Metz Presented Poetry Reading

Robin Metz, Department of English and Director of the Program in Creative Writing, presented a reading of his poetry as the featured reader at The Yale University Club in Manhattan at a poetry event sponsored by The Yale Poets and Cross Cultural Communications press on June 14, 2018. Three of his poems will appear in the annual collection published at the end of the year as part of the year long reading series.

Stewart Attended Workshop in Berlin

Katie Stewart (Political Science & International Relations) attended a workshop on “Urban Activism and the Development of Civil Society in the Russian Federation” at Indiana University’s Europe Gateway in Berlin. Organized by the Russian Studies Workshop at IU, the workshop brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to discuss the causes, forms, and consequences of Russian activism. Stewart’s paper, “Cultural Production as Activism: National Theaters, Orchestras, and Clubs in Russia’s Regional Capitals,” examines the ways in which people can utilize cultural institutions and practices to engage in activism when the opportunities for overt political action, such as protest, are constrained.

Moore Article Published; Gave Talk

Kara Moore (Psychology) and University of Arkansas collaborators published an article titled “The role of context expectations and cost of reporting on prospective person memory performance” in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. The article can be accessed here:

Moore also gave an invited talk at Western Illinois University. The title of her talk was “The Role of Memory and Attention in the Search for Missing Persons”

Kasser Gave Invited Talk

Tim Kasser (Psychology) recently gave an invited talk as part of the Great Books series at Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois. The talk was titled “Capitalism, values, & quality of life: An empirical, psychological approach.”

McGill Paper Presentation

Monica McGill (Computer Science) attended the annual Frontiers in Education conference in San Jose California, where she presented a paper titled “Defining Requirements for a Repository to Meet the Needs of K-12 Computer Science Educators, Researchers, and Evaluators.” McGill’s paper described a qualitative study performed in 2016-17 to define requirements for a website and repository to meet the needs of the computing education community. The website has since been developed and can now be found at

Thrall Presents Paper in Sweden

James H. Thrall (Religious Studies) attended the biennial conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature, and Culture (ISRLC) in Uppsala, Sweden, where he presented a paper titled “Modern Mythology and the Tricky Gods of Neil Gaiman.” Thrall’s paper explored questions Gaiman’s novel American Gods raises about the religious studies concept of “myth” and its relationship to truth and falsehood. The conference theme was “The Place of Truth.”

Ferrigno at Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY

Andrea Ferrigno’s (Art) work “Transcribing Chladni” is currently on view in the “Machine Breakers” exhibition at Collar Works Gallery in Troy, NY. “Machine Breakers” was a portfolio curated by Nathan Meltz and first presented at the 2018 Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) in Las Vegas: Altered Landscapes.

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Franco wins Book Prize; Poem nominated for Best of the Net

Gina Franco (English) has been selected as the winner of the 2018 CantoMundo Poetry Prize for her book, The Accidental. Franco will receive $1,000 and her poetry collection will be published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2019.

Additionally, Franco’s poem, “Throne,” has been nominated by the Los Angeles Review for the Best of the Net anthology (Sundress Publications).