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November 14, 2005

Faculty News


Steve Klien just recently confirmed that his article, "Public Character and the Simulacrum: The Construction of the Soldier Patriot and Citizen Agency in Black Hawk Down," will appear in the December 2005 issue of Critical Studies in Media Communication.


Rachel Magdalene of the Department of Religion was a participant in the Nov. 3-5 Midwest Faculty Seminar at the University of Chicago. Thirty-two scholars from liberal arts colleges in the Midwest met to discuss and hear several lectures about Edward Said's Orientalism and its legacy in post-colonial studies.


Stephen Warren and Jason Koontz recently taught classes for the Rock Island County University of Illinois Extension's Master Naturalist Program.  Stephen's talk, entitled "The Meskwaki: People of the Red Earth," offered an ethnohistorical account of upper Midwestern Algonquian tribes. Given the context of the program, Stephen described the relationship between environment and culture among Prairie-Plains tribes such as the Meskwaki.  Jason's talk, entitled "Genetics and Conservation:  A Guide for Master Naturalists," offered a crash course in conservation genetics. Jason highlighted how these data are used for the study of rare plants using examples from his dissertation research, as well as the research he conducted while at the Illinois Natural History Survey, and the projects he is starting at Augustana.

Rock Island County is the pilot county for the state-wide Master Naturalist program which trains volunteers in the management, education, outreach, and service of natural resources and natural areas.  Jason sits on the Advisory Committee and more information on the spring training can be obtained from him or interested parties can contact the Extension Office at 309-796-0512.