Kirk Ormand Publishes Two Articles

January 13, 2016

Professor of Classics Kirk Ormand recently published two articles. The first, “Toward Iambic Obscenity,” appears in Ancient Obscenities: Their Nature and Use in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds, edited by Dorata Dutsch and Ann Suter (University of Michigan Press, 2015). Ormand’s contribution explores the narrative and literary uses of invective obscenities in the fragmentary poems of the archaic Greek poet Hipponax, with particular attention to the story of how “iambic” poetry got its name and became associated with obscene invective.

The second article, “Buying Babies in Euripides’ Hippolytus,” argues that Hippolytus’ famous misogynistic speech in Euripides’ is framed in terms of an ongoing discursive conflict between short-term, lower-class, economic exchange and long-term, upper-class, aristocratic gift-giving. As such, Hippolytus’ misogyny also marks him as an aloof aristocrat living in the household of Theseus, legendary founder of Athenian democracy, a conflict that is played out through the rest of the drama. This article appears in a special edition of Illinois Classical Studies (volume 40.2, fall 2015).

James Dobbins Book Included in Essential Reading for Japanophile List

December 14, 2015

James H. Fairchild Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies James Dobbins' first book Jōdo Shinshū: Shin Buddhism in Medieval Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2002) has been named by The Japan Times to its Essential Reading for Japanophile list. Published in Tokyo, The Japan Times is the largest English-language newspaper in Japan.

Holly Handman-Lopez Performs

December 11, 2015

Holly Handman-Lopez, visiting assistant professor of dance, danced in the Where Were We: on intimacy, body, writing festival in Aarhus, Denmark, December 3 and 5 with her Berlin-based collaborators: Poet Esther Dischereit, DJ Ipek, and Percussionist Ray Kaczyski. The festival featured artists from Turkey and France, as well as Germany, Denmark, and the U.S.

Greggor Mattson Article a Top Download of 2015

December 10, 2015

The article The Modern Career of the Oldest Profession, and the Social Embeddedness of Metaphors by Greggor Mattson, associate professor of sociology and gender, sexuality, and feminist studies, is the second-most downloaded social science article in 2015 from publisher Palgrave. The article tracks the diffusion of this euphemism for prostitution from its coinage by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. From the 17th century to the 1960s, many careers were the oldest profession, including pirates, lawyers, clowns, doctors, and the lady embalmers of Cincinnati.

Janet Fiskio Contributes Chapter

December 8, 2015

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Janet Fiskio contributed the chapter “Where Food Grows on Water: Food Sovereignty and North American Indigenous Literatures” to the book The Routledge Companion to Native American Literature (Ed. Deborah Lea Madison. New York: Routledge, 2015. 238-48).

Jim Walsh Profiled

December 3, 2015

Professor of Mathematics Jim Walsh was profiled by the Mathematics and Climate Change Research Network (MCRN) about his climate-modeling research. Walsh has been a member of MCRN since 2011, and he currently co-organizes a weekly webinar that focuses on mathematical models arising in the study of paleoclimate.

Chie Sakakibara Conducts Fieldwork

November 30, 2015

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Chie Sakakibara visited the Inupiaq community of Barrow, Alaska, November 22-28 for two current projects: 1) climate change and indigenous cultural resilience; and 2) the community-partnered Inupiaq music repatriation project for which she collaborates with the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University, New York.

Eboni A. Johnson Contributes Book Chapter

November 25, 2015

Reference and Instruction Librarian Eboni A. Johnson '97 has contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book Crucible Moments: Inspiring Library Leadership. Johnson's chapter, "Navigating Choppy Waters: Catalysts for Smooth Leadership Sailing,” joins contributions from 15 other library leaders who tell the stories of their leadership journeys.

Crucible Moments is set to publish in early January 2016. Read more about the book on the Mission Bell Media website.