Faculty Notes for October 2017


Belle Boggs was interviewed about her book The Art of Waiting on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch.

She participated in a panel about nonfiction writing with Annette Gordon-Reed and Patrick O’Donnell at the James River Writers’ Conference, October 14–15.

On November 9, Boggs will give a reading at Sweet Briar College.

A new edition of Natalia Ginzburg’s The Little Virtues includes an introduction by Boggs.


Helen Burgess is lead editor for the Electronic Literature Organization’s book series with Bloomsbury Academic.


Susan Emshwiller’s short story “Summer of Hope” has been published in Black Heart Magazine.


Paul Fyfe presented a paper on “Old New Media: Teaching the Digital Past” at the Victorians Institute conference at Furman University. There, he started his term as president of the Victorians Institute and launched the organization’s new website (http://victoriansinstitute.org/).


Marsha Gordon published Blade Runner’s Chillingly Prescient Vision of the Future” in The Conversation on October 5. The article was reprinted on Salon.com, alternet, SciFiGeneration, Flipboard, and in numerous newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle.

In September, she published a review of Alain Bregala’s The Cinema Hypothesis: Teaching Cinema in the Classroom and Beyond online in Critical Inquiry. It will appear in print next year.

On October 21, Gordon volunteered as the emcee at Home Movie Day Raleigh, which was held at the State Archives.

Her monthly “Movies on the Radio” show for WUNC’s The State of Things was about witches, wizards, and warlocks. It aired on October 25.


Dorianne Laux will headline Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance, sponsored by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. The event will take place November 3 on Long Island.

On October 1, her poem “If It’s The Last Thing I Do” was featured on Rattle magazine’s Poets Respond.


Devin Orgeron has been named director of the Northeast Historic Film (NHF) Summer Symposium and has announced the 2018 Call for Papers: Thinking Locally/The Politics of Regional Media.

His article “Learning to Drive: Midcentury Guidance Films and The Middle of the Road Politics of the American Road Movie” is forthcoming in the anthology The Global Road Movie: Alternative Journeys Around the World (Intellect Ltd, 2017).

On October 12, Orgeron gave a talk based on that article for the English Department Speakers Series.

His online essay with embedded video — “Edgar Ulmer, The NTA, and the Power of Sermonic Medicine” — can be found on Medical Movies on the Web, which is sponsored and contracted by the NIH National Library of Medicine.

Orgeron organized Friends of Helen Hill, a tribute to the slain New Orleans filmmaker that will feature archival prints of her work, New Orleans-themed work from an array of collections and repositories in the city, and original work by local filmmakers. The event will take place during the Association of Moving Image Archivists meeting in New Orleans on December 2 and will and feature live music and food produced by Orgeron’s local cousins. A traditional second line jazz funeral will parade from the hotel to the event, commemorating Hill as well as archivist/provocateur Stephen Parr, with whom Orgeron organized the event, who died this month.  


Tim Stinson received a Non-laboratory Scholarship/Research Support Program (NSRP) award for his proposal “Bringing the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC) to NC State.” 


John N. Wall published “‘Out of this silence yet I picked a welcome’: The Audience in A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Renaissance Papers 2016

He delivered a paper entitled “The Contested Pliability of Sacred Space in St Paul’s Cathedral and Paul’s Churchyard in Early Modern London” at the 74th annual meeting of the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, held at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, October 13–14. 


Doug Walls coedited the book Social Writing/Social Media: Publics, Presentations, and Pedagogies, to which he contributed a chapter on “Visualizing Boutique Data in Egocentric Networks.”

His article “The Professional Work of ‘Unprofessional’ Tweets: Microblogging Career Situations in African American Hush Harbors” was published online in June in the Journal of Business and Technical Communication and is now out in print.


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