In April 2015, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer gave a talk titled “Breath, Skin, Fog: Disability and Environmental Justice” at Middlebury College, and led a workshop on social justice and cross-movement activism while there. She was also invited to share a work-in-progress with the Disability Studies Seminar at the University of Kansas, where she workshopped her essay “Un/Safe Disclosures: Scenes of Disability and Trauma” with an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students. Also during the month she gave a reading from her book “Feminist Queer Crip” at Western Kentucky University as part of the Social Justice and Coalition-Building series.
On Nov. 14, President Edward Burger will speak and participate in a panel discussion at a Texas STEM summit, “Harnessing Human Energy for STEM Success,” sponsored by Chevron. Only President Burger and two other academics - from Rice University and the Rochester Institute of Technology - were chosen to speak to this important topic.
In May, Thomas Howe, professor of art history and coordinator general of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation in Italy, delivered a book-length manuscript of the publication of one of the most important ancient Roman gardens ever found - the Villa Arianna of Stabiae.
Howe assumed personal direction of the excavation from 2007 to 2010 and study afterward, and worked with more than a dozen authors and specialists to produce a model interdisciplinary study of the first garden to provide archaeological proof of the kind of “fictive thicket” garden, long known through the famous garden fresco of the Villa of the Empress Livia at Prima Porta outside Rome (pictured). The volume will be published as a monograph in the Quaderni of the Rivista di Studi Pompeiani, both in Italian and English.
Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies, had an article titled “Dog Eat Dog World” published in the July issue of Crufts magazine.