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Laurels: November 2009

Published: November 16, 2009

Boak Ferris, English and Comparative World Literature, saw his non-fiction essay “Charity for Beep the Cat” published on Oct. 20 by the National Gallery of Writing hosted by the National Council of Teachers of English.

Stan Finney, Geological Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright Lectureship at Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic, for the spring 2010 semester. Charles University, founded in 1348, is the oldest university in central Europe and Finney, who serves as chair of the International Commission on Stratigraphy, will teach courses on stratigraphy and Earth history. This is Finney’s second award from the Fulbright Scholar Program. In Spring 2002, he held the position of Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Natural Sciences at Salzburg University, Austria.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, published a book chapter, “A Função E Futuro Dos Estudos Africana: Reflexões Críticas Sobre Sua Missão, Seu Significado E Sua Metodologia,” in Elisa Larkin Nascimento (org.), Afrocentricidade: Uma Abordagem Epistemológica Innovadora (Sankofa 4, Matrizes Africana de Cultura Brasileira), São Paulo: Selo Negro, pp. 333-359. He also gave a Black History Month lecture “Bethune, Obama and Douglass in Dialog: Lessons in History and Struggle” at Northern Illinois University, Feb. 9, and at Virginia State University, Feb. 21. In addition, he was interviewed one-on-one at length on the radio programs “Front Page,” KJLH-FM Los Angeles, May 2, and the “Global Black Experience,” WLIB, 1190FM, New York, May 10.

Daniel Kolano, University Library, was a guest speaker at the Material Handling Logistic Conference held in Park City, Utah, on Sept.15. The conference was sponsored by HK Systems based in Salt Lake City. The presentation was in the Document Storage Track Series and the talk was on Automated Library System Support Needs.

Liz Philipose, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, published “Feminism, International Law and the Spectacular Violence of the ‘Other’: Decolonizing the Laws of War” in Theorizing Sexual Violence, eds. R Heberle and V Grace, Routledge 2009. She presented versions of the chapter to the Women’s Worlds Conference in Madrid and the California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race, UC Berkeley. Her chapter titled “Decolonizing the Racial Grammar of International Law” appears in Feminism and War: Confronting US Imperialism, eds. CT Mohanty et al., Zed Press, 2008. Her review of Jasbir Puar,“Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times, and Sherene Razack, Casting Out: The Eviction of Muslims from Western Law and Politics, is forthcoming from Signs, this fall.

Micheal Charles Pounds, Film and Electronic Arts, recently had an article published that examined an episode from the hit television series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” to determine how race functions and contributes to science fiction’s vision of the future. “Explorers in African Identities” (Journal of Economics, Culture and Society) on “The Black Imagination and Science Fiction.” Vol. 7, No. 2, May 2009, 209–238.