Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, recently published three essays for Psychology Today Magazine related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other current events. The essays, “Why Face Masks Give Us the Creeps,” “Five Reasons Why Being Home All the Time Is So Hard,” and “The Eternal Challenge of Conformity Pressure,” were also the topic of several radio and podcast interviews McAndrew did during the months of May and June of 2020.
Pierce Gradone, assistant professor of music, has received a commission from the Lynx Project for a new work for voice and piano, setting the text of young writers that identify as neurodiverse.
Ole J. Forsberg’s, assistant professor of mathematics-statistics, book
Understanding Elections through Statistics: Polling, Prediction, and Testing is being published by CRC Press with Taylor & Francis Group. Forseberg’s book is based on his research agenda–what can we learn from claimed election polls and from claimed election results?
In Robert H. Churchill’s long awaited book The Underground Railroad and the Geography of Violence in Antebellum America, (Cambridge University Press, 2020), he praises in his introduction the work of several historians whose books, published in the 21st century, have been significant contributions to our understanding of the Underground Railroad, with a particular emphasis on “violence faced by Underground Railroad activists”. Among those books listed is Owen Muelder’s The Underground Railroad in Western Illinois; also cited are works by highly regarded scholars Fergus Bordewich, Stanley Harrold, Graham Hodges, and Eric Foner.
Gregory Gilbert, professor and director of art and art history, had his recent conference paper “Developing a Specialized Identity as an Art History Generalist in a Teaching College,” featured on the Art History Teaching Resources website. Gilbert’s talk was part of the session, “The Art History Generalist: Challenges, Strategies and the Future of Teaching Art History,” at the College Art Association annual conference in Chicago in February 2020.
Gina Franco, professor of English, recently had her poem, “We Want Everything of Value to Be Eternal,” published with AGNI magazine. As part of AGNI’s virtual launch of their new issue, Franco’s poem will be available to read online for a few upcoming weeks before it goes behind a paywall. The launch also features a video recording of Franco reading the poem.
Mitchell Parks, assistant professor of Classics, published an article, “Reapportioning Honors: Intertextuality in Against Leptines,” in the journal Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies.
Tim Kasser, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, recently had his first book, The High Price of Materialism, translated into Bulgarian. It was published in Sofia, Bulgaria by Publishing Together Academy.
Todd Heidt, chair of international studies and associate professor of German, published a blog post for the scholarly collective Diversity, Decolonization, and the German Curriculum. The post is titled “Why Inclusive Curricula are Key to the Future of German Studies.”
Catherine Denial, Bright Professor of American History, recently
published an article, “The Complexities of Certainty,” in Inside Higher Ed.