Todd Cleveland (History) had a chapter entitled "Africa: Which Way Forward? An Interdisciplinary Approach," appear in the recently released (SoTL) volume Teaching Africa: A Guide for the 21st-Century Classroom, edited by Brandon D. Lundy and Solomon Negash, and published by Indiana University Press.
Carrie Hough (Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare) traveled to St. Louis, MO for the Central States Anthropological Society Conference over the first weekend in April with three Anthropology majors who presented their S.I. research. Kirsten Boesen's ('13) paper, "Exploring Hong Kong's Identity Through Its Organic Food Culture" was based on fieldwork she conducted during a semester abroad at Lingnan University. Julie Napientek ('13) received Summer Research Fellowship funding to conduct her research and presented a paper titled "Unity Through Faith: A Study in the Understanding and Application of Peace in an American Baha'i Community." Moselle Singh ('13) also received a Summer Research Fellowship for her S.I. project and presented the paper, "Something Was Missing": Exploring Women's Experiences of Health and Healing through Transcendental Meditation in the US."
Mindi Mull (Psychology) recently attended the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) in Seattle, WA. She presented a poster co-authored with students Erica Aten and Heidi Maibueucher titled: The Role of Language and Second-Order False Belief Understanding in Children's Developing Theory of Intentionality.
Mindi also co-authored a paper with Margaret Evans (University of Michigan), that was presented as part of a symposium, titled: Deconstructing a Naive Metaphysics: Developing Conceptions of the Natural and Supernatural.
Mindi also attended SRCD's pre-conference Developmental Science Teaching Institute where she presented a poster, co-authored with Jayne Rose (Psychology), titled: Childhood in the Developing World: Learning the Importance of Context in Development While Studying Abroad.
Jane Simonsen (History and Women & Gender Studies) has received a Fulbright Award for 2014 as Senior Lecturer at the University of Regensburg in Germany. She will be teaching courses in visual culture and the U.S. West in the American Studies department from March 1-July 31, 2014. She is lucky enough to be returning to Regensburg after spending a half year there in 2003, and is looking forward to using her Bavarian lingo again.
Marsha Smith (Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare) was the invited panel Chair and discussant for a session at 2013 ASIANetwork Conference in Nashville TN, "Challenges and Coping Strategies of Population Aging in China" with Zhang Hong, Colby College, Yi Sun, University of San Diego, Jieyen Liang, Miami University and Dan Choffness, Carthage College. In addition, she presented the following paper: "Negotiating the 'Introduction to Asian Studies' class in a multidisciplinary program" at the same conference in a different panel.
John Tawiah-Boateng (English & Africana Studies Program) presented a paper titled "Chinua Achebe: Africa's Missing Nobel Laureate" at the African Literature Association's annual conference in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, 21 March, 2013. John argued that Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who has thrilled the world with novels, poetry, short stories, and children's stories about Africa for over half a century, more than deserved the Nobel Prize in Literature. The paper questioned the Nobel Committee's refusal to recognize Achebe's achievements, and possible explanations such as a possible vendetta for the writer's remarks that had angered "a powerful member of the Swedish academy" some decades back; possible tendencies of tokenism; or even, worse, an unstated form of apartheid. A number of participants signed up to join in a campaign of letter-writing and possible Internet-based protest. When John returned to the Quad Cities the following morning, the main headline on BBC News indicated that the author, Chinua Achebe, had just passed away. Reportedly, a makeshift memorial service was held by the participants who were still at the conference. Follow-up e-mails and contacts indicated that this led to a further discussion of John's presentation from the previous day, and an even stronger resolution to keep up the effort to ensure that African writers are not subjected to any form of apartheid or refusal of due recognition.