Faculty and Staff Notes

Nathan DeProspo Article Published in "College Composition and Communication"

October 11, 2023

Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing and Communication Nathan DeProspo published an article in the June 2023 issue of College Composition and Communication, entitled “Post-Policy,” which offers a counter-history of composition studies as well as a critique of contemporary first-year composition programs and curricular policies.

DeProspo also traveled to Tübingen, Germany, in June for the Rhetoric Society of Europe conference, where he presented on Hegel and Nietzsche.

Stiliana Milkova Participated in Literature Festival in Ireland

October 11, 2023

Stiliana Milkova was an invited participant in the first Festival of Italian and Irish Literature in Ireland, held in Dublin on September 29-30, 2023. As a writer in Italian, Professor Milkova presented her book of short fiction Storia delle prime volte and discussed language, identity, and place with two Irish authors, Barrry McCrea and William Wall.

Organ Professor Jonathan Moyer Gives European Concert Tour

October 5, 2023

Associate Professor of Organ Jonathan Moyer spent part of his summer in Europe on a concert tour that included recitals on three of the most prominent pipe organs in the north German cities of Lüneburg, Hamburg, and Schwerin. The organ of St. Johannis in Lüneburg originated in 1553 by Dutch organ builder Hendrik Niehoff and was enlarged over the ensuing centuries. The prominent organist Georg Böhm served the church from 1698 until his death in 1733 and likely mentored a young Johann Sebastian Bach between 1700-1702. Moyer’s second concert was on the new Flentrop organ (2013) in St. Katharinen, one of Hamburg’s largest churches. The new 4-manual and pedal organ with 61 stops is a replication of the historic organ that was destroyed during WWII. The church boasted some of the most prominent organists of the 17th century and was the site of J.S. Bach’s Hamburg audition in 1720. Moyer’s final concert was on the 1871 organ by Friederich Ladegast in Schwerin Cathedral. The organ was Ladegast’s largest and final instrument and includes an array of ventil pedals and pneumatic assists to aid in the rapid change of tonal registrations, a demand of the prevailing Romantic aesthetic taste. Franz Liszt was a prominent advocate for Ladegast’s instruments and premiered many of his organ works on Ladegast’s instrument in Merseburg Cathedral.

Anjanette Hall to Appear in Regional Premiere

October 4, 2023

Assistant Professor of Theater Anjanette Hall will appear in the regional premiere of Make Believe by Bess Wohl at Dobama Theatre in Cleveland, October 6-29. The play was awarded "Best Off-Broadway Play" (2019 Outer Critics Circle) and "Top Ten Plays of 2019" (The New York Times). Make Believe also features scenic design by Laura Carlson-Tarantowski, Scenic Designer and Lecturer for the Theater department.

Kari Barclay New Book Published

October 4, 2023

Assistant Professor of Theater Kari Barclay's new book Directing Desire explores the rise of consent-based and trauma-informed approaches to staging sexually and sensually charged scenes for theater in the contemporary U.S., known as intimacy choreography. The book comes out in print October 25 but is available now for pre-order from Barnes and Noble and the e-book is available online now.

Sonia Kruks Presented Paper at Conference in Finland

October 4, 2023

In August, Danforth Professor of Politics Emerita Sonia Kruks presented a paper at the conference "Simone de Beauvoir and Post-Truth" at the University of Helsinki (Finland). Her paper, "Old Age and the Question of Bad Faith" examined the ways in which society's fear and denial of old age can injure those who are already old.

Theory Professor Bryan Parkhurst Co-editor and Contributor for New Book

September 28, 2023

A new book, Perspectives on Contemporary Music Theory: Essays in Honor of Kevin Korsyn (Routledge), was released in July 2023 and edited by two University of Michigan alumni who studied with Professor Korsyn while completing graduate degrees—Bryan Parkhurst, associate professor of music theory and aural skills at Oberlin College and Conservatory, and Jeffrey Swinkin, associate professor of music theory at the University of Oklahoma School of Music. The volume consists of an introduction and interview with Korsyn and nine essays that pay tribute to Korsyn’s decades of scholarship by exploring a variety of topics important to Korsyn and the field. Parkhurst contributed to the introduction as well as the Chapter 8 essay, “Completing the Triad: Schenker and Kantian Practical Philosophy.” The editors invitation to readers of the book—“a kaleidoscopic array of perspectives”—“will find provocative lines of inquiry, genuine musical and humanistic curiosity, and exploratory, nondogmatic approaches to and attitudes toward theorizing music—challenges, not answers.”

Kirk Ormand New Book Published

September 27, 2023

Professor of Classics Kirk Ormand has published a new book, The Routledge Handbook of Classics and Queer Theory, coedited with Ella Haselswerdt and Sara Lindheim. The volume contains 32 essays by a group of scholars from the United States and Europe. Professor Ormand also wrote the introductory essay, titled "How Did We Get Here?" Available now from Routledge Press.

Steven Volk Participated in Panel Discussion in Washington, DC

September 27, 2023

Emeritus Professor of History Steven Volk participated in a panel discussion of the lessons of Chile, 50 years after the coup, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, in Washington, DC, along with Chile's Ambassador to the United States, Juan Gabriel Valdés, and Senator Tom Harkin.