fill the Void: A Model for Individuals in Long Distance Dating Relationships."