Faculty Achievements Update

thumbs upPlease join us in congratulating the following colleagues for their recent accomplishments:

Kalimah Johnson, MSW, assistant professor of Social Work, published a peer reviewed article with Dr. Carolyn West: http://www.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/AR_SVAAWomenRevised.pdf. She also applied for and was awarded several grants for sexual assault specific services in Detroit: (1) a SRERE grant for $5,000, awarded to programs that service the health care and social welfare needs of women and infants in the Detroit Medical Center’s Northwest Region; that focus on the health care of vulnerable and at-risk populations; and that address uninsured or under-insured women and infants. (2) A Verizon Wireless Hope Line grant for $5,000, awarded to build solid connections with charitable and law enforcement organizations committed to reducing domestic violence, providing support to victims, raising awareness of the issue and educating communities about domestic violence. (3) A Michigan Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Treatment Board-State award, for $18,500, awarded to provide culturally-specific peer support group educational services for survivors of rape with a special focus on women who were sexually assaulted in the military. (4) An Office on Violence Against Women-Department of Justice-Federal grant, for $268,000, to create an opportunity for culturally specific community based organizations to address the critical needs of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking victims in a manner that affirms a victim’s culture and effectively addresses language and communication barriers. She also presented Intimate Partner Violence educational workshops with the Detroit Lions in October 2013 and Family Dynamics/Relationship Safety educational workshops with the NBA-Rookie Transition Program last August, and was a consultant to the Office on Violence Against Women for the Culturally and Linguistically Specific Services Program in January 2014.

Thomas A. Klug, Ph.D., professor of History, published the first part of a lengthy article on the website of The Court Legacy, which is the publication of The Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The article concerns the Michigan alien registration law of 1931–its origins, the politics surrounding it, and the litigation over it. Here’s the link: http://www.mied.uscourts.gov/HistoricalSociety/pages/newsletters/the-court-legacy-december-2013.php.

Michael Martin, PhD, assistant professor of English and co-director of the Geschke Writing Center, has signed contracts for the publication of two books: a book of poetry, Meditations in Times of Wonder to be published by Angelico Press in summer 2014; and a scholarly work, Sancta Sophia: Ecumenism, Ecology, Orthodoxy, to be published by Angelico Press in mid-2015. The book traces reasons for the appearance of sophiology in sections of, primarily, Protestant Western Europe, but that eventually spread in a variety of permutations in Eastern Orthodox and Catholic religious contexts. Figures treated in the book include Simone de Bouvoir, Jacob Boehme, Rene Descartes, Robert Fludd, Thomas Traherne, Jane Lead, Henry and Thomas Vaughan, Novalis, J. W. von Goethe, Rudolf Steiner, Vladimir Solovyov, Valentin Tomberg, Sergius Bulgakov, Pavel Florensky, Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Steven Patterson, Ph.D., associate professor of Philosophy, will be presenting a paper on March 5 on the pragmatics of identifying arguments to the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation, and Rhetoric at the University of Windsor. He has agreed to read papers for the next iteration of the Argumentation, Dialogue, and Persuasion conference taking place in Warsaw, Poland. He has accepted an invitation to be on the Scientific Committee of the newly-formed European Conference on Argumentation, and is currently reviewing a paper for the journal Informal Logic. He continues editorial work on his other journal responsibilities, Cogency and Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric. He is working on a paper that has been accepted for the 8th Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation conference in Amsterdam this coming July.

Dena Scher, Ph.D., professor of Psychology, has had two papers accepted. At the 2014 national Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference from April 16-19 in Chicago, she will be presenting a paper entitled, “Marygrove College travels abroad: A course, an experience, a reflection…the process of learning.” She has also been asked to chair the panel on “Travel Pedagogy” at the conference. For the International Oral History Association 2014 conference in July at the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, she will be presenting work from the Novak Digital Interview Collection. The theme of the conference is “Power and Democracy: The Many Voices of Oral History.” The title of her accepted paper is “Bennett Belles at the 1960’s Civil Rights Demonstrations in Greensboro, NC, USA.”

Sue Vanderbeck Lenz, MMus, professor of music, taught a private piano student, Caleb Washington, age 14, who won first grand place in the Sphinx Stars: Detroit 2013 competition for his piano performance of Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude and Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C Sharp Minor. The award includes a $10,000 prize and appearances throughout the nation for Caleb.

Loretta Woodard, Ph.D, associate professor of English, attended the conference on Celebrating African American Literature: U.S. and Afro-Caribbean Poetry at Penn State University on October 25-26, 2013, where she introduced poet Nikky Finney, whose fourth collection of poetry, Head Off & Split , was awarded the 2011 National Book Award. At the same conference, she moderated a panel on “Poetry, the Body, and the Erotic.” She also attended, along with her colleague, Frank Rashid, Ph.D., professor of English, the Centennial Conference on Robert Hayden at the University of Michigan on November 1.

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