Margaret Farrar put together a panel titled "Power and the Politics of Urban Space" that was recently accepted as part of the program for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in August 2008. Margaret's paper, "Home/sick: Landscape and Nostalgia in New Orleans," will be presented as part of the panel.
Catherine Goebel, Art History Department Chair, will present a paper titled: "James McNeill Whistler: The Criticism of Art Criticism" for the annual Midwest Art History Society conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art on April 5.
A panel that Adam Kaul helped organize was recently accepted for the conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists which takes place in Auckland, New Zealand in December of 2008. A description of the panel theme can be found here.
The Illinois Alliance for Arts Education honored Melissa McBain at the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda on March 11, 2008. Melissa received a Service Recognition Award for the Quad City Playwrights Festival which she founded and has been producing for nine years. She was also recognized for her recent dramatic writing which includes her solo show, YARD SALE, produced in 2007, and ALTAR CALL which premiered in 2005. IAAE is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council.
Margaret Morse, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, will chair a session titled, “Art and Life Passage Rituals in the Italian Domestic Interior,” at the annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America in Chicago on April 4.
On February 15 & 16, Jane Simonsen took part in a speakers' series on Iowa History put on by the Des Moines Area Community College's Iowa Studies Center, called “The World in Iowa: Past, Present, Future”. The series puts together pairs of speakers to present a Friday afternoon talk to the community and a teachers' workshop on Saturday morning. Jane presented material from her book Making Home Work: Domesticity and Native American Assimilation in the American West alongside her co-presenter, Kerry Trask of the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc and author of Black Hawk—the Battle for the Heart of America.
Jane Simonsen became the president of the Mid-America American Studies Association, the regional chapter of the American Studies Association, at the February conference in Lawrence, Kansas.