Faculty Notes for April 2020


Chris Anson had the following scheduled items canceled due to the coronavirus: a presentation at the 10th Annual Learning and Analytics conference in Frankfurt, Germany (March 24); a presentation at the CCCC conference in Milwaukee (March 28); a a program review at St. Joseph University in Hartford, CT (April 9-10); a keynote address at the Writing on the Range Conference at the University of Denver (April 17).


Sheryl Cornett’s poem “Easter Irises” is forthcoming in the anthology Viral Verse: Poetry of the Pandemic, juried and collected by Cathy Warner. The anthology will be published in May.


On April 11, Deep South Magazine published Daun Daemon’s poem “Double-jointed.” On April 25, the magazine published two more of her poems: “That First Poem” and “On Trying to Write a Prayer for Forgiving My Parents.”


This month, Paul Fyfe was scheduled to give the following presentations, which were cancelled due to coronavirus:

  • “The Boundaries of Digital Humanities.” Digital Humanities Initiative, University of North Carolina–Wilmington
  • “Lajos Kossuth and the International Press System,” with Jana Keck (Univ Stuttgart) and Mila Oiva (Univ Turku) at the workshop “Close and distant: reading(-viewing) journals” hosted by the Journalliteratur reading group at University of Bochum
  • “Computing the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press” at the DH in the Disciplines Series, Franklin Humanities Center, Duke University


Now through May 8, Marsha Gordon’s latest documentary, All the Possibilities … Reflections on a Painting by Vernon Pratt, will stream online as part of the RiverRun International Film Festival’s virtual program of NC short films.

Additionally, All the Possibilities … Reflections on a Painting by Vernon Pratt was awarded the Best Documentary Short jury award from the Longleaf Film Festival, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of History.


Marvin Hunt has been named to the board of advisors of the new Rasmussen-Hines rare book and manuscript collection in Reno, NV.  The library has established a short-term research fellowship in his honor.


On March 25, Kyesha Jennings was a panelist on a virtual webinar series — AERA Hip-Hop Theories, Praxis, and Pedagogies SIG Webinar Series Pt. 2: Past, Current, and Future Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education Research — hosted by AERA’s Hip-Hop Education Special Interest Group.

Her article on North Carolina rapper Rapsody, “From Snow Hill to Raleigh to the Billboard Charts, Rapsody Is Redefining Success,” was the cover story for the INDY’s March 10 edition.

The Popular Culture Association awarded Jennings the William E. Brigman Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper for her essay “City Girls, Hot Girls and the Re-imagining of Black women in Hip-Hop and Digital Spaces,” the second award this essay has won. She was scheduled to present this same research on April 19 in Philadelphia, but the event was canceled. This research will also appear in the inaugural issue of the Global Hip-Hop Studies Journal next month.

Jennings was invited to contribute a chapter to Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogies of Renewal, a collection of essays edited by Aisha Durham and Ruth-Nicole Brown scheduled for publication this fall. Her chapter is titled “Ratchet and Intelligent as Ever: A Critical Reading of Cardi B as a Digital Hip-Hop Feminist.”


Susan Katz reports that in 2007 she worked on an article titled “Implications of Diffusion of Innovations Theory for A Culturally Sensitive Multi-sectoral Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention” with two colleagues from the Communication Department (James Kiwanuka-Tondo and Jessica Katz Jameson). They submitted the article to many journals, revising significantly several times, and then gave up. She and the other authors learned recently that, unbeknownst to them, the article was published in the Clinical Journal of HIV & AIDS in 2017. Her message to everyone is never give up!


After two postponed conference presentations in late March and early April (as well as a poetry reading at the Museum of Nebraska Art), Jason Miller will discuss “F.B. Eyes on Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King, Jr.” as an invited Zoom presentation on May 30 for the State Libraries and UNC Greensboro. This pilot program is part of a workshop on teaching primary sources from a multidisciplinary approach pitched for high school educators throughout Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools.


Jennifer Nolan was to have given a lecture, “‘Early Success:’ The Dawn of the Jazz Age in Fitzgerald’s Short Fiction,” and serve as one of four faculty at a workshop on teaching Fitzgerald, sponsored by Humanities Texas (the state affiliate of the NEH) in Dallas, TX, on March 31. The event has been postponed with hopes of rescheduling during the upcoming academic year.


Tim Stinson received an NEH Summer Stipend to work on an article entitled “Jerusalem’s Fall and England’s Rise: Josephan History, the Prose Brut, and the Framing of a Medieval English Nation.”


John Wall presented “Recreating Time: The Virtual St Paul’s Cathedral Project and the Re-Presentation of Early Modern Worship” at the NTRS-DH@RSA Virtual Conference, held on April 2 via Internet and Twitter. This paper was originally scheduled to be delivered at the annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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