Faculty Accomplishments

Marina Banchetti
Marina Banchetti
Department Of Philosophy

Professor <a href="/artsandletters/philosophy/faculty" target="_blank"> <strong>Marina Banchetti,</strong> </a> department of philosophy, has just finished guest editing two special issues of <a href="https://link.springer.com/journal/10698" target="_blank"> <em>Foundations of Chemistry</em> </a> (Springer)<em>,</em> the leading international journal in the philosophy of chemistry. These two issues feature selected papers from the 20th annual conference of the International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry, which was organized by Professor Banchetti last summer and was held August 1-4, 2016 at Florida Atlantic University. The conference included participants from 11 countries, with keynote addresses by Manuel DeLanda and Eric Scerri, and included topics in the history of chemistry, as well as ontological, epistemological, pedagogical, ethical, and environmental issues that arise from the theory and practice of chemistry.

Ben Lowe
Ben Lowe
Professor And Chair Of The Department Of History

Dr. <a href="/artsandletters/history/faculty/lowe/" target="_blank"> <strong>Ben Lowe,</strong> </a> professor and chair of the Department of History, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 24 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines. Lowe will participate in a seminar titled "The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650." The 4-week program will be held at The Huntington Library, in San Marino, CA.

Don Adams
Don Adams
Department Of English

<a href="/artsandletters/english/faculty/adams/" target="_blank"> <strong>Don Adams,</strong> </a> Department of English, has been awarded a Fulbright to conduct research and teach in India starting in August 2017. During his stay, Dr. Adams will be affiliated with Christ University in Bangalore, a private liberal arts college with ties to the indigenous Catholic church. Adams will conduct research in Indian philosophy and theology, and will be working with the school's department of English as well as their attached theological institute, the Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram institute of philosophy and theology. His scholarship focuses on "analyzing relatively marginalized figures in modern literature in regards to metaphysical thought systems that enable and illuminate their work through alternative contexts." This will be Adams' second Fulbright award. His first took him to Vietnam from 2002-2004, and he describes the experience as "life and career-changing." During this time, Adams worked on his second scholarly monograph which asserted that "alternative world-views are expressed generically in fiction as alternative realisms, endlessly ramifying in their existential and epistemological difference." Adams seeks to use his upcoming experience in India to expand upon this topic. "I feel that my habitual life and thought are overdue for another cultural-intellectual intervention," Adams said. "I really am looking forward to it.

Ilene Prusher
Ilene Prusher
School Of Communication And Multimedia Studies

<strong> <a href="/artsandletters/scms/faculty/prusher/" target="_blank">Ilene Prusher</a>,</strong> School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, will be one of two journalism professors to lead the Journalism program of Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), a two-week summer fellowship in Germany and Poland, which uses the conduct of professionals under Nazi rule as a way to reflect on contemporary professional ethics. </p> <p> Now in its eighth year of operation, FASPE provides a unique historical lens to engage graduate students in professional schools as well as early-stage practitioners in five fields (business, journalism, law, medicine, and seminary) in a course of study focused on contemporary ethical issues in their professions. FASPE Journalism uses the conduct of reporters and other media professionals in Nazi-occupied Europe as a way to reflect on contemporary journalism ethics. Its approach differs from the usual classroom experience by looking beyond formal or informal rules of conduct to focus on concrete ethical problems faced by journalists in contemporary media settings. This year, the Journalism program has 12 Fellows, both graduate students and early-career journalists, who were drawn from a pool of nearly 200 applicants.

Noemi Marin
Noemi Marin
Professor, School Of Communication And Multimedia Studies

<a href="/artsandletters/scms/faculty/marin/" target="_blank"> <strong>Noemi Marin,</strong> </a> professor, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, has been invited by Columbia University's Hariman Institute, East Central European Center and the Romanian Cultural Institute to make a presentation about her research at the end of April 2017. Marin will present on the pre- and post-1989 political discourse in Romania, Eastern Europe and the United States, drawing on the volume she recently co-edited with Cezar Ornatowski, <em>Rhetorics of 1989: Rhetorical Archaeologies of Political Transitions</em> (Routledge, 2015). She will address the question of how political speech in communist and transition periods does and does not change democratic action, and what challenges remain inherent to the public arena to this day.

Taylor Hagood
Taylor Hagood

Taylor Hagood won the C. Hugh Holman Award for the best book in southern literary studies from the Society for the Study of Southern Literature.   This is for his book, Faulkner and Disability.  This is among the biggest prizes in the field.

Carol Prusa
Carol Prusa
Visual Arts And Art History

The American Academy of Arts and Letters invited 40 artists, through nomination and selection, to participate in the Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, which opened on March 12, 2015 at their historic building in New York City. The Exhibition featured over 120 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and works on paper. Carol Prusa (Visual Arts and Art History) had a large work purchased by the Academy to donate to an American museum collection.

Talitha LeFlouria
Talitha LeFlouria
History

Talitha LeFlouria's (History) first book, "Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South," has just been published by the University of North Carolina Press. LeFlouria will be away for 2015-16 on a highly competitive Carter G. Woodson Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Virginia, where she'll be lecturing and working on her next book.

Rabil
Robert Rabil
Political Science

Robert Rabil (Political Science) traveled to Syria this past summer to conduct field research in Syrian refugee camps along the Lebanon-Syria border. Rabil studied 1) the socio-political, educational, ideological and health conditions in Syrian refugee camps, 2) the extent to which ISIS and al-Nusra Front are present or supported within the camps, 3) the plans and outcome of the government, UN and NGOs efforts to help Syrian refugees, 4) the prospects for hundreds of thousands of Syrian children, youth and women who have been the most vulnerable and fall prey to radicalization, child labor, early marriage and prostitution,  and 5) the impact of the Syrian refugees on Lebanon's society and institutions.

Noemi Marin
Noemi Marin
Professor, School Of Communication And Multimedia Studies

<a href="/artsandletters/scms/faculty/marin" target="_blank"> <strong>Noemi Marin</strong>,</a> professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, recently present the lecture <em>Rhetoric and Intellectuals in the East European Upheavals of 1989: A Look Back after 25 Years</em> at <a href="http://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/">Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies</a>