Faculty and Staff Notes

Kazim Ali Lectures, Reads His Poetry

March 9, 2015

Kazim Ali, director of the creative writing program and associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature, will be lecturing and reading his poetry at Interlochen Academy; Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Sonoma State University; San Jose State University; the Ohio State Poetry Out Loud Championships; the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference; and the Ohioana State Library Literary Festival.

His poems will soon be appearing the New England Review, Colorado Review, Iowa Review, and Volt. His essay, "The Killer Will Remain Free: On Pat Parker and the Poetics of Madness," is forthcoming in the Journal of Lesbian Studies. Other essays on translation and pedagogy will soon appear on the website VOLTA.

Crystal Biruk Presents Paper

March 9, 2015

Crystal Biruk, assistant professor of anthropology, presented a paper at the Africanizing Technology Conference at Wesleyan University on March 6. The paper was titled "Standards and gifts: Soap as improvisational technology in Malawian survey research worlds."

Robert Owen Receives Cottrell Scholar Award

March 4, 2015

Assistant Professor of Physics Robert Owen has been granted a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The award will help support Owen's research on a project entitled, Spin and Horizon Multipoles in Numerical Relativity, and the Visualization of Dynamical Spacetimes.

T.S. McMillin Lectures at Saint Louis Art Museum

March 4, 2015

In February, T.S. McMillin, professor of English and member of the environmental studies program committee, participated in the symposium "Navigating the Changing Nation: The River and Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Art" at the Saint Louis Art Museum. McMillin lectured on the topic "'Strangers Still More Strange’: The River, the Steamboat, and The Confidence-Man."

The symposium was part of the exhibition Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River, which explores the life along the rivers of the new frontier through the masterworks of Missouri's most famous artist.

Ellis W. Tallman Presents Paper at Rockoffest

March 4, 2015

Ellis W. Tallman, economics department chair and Danforth-Lewis professor of economics, presented the paper "What Ended Pre-Fed Banking Panics" at Rutgers University as part of "Rockoffest," a conference to honor Rutgers University Professor of Economics Hugh Rockoff. The paper was co-authored by Gary Gorton' 73.

Tim Scholl Gives Lecture

February 24, 2015

Tim Scholl, professor of Russian and comparative literature, gave the lecture "From Moscow and Back: Creating and Assessing the 'National' Ballets of Caucasia in the 1930s" at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University on February 13, 2015.

Michael Fisher Makes Video Provocation at Tate Britain

February 23, 2015

Michael Fisher, Department of History chair and Robert S. Danforth professor of history, made a "video provocation" at the Tate Britain symposium "The Black Subject: Ancient to Modern" on February 21, 2015. As part of the lead-off session, "On Presence and Absence," Fisher showed how Asians in Britain participated in the production of pre-Victorian British art.

Ellis Tallman Organizes International Conference Session

February 20, 2015

Ellis W. Tallman, economics department chair and Danforth-Lewis professor of economics, organized a session at the Western Economic Association International's 11th International Conference (January 8-11, 2015) in Wellington, New Zealand. Tallman is a member of the Western Economic Association International committee.

For details on the conference, see the program.

Christopher Trinacty Writes Book Chapter, Book Reviews

February 20, 2015

Christopher Trinacty, assistant professor of classics, contributed a chapter on Senecan tragedy to the recently published book The Cambridge Companion to Seneca. The chapter investigates the competing methodologies for the understanding of Senecan tragedy, with suggestions for possible ways to resolve these views.

Trinacty also recently published book reviews for the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR) and the Ancient History Bulletin.