Faculty Notes for December 2017


Chris Anson helped to run a qualitative research institute in Frankfurt Oder, Germany, from December 6–8. The institute was part of a grant program funded by the EU. 


Brian Blackley was part of a team of commentary editors for The Satyres, volume 3 of The Varorium Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, which has been designated co-winner of the Twelfth Modern Language Association Prize for a Scholarly Edition. The award will be presented at the MLA convention awards ceremony, which will be held at the New York Hilton Midtown on January 6. 


Susan Emshwiller’s short story “After Christmas Turkey” is included in the ebook Holiday Hell, produced by Black Heart Magazine.


Marsha Gordon presented two Movies on the Radio shows in December: animated films on December 6 and the year-end wrap-up on December 27.

She gave a talk on “Exploring Student Films at USC” at the Association for Moving Image Archivists conference this month in New Orleans.


John Kessel’s novel The Moon and the Other was named one of the five best science fiction novels of the year by the Washington Post and one of the best works of science fiction and fantasy of 2017 by Barnes & Noble. The trade paperback of The Moon and the Other was released by Simon & Schuster on December 5. 


This month, John Morillo’s book The Rise of Animals and Descent of Man, 1660-1800: Toward Posthumanism in British Literature between Descartes and Darwin was published by University of Delaware Press/Rowman and Littlefield.

Morillo was a selected as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ nominee for the university’s Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor award.

Additionally, he was appointed to the CRDM faculty.


At the annual meeting of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), held November 29–December 2 in New Orleans, Devin Orgeron presented on the panel “DH: Video Annotation Tools: New Pedagogical Approaches to Film + Digital Humanities,” presented a workshop on “DIYCA: Recipes for Disaster: Helen Hill and Post-Katrina Media Advocacy,” chaired the publication committee meeting, and represented the publication committee at the new member mixer. He also organized and ran a multimedia screening program called “Friends of Helen Hill” at the Zeitgeist Interdisciplinary Arts Center as well as organized a Second Line Jazz funeral for recently deceased AMIA members.

Orgeron’s review of Cinephemera: Archives, Ephemeral Cinema, and

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