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Laurels: November 2011

Published: November 14, 2011

Lesley Farmer, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, was awarded a Fulbright to go to Honduras in September to present a plenary session on academic libraries and a half-day workshop on databases for the Honduras Librarians conference as well as to help Honduran librarians finalize a master’s degree in library science, the first degree program in library science for the country. She had her latest book, Instructional Design for Librarians and Information Professionals, published by Neal-Schuman.” She also helped finalize a proposal of the National Pedagogical University to develop a master’s degree in library science. This program would be the first one of its kind in the country.

Boak Ferris, English/Comparative World Literature and Classics, authored and published a textbook, Write Well, Write Fast: 20 Techniques of Professional Writing suitable for university and graduate students, pre-professionals and entry-level white-collar workers.

Kendall Johnson, Emergency Services Administration, and Joanne Tortorici Luna, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling/Emergency Services Administration, saw their juried article, “Working Toward Resilience: A Retrospective Report of Actions Taken in Support of a New York School Crisis Team Following 9/11,” published in the 10th anniversary 9/11 commemorative issue of the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health (13, 2, 81-90).

John Jung, Psychology, presented talks at the University of Memphis on his book Southern Fried Rice to the Honors Program, on the “History of Chinese in the South During the Jim Crow Era” to a general audience and spoke to the fifth grade of the Campus School on “What Your History Books Left Out About the History of Chinese in America” on Sept. 12 sponsored by their Confucius Institute. He gave a talk, “On Being Chinese Where Everyone Else is Either Black or White,” to the Sociology/Anthropology Department at the University of Mississippi in Oxford on Sept. 15; gave an interview on Mississippi Public Radio about Delta Chinese grocers; and held a conversation hour, “Beyond Black and White: The Chinese American Experience,” at Delta State University, Cleveland, Ms., on Sept. 20. He spoke on “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Retirement” at the Signal Hill Community Center, Sept. 26, and at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 29, sponsored by the APA Historical Society, U.S. China People’s Friendship Association, and National Association of Chinese Americans. He gave an interview on Atlanta NPR on Sept. 29 on the long-term harm of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and the significance of an official apology from the U.S. government; spoke on a Creative Nonfiction panel and at a book signing for Southern Fried Rice at the Crossroads Writers Conference and Literary Festival held in Macon, Ga., on Oct. 1-2; and presented “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Retirement: How A Psychologist Morphed into A Historian of Chinese America” to the Alumni Association and Association of Emeriti at CSULB on Oct. 21.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, presented his paper “Reaffirmation and Renewal in Black Studies: Framework for an Ongoing Initiative” at the State of African American and Diaspora Studies: Methodology, Pedagogy and Research Conference held at the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture in honor of the 85th Anniversary of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora and in the Americas of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and the Program of Black Studies of the College of the City University of New York, Harlem, Jan. 6. He also gave a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day lecture, “King and the Psychology of Freedom: Self-Respect, Resistance and Resilience” to the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization held in Long Beach on Jan. 13. Moreover, he lectured on “Towards a Culturally Grounded African American HIV/AIDS Strategy: Obstacles, Essentials and Possibilities” at the NIMH-sponsored UCLA Conference on Health, Hope and Healing (H3): A National Conference on HIV among Black MSM and MSMW, Los Angeles, Jan. 31; and he presented a lecture-discussion on “The Black HIV/AIDS Crisis: Towards an Ethics of Care and Active Commitment” before the Augustana Lutheran Church and Lutheran Campus Ministry in Chicago on Feb. 8.

Julie Van Camp, Philosophy, published “Yes, But Is It Vandalism? Graffiti, Conceptual Criminals, Artists and Free Speech” in Aesthetic Pathways, 1:2, 108-117, June. She also presented a commentary on David Hume’s “Of the Standard of Taste” at the Mountain Plains Philosophy Conference held Oct. 7 in Denver.