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January 16, 2006

Faculty News


Lendol Calder gave an invited paper commenting on the first independent national assessment of the $550 million Teaching American History Grant Program at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association last weekend in Philadelphia.


Anette Ejsing has signed a book contract with Wipf and Stock Publishers. They will publish her Ph.D. dissertation, "Theology of Anticipation: A Constructive Study of C.S. Peirce," in the Princeton Theological Monograph Series.


Margaret Farrar presented a paper this week titled "You Have Stepped Out of Your Place: Women's Laughter as Resistance" with co-author Jamie Warner at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in Atlanta, GA. The paper examines the protest group known as the Radical Cheerleaders. The paper argues that the Radical Cheerleaders challenge gendered assumptions about women's political activity. Through their aggressive presence on the streets, their rejection of norms of civility, and their use of humor, the Radical Cheerleaders (ab)use the traditionally gendered practice of cheering to stage transgressive political spectacles that cannot easily be subsumed into or appropriated by mainstream political discourse. The paper argues that these kinds of subversions are important for broadening our understanding of the construction and practices of democratic citzenship.


Margaret also served as a discussant on a panel, "Presence and Absence: The Politics of Memory and Metaphor," at the same conference.


Jason Koontz was just appointed as a Research Associate in Botany at the Field Museum, Chicago. Jason will be using the botany collection there as he revises the larkspur treatment for the second edition of the Jepson Manual (the flora of California).



Tom Mayer had one of the more important of the early titles in his series published.  He also has an essay in it, titled "The Success of Cardinal Pole's Final Legation." The volume is The Church of Mary Tudor, edited by Eamon Duffy and David Loades, Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700.


In pursuit of a more balanced than usual assessment of Mary I's religious policies, this volume explores the theology, pastoral practice and ecclesiastical administration of the Church in England during her reign (1553-58). Focusing on the neglected Catholic renaissance which she ushered in, the book traces its influences and emphases, its methods and its rationales - together the role of Philip's Spanish clergy and native English Catholics - in relation to the wider influence of the continental Counter Reformation and Mary's humanist learning. Measuring these issues against the reintroduction of papal authority into England, and the balance between persuasion and coercion used by the authorities to restore Catholic worship, the volume offers a more nuanced and balanced view of Mary's religious policies. Addressing such intriguing and under-researched matters from a variety of literary, political and theological perspectives, the essays in this volume cast new light, not only on Marian Catholicism, but also on the wider European religious picture. Mayer's essay in the volume, "The Success of Cardinal Pole's Last Legation," demonstrates on the basis of a survey of almost all surviving ecclesiastical legal records the popularity of appeals to his legatine court.


Margi Rogal has received a grant from the American Library Association to host a series of five book discussions on Jewish literature. The series, called "Between Two Worlds: Stories of Estrangement and Homecoming," will be held in the Tredway Library during the Fall and Winter of 2006 and will be led by scholar Owen Rogal, who teaches Holocaust literature and English literature at St. Ambrose University. The books included in the series are Lost in Translation by Eva Hoffman (memoir); Mr. Sammler's Planet by Saul Bellow (fiction); Out of Egypt by Andre Aciman (memoir); The Centaur in the Garden by Moacyr Scliar (fiction); and Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman (fiction). The series will be held on Sunday evenings and is open to the public, but faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to participate. If any faculty member would like to use one of these books in class, please notify Margi. We also hope to bring one of the authors to campus.


Nine faculty artists are participating in The Artful Library project. In the course of this year and next summer, the artists will be creating works of art based on their reflections on art exhibited in the Library. The artists are Ann Boaden, Deborah Dakin, John Deason, Randall Hall, Patty Koenigsaecker, Larry Peterson, Beth Roberts, Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, and Rebecca Wee. Stop by the reference desk in the library to pick up a list of the works of art each artist has chosen as inspirational pieces. The selected pieces are labeled as well. In the Fall of 2006, The Artful Library will hold an event to present the artists' new work.