Michael Olmert's article, "Treating the Enslaved," to do with the culture, medicine, and architecture of slave infirmaries on large plantations in the southern colonies in the 18th Century, was published in the Spring issue of the Colonial Williamsburg magazine. This piece was abstracted from a larger chapter in his forthcoming book on creating spaces in the 18th Century.
Kellie Robertson’s most recent book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy, appeared from the University of Pennsylvania Press in February. This book recovers the common ground shared between physics—what used to be known as “natural philosophy”—and fiction-writing as ways of representing the natural world. In doing so, it traces how nature gained an authoritative voice in the late medieval period only to lose it at the outset of modernity.
Leigh Ryan, our former Writing Center Director, chaired a panel on undergraduate research entitled “Playing with Topics and Tools: Undergraduate Research as Intellectual Maker Space” at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association conference at Penn State Berks on March 31/April 1. She is also serving on the National Park Service’s “Network to Freedom” strategic planning committee to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2018, and will be presenting at the NPS “Network to Freedom” annual conference next month in Cambridge, MD.
On 11 February, Oliver Brearey presented a paper titled "Employment Writing and Knowledge Mobilization" at Camp Rhetoric 2017, a conference organized by the Penn State Arnold-Ebbitt Interdisciplinary Rhetoricians. The conference was held in State College, PA.
Orrin Wang will be presenting a talk, "W.J.T. Mitchell: Romanticist and Dialectical Jaywalker," at the University of Chicago on April 21 as part of celebration of Mitchell's scholarship and teaching. Participating with Wang will be Bill Ayers, Kresmir Prugar, and Terry Smith.
MFA graduate and current English lecturer, Radford Skudrna is pleased to announce that two of his poems have recently been accepted for publication. "Moving Statues" has been published in the March 2017 issue of Gravel Literary Journal, and "Deep Down" is forthcoming in the Spring 2017 edition of Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review.
Sarah Bonnie will be presenting a paper, “Native Women in Anthropology: The Advances Ella Cara Deloria Brought to her Field,” at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) 9th Annual Conference this summer.
Stephen Rojcewicz has published “James Joyce’s Dedalus: Transformations of Ovid, Vergil and Plato” in Delos: A Journal of Translation and World Literature 32: 67-79, 2017. http://journals.fcla.edu/delos.He has also published two translations from the Latin: “Sculptures by Daedalus,” from Vergil: Aeneid 6.14-33, in Delos 32: 60-61, 2017; and “Daedalus and Icarus,” from Ovid: Metamorphoses 8.183-235, in Delos 32: 62-66, 2017. http://journals.fcla.edu/delos.
Tim Bruno received the Harriet Beecher Stowe Up and Coming Scholar Award from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society. The award recognizes his paper, "Rewriting Douglass and Truth: Stowe's Independent and Atlantic Articles,” which he will present in May at the American Literature Association's annual conference.