Scott R. Irelan has accepted the position of Resident Dramaturg for the 2008 Illinois Shakespeare Festival. In this capacity he will be working with directors, actors, designers, and pubic relations to ensure the continuity of each play in production. The season this year includes Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, and The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged). Rehearsals begin 14 May. Additionally, his article “The Shine of Egalitarian Morality: Staging a Connective Aesthetic in Robert Sherwood’s Abe Lincoln in Illinois appeared in the Winter 2008 edition of The Journal of American Theatre and Drama. Recent archival work at the Billy Rose Theatre Collection in NYC was made possible by the Augustana College New Faculty Development Fund. Lastly, on 28 March Scott moderated (and coordinated) the panel On the Great White Way: Broadway Playwrights for Peace and Social Justice at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians.
Rachel Magdalene has been invited to present a one-hour lecture at a conference entitled, “Law and Narrative: On the Relationship between Abstract Legal Sentences and Case Narratives,” in Marburg, Germany, September 7-9. She will present on legal abstract sentences in case narratives as it relates to the Book of Job.
Rachel has also been invited this year to publish four articles, book chapters, and book reviews. The first is “A Test of Faith or Legal Accusation? The Satan’s Role in Job’s Prologue,” in the peer reviewed journal Zeitschrift für altorientalische und biblische Rechtgeschichte. The second is “Silent No More: Pastoral Care, Ethics, and the Traumatic Brain Injuries of Iraq War Vets,” for a special volume, “The Other Casualties of War: Soldiers and Civilians with Disabilities, Compromised Health Care Systems, and Responsive Ethical Reasoning,” for The Journal of Religion, Disability, and Health (guest ed. M. J. Iozzio). The third is “Administration of the Judiciary: Managing Local Courts in the Persian Period,” in the volume City Administration during the Neo-Babylonian Empire (ed. C. Wunsch; Babel und Bibel 4; Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns). The last is a review of Women in the Sex Texts of Leviticus and Deuteronomy: A Comparative Conceptual Analysis, by Deborah L. Ellens for the Journal of Religion of the University of Chicago Press.
Finally, Rachel has also been invited to write three dictionary entries for the 21 volume ABC-CLIO World History Encyclopedia, edited by Alfred Andrea. Her entries are: “ Judah under the Persians,” Hellenistic Palestine,” and “ Israel and West Asian Monarchies.”
Craig VanSandt has been selected to participate in the Faculty Fellows Internship Program during his 2008-09 sabbatical. Co-sponsored by the Washington Internship Institute (formerly the Institute for Experiential Learning) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the program is designed to place professors in a challenging professional environment, to contribute to and learn from the enterprise, while developing leadership skills for their return to campus. Craig will spend the fall in Washington, DC, working four days per week at the selected organization, and attending seminars on the fifth day that will allow him to assess his field-based learning and connect it to issues on campus and his discipline. More information about the program can be found by clicking here.
Stephen Warren was just named a historical consultant for a traveling exhibit to be created by the Missouri Historical Society. Entitled the “American Revolution on the Frontier,” the exhibit will include a 6000-square-foot traveling exhibition with over 400 artifacts from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. It will also include publications, a website and educational programs.