Accomplishments - November, 2017

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Walter Metz, Cinema and Photography, recently presented “Racism, from Head to Home: Implicit Association and Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ ” at the 2017 Film and History Association Conference in Milwaukee, Wis.

Usha Lakshmanan, Psychology, was an invited keynote speaker recently at the conference on Assessing World Languages at the University of Macao. She presented “Language and Theory of Mind: Assessing Sequential Bilingual Children's Narratives for Mental State Term Use.” Lakshmanan’s doctoral student advisee, Yee Pin Tio, was co-author of this research presentation. 

Jyotsna Kapur, Cinema and Photography, recently spoke at Indiana University’s seminar series “Pathways out of Neoliberalism: Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary Latin American Documentary.” She presented “When Time Pauses: Patricio Guzman and Third Cinema’s Confrontation with Neoliberalism.”

 Michele Leigh, Cinema and Photography, recently gave a presentation “The Year that Shook the Arts: Literature and Cinema in the Russian Revolution,” at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. She discussed new historical discoveries regarding the fundamental role that cinematic form played in the transition to revolutionary aesthetics.

Karen Stallman, University Communications and Marketing, is among five people selected from Southern Illinois to serve as a Delta Regional Authority 2017-18 Delta Leadership Institute Fellow. The institute allows participants to further their skills in community leadership and policy development to promote regional collaboration and local economic growth across the authority’s eight-state region.

“The Pleasure of Ruins,” a film by Jennida Chase and Hassan Pitts, Cinema & Photography, will screen Nov. 10 at the Stranglescope Experimental Film, Audio and Performance Festival in Florianopolis, Brazil. The film is part of the “Time Is Love” traveling video art exhibition at the festival. 

Jacob Juntunen, Theater, a distinguished guest professor of American Drama at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, will present “Making the Radical Palatable: The Political Effects of U.S. Mainstream Drama” on Nov. 9. Part of the university’s Distinguished Lecture Series, the lecture will demonstrate the political potential of mainstream theater in the U.S. at the end of the 20th century.

Leslie Duram, Geography and Environmental Resources, received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Geography at Kansas State University. Duram earned her master’s degree from Kansas State University in 1991.

A paper by Rolando Gonzalez-Torres, School of Architecture, “Decentralization as an Alternative: The Case of Rockford, Illinois” will be presented at the Eighth International Conference on the Constructed Environment, May 24-25, 2018, at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.

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