April 11, 2012



English faculty present, publish work

By Karin Westman

Four faculty members in English recently published their work:

* Elizabeth Dodd, university distinguished professor, published a poem, "Under the Day Star, Our Star,"  in the Kansas Poet Laureate's online Renga.

* Daniel A. Hoyt, assistant professor, published a short story, "The Wedding Party," in the spring 2012 issue of The Gettysburg Review.

* Donna Potts, associate professor, a poetry book, "Waking Dreams," by Cliffs of Moher, Ireland: Salmon Poetry, 2012.

* Han Yu, assistant professor, published "Intercultural Competence in Technical Communi-cation: A Working Definition and Review of Assessment Methods" in Technical Communication Quarterly.

Eight faculty members in English recently presented their work as conference papers, invited talks or invited readings:

* Dodd was the featured author at the 15th anniversary celebration reading from Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments, at the Associated Writing Programs Conference in Chicago on March 3. Dodd also presented "What's Thoreau to Me, or I to Him?" 

* Gregory Eiselein, professor, presented "Building a Comprehensive First-Year Program" with Emily Lehning, assistant vice president of student life, and Steven J. Hawks, assistant director of assessment, at the 31st annual conference on the First-Year Experience in San Antonio on Feb. 20.

* Don Hedrick, professor, presented "Searching for Life in the Corporate Humanities" at the Modern Language Association's annual convention in Seattle on Jan. 6. The presentation was part of a session organized by the Society for Critical Exchange. Hedrick also presented "If Tables Had Feelings: Property and Affect in Shakespeare" at the convention on Jan. 7.

Hedrick presented "The Production of Stupidity: Scattered Speculations on a Theoretical Problem" at the Cultural Studies Association conference in San Diego on March 30. He also served as co-chair of a panel, "Teaching Cultural Studies Now," with English graduate students Melissa Prescott, Chris Patch and Ashley Brown at the conference.

* Carol Franko, associate professor, presented "Resisting the Feed through Broken Narrative," at the Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., March 23.

* Philip Nel, professor, presented "Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Trans-formed Children’s Literature," as a Lois Lenski Lecture at the University of Illinois at Normal, Ill., March 26. Nel also presented "Harry Potter: A Cultural Biography" as an invited talk at the University of Pittsburgh on March 23.

* Kara Northway, assistant professor, presented "Actors' Letters" at the Renaissance Society of America Conference in Washington, D.C., March 24. Northway also presented "Promoting Knowledge Transfer through Writing Center Sessions" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louis on March 22.

* Potts presented “Working Together: AAUP Chapters and University Administrations" at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, Feb. 17. She gave the same talk at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Okla., Feb. 17, and at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla., Feb. 17. Potts also presented "Cliffs of Moher" for Jennifer Rivera’s exhibit "Art After Words: A Collaboration," opening March 2 at SouthWind Gallery in Topeka.

In addition, Potts presented "The Ryan Report, the Magdalene Laundries, and Ireland's Culture of Containment," an invited talk at Arizona State University in Phoenix on March 28. She presented "Building a State Conference" at Maricopa Community College in Tempe, Ariz., March 27. She also presented "The Challenges of Corporatization on College Campuses" at Arizona State University in Phoenix on March 26.

* Karin Westman, department head, presented "Harry Potter and the Object of Art" as an invited talk at the University of Pittsburgh on March 23.