Faculty Notes for February


Paul Colby’s story “Halfway Home” was published in The Main Street Rag, Winter 2022. 


Marsha Gordon’s co-directed documentary, All the Possibilities…, will be aired and distributed by North Carolina PBS (formerly UNC-TV).  It will be broadcast with a shortened version of her first documentary, Rendered Small, in a 30-minute program titled “Creative Obsessions” in the late spring/early summer.

On February 10, Gordon was a guest speaker for the National Humanities Center Student Leadership Council on the humanities and the creative arts.


Jason Miller’s expertise on Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech was featured on the Smithsonian podcast Sidedoor (“King’s Speech”). Miller spoke with poet Kevin Young, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

His article “The Dreams of Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King, Jr.” is now available in Re-Markings, and his newest contribution to The Conversation is “How Sylvia Plath’s Secret Miscarriage Transforms our Understanding of Her Poetry.”

Miller was named a 2022 winner of the Alumni Outstanding Research Award; he will be inducted into the NC State Research Leadership Academy this April.


Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi co-chaired the planning committee of NC State’s inaugural Equity Research Symposium, which brought together faculty, staff, and students from across NC State to explore what equity means in research. Hundreds of presenters participated in the symposium, which was held on February 8, including faculty and students from our college and English department. Harvard economist Raj Chetty gave an inspiring keynote on “Improving Equality of Opportunity in America: New Insights from Big Data.”


Shana Scudder’s article “Corporeal, Confrontational Resistance: The Embodied Rhetoric of the Sisters of Loretto” was published in the collection Catholic Women’s Rhetoric in the United States.

Scudder’s review of Jesse McCarthy’s latest novel, The Fugitivities, was published in the The Carolina Quarterly.


Erik Thomas and Jeff Mielke’s paper “The Phonetic Development of American Raising in Eastern Ohio” was published in American Raising, volume 106 of the series Publication of the American Dialect Society (eds. Stuart Davis and Kelly Berkson).


John Wall reports that the website of the London Metropolitan Archive (the chief repository of historic documents relating to the history of London) now has a feature story on the Virtual St Paul’s Cathedral Project and its use of the LMA’s resources.

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