Ucar Gave Presentation

Nurettin Ucar (Modern Languages – German) gave a presentation at the 42nd Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Pittsburgh on September 28. His paper, “Empathizing with the Refugee: Jenny Erpenbeck’s Gehen, ging, gegangen”, was part of a panel entitled “Refugees in Literature of the 21st Century”. Ucar discussed that empathy shown by the protagonist in Erpenbeck’s novel and a focus on East German history diminishes the communicability of refugee experience.

Godsil Note Featured in Photography Newsletter

A note from Michael Godsil (Art) is featured in the most recent issue of the Wynn Bullock Photography Newsletter. This past spring, Godsil took his photography students to see an exhibit of works by Bullock, a famous creative photographer, at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. The note and additional information about Bullock is available at:


Kasser Gave Invited Talk

Tim Kasser (Psychology) recently gave an invited talk at the DeGrow US gathering in Chicago. The title of his talk was “Values, De-Growth, and Alternative Measures of Progress.”

McAndrew Update

Frank McAndrew (Psychology) recently gave a talk on teaching careers at liberal arts colleges at the University of Missouri (Columbia). The talk was part of Mizzou’s “Preparing Future Faculty” program.

McAndrew’s essay on Nigerian Prince scams has also been featured in Salon (https://www.salon.com/2018/08/18/why-nigerian-prince-scams-continue-to-dupe-us_partner/) and Channel News Asia (https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/why-do-people-still-fall-for-phone-scam-nigerian-prince-10598882?cid=fbcna) while his essay on grieving over the death of a dog has appeared in The Philly Voice (https://www.phillyvoice.com/why-losing-dog-can-be-harder-losing-relative-or-friend/), the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/pets/why-losing-a-dog-can-be-harder-than-losing-a/article_83cf5d03-3d27-5fac-96a9-afbf0273c6d9.html), and India TV (https://www.indiatvnews.com/ap/world-news-why-losing-a-dog-can-be-harder-than-losing-a-relative-or-friend-465408).

In the past several weeks, he has also done more than a dozen media interviews on topics as diverse as “The Joker” (from Batman) (https://theoutline.com/post/6298/the-joker-in-movies-clown-makeup?zd=4&zi=t5rphmba) and “why men feel the need to carry all of their groceries inside in one trip” (https://melmagazine.com/why-do-men-feel-like-they-have-to-carry-all-their-groceries-inside-in-one-trip-19715f59b88f). Other interview topics included office gossip, grieving over dogs, seeing ghosts, and the naming of children.

Conner Article to be Published

Chris Conner (Anthropology & Sociology) had an article titled, “The Gay Gayze,” recently accepted for publication in the Sociological Quarterly. The article is an analysis of the popular gay dating app Grindr and explores how issues of body type, gender expression, ageism, racism, and HIV stigma manifest themselves in the online world of Grindr. The Sociological Quarterly was ranked 39th out of 138 journals in the discipline, and is the journal for the Midwest Sociological Association. Conner is a member of and currently serves on the grants committee of the organization. Conner is also working with the president of the organization to organize a drag show at this year’s conference to be held in Chicago to raise money and awareness on LGBT+ youth suicide rates, which remain one of the most at risk groups for suicide.

Conner will be organizing, presiding, and presenting in three different paper sessions at the Midwest Sociological Society in March 2019 (student submission and grant opportunities are available for interested parties).

Conner is also the editor of an edited volume titled Forgotten Founders and Other Neglected Social Theorists. This project, under contract with Lexington Books, will include chapters written by a variety of scholars including: Mary Jo Deegan, Eugene Halton, Alan Sica, Harvey Farberman, Sarina Chen, Michael Katovich, Larry Nichols, David Smith, and Bob Antonio. This manuscript looks at the work of social theorists whose theories have become forgotten, or who were unacknowledged at the time, and argues for their continued utility in understanding contemporary social issues.