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Good News May 7, 2013

Buddy Levy's work was featured in the April 18 Seattle Times. The story discusses his forthcoming book on Geronimo, which he is co-authoring with Mike Leach. The title of the book is Leadership Strategies of Geronimo: Lessons From An American Warrior.

Buddy Levy's article "Boise Sesquicentennial: Celebrating Community, Environment, and Enterprise" appeared in the April 2013 issue of Alaska/Horizon Magazines.

Adam Sprague has accepted an offer into the Rhetoric and Writing doctoral program at Bowling Green State University.

Bucknell University Press has decided to publish Kirk McAuley's first book, the title of which is now Print Technology in Scotland and America, 1740–1800. It will appear in their Transits: Literature, Thought, and Culture, 1650–1850 series, which "seeks to provide transformative readings of the literary, cultural, and historical interconnections between Britain, Europe, the Far East, Oceania, and the Americas in the long eighteenth century, and as they extend down to the present time."

Andréa Davis, Vanessa Cozza and Andrea Aebersold recently had their proposal "Linking Rhetorics, Feminisms, and Global Communities: Interrogating Sites of Action," accepted for presentation at the 2013 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, to be held at Stanford from September 25 to 28, 2013. Their panel addresses strategies that privilege mutual involvement, respect, and interconnectedness, while acknowledging various power structures and relations among three disparate sites that operate simultaneously in the local and the global.

Andréa Davis was awarded one of the Buchanan Summer Research Fellowships for her project: "Analyzing Intercultural Relations Between Euro-American Settlers and Native American Populations in North America Through Archival Records." Andréa's abstract stated:

For this phase of my larger, on-going research project, I will examine the rhetorical relationships between ethnological field collector Edward H. Davis, the Sequoya League Indian reformers, and the Mission Indians of Southern California as they negotiated the Warner's Ranch Indian removal (1883-1904). Specifically, the project examines archival records of Davis and his interactions with Charles Fletcher Lummis, founder of the Indian reform group, the Sequoya League, and with the various bands of Mission Indians who resided on Warner's Ranch in California. The Buchanan Summer Research Fellowship will provide me access to the archival resources necessary to complete Phase 1 of my project, including records of correspondence between Davis and Lummis pertaining to the removal of the Mission Indians of Warner's Ranch; records and reports by the Warner's Ranch Indian Commission; and information, background, and publications of the Sequoya League in Southern California leading up to and during the removal.

Michael Delahoyde is the invited speaker for the Seattle Shakespeare-Oxford Society's last annual meeting in May, where he will speak on "Shakespeare and Perspective Art" at this community outreach event.

Matt Frye presented a short paper on pilgrims, science fiction, Martians, and space (too narrow a focus, he knows), titled "One of These Days, Foucault, Straight to the Moon" at the PNASA 2013 Conference in Seattle. In matters more closely related to his rhet/comp work, Matt has also been awarded the Harold and Jeanne Rounds Olsen Writing Across the Curriculum graduate fellowship to help compile the biennial WSU Writing Portfolio report. All of this time in the Writing Program office will also mean Matt will finish his preliminary study of the changes in student ethos and evidence use in reflective writing, which he will later present at this summer's CWPA Conference in Savannah, Georgia (where he will most likely acquire a glorious sunburn).

In response to historic peace negotiations between the PKK and the Turkish government, the International Press Institute, the Dogan Media Group (owners of Hurriyet newspaper and CNN Turk), Kadir Has University, Izmir Economic University, and Bogazici University invited Susan Dente Ross to be keynote speaker on peace journalism at a series of conferences for journalists and journalism educators in Turkey in April. Her address at Bogazici University was translated into Turkish and widely covered by the media, while her speech to the Dogan Media Group was streamed live on and excerpts will be incorporated into the group's ethical standards for journalists.

Linda Russo is now the first-ever Poet-in-Residence at Koppel Farm Community Garden for the 2013 season. She will be teaching a creative writing workshop there in July - Writing the Palouse River" — and she invites you all to join — see the Pullman Parks & Recreation Brochure for details. Her poem, "September 14, 2011," will appear in the forthcoming issue of About Place journal, a special issue on trees.

Donna Campbell's article "Fictionalizing Jack London: Charmian London and Rose Wilder Lane as Biographers" has just been published in volume 7.2 of Studies in American Naturalism.

Stanton Linden (Professor Emeritus) recently presented an introduction to a current research project at Writers and their Libraries: an International Conference, held at the University of London, 15-16 March, 2013, and sponsored by the Institute of English Studies. Entitled "Henry Power (c. 1626-1668) and MS Sloane 1346: the Life and Library of a Northcountry Doctor," the paper detailed Linden's finding of Power's autograph copy of his personal library catalogue in the British Library, with attention to the range and significance of this library's contents. Little known today, Power was a Cambridge-educated physician who practiced in Yorkshire and whose scientific investigations led to his election as Fellow of the Royal Society (1663) and his book, Experimental Philosophy (1664).

Linden also published a Festschrift chapter, "Alchemical Satire in George Ripley's Compound of Alchemy: The Chaucerian Legacy," in A Confluence of Words: Studies in Honor of Robert Lima, ed. W. H. Finke and B. J. Luby (Newark, DE 2012): 227-62.

Dene Grigar (WSUV CMDC) and Alexander Dimitrov (WSUV Mathematics) were awarded a Spring 2013 Meyer Project Grant to develop "iSci: Interactive Technologies for Science Immersion." iSci is an interdisciplinary project aimed at producing the medium and tools for an interactive immersive environment through which to teach scientific concepts. Grigar and Dimitrov will design learning modules that incorporate commercially available interactive technologies involving physical computing, augmented reality and haptic systems (e.g. Kinect, WiiMote, the Falcon Controller, iPad) with which to immerse students in environments that are otherwise inaccessible to human senses. We plan to assemble an affordable system that can be deployed to schools throughout the US educational system.

Grigar's exhibit at the Library of Congress, "Electronic Literature and Its Emerging Forms," was received an excellent review in the Huffington Post on April 25


Visiting Writer Series/Creative Writing Events

April 24, 2013

Literary and Arts Journal

Realease Party
April 24, 7pm
Library Atrium

Open mic and art gallery
Dress to impress
Free copies of the new journal and CD

Serving LandEscapes inspired Ferdinand's ice cream

Colloquium Series
April 12 (Friday):

Love Reports to Spring Training

Reading by Linda Kittell

Poetry Book Launch
Noon, Bundy Reading Room Avery

Watch Linda's Reading
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