People & Places: April 2018

Professor of English Ben Slote’s essay, “‘Packed to Its Rafters with Grief’: America’s Kentucky Romance and the Rememorializing of Beloved,” appears in the March 2018 issue of Journal of American Culture. In April he will also be delivering a lecture, “Beloved’s Aggression, Beloved’s Acclaim,” at the Imagining Slavery, Envisioning Freedoms Symposium at the University of Albany.

Assistant Professor of German Julia Ludewig was appointed to serve for a one-year term on the executive board of the journal Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, the leading journal for German-language pedagogy in the United States. Ludewig has also published two articles: “A Look over the Wall: Using the Graphic Novel drüben! to Teach Linguistic, Literary, Cultural, and Visual Skills” and her essay “TED Talks as Emergent Genre” (in Comparative Literature and Culture Web). Ludewig was also invited to teach a professional development workshop at Dartmouth College in March. The workshop was entitled “Drawing Students In: Comics and Graphic Novels in the Foreign Language Classroom.”
Julia Ludewig

Jim Bulman, the Henry B. and Patricia Bush Tippie Professor of English, has published two books recently. In July 2016, his edition of Shakespeare’s King Henry IV, Part Two was published by Bloomsbury Press for the Arden Shakespeare Series, the gold standard for scholarly Shakespeare editions. Bulman’s Henry IV includes, in addition to the text of the play and footnotes, a 150-page critical introduction and 80 pages of appendixes, with particular focus on the play’s performance history. In December 2017, Bulman’s anthology of performance criticism, The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Performance, was published by Oxford University Press. Focusing on such topics as intercultural Shakespeare and the influence of technology on performance, the volume features essays by 36 scholars from around the world — North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Both books are richly illustrated with photographs of productions.


Aimee Reash, James Fadden, Jason Ramsey, Marissa Kawinski, Phil Reinhart, and Doug Tomer of Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) attended the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) IT conference at DePauw University March 7–9. Phil Reinhart and Aimee Reash were invited to present concurrent sessions. Reinhart presented “Long Distance Networking with Point-to-Point Wireless,” sharing his experience using radio-based networking appliances to provide connectivity when physical connections are not possible. Reash shared her experience as part of a presentation on library renovations co-presented by individuals from DePauw University and Kenyon College.

Professor of Political Science Shannan Mattiace traveled to Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA) partner schools American College of Greece (Athens) and John Cabot University (Rome) in March with two Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) colleagues to present their work on Mexico City, which appears in the edited volume, Mapping the Megalopolis (Lexington Press, 2018).

Mike Crowley, part-time assistant professor of English and Journalism in the Public Interest and a news reporter for the Meadville Tribune, took second place for his education reporting in the Beat Reporting category for small daily newspapers in the annual Keystone Press Awards given by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. 2018 marks the second year in a row he has been recognized with the award after beginning work at the Tribune in 2016.

Crowley and former Sheridan ACA Scholar Lorri Drumm, along with their Meadville Tribune colleagues Dan Walk and Shannon Roae, received an honorable mention award from the Keystone Press Awards in the breaking news category for small daily newspapers. Crowley, Drumm, Walk and Roae were recognized for their coverage of the Riverside Inn fire.

Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Alexis Hart participated in a roundtable titled “Putting Policy into Practice: Teaching Writing across the Military-Civilian Divide” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) held March 14–17 in Kansas City, Missouri. While in Kansas City, Professor Hart and other members of the Writing with Current, Former, and Future Members of the Military Standing Group held a workshop for military, veteran, and first responder caregivers titled “The Power in Your Story,” which was funded by a CCCC Local Outreach Grant. Professor Hart also presented a talk titled “Disrupting Veteran Stereotypes Through Literary Fiction” at the 4th Veterans in Society Conference held March 26–28 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia.

Alexis Hart Presentation

Two Allegheny College English majors presented papers at the Second National Undergraduate Research Conference on Science, Technology, Medicine and Society at DePauw University on March 10. Madeline Hernstrom-Hill presented a paper titled “‘Her Body Had Now Become Precious to Her’: Alternate Medieval Relationships Between Love and the Female Body,” and Jessica Reed presented a paper titled “The Masculine Womb: the Power of Female Pleasure in Medieval Medical and Imaginative Literatures.”

Depauw Conference