Sandra Zagarell Article Published
The article “Americans, Abroad: Henry James’s Portrait of a Lady” by Sandra Zagarell, Donald R. Longman professor of English, has been published in Teaching Transatlanticism, edited by Linda Hughes and Sarah Robbins (Edinburgh University Press, 2015).
While James's' novel is commonly read as a representation of how Americans fare when they travel to the sophisticated “Old World” (Europe), this article and a companion piece Zagarell published in 2014 approach Portrait of a Lady as a keen-eyed study of postbellum upper-class Americans that "Europe" serves primarily to backlight.
Jason Haugen and Benjamin Kuperman Present
Jason Haugen, assistant professor of anthropology, and Benjamin Kuperman, associate professor of computer science and chair of the computer science department, presented their research paper “A New Approach to Uto-Aztecan Lexicostatistics” on May 8 at the 18th annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The paper was co-authored by and co-presented with Michael Everdell ’13.
Alberto Zambenedetti Gives Lecture
Alberto Zambenedetti, visiting assistant professor of cinema studies and Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow, delivered the lecture “A Proud Immigrant: Renegotiating FIAT’s ‘Ethnicity’ Question” on May 9 at the 2015 Toledo Automobile Film Festival and Academic Conference.
Qiusha Ma, Steven Wojtal, and Barbara Sawhill Present
Qiusha Ma, associate professor of Chinese; Steven Wojtal, professor of geology and associate dean for curriculum; and Barbara Sawhill, director of the Cooper International Learning Center, presented “Oberlin’s Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) Grant: Connecting Languages with the Study of the Environment in Asia” at the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Annual Conference at Denison University on April 16, 2015.
Eve Sandberg Speaks for World Press Day
Eve Sandberg, chair of the politics department, was a speaker for World Press Freedom Day, an event hosted by the U.S. Embassy Information Resource Center. Sandberg's talk, titled "Zambian Voices in a Globalizing World," was delivered May 4 in Lusaka, Zambia.
Randal Doane Book Receives Independent Publisher Award
The book Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of The Clash by Randal Doane, assistant dean of studies, has received a 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award (silver) in the popular culture category. (See No. 65 on this website.)
Eric Estes Presents on Panel, Hosts Conference Gathering
Eric Estes, vice president and dean of students and assistant professor of comparative American studies, was invited to present on a panel of out LGBTQ chief student affairs officers at the recent annual American College Personnel Association conference in Tampa, Florida. In addition to discussing opportunities and challenges for LGBTQ-identified professionals in higher education administration, he and other leaders in the field hosted a social gathering for LGBTQ-identified professionals attending the conference. These events continue to foster a conversation about organizing by and mentoring for LGBTQ-identified administrators in higher education.
Nancy Darling Interviewed on South African Radio
Professor of Psychology Nancy Darling was interviewed on Capetown South African radio by Abongile Nzelezele about her work on adolescent lying.
Darling has done research on adolescent lying and their decisions to share information with their parents in the U.S., Chile, Italy, Uganda, and the Philippines. She recently blogged about this work for Psychology Today in her piece “Why You Lied to Your Parents (and Whether They Believed You).” This work caught the eye of Nzelezele, who interviewed Darling about how accurate parents are at detecting lies, why and when adolescents lie, and what kind of parenting helps teens open up.
Crystal Biruk Delivers Invited Lecture
Crystal Biruk, assistant professor of anthropology, delivered an invited lecture titled "Cooking and Cleaning Data: Embodied Enumeration in a Malawian Research World" on April 30 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies.
Cindy Frantz Gives Talks, Receives Grant
Professor of Psychology Cindy Frantz, currently a visiting scholar at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, has given two invited talks at her host university.
The first talk, titled “Environmental Dashboard: Combining public displays of real-time resource use with community voices to engage, empower, and celebrate stewardship” was given at University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability's seminar series on April 16. The second talk, titled “Why do humans benefit from nature? An argument for the need to belong.” was given at the University of Otago’s Psychology Seminar series on April 20.
Frantz—along with Paul Thibodeau, assistant professor of psychology; John Petersen, director of environmental studies and Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of environmental studies; and Rumi Shammin, associate professor of environmental studies—has also been awarded a National Science Foundation grant from the Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences program for $329,325.
The grant focuses on systems thinking, a way of conceptualizing reality and making decisions that emphasizes relationships and interdependencies. Their research will empirically test the contention that systems thinking improves decision making. It will also test whether mental models, such as metaphors, can induce a systems thinking mindset and whether decision makers must value the system in question for systems thinking to have beneficial effects on decision making.