Faculty Notes for July/August


Belle Boggs is a finalist, along with Margot Lee Shetterly and Annette Gordon-Reed, for the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Nonfiction.

She taught at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley in California this summer.

She will present on two panels — A Woman’s Place: Ecotone Essayists Expand the Boundaries of Place-Based Writing and Writing Assignments for the Anthropocene — at the AWP conference in 2018.


In August, Helen Burgess participated in project review for the NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant program. 


In late July, Helen Burgess and Maggie Simon exhibited their comparative media installation project “Intimate Fields: A Kit for e-Literature” at the Electronic Literature Organization conference in Porto.


Paul Fyfe was invited to give the Michael Wolff lecture at the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals conference at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His talk, “Ways of Seeing Victorian Periodicals,” shared current research in collaboration with Qian Ge (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) about how computer vision technologies might be used to study illustrations in nineteenth-century newspapers.


Marsha Gordon and NCSU Librarian Jason Paul Evans Groth presented “Students Make Media: Contemporary Female Directors, A How-To Exhibition Workshop” at the Console-ing Passions conference, which took place at East Carolina University in July.

On August 3, Gordon introduced The Women (1939) and participated in a post-screening discussion with Laura Boyes at The Cary Theater. 

She gave a 30-minute talk and led a discussion of Dunkirk (2017) at Marbles Museum/IMAX in Raleigh on July 29.

In August, her monthly Movies on the Radio show on WUNC’s The State of Things was about vacation films; in September, she will discuss school films.

On September 7 at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Gordon will take the stage with paleontologists to talk about dinosaurs and the movies. She asks that you announce the event to your students: Science in the Movies: Dinosaurs and Paleontologists.


Hans Kellner has been appointed Parliamentarian of the NCSU Faculty Senate.


Jamie Strauss Larsen and Beryl Cox Pittman developed and led the second Technical Communication Certificate Program through NC State’s Global Training Initiative. Students from Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China, participated in the program, which ran July 17–28.


On July 3, Dorianne Laux’s poem “Fourth of July” was featured on PBS News Hour.

Laux’s poem “Lapse” has been included in this years’ Best American Poetry, edited by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway.  


On July 31, Bill Lawrence read from his first published novel, The Punk and the Professor, at Quail Ridge Books.

He will read at So & So Books on September 1 at 7 p.m. 


Jeff Mielke and Erik Thomas (with co-author Christopher Carignan) published “The Articulatory Dynamics of Pre-Velar and Pre-Nasal /æ/-Raising in English: An Ultrasound Study” in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, volume 142. 


On May 25, Jennifer Nolan presented “Langston Hughes: ‘Refugee in [the Post’s] America’” at the annual American Literature Association conference in Boston, MA.

Nolan served as the program director for the 14th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference, which took place June 25–July 1 in St. Paul, MN. 

Her essay “Gearing Up for War: Faulkner’s ‘Two Soldiers’ and the Saturday Evening Post” was published in Faulkner in Print Culture (University of Mississippi Press, 2017). 


Thomas Phillips’ book T.E.D. Klein and the Rupture of Civilization: A Study in Critical Horror has just been published by McFarland.


In August, Stacey Pigg published “Designing for Learning Experiences: The Case of Early-Career Knowledge Workers” (coauthored with Benjamin Lauren and Elizabeth Keller) in Proceedings of the 35th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication


Maggie Simon’s essay “Collective Reading and Communities of Practice: Teaching Allison Bechdel’s Fun Home” is included in the most recent issue of Transformations: A Journal of Inclusive Pedagogy

Her article “The Posy as Poetical Fugitive” appears in the debut issue of thresholds: a journal for criticism.

Her essay “Collaborative Writing and Lyric Interchange in Philip Sidney’s Old Arcadia” is forthcoming in the next issue of Early Modern Literary Studies

Last spring Simon presented “The Phenomenality of Digital Transcription” at the Renaissance Society of America’s annual meeting. This fall, Simon has been invited to present another version of this talk, entitled “Teaching, Touching, and Transcribing Digitized Manuscripts,” at UCLA’s colloquium on The Present and Future of Digital Manuscript Studies. 

At April’s meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, she presented “A Literary Studies Approach to Digital Modeling” as part of a seminar on Material Texts and Digital Interfaces. 

She also met with scholars to finalize transcriptions of a collection of early modern recipes as part of her continued work with the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective, now affiliated with the Folger. 

In May, she received funding to participate in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s symposium “The Embodied Senses.”


Erik Thomas’s article “Analysis of the Ex-Slave Recordings” was published in Listening to the Past: Audio Records of Accents of English (Cambridge University Press). 


Cat Warren has received a firm offer from Simon & Schuster Children’s Division to write a young readers adaptation (8 to 12 years old) of What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World, with a tentative publishing date of spring 2019.

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