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Vol 56 No. 10 | Sept. 2004
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Robert Brophy, English, read papers: “Jeffers’ West as Metaphor for the 21st Century” at the Western American Literature conference, Nov. 1, in Houston; “Jeffers and The Scientific American” at the Robinson Jeffers Association conference, February 15, in Carmel; “Jeffers, Frost, and Astronomy,” contributing also as a discussant in a “Jeffers-Everson Roundtable” at the American Literature Association conference, May 28, San Francisco; and “Jeffers, Inhumanism, and a War-Driven World” at the National Poetry Foundation conference, June 23, Orono, Maine.

Brent C. Dickerson
, Mathematics, is the breeder of the new Amaryllis belladonna variety “Freya',” which was added in July to the British National Collection of Crocosmia with Chasmanthe, Tulbaghia and Amaryllis in Plymouth, England, by request of the holder of the collection. This variety is notable in being more compact and erect than other Belladonnas (common name, "Naked Lady"). Another of Dickerson's creations, the new Bourbon Rose “Charles XII,” is being added to the British National Collection of Bourbon Roses in Essex, England.

Morteza Ebneshahrashoob, Mathematics, presented a paper titled "Double Window Acceptance Sampling" at the 2004 Joint Statistical Meetings held Aug. 8-12 in Toronto. Co-authors of this paper are CSULB's Tangan Gao and UC Santa Barbara's Milton Sobel. This paper is published in Naval Research Logistics, Vol. 51.

Martin Fiebert, Psychology, published a paper, "Dating and commitment choices as a function of ethnicity among American college students in California," in Psychological Reports,Vol. 94. Co-authors included: Dusty Nugent, a former CSULB undergraduate, and colleagues Scott Hershberger and Margo Kasdan.

Steve Fleck, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures, presented an invited 90-minute lecture titled "Molière et la musique: une évolution inouïe" at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d'Ulm, in Paris on June 9. He is working on expanding this material into a book on the evolution of Molière's late dramaturgy.

Clifton Snider, English, had two poems, "Ode to the Banana Slug" and "Seppuku," published in Riprap No. 26, and he participated in the publication reading for Riprap at CSULB on May 19. He also had a poem, "Scrapbook," published in Pearl No. 33, and participated in Pearl's publication reading on May 16. On May 27, he was interviewed and read poems on the radio program, "All That Jazz", on KUNM, Albuquerque, N.M., and he gave a poetry and fiction reading and book signing at Crane's Bill Books, Albuquerque, on May 29. During the months of June, July, and August, he had a residence grant at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico in Taos, where he worked on historical novel and new poems.

Book Review

Book review

Federalizing the Muse
United States Arts Policy & The National Endowment for the Arts 1965-1980

by History's Donna Binkiewicz

   In Federalizing the Muse , Donna Binkiewicz assesses the leadership and goals of Presidents Kenney through Carter, as well as Congress and the National Council of the Arts, drawing a picture of the major players who created national arts policy. Using presidential papers, NEA and National Archives materials, and numerous interviews with policy makers, Binkiewicz refutes persisting beliefs in arts funding as part of a liberal agenda by arguing that the NEA's origins in the Cold War era colored arts policy with a distinctly moderate undertone.
     Binkiewicz's study of visual arts grants reveals that NEA officials promoted a modernist, abstract aesthetic specifically because they believed such a style would best showcase American achievement and freedom. This initially led them to neglect many contemporary art forms they feared could be perceived as politically problematic, such as pop, feminist, and ethnic arts. The agency was not able to balance its funding across a variety of art forms before facing serious budget cutbacks, Binkiewicz's analysis brings important historical perspective to the perennial debates about American arts policy and sheds light on provocative political and cultural issues in postwar America.

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