Barton Named Chair of Department of Psychology and Communication Studies
The University of Idaho College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences is proud to announce the selection of Benjamin Barton as chair of the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies beginning Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Read more.
Caisley Named Chair of Department of Theatre Arts
The University of Idaho College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences is proud to announce the selection of Robert Caisley as chair of the Department of Theatre Arts beginning Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Read more.
Irina Kappler-Crookston Awarded USAC Emeritus Faculty
The University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) board of directors has awarded Irina Kappler-Crookston USAC Emeritus Faculty status. The honor is granted to exceptional individuals who have contributed to USAC's evolution as a premier study abroad organization. USAC cited Kappler-Crookston's commitment to promoting international education and cross-cultural understanding. Read more.
Deborah Thorne Featured in Kiplinger Magazine
Sociology faculty member Deborah Thorne is featured in Kiplinger magazine's article, "Tips for Dealing with Debt in Retirement." Read the article.
Sowards Receives Travel Grant to Research in Historical Archive
History Professor Adam Sowards from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences was awarded a travel grant from the University of Wyoming to advance his research at UW's American Heritage Center. The grant supports travel and lodging costs while Sowards uses the historical archive's source material to continue his research on the history of Western public lands.
Jennifer Ladino Explores Emotions at National Parks
Based on her latest book "Memorials Matter," Associate Professor of English Jennifer Ladino explores conflicting feelings of patriotism and guilt when visiting national parks in this opinion piece with The Conversation.
Poem by Alexandra Teague Posted on Portside
Associate Professor of English Alexandra Teague, whose newest book of poems, Or What We'll Call Desire, was just released, recently had a poem featured on Portside. The poem was reprinted from Poetry Northwest. Read the poem.
“Good Trouble” Published
Department Chair Brian Wolf had his book, “Good Trouble” published in May with Lexington Books. The book demonstrates how crime and deviance can affect positive social change. The book contains biographies of some heroes, well known and not, whose good trouble led to a collective reconsideration of established norms and rules. The book concludes with an examination of the problem of conformity and how deviant heroism in everyday life may be a remedy for injustice in micro-level social contexts. “While a criminologist might read this as an engagement of some of the more fringe and marginalized parts of the field, a sociologist may read this as more of an homage to Durkhiem and well-established traditions in the field,” Wolf said. Regardless, the book is likely to provoke discussion and debate of how crime and deviance is considered in the social sciences.
Mark Warner Releases New Edited Volume
“Using and Curating Archaeological Collections” – a new book co-edited by Terry Childs (Department of the Interior) and CLASS faculty member Mark Warner – highlights the major challenges that archaeologists and curators face with regards to collections, and also stresses the values, uses, and benefits of collections. It also demonstrates the continued significance of archaeological collections to the profession, tribes, and the public and provides critical resources for archaeologists to carry out their responsibilities. Many lament that the archaeological record is finite and disappearing. In this context, collections are even more important to preserve for future use, and this book will help all stakeholders do so. The book is available from the Society for American Archaeology Press.
Miller Directs Play in California
Craig Miller, assistant professor of acting and directing at U of I Theatre Arts, directed the new drama “Faceless” by Selina Fillinger, at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, California. The play ran from May 17 to June 2 and was sold out the entire run receiving tremendous response from the audiences. “This was an important, politically charged courtroom drama that we all worked very hard to get the rights to last season,” said Miller who was the artistic director of 6th Street Playhouse before joining U of I. “I was honored to be invited back by the Playhouse staff and Board to see it make its way on to the stage with the incredible cast and artistic staff.”
Pair of English Faculty Receive U of I Grants
Department of English faculty members Tara MacDonald and Bal Sharma received RISE Arts and Humanities Project Support grants from U of I’s Office of Research and Economic Development. Grants supported MacDonald’s project titled “Imagined Futures, Feminist Pasts,” and Sharma’s project “Intercultural Communication in Tourism: Critical Perspectives.”
Overton Comments on Boise City Council Votes
Michael Overton, an assistant professor of political science, was quoted in the Idaho Press-Tribune on the high rate of unanimous votes by Boise City Council. Overton says unanimous votes may be common in local government where issues aren't driven by party affiliations.
Losing Star Tallent
As the end of spring semester approaches, University of Idaho associate professor Becky Tallent will prepare for her retirement in May. “It’s going to be very hard to find someone that has the background that she has,” said Patricia Hart, an associate professor and former director in the Journalism and Mass Media (JAMM) Department. “She had a lot of experience when she came, and that’s not a quality you find anymore.”
Read more in the Argonaut.
'Exposing Slavery' Shows Human Bondage Amid Visual Politics
Assistant Professor Matthew Fox-Amato examines photography's early influence over politics and society in the new book “Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America" (Oxford; $39.95). The publication features over 100 color illustrations — including little-studied photographs of slaves, ex-slaves, free African Americans and abolitionists. Read more.
The Writing Center: A Space of Support
Senior Instructor and Director of the Writing Center Mary Ann Judge and her colleagues at the U of I Writing Center have been in the recognized U of I Argonaut for their service to students. The Writing Center houses more than 20 tutors who can help students with projects or essays. Also recognized are:
- Graduate writing consultant, Stacey Miller
- Associate director of the Writing Center Jamaica Ritcher
- Tutors Chris Bishop and Colin Tate