Faculty Notes for May/June 2018


Ronisha Browdy’s article “More than just a plot of land: Intersecting Identities and Rhetorical Impact of Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden” was published in the Winter 2017/18 Issue of Women and Language. 



Stan Dicks has published an invited article, “Commentary on Technical Communication Special Issue on Project Management: Revisiting the Prescriptive/Descriptive Continuum in Action,” in the latest issue of Technical Communication.


On June 7, Marsha Gordon gave an invited lecture, “Sam Fuller and D-Day,” at the Saving Private Ryan Symposium, held at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Her documentary Rendered Small played at the New Haven Documentary Festival at Yale University on June 6.

The cult movies episode of her “Movies on the Radio” segment on WUNC’s The State of Things aired June 21.

Gordon wrote a blog post for NC State’s News Services — “Six Must-See 21st Century Documentaries About Life in North Carolina” — which was published on June 14.

She gave a talk on “Studying Film in College” at Sanderson High School on May 23.    


Dorianne Laux’s poem “Blossom” was featured on Poem-a-Day on May 17.


Carolyn Miller’s co-authored (with Amy J. Devitt, and Victoria J. Gallagher) article “Genre: Permanence and Change” was published in the Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Special 50th anniversary issue on Keywords for Rhetoric.

Her article “What Can Automation Tell Us About Agency?” (originally published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly in 2007) was reprinted in Fifty Years of Rhetoric Society Quarterly: Selected Readings, 1968–2018. 

At the Rhetoric Society of America conference in June, Miller participated in two roundtable discussions: “The RSA Fellows Remember: 50 Years in Retrospect, the Last 25 Years” and “Reinventing RSA’s Publications.” She also presented “What Can Rhetoric of Science Teach Us About Rhetorical Theory and Methods? Visual Rhetoric” and “Keyword for Rhetoric: Genre” (with Victoria Gallagher) at the conference, which was held in Minneapolis.


To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Jason Miller published “Langston Hughes and MLK: Together in Nigeria (Nov. 1960)” in South Atlantic Review

Our State Magazine produced a podcast about his restaging of MLK’s first “I Have a Dream” speech in the original gym. 

Miller also accepted an invitation to write an article picked up by the AP for The Conversation, produced an Op Ed piece for the N&O, was interviewed for a special on Fox 8, wrote a blog for UPF, appeared on WNHN’s (Pacifica Radio Network affiliate) The Attitude, and sat for an on-camera TV interview with MBN’s Al Hurra (broadcast to 22 countries across the Middle East). 

After presenting to the NC Chapter of the Fulbright Association and moderating the post-show discussion of The Mountaintop, he also appeared with commissioned composer Jeff Scott on The State of Things to promote the Raleigh Civic Symphony’s April 8 performance of “The Dream is Alive” (where he delivered pre-show and in-show talks).     


Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi published “Unlocking Our Silences: The ALA Oral History Project” in JALA: Journal of the African Literature Association (volume 11.3, 2017).

Two of her stories — “The Girl Who Refused Suitors” and “Penis, Testicles, and Vagina” — were translated into Dutch and illustrated as “Het meisje dat alle jongens afwees” and “Penis, Testikels en Vagina” by Marita de Sterck and Jonas Thys and published in their book Wreed schoon: volkssprookjes op reis (Kalmthout: Polis, 2017).

Nfah-Abbenyi won the 2018 Chancellor’s Creating Community Award for Outstanding College/Division Award presented to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences “for a strong commitment to diversity at NC State University.”

In New Orleans in late May, she attended a session at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education Pre-conference Institute that focused on “Dismantling the ‘U.S. versus International’ Dichotomy: Creating Synergy between Intercultural and Diversity/Social Justice Approaches in a Globalizing Context.”


John Wall was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) by the Virginia Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church at their commencement ceremony on May 17. 


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