Faculty Digest

Art and Art History

Sarah Blick presented a paper entitled "A Re-discovered Shrine-Altar of Saint Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral" at the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America in April. She is co-organizing seminar sessions focusing on the topics of "Visual Experience in Northern Pilgrimage Art" and "Copying in Medieval Art" for the International Congress of Medieval Studies to be held in May. Blick's article "Reconstructing the Shrine of St. Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral" will appear in the journal Konsthistorisk Tidskrift in September. Breathing Room, an art installation created by Claudia Esslinger, appeared at the McDonough Museum at Youngstown State University during January and February of 2003.


During the summer of 2002, Siobhan Fennessy traveled to San Francisco, California, where she described the work being done at Kenyon to evaluate wetland ecosystem health. The presentation was made to members of the San Francisco Estuary Institute and the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. The two agencies hope to restore approximately sixty thousand acres of coastal wetlands in California and will adopt some of the methods devised at the College to monitor progress. Fennessy is at work on a report about the effort. Harry Itagaki has co-written an article with Sarah Wasserman '03. "The olfactory responses of the antenna and maxillary palp of the fleshfly, Neobellieria bullata (Diptera: Sarcophagidae), and their sensitivity to blockage of nitric oxide synthase" will be published in the Journal of Insect Physiology.


Scott Cummings presented a paper at a symposium honoring the scientific achievements of Richard Eisenberg, his Ph.D. advisor, at the American Chemical Society's 225th national meeting in March. His talk described a research project, done in collaboration with students Evan Guthrie '03 and Chris Wager '05, exploring the synthesis and spectroscopy of new luminescent platinum complexes.


William Melick has been named a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Melick will spend one day a week conducting joint research on monetary and international economic policy issues with members of the Cleveland Federal Reserve's highly regarded research department. David Harrington testified at the Federal Trade Commission on Internet casket sales in October. An essay, entitled "Are State Funeral Regulations Burying Online Casket Sales?," based on his testimony, will be published in the spring 2003 issue of Regulation.


Lewis Hyde has been awarded one of nine 2002 Lannan Literary Fellowships. The fellowship carries a stipend of more than $60,000. Timothy Shutt recently traveled to New York City, where he recorded a fourteen-lecture audio course for Recorded Books and Barnes & Noble. The series is entitled "Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans: The Foundations of Western Civilization." Shutt is writing an accompanying book to supplement the lectures. The package is scheduled to go on sale through Recorded Books this spring and to be released nationwide by Barnes & Noble in September.


Clifton Crais has been awarded a $40,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship that will enable him to complete his book on poverty and politics in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Crais spent last summer working on the book in South Africa with the aid of an NEH summer stipend. Provisionally titled A Century of Sadness: Power and Poverty in South Africa, the book will "attempt to reconstruct the history of systemic insecurity or vulnerability." Another book by Crais, The Politics of Evil, was published by Cambridge University Press in November of 2002. A special paperback edition for the African market was released in December. Crais has edited The Culture of Power in Southern Africa for publication this spring. William Scott has co-written America: The Endless Quest, a new two-volume American history text that will be published by Kendall/Hunt in 2003.

Modern Language

Jane Cowles presented a paper entitled "Divinement animal: Maternal Instinct and Desire in Victor Hugo" at the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium in October of 2002. She presented a second paper, "The Economy of Desire in François le champi," at the International George Sand Conference in December of 2002.


Cary Dachtyl has been named music director of the Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra presented a concert consisting of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1 and Saint-Saens's Cello Concerto No. 1 in the newly refurbished Midland Theater in Newark, Ohio, in March of 2003. Reginald Sanders, who has been a visiting assistant professor for the past two years, has accepted a permanent position with the College as an assistant professor.

Political Science

Kirk Emmert joined a panel discussion entitled "Presidential Control Over Policy Making" at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in April.

Religious Studies

Joseph Adler's translation of Introduction to the Study of the Classic of Change (I-hsueh ch'i-meng), by Chu Hsi, was published by Global Scholarly Publications in December of 2002.


A seventh edition of John Macionis's textbook Society: The Basics was released by Prentice Hall in February. Two texts for the Canadian market, Society: The Basics (2003 edition) and Sociology (2003 edition), were released by Pearson Canada in March. Macionis has been invited to speak about the teaching of sociology at the Southwest Social Science Association's annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in April. Macionis will address the honors program of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University on the question "How to Live the Good Life (and Avoid What's Bad for You) in Today's Consumer Society" this spring. Macionis reports he spent several days of his spring break in high-performance driving school at the NASCAR track in Charlotte, North Carolina. George McCarthy's book, Classical Horizons: The Origins of Sociology in Ancient Greece, was published by the State University of New York Press in November of 2002.

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