From Migration and Literature to Religious Themes in Rock Music: Faculty and Students Present Their Research

Oct. 4, 2012 – Faculty and students at Allegheny College have recently authored works or participated in professional activities in a broad range of subject matter.

Senior Sara Schombert presented a poster with Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Kate Darby titled “FARM: Food and agriculture resources for Meadville” at the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium’s “Leveraging Strengths” conference on September 14. The poster describes efforts to begin to develop food- and agriculture-related collaborations with campus and broader community participation.

Associate Professor of Theatre Mark Cosdon presented “Little Nemo in Slumberland: An Unrecognized Attack on Klaw and Erlanger” at the Fourth International Conference on American Theatre and Drama held in Seville, Spain this past May. Cosdon also participated in a staged reading of Cheryl Black’s “Performing Bohemia.” As president of the American Theatre and Drama Society, Cosdon presided over a number of sessions for the scholarly organization when it convened in Washington, D.C. this past August at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). At ATHE, Cosdon chaired “Spotlight on New Works,” a discussion of new books in the profession featuring authors from the American Theatre and Drama Society, the Black Theatre Association and the Latino/Latina Focus Group.

Associate Professor of Classical Studies Judson Herrman was invited to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to give a public lecture on September 21 titled “Demosthenes’ Philippics: a fourth-century book?” He also ran a seminar for an advanced course in Greek language on the topic of deliberative oratory.

Associate Professor of Political Science Shannan L. Mattiace presented a paper, “Immigrant Regularization and Integration in the U.S. and Spain: a comparative approach,” at the International Political Science Meetings in Madrid, Spain, July 8-12. Her co-author on the paper was Miryam Hazan. Mattiace’s review essay, “Indigenous Politics, the State, and Civil Society in the Andes” was published in Latin American Politics and Society in the fall 2012 issue.

Professor of Religious Studies Carl Olson’s latest book, “An Introduction to Religion and Religious Themes in Rock Music,” has been published by the Edwin Mellen Press. The book has its origin in Olson’s seminar on rock music.

A paper by Professor of Environmental Science Eric Pallant, Sustainability Coordinator Kelly Boulton, and Executive Vice President and Treasurer Dave McInally called “Greening the Campus: The Economic Advantages of Research and Dialogue” has been published in the book “Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons,” edited by Walter Leal Filho and published by Peter Lang Scientific Publishers. In addition, Pallant and Boulton presented the paper at the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2012), a parallel event to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20, which took place in Rio de Janeiro in June.

Associate Professor of French Laura Reeck attended a three-day international workshop in Vienna on the topic of migration and literature. The collaborating participants will publish a handbook comparing different national contexts. Reeck contributes the chapter on France.

In July, Associate Professor of Mathematics Rachel Weir gave an invited talk, “Commutators of Composition Operators with Adjoints of Composition Operators on Weighted Bergman Spaces,” at the International Workshop on Operator Theory and Applications in Sydney, Australia. She presented recent results obtained in collaboration with Barbara MacCluer (University of Virginia) and Sivaram Narayan (Central Michigan University).