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Professor of English Jeanne Larsen is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide invited to participate in an Ancient Greece in the Modern Classroom seminar on the Odyssey. The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Center for Hellenic Studies chose Larsen and 19 other faculty members from a pool of 66 nominees for "The Odyssey," which takes place July 22 – 26 at the Center for Hellenic Studies' Washington, D.C., campus.
Professor of Political Science Jong Ra presented "North Korea Under Kim Jong-un: What Is to be Done?" to the downtown Roanoke Kiwanis Club. He will present "The Current Partisan Bifurcation: A Diagnosis and Prognosis" to the English Speech Union on Jan. 30.
Professor of English Rick Trethewey's poem, "The Twitch," has just been accepted for publication by Nimrod International Journal of Poetry and Prose. Another poem, "At Home in the Afternoon," is being republished by Poet Lore. "Dreaming of Rivers," the title poem of his first book, will be included in the anthology, Atlantic Canada Poets Archive, and his poem "Trouble" will be published by the magazine, Canadian Literature. His collection of essays, The Way Things Might Be, has been chosen as a finalist in the Autumn House creative nonfiction competition.
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies LeeRay Costa co-edited a special issue of the journal Feminist Teacher on Critical Community Engagement and has co-authored two articles in the issue.
Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Political Science Susan Thomas' special issue covering gender and speciesism, which she co-edited with Lindgren Johnson, has been published by the peer-reviewed Journal for Critical Animal Studies (Vol. 11, No. 1) 2013. Professor Thomas has also been named editor of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS). JCAS is an interdisciplinary journal with an emphasis on the emerging fusion of critical theory, animal studies, and the posthumanities.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology S.J. Creek's study concerning gay Christians who commit to a life of celibacy is featured on the website, LiveScience.com.
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Jill Weber's article, "'Needy Families' and 'Welfare Cheats': The Rhetoric of Family Values in the 1961-1962 Welfare Reform Debates," has been published in Relevant Rhetoric: A New Journal of Rhetorical Studies 4 (2013), online at http://relevantrhetoric.com/.
Assistant Professor of Music Bill Krause's book, Federico Moreno Torroba, A Musical Life in Three Acts, co-authored with Walter Clark, will be published by Oxford University Press in March 2013. It is the first-ever biography of one of Spain's most important composers of the 20th century to be published in any language.
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing Carrie Brown's new novel, The Last First Day, will be published in September 2013 by Pantheon Books. She has also completed the manuscript of a seventh novel, The Stargazer's Sister, based on the lives of the 19th century brother and sister astronomers William and Caroline Herschel. She was a guest faculty member at the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference in February 2013, presenting the lecture, "A Picture and a Thousand Words: Listening to the Majestic Silence of Visual Art." She served as a judge for the 2012 The Writer's Eye contest, sponsored by the University of Virginia's Fralin Museum of Art, and was a judge for the Cargoes National Undergraduate Competition at Hollins in the fall of 2012. She was a faculty member at the Wildacres Writing Conference in North Carolina in the summer of 2012. She continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Wintergreen Adaptive Sports, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of people with disabilities through outdoor sports and recreation.
Associate Professor of Religion Darla Schumm has two new edited books forthcoming: Chronic Illness, Spirituality, and Health: Diverse Disciplinary, Religious, and Cultural Perspectives, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013, and World Religions and Disability Studies: Making the Connections, which will be published by Baylor University Press in 2014.
Assistant Professor of Film Amy Gerber-Stroh's latest film short, Ass-Backwards: A Virginia Story in Reverse, has been officially selected for the 2013 International Women and Minorities in Media Film Festival in Baltimore, April 8 - 13, 2013.
Assistant Professor of English Elizabeth Poliner was on a fiction craft panel called "No Way Out, Or Is There?: Innovations in Endings" at the AWP Annual Conference in March 2013. In the summer of 2012, her story "A Woman Ahead of Her Time" was published in The Southampton Review (Vol. VI, No. 2), and she participated in a group poetry reading called "The Poetics of Peace," which was held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies LeeRay Costa has an essay entitled "Grassroots Woman Leader" in the book Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity, published by the University of Hawai'i Press.
Director of the M.A. and M.F.A. Programs in Children's Literature Amanda Cockrell has a short story forthcoming in The Blue Ridge Anthology 2013 and gave a reading in March 2013 at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. She also taught a class at the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference, held at Hollins in February 2013.
Assistant Professor of International Studies Jon Bohland's article, "Look Away, Look Away, Look Away to Lexington: Struggles Over Neo-Confederate Nationalism, Memory, and Masculinity in a Small Virginia Town," has been accepted by Southeastern Geographer. A Routledge Press collection released in February 2013, Battlestar Galactica and International Relations, features his chapter, "Critical Reflections on Battlestar Galactica and the Hyperreal Genocide."
"Trouble," a poem from Professor of English Rick Trethewey's poetry manuscript in progress, has just been accepted for publication by the magazine, Canadian Literature. He has recently served as a judge for the Charlotte Wise Memorial Prize in the Poetry Society of Virginia Adult Prize. "Oh! No! Canada," a chapter from Professor of English Rick Trethewey's memoir Walking Home, has just been accepted for publication by North Dakota Quarterly. His poem "Driving Home" will be published by Cold Mountain Review. Another poem, "Walking with Silas," has just appeared in the magazine New Letters.
Professor of English Marilyn Moriarty's essay, "The Taking of Dead Horse Hollow: Eminent Domain Abuse," appears in the spring 2013 issue of the Antioch Review. Another essay, "Naked Italian," was published in the Journey issue of Room, Canada's Oldest Magazine For and About Women. Her fencing essay, "Bladed Lady," won Honorable Mention in the Winning Writers Sports Prose contest. In photography, she won an Honorable Mention in the Bath County Art Show (2012). Two of her photographs will be on view at the Roanoke College 2013 Biennial Juried Exhibition (March 15 - April 5). An article about her research into her French mother's wartime prison record appeared on the website of the International Tracing Service.
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies LeeRay Costa participated in three panels at the 2012 National Women's Studies Association Conference in Oakland, CA, in November 2012: "Decolonizing the Women's Studies Classroom: The Feminist Teacher Special Issue on Women's Studies and Civic Engagement" (co-organizer and presenter); "Creative Approaches to Social Justice in the Feminist Classroom" (co-organizer and presenter); and "Career Planning for Women's and Gender Studies Students" (organizer and presenter). She was also invited to be a Review Chair for the 2013 National Women's Studies Association Conference on the sub-theme, "Practices of Effecting Change."
Former Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing David Huddle was honored at the 15th annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards on October 20, 2012. He received the 2012 Emyl Jenkins Sexton Literary Award for Fiction for Nothing Can Make Me Do This, which the judges felt was written with compelling honesty, humor and grace.
Professor of Chemistry Sandra Boatman was one of 13 women recognized during DePaul Community Resources' 10th Annual Women of Achievement Awards presentation. Boatman was honored in the field of health/science. The Women of Achievement Awards pay tribute to women of the Roanoke Valley, New River Valley, and Lynchburg who have made significant contributions to the community through career, leadership, and volunteer activities.
Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Political Science Susan Thomas' "Special Issue: Prison and Animals," which she co-edited with Laura Shields, has been published by the peer-reviewed Journal for Critical Animal Studies (Vol. 10, No. 2) 2012. Her article, "Prison Studies and Critical Animal Studies: Understanding Interconnectedness beyond Institutional Comparisons," was also published in the same issue of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies. She attended the 11th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies at Canisius College, Buffalo, New York, where she presented her paper, "Factory Farms vs. Video Activists: The Development of 'Ag Gag' Reprisal Law in Iowa, Florida and Minnesota." She chaired two panels at the conference: "Gender, Dis-Ability and Challenging Otherness" and "The Animal Question in Film and Literature." She also led a conference workshop with Leslie Pickering, "Building Bridges and Intersectionality." Finally, she has accepted the position of associate editor of the peer-reviewed Green Theory and Praxis Journal, which, along with the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, will soon be housed by Stanford University.
Professor of English Rick Trethewey's poem, "Evening Fire," was published this spring by Appalachian Heritage. His essay, "The Only World There Is," appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Hollins magazine. His poem, "Walking with Silas," is forthcoming in New Letters. He judged the Anne Spencer Award for the Poetry Society of Virginia.
On May 18, 2012, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Vladimir Bratic, a native of Bosnia-Herzegovina, was officially sworn in as a citizen of the United States. View some video highlights from the Naturalization Ceremony that was held at the U.S. District Court in Roanoke.
Professor of Art Robert Sulkin, Assistant Professor of Art Jennifer Anderson, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Alison Hall were awarded grants from the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge as part of the Grants for Artists program. Professor Emeritus of Art Bill White was also selected to receive a grant.
Associate Professor of English Pauline Kaldas’s prose poem, "Mediterranean Waves," was published on the Web site, Mediterranean Poetry.
Work by Assistant Professor of Art Jennifer Anderson is in a solo exhibition at Western Kentucky University entitled "Jennifer D. Anderson Engram." Her work is also featured in a two-person exhibition, "Visceral Intuition," at Monterey Peninsula College in California. She has been a member of the planning committee for the past two years for the Southern Graphics Council International Conference, which this year is being held in New Orleans.
Assistant Professor of Art Christine Carr moderated conversations about "Photography and the Power of Place" at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Matthew Marshall's paper, "Genres in Transit: Rethinking Genre in Contemporary Cinemas," has been accepted for presentation at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, April 2012.
Associate Professor of English Pauline Kaldas’s essay, "The Camel Caper," has just been published in the 2011 issue of The Clinch Mountain Review.
What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay, the debut young-adult novel by Amanda Cockrell, director of the graduate program in children's literature, was named one of the best books of the year for children by The Boston Globe, and is also included in the Bulletin Blue Ribbons 2011 list from The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.
Professor of English Rick Trethewey's poems, "Frost on the Fields," "Things," and "Sign," have been republished recently in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume III: Contemporary Appalachia, and his short story, "The Road of Excess," has just appeared in the Canadian literary journal, The Antigonish Review. His new chapbook of poems, Trouble, was a finalist in the Sow's Ear Poetry Review's annual chapbook competition, and he was a finalist in the River Styx International Poetry Contest. He has recently served as a judge for the Poetry Society of Virginia Annual Adult Contest, read his poems at the Fine Arts in Rockbridge Writers' Roundtable Holiday Writers' Literary Reading in Lexington, Va., and visited two creative writing classes at Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke. Again this year, he will serve as judge for the Poetry Society of Virginia Annual Adult Contest. On September 15 he visited a creative writing class at Virginia Tech to read and talk about one of his creative nonfiction works. Recently he presented a lecture to the English Speaking Union of Roanoke on the topic, "Blood Sport: The Art of Literary Assassination."
Works by Assistant Professors of Art Christine Carr and Alison Hall are also featured in From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands at the William King Museum in Abingdon, Virginia, an exhibition guest curated by Amy Moorefield, director of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University.
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies LeeRay Costa's article, "Eating Hawai'i: Local Foods and Place-Making in Hawai'i Regional Cuisine" (co-written with Kathryn Besio), will appear in the journal Social and Cultural Geography 12(8), 2011. Also, her essay, "Grassroots Woman Leader," will appear in the book, Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity, Joshua Barker and Johan Lindquist, eds., forthcoming from the University of Hawai'i Press.
Assistant Professor of Art Jennifer Anderson's most recent body of work, Engram, has been featured in Today in Art.com.
Professor of English Richard Dillard will be inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers (FSW) during the Chattanooga Arts & Education Council’s Conference on Southern Literature, April 14-16.
Art Lecturer Ed Dolinger and Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Alison Hall have each received an $8,000 Professional Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The awards, which are determined by a juror of national reputation, support professional artists who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline.
An image by Assistant Professor of Art Christine Carr is included in the 5th Edition of Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels by Robert Hirsch with contributing writer Greg Erf.
Professor of English Cathryn Hankla's collection of stories, Fortune Teller Miracle Fish, is being published this month by Michigan State University Press. For more information, visit http://msupress.msu.edu/pdfs/hankla_
The Center for College Affordability and Productivity has named Hollins one the nation's "25 Colleges with the Best Professors," according to a report by CBSMoneyWatch.com.
Assistant Professor of English Thorpe Moeckel has been honored with a Creative Writing Fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. The fellowships encourage the production of new works of literature by allowing writers the time and means to write; Moeckel is one of only 42 poets chosen this year from more than 1,000 eligible applicants to receive a $25,000 award.
Associate Professor of English Pauline Kaldas's new book, The Time Between Places: Stories that Weave In and Out of Egypt and America, has been published by the University of Arkansas Press.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies Darla Schumm's co-authored article, "Beyond Models: Some Tentative Daoist Contributions to Disability Studies," appears in the summer/fall issue of Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ). DSQ is the leading peer-reviewed journal in disability studies. Additionally, Dr. Schumm was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion, and her contribution - "Reimagining Disability" - appears in the fall issue of the Journal for the Feminist Study of Religion (JFSR). JFSR is the first peer-reviewed journal focusing on the intersections between religion and feminism.
One of Assistant Professor of Art Christine Carr's images was included in an exhibition entitled "Black, White and All Points In-Between" at the Mpls Photo Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The photograph was one of 69 selected out of 1,900 by juror George Slade, currently the curator at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, and won an honorable mention.
Soccer coach Carrie O'Keeffe was one of five finalists nominated for induction into the Washington Freedom women's professional soccer team's Hall of Freedom.
Jeanne Larsen, professor of English, is one of 15 distinguished faculty from private colleges in Virginia to be awarded the Maurice L. Mednick Memorial grant. Administration of the Mednick Memorial Fund is vested in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges to encourage the professional development of college teachers and improve their academic competence through fellowships for research and advanced study.
Professor of English Cathy Hankla's poem, "Bee Tree," was awarded the James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry from Shenandoah magazine. The $1,000 prize is for the best poem published by Shenandoah in a volume year (2009). The judge was Brendan Galvin.
Assistant Professor of English Pauline Kaldas's story, "A Game of Chance," was published in the recent issue of Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters (vol. 32, no. 4), which focused on Middle Eastern and North African writers.
The Mathematical Association of America has published The Calculus Collection: A Resource for AP and Beyond, co-edited by Professor of Mathematics Caren Diefenderfer. The book consists of 123 articles, each of which focuses on engaging students who are meeting the core ideas of calculus for the first time. The Calculus Collection is a resource for calculus teachers at the high school, community college, or two- and four-year college and university levels.
Associate Professor of English T.J. Anderson's collection of poetry, River to Cross, has been published by The Backwaters Press.
Assistant Professor of English Pauline Kaldas was one of the speakers on the panel Containing Multitudes: A Conversation with Arab American Writers, which was part of the festival Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World, held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Professor of Biology Renee Godard helped conduct a workshop at the 20th annual Virginia Environment Symposium called "Getting to Zero Waste - It Pays."
Lawrence Becker, a Fellow of Hollins University and a polio survivor, was among the interviewees in The Polio Crusade, a new one-hour documentary that aired on PBS's American Experience. Based in part on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky, The Polio Crusade blends the personal accounts of polio survivors with the story of New York lawyer Basil O'Connor, who rallied the American public to fight a war against polio through the establishment of the March of Dimes.
Professor of French Annette Sampon-Nicolas has been named Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques) by France's Ministry of National Education for her exceptional record of teaching, publication, and promotion of French culture through a multitude of activities. The award was originally established in 1808 by Napoleon Bonaparte to honor eminent members of the University of Paris. Today, nominees are presented to the Prime Minister of France, who, if she or he is in agreement, issues an official proclamation designating recipients. Sampon-Nicolas, who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and specializes in 20th century French and post-colonial Francophone literature, has been a member of the Hollins faculty since 1985, and is the current Elisabeth Lineberger Ramberg Chair in Modern Languages. Along with teaching a wide variety of French literature and culture courses, she has published books and articles on contemporary French literature, gastronomy, and international affairs. She is currently working on a study of the relationships between landscapes, cultures, and identities in the works of François Cheng, the first Chinese-French member of L'Académie française.
"European Central Bank: Monetary Policy and Economic Growth," a paper by Associate Professor of Finance & Economics Casimir Dadak, appeared in Arcana No. 78, pp. 52-69 (in Polish).
Associate Professor of Philosophy Michael Gettings' essay, "Tolstoy's Favorite Choir," appeared in The Grateful Dead and Philosophy. Another piece he wrote, "The Fake, the False and the Fictional: The Daily Show as News Source" appeared in the Daily Show and Philosophy. Each of these books consists of 15 or more contributions by philosophers and are intended to bring philosophical insights and approaches to a wider audience.
Morgan Wilson, associate professor of biology, has had a paper accepted for publication in The Condor, an international journal of avian biology published by the Cooper Ornithological Society. The paper is entitled "Are nestlings the cue for reduction of the adrenocortical response to stress in male Yellow Warblers breeding at high latitude?" and is co-authored with Rebecca L. Holberton, University of Maine.
Rick Michalski, assistant professor of psychology, has agreed to serve as associate editor for the journal Evolutionary Psychology. He has authored two chapters for the edited volume Evolutionary Family Psychology. He is the first-author on one chapter on sibling relationships and is the second-author on the other chapter on grandparental relationships. He also is the first-author on a chapter to be published in the Handbook of Personality Testing and Measurement on evolutionary personality psychology. In addition to these chapters, he has one manuscript recently published in Human Nature titled "Upset in Response to a Sibling's Partner's Infidelities." Two additional manuscripts on siblicide have been accepted for publication in the journals Homicide Studies and Journal of Forensic Sciences. In addition to these publications, he has co-authored manuscripts with three Hollins University students. With these students he is the co-author of a contribution that is in press in the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law on the psychology of homicide, a manuscript that is currently under review, and a manuscript that will be submitted for publication consideration shortly.
These Gardens is a collaborative book consisting of 29 poems about gardens by Professor of English Jeanne Larsen and 26 still-life flower drawings by Professor of Art Jan Knipe. Professors Larsen and Knipe were assisted by three students: Jessi Lawson, who helped bind the limited edition of 30 copies; and Ashley Miller and Melissa Miller, who helped design and print the books. Larsen's latest book is Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women's Poems from Tang China (BOA Editions, Ltd.)A