Associate Professor and Director of Individualized Studies Clara Paulino will curate the conference "Complexity: Interdisciplinary Conversations" in October in Portugal at the University of Porto.
Fine Arts Chair Tom Stanley will travel to Portugal's University of Porto this fall for the conference "Complexity: Interdisciplinary Conversations." Stanley will follow an agenda from Porto Vice President for International Relations and Cultural Affairs Fatima Marinho, which will include meeting faculty and touring the university and facilities.
Professor of Fine Arts Jim Connell was the first artist outside North Carolina invited to show in the annual Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational. This year's invitational was Sept. 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Randolph location.
The Temerlin Advertising Institute (TAI) at Southern Methodist University has awarded Winthrop University Professor of Mass Communication Padmini Patwardhan its 2015 Visiting Research Fellowship.
Patwardhan will spend the fall 2015 semester in Dallas, Texas, conducting research for her project on leadership in the advertising industry. The title of her project is “Our Fearless Leaders: How Agency Leaders in America Define Their Role in the 21st Century Ad Agency.”
Professor of Fine Arts Karen Stock presented her paper "Richard Dadd's Passions and the Treatment of Insanity" at the Arts and Feeling in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Conference held at Birkbeck University of London.
The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded three Winthrop University faculty members grants for scholarly projects:
* $50,400 to Professor of English Gregg Hecimovich and recognition as a NEH Public Scholar for his work on “The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of The Bondwoman’s Narrative.” Crafts is considered America’s first black female novelist, and the book will tell the story of her life and the search for her identity.
* $93,129 to Laura Gardner, associate professor of fine arts, and Laura Dufresne, professor of fine arts, for a 2016 summer seminar for college and university teachers that will be held in Asheville, North Carolina.
The seminar, "Take Note and Remember: The Commonplace Book and Scrapbook," involves a transdisciplinary investigation of how humans managed information overload and made sense of the world before the current digital age. Gardner and Dufresne will work with seminar participants to explore how commonplace books—records of lives, ideas, notes and bits recorded over time—and their descendant, the scrapbook, “act as holders of meaning, memory, identity and place.” Famous figures such as Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain and Leonard da Vinci created commonplace books in their lifetimes.
Professor Stephen Smith is part of a Carolinas faculty team recently awarded a combined $482,478 National Science Foundation grant to study citizen attitudes concerning school segregation and integration.
Smith, a nationally-known political science scholar of school desegregation policy, will work on the grant with sociology scholars from N.C. State University and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. The grant is titled: "School Segregation and Resegregation: Using Case Studies and Public Polls to Understand Citizen Attitudes."
The grant will explore why some school districts are able to sustain school desegregation while others are not. The research team - led by Sociology Professor Toby Parcel of N.C. State - observed that social scientists have studied the effects of school racial composition on student achievement, but rarely include studying how variations in public opinion influence school segregation, desegregation and resegregation.
Professor of Fine Arts Laura Dufresne will present an introduction to medieval life at the Daniel Stowe Botanic Garden's Medieval Camp on July 20. She will dress as Christine de Pizan, an artist and the subject of Dufresne's research.
Assistant Professor of English Dustin M. Hoffman has won the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction for his manuscript, One-Hundred Knuckled Fist. He was chosen from more than 1,200 submissions from around the world.
Winthrop University Library Dean Mark Herring has been named to a group formed to provide guidelines for an open-access initiative with Reveal Digital.
The six-member will provide strategic guidance to ensure Reveal Digital’s activities and strategic decisions remain tightly aligned to the goals and needs of academic and research libraries and their communities. Herring and others will serve two-year terms beginning this summer.
The business partners with libraries to bring rare-and untapped-content into the digital world. Its platform and framework allows libraries to collaborate to create and fund unique digital collections using a strict cost-recovery pricing model. Upon reaching a project’s cost-recovery threshold, access to the resulting digital collection is open to all under a creative commons license. Reveal Digital’s first project, Independent Voices, has received the support of more than 70 libraries and is nearing $1 million raised.