Robert Caisley Plays Open in Montana & United Kingdom
Congratulations to Professor Robert Caisley who has two openings in October beyond U of I’s production of “The Open Hand” (opening Oct. 12 in Moscow, Idaho). His new play, “Kettlehouse” opens in Montana and “Happy” in the United Kingdom.
Graham Hubbs Receives National Award for TDI
The Toolbox Dialogue Initiative (TDI) – an NSF-sponsored initiative started at the University of Idaho - was named the recipient of the American Philosophical Association’s 2018 Prize for Excellence and Innovation. The TDI improves cross-disciplinary research projects by hosting workshops to prompt dialogue among collaborators about the philosophical dimensions of their work together. Congratulations to Associate Professor of Philosophy Graham Hubbs, who has been part of the TDI team since 2012 and continues as a member of the project’s senior personnel.
Ladino Publishes New Book on Environmental Humanities
Jennifer Ladino, an associate professor in the Department of English, has published a collection of essays, “Affective Ecocriticism: Emotion, Embodiment, Environment,” with the University of Nebraska Press. The book compiles fourteen original essays that take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of affect and emotion in regard to a variety of primary texts, including short story collections, films, poetry, curricular programs, and contentious sites such as Canada’s Tar Sands. Preorder Books.
Whitefish Theatre Company Presents Caisley Play
The Whitefish Theatre Company (Montana) kicked off its 40th season with the premiere of Robert Caisley’s unpublished play “Kettlehouse.” Caisley is a professor of theatre and head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho. “Kettlehouse” is a comedy of errors about lasting love, broken homes, nosebleeds and the art of Feng Shui.
Casey Johnson's Edited Volume Receives Rave Review
Casey Johnson, an assistant professor of philosophy in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, received a rave review from University of Notre Dame's Philosophical Review of her 2018 edited volume titled "Voicing Dissent: The Ethics and Epistemology of Making Disagreement Public.” The volume collects original essays from a number of prominent scholars to address how public disagreement affects what we know. Read the review.
University of Idaho professor documents hate with new film, Gotts Point
In early 2016, Steven Nelson was lured to Gotts Point in southern Idaho, brutally beaten, stripped naked and robbed. The University of Idaho alumnus, in his 40s, died hours later of a heart attack after walking barefoot to get help. Before he died, Nelson offered details about his attackers to police, and the men were later sentenced to decades in prison for his murder, according to news reports. The attack against Nelson, an openly gay man, appeared to be homophobic, part of a setup by a group posting sexual ads online. Now, Denise Bennett, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Idaho, is creating a documentary about Nelson called Gotts Point. Read more.
Cultures mix in MTA’s Cherry River event
The Lionel Hampton School of Music’s Ruby Fulton composed and directed a special arrangement of choirs and musical groups as part of the Mountain Time Arts’ Cherry River public art project in Bozeman, Montana. As part of the event, three musical group traveled down three rivers in drift boats, performing music of European lineage, toward the confluence of the Missouri. Read more about the event and see pictures.
Retired English Professor Wins INDIES Book of the Year Award
Joy Passanante, professor emerita in the Department of English, had her most recent book, Through a Long Absence: Words from My Father’s Wars (Mad Creek Books, an imprint of Ohio State University Press), named the 2017 Silver Winner for Biography in the INDIES Book of the Year Awards. The awards recognize the best books published in 2017 from small, indie, and university presses, as well as self-published authors
Priscilla Wegars Featured on “Forgotten Neighbors: Idaho’s Chinese Immigrants”
Affiliate Assistant Professor and Curator of U of I's Asian American Comparative Collection Priscilla Wegars speaks to Idaho Public Television about Idaho's Chinese immigrants on a special Idaho Experience. Watch the program here.
Torrey Lawrence Named U of I Vice Provost for Faculty
Congratulations to Torrey Lawrence, who was just named the University of Idaho's new vice provost for faculty effective August 6. Torrey currently serves as a professor of music and associate dean in #UIdahoCLASS. He has been with the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music since 1998. As vice provost for faculty, Torrey will work closely with faculty members, the Faculty Senate and college deans to move U of I toward our strategic plan goals. He will partner with university leadership to recruit, develop and retain high quality faculty who aspire to excellence in research, teaching and service. Torrey will also assist in the assessment of our current faculty strengths and work to further cultivate an inclusive and diverse university community.
“A Country Called Home” Audio Recording
Kim Barnes, a university distinguished professor of English, is the author of three novels and two memoirs, including “A Country Called Home.” Chris Maccini of Spokane Public Radio reads Barnes’ book for all to enjoy. Hear the first part here.
Rodney Frey Receives Evans Handcart Award
Rodney Frey, professor emeritus in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, received the Evans Handcart Award for his book, "Carry Forth the Stories: An Ethnographer's Journey into Native Oral Tradition." The award, given by Utah State University's Mountain West Center for Regional Studies, recognizes the best of research and writing in biographies, autobiographies and memories that focus on the stories of people who have shaped the character of the Interior West. Frey will be presented with the award during the annual Arrington Lecture Conference in September at Utah State University.
Bill Smith Talks U.S.-North Korea Negotiations
Bill Smith, director of the Martin Institute and Program in International Studies, talks to the Spokesman Review about the United States’ negotiations with North Korea. Read the article.
Sean Quinlan named CLASS Interim Dean
Sean Quinlan, a University of Idaho history professor, will serve as interim dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). Quinlan officially began as interim dean May 29. Quinlan began as a professor at the University of Idaho in 2001 and became chair of the History Department in 2012. His research areas include 18th century studies, gender and sexuality in the west and European culture and history, among others
Overton Discusses Strong Economies with WalletHub
Michael Overton, assistant professor of political science, was featured by WalletHub discussing what makes a strong state economy...and the state of Idaho ranked #7 on the list! Read the interview here.
McGriff to Headline First Draft
A writer referred to as “one of two or three best poets in America today” by notable northwest author Joe Wilkins will headline this month’s First Draft Writers’ Series. Michael McGriff, who grew up in Coos Bay, became a Stegnor Fellow and now teaches in the University of Idaho creative writing program and in the American International School in Vienna. He is the co-author of the story collection “Our Secret Life in the Movies,” which was selected as one of National Public Radio’s Best Books of 2014. Read more.
Best wishes to two Lionel Hampton School of Music employees who are retiring this summer. Gene Cline has served as the LHSOM coach accompanist and is retiring after 10 years with U of I. LHSOM Piano Technician Dave Severance is retiring after two years at U of I. Congratulations to both of them!
2018-2019 Kurt Olsson Early Career Research Fellowships Awarded
The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences is proud to announce that Shawn Copeland from the Lionel Hampton School of Music and Clarissa Richardson from the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies were awarded the Kurt O. Olsson Early Career Research Fellowship. This program aims to help recently hired faculty develop scholarly/creative programs that promote research and creative activities in the humanities, arts, and social sciences that will attract outside funding, and/or that will result in publications, patents or exhibitions/performances. Copeland will use the funds for his new recording titled “The Collected Works for Clarinet of Carlos Velez” and Richardson will work on her project titled, “Influence of Social Support Usage During Daily Stress on Psychological and Physiological Functioning of Older Adults.”