Gilbert Publishes Essay in Midwest Studies Anthology

Gregory Gilbert (Art and Art History) has published the essay “Federal Art in the Midwest in the 1930s and the Meeting of Rural and Urban Cultures: A Challenge to Grant Wood’s ‘Revolt Against the City'” in A Scattering Time: How Modernism Met Midwestern Culture, Hastings College Press, 2018.

The essay examines the historical ironies associated with the Regionalist artist Grant Wood’s advocacy of early New Deal art programs as promoters of American regionalist culture. In actuality, the economic, agricultural and artistic policies of the New Deal encouraged hegemonic modernizing and industrial forces that undermined the traditional values and autonomy of the regional Midwest.

Forsberg Article Published

The undergraduate journal PURSUE published a research article by Uduak-Obong I. Ekanem ’17 and Ole J. Forsberg (Mathematics). The research utilized statistical techniques, including binomial-based generalized linear models, to test for unfairness in the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria.

The publication is the culmination of an extensive collaboration between Mr. Ekanem and Dr. Forsberg that began in the Fall 2016 term at Knox. It can be accessed through the PURSUE website,, “An Analysis of the 2015 Nigerian Presidential Election.”

Franco Poem Published

Narrative has published Gina Franco’s (English) poem, “Annunciation of the Self-Enclosed God.” A preview of the poem is now live with Narrative Backstage alongside poems by Bob Hicok, Ted Kooser, and Sharon Olds. The full version of the poem will be released on Narrative’s homepage this winter.

Gradone Musical Work Published

A recent musical work by Pierce Gradone (Music) has been published by Fat Rock Ink. The piece, entitled The Watching, is scored for alto flute, viola, and harp, and is inspired by a particular sleeping pattern practiced during the 18th and 19th centuries in which a night’s sleep was interrupted by a time of quiet reflection called “the watching.” The Watching was also awarded the Costello Prize by the Philadelphia Lyra Society and premiered at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.