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May 15, 2006

Faculty News


Dan Connolly has just returned from the 41st Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 3 – 7) , where he had organized and chaired a session entitled, “Devotional Geographies: Space, Time, and the Body in Medieval Art.” The session explored how medieval practices of viewing devotional images created locative mechanisms, which resituated the meditating viewer in terms of bodily or imagined space by fostering new understandings of physical and spiritual geographies. This devotional viewing becomes a performance of the images’ content, asking and at once enacting new interpretations of a spiritualized landscape.


Dan Connolly has also been invited to contribute an essay entry (possibly two) to a CD-ROM project, Pilgrims and Pilgrimage: Journey, Spirituality, and Daily Life through the Centuries, to be published by the University of York. The entries will likely treat the itinerary maps of Matthew Paris and, space permitting, the labyrinth pavements of Gothic Cathedrals.


Dan Corts served as a special awards judge at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last week in Indianapolis. He served as a representative of the American Psychological Association and judged high school science projects in Psychology, Zoology, Computer Science, and Medicine.


Dan Corts will also be attending the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science in New York City next week. He will present a paper titled, "Switching Working Memory Codes Prevents Intentional Forgetting" with Jane Stout ('05) and Lauren Bouchard ('06). Marie Behrens and Sarah Leffring (both '06) will be presenting their senior research projects at the conference as well.


Dan Lee has several articles coming out in the months ahead:

  • “Academic Freedom, Critical Thinking and Teaching Ethics” will be published in the June issue of Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.
  • “Ensuring Academic Freedom for Students in the Classroom” will be published in the next edition of the International Journal of the Humanities.
  • “Political Activism, Professionalism and the Classroom: Drawing a Line of Demarcation” will be published in the September/October issue of The Clearing House.


Paul Lewellan's story, "Thirty-seven Dogs" will be published in the Spring 2006 issue of South Dakota Review.


Rachel Magdalene has signed a contract with Sheffield Phoenix Press to be editor of a three-volume series on the history of feminist interpretation of the Bible. The three volumes are entitled: All the Women Went Out After Her: A Retrospective of Feminist Biblical Hermeneutics; With the Eyes of a Woman: A Retrospective of Women’s Contextual Readings of the Hebrew Bible; and Daughters of Zillah: A Retrospective of the Influence of Feminist Hermeneutics on Methodology of the Hebrew Bible. The books will be published in Sheffield Phoenix’s Recent Research in Biblical Studies Series, under the series editorship of Alan Hauser of Appalachian State University. A number of important early feminist commentators have agreed to participate in the volumes, including Alice Ogden Bellis, Phyllis Bird, Athalya Brenner, Musa Dube, Carol Meyers, Ilona Rashkow, Phyllis Trible, Renita Weems, and many others. There will be approximately 40 contributors from around the world in the set. The volumes are due December 2007, August 2008, and August 2009, respectively.


Scott Magelssen’s article, “’This is a Drama.  You are Characters’: The Tourist as Fugitive Slave in Conner Prairie’s ‘Follow the North Star’” appears in the March 2006 issue of THEATRE TOPICS. Conner Prairie, a living history museum depicting nineteenth-century Indiana, recently developed its “Follow the North Star” program, in which daytime visitors return to the museum at night and step into the roles of fugitive black slaves seeking freedom in the north.  Several times a night in the spring and summer months, forty Conner Prairie staff members, performing slave owners, bounty hunters, helpful Quakers, etc., lead small groups of participants from point to point, under cover of darkness, through a simulated threatening environment, seeking to teach the history of slavery in Indiana in the nineteenth century. Issues of tasteful representation of identity and history are of critical importance and essential to address if this technique is to adequately and responsibly bear witness to a history of violence, injustices, and suffering. This paper examines the idea of the tourist body performing the historical and, in this case, explicitly “racial” body.  It treats larger notions of the limits of authentic/appropriate performance of slave history and compares Conner Prairie to other recent attempts like that of Colonial Williamsburg (which performed a slave auction in 1994) and the proposed (and rejected) slavery-related Disney theme park.  It also seeks to tease out the ways in which museum curators and visitors, in many cases cast against racial type in a purportedly “realistic” environment, negotiate boundaries of taste as they bear witness to the lived past.


Donald Shaw and four Augie students have just received fellowships to attend the APS (American Physiological Society) Explorations in Biomedicine Undergraduate Physiology Retreat. The retreat will take place June 9-11, 2006 in Denver, Colorado. Everything will be paid for by the APS and Donald is very proud of these four students. They are Jessica Adams, Anna Calix, Stephanie Mountford, Laura Badtke. This retreat is a special workshop highlighting hot topics and high impact careers in biomedicine.