Denise Birkhofer Authors Exhibition Catalogue

February 3, 2016

Denise Birkhofer, the Ellen Johnson '33 curator of modern and contemporary art, has authored the catalogue Judit Reigl: Body of Music in conjunction with the retrospective exhibition on view at the Allen Memorial Art Museum through May 29, 2016. The 172-page publication includes essays by Birkhofer and musicologist Benjamin Perl; a foreword by museum director Andria Derstine; an illustrated checklist of works in the exhibition; a selection of writings by Judit Reigl, translated into English for the first time; and the artist’s biography and exhibition history.

Sheila Miyoshi Jager Reviews Book

January 21, 2016

Professor of East Asian Studies Sheila Miyoshi Jager reviewed Richard Boynton's The Invitation Only-Zone in the January 17, 2016, issue of the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

Matthew Senior Presents Papers at Conferences

January 21, 2016

Ruberta T. McCandless Professor of French Matthew Senior presented two papers at international conferences during the Fall 2015 semester. '"Only the soul feels': Disembodied Emotions in Descartes" was part of the interdisciplinary conference Compassion in Early Modern Culture, 1550-1700, hosted by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, September 19, 2015.

The second paper, "Le visage de l'animal (XVIe-XVIIIe siecles): de l'anthropomorphisme au zoomorphisme," was presented at the Portraits: regards sur l'animal et son language conference, hosted by the universities of Le Mans and Angers, October 8, 2015.

Harry Hirsch Publishes Book

January 15, 2016

Professor of Politics Harry Hirsch has published Office Hours: One Academic Life, a memoir and critique of contemporary higher education. Read more about the book on this website.

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).