Faculty Achievements: School of Arts, Humanities, and Renaissance Studies – 2012

September 19, 2012

Here is the first edition of 2012–13 scholarly accomplishments from the School of Arts, Humanities, and Renaissance Studies.

Ralph Cohen, professor of English in the MLitt/MFA Program in Shakespeare and Performance
A featured lecture, “Blackfriars: ‘The Most Convenient Place,'” the Folger Shakespeare Library, part of the “London: Open City, 1500-1700” exhibition.A keynote address, “Re-making Shakespeare at the American Shakespeare Center,” at the “Re-making Shakespeare” conference, jointly sponsored by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the University of Newcastle, July 14.

The Globe lecture on Henry V, part of their “Setting the Scene” series, London, August 2.

Mary Hill Cole, professor of history
Served as the director of Mary Baldwin’s Virginia Program at Oxford, spending the summer with 33 students at St. Anne’s College, Oxford.An external examiner of a doctoral dissertation on Elizabethan progresses at the University of Chichester, England.

An article, “Maternal Memory: Elizabeth Tudor’s Anne Boleyn” in the book
Elizabeth I and the ‘Sovereign Arts’: Essays in Literature, History, and Culture.

Matt Davies, assistant professor in the MLitt/MFA program in Shakespeare and Performance
Performed the part of Richard, Duke of York, in the American premiere of Rose Rage, Edward Hall’s celebrated conflation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays for Hidden Room Theater Company in Austin, TX. The show’s live skype broadcast, the first international venture of its kind, was hosted by the Huffington Post.Successfully defended his dissertation, “The Second Earl of Essex and the History Players: the Factional Writing of John Hayward, William Shakespeare, Samuel Daniel, and George Chapman” in August, earning his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.
Sara Nair James, professor of art history
Participated in the week-long seminar in June, Making and Meaning in Art of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Europe, sponsored by the Samuel Kress Foundation at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College and the Cleveland Museum of Art. She was one of 20 participants chosen out of approximately 80 who applied. Each participant was awarded a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges.
Sarah Kennedy, professor of English
Three poems published in the summer issue of The Southern Review.
Anne McGovern, associate professor of French

Lydia Petersson, director of sponsored programs and undergraduate research and adjunct assistant professor of English

Molly Petty, director of the writing center and assistant professor of English
A presentation, “URSC and WAC: A Mutual Future?” at the International Writing across the Curriculum conference in Savannah, Georgia, in June. Their project investigated intersections between writing across the curriculum and undergraduate research as curricular movements. Undergraduate student Chloe Lemons and MLitt student Francis Whitesell also contributed research.

Paul Menzer, director of the MLitt/MFA program in Shakespeare and Performance and associate professor of English
The keynote address, the British Graduate Shakespeare Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon, June 15.An invited lecture, the Folger Shakespeare Library’s NEH-institute on teaching Shakespeare, July 7.

An invited pre-show lecture, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore, MD, July 13.

An invited pre-show lecture, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR, August 1.

An invited participant in a seminar, the International Shakespeare Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon, August 7.

An invited research presentation, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, August 23.

The keynote address, the Practical Knowledge and Skill in Early Modern England conference, the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, August 29.

The keynote address, the Re-performance Symposium, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, September 14.

Roderic Owen, professor of philosophy
Program Chair, the Science, Society, and Sustainability International Conference, Lady Doak College, India in January.The keynote address, “Moral, Religious, and Cultural Conflicts,” a one-day seminar on religions and world peace, St. Anthony’s Franciscan Seminary, Tamil Nadu, India.

Led a half-day student workshop focused on Conflict Styles and Principled Negotiation for students enrolled in the Peace and Gandhian Studies Department, the Gandhigram University.

A presentation, “Conflict, Power and Democracy,” Alphonza College, Pala, Kerala, “Democracy and Civil Society in India” conference in February.

The inaugural address, “Water as a Global Gift,” at a one-day faculty awareness program on bio-safety and bioethics in February. His paper focused on the ideal of stewardship and key ethical issues revolving around water pollution, consumption, and distribution.

A presentation, “Gandhi’s Concept of a Just and Non-violent Society,” as featured speaker at Vellalar College, Erode, Tamil Nadu, February 22.

A workshop on conflict resolution and reconciliation to members of a network of peace scholars and activists in February, Madurai. Subsequently, he was invited to submit a paper for publication to the journal Ahimsa: Non-violence.

Lead a faculty retreat, “Perspectives and Resources on Ethics and Conflict Resolution,” the Center for Religion and Interfaith Relations in March.

Represented a higher education group at the international Red Cross with a faculty workshop on exploring humanitarian law (and ethics), Washington D.C. in June.

Brenci Patino, assistant professor of Spanish
Invited to be part of a two-person plenary panel for the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network’s 2012 Encuentro, October 11–12. The title of her presentation is “(Re)viewing Representations of Latinas in Film.”
Rick Plant, professor of English
Attended the national meeting of the College English Association in Richmond, March 29–31.Taught a creative writing workshop at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, April 22.
Paul Ryan, professor of art
Solo exhibition
of new work, “On the Hop: Paintings by Paul Ryan,” at the Marion Gallery of the Rockefeller Arts Center of SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY, August 31 through September 26.A visiting artist lecture about his work as a painter at SUNY Fredonia, September 27.

Part of a new series of drawings was included in a group exhibition, “Summer Solstice,” at Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, June 21 through August 17.

Janna Segal, assistant professor of theatre
Attended the Association of Theatre in Higher Education conference in Washington D.C., where she served as a dramaturg for the conference’s New Play Development Workshop in August.
Katherine Turner, associate professor of English
Contributed the chapter entry on “Travel Narrative” to the forthcoming Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia
of British Literature 1660–1789