Hoppenthaler wins Brockman-Campbell Award

John Hoppenthaler has won the 2016 Brockman-Campbell Award for the best book of poetry by a North Carolinian in 2015 for his volume Domestic Garden (Carnegie Mellon UP). In this, his third collection of poetry, Hoppenthaler surveils the remnants of an American Dream. What devotion might mean and look like in our time is at the book’s heart. The poems, written in a variety of styles, offer testimony and uncover, row by row, what remains viable in a garden they hope to resurrect.

American Militarism on the Small Screen

Associate Professor Anna Froula (along with co-editor Stacy Takacs) has published American Militarism on the Small Screen.

The military has produced and distributed programs via private broadcasters since the early days of radio, and war and militarism have been popular subjects for commercial television programming from its inception. Despite the historical and social prevalence of military-themed programming on US television, there has been no thorough scholarly investigation of this phenomenon. This volume seeks to identify what television, as a cultural medium, has added to the depictions of war and militarism in the US. Chapters explore a variety of series and engage with the following questions: What are the conventions of the war series? How do fictional depictions of war on US TV operate in dialogue with existing war films? How do they relate to broadcast news coverage of war? Is there anything unique about the way television series, as opposed to films, documentaries, or news stories, depict issues of nationalism and militarism? How do issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality play out differently in the television combat series, for example? How have the conventions of television production, distribution, and reception affected the form, content, and influence of the war story?

Bardill to participate in Building the Medical Information Commons project

Assistant Professor Jessi Bardill will travel to Houston in  March to provide expert support for the Building the Medical Information Commons: Participant Engagement and Policy project.

This project is the result of a $2.2 million grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute written by Dr. Amy McGuire, director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. The project seeks to develop an ethical and policy framework for building a medical information commons – a networked environment in which diverse sources of health, medical and genomic data on large populations become broadly available for research and clinical use.

“There is a presumption that access to large amounts of data, especially genomic data, will advance research and improve public health. However, the success of these initiatives depends on policies and practices that promote data sharing, are consistent with international standards, address barriers to participation and attend to the ethical, legal and social issues that arise when data on individuals become widely shared resources,” McGuire said. “This project brings together leaders across multiple sectors, many of whom are operating in a competitive environment, to discuss what policies need to be in place to incentivize responsible data sharing while protecting individuals from harm, in order to improve public health.”

The first Building the Medical Information Commons Advisory Committee meeting will be held March 2-3 in the Texas Medical Center. Academic and industry leaders from healthcare systems, clinical labs, technology companies, academia, government and nongovernmental organizations will participate in the meeting. Speaking at the event will be Dr. Adam Kuspa, senior vice president and dean for research at Baylor, and genomics researchers Dr. Richard Gibb, Wofford Cain Chair and professor molecular and human genetics at Baylor, and Dr. Eric Boerwinkle, adjunct professor of medicine.

Through an informal panel-style arrangement, the meeting will encourage participation from all attendees. The discussion will focus on the policy challenges and research opportunities related to:

  • Building noncommercial partners
  • Obtaining industry perspectives
  • Patient and community engagement
  • Legal, policy and ethical considerations

The meeting aims to provide the Advisory Committee and invited guests with a platform to discuss current issues concerning data-sharing policies and practices while simultaneously providing the project team with guidance and feedback.

McGuire is co-principal investigator of the Building the Medical Commons project along with Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan, research professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Clowes Bibliography celebrates 15th anniversary

Ken Parille’s digital humanities project The Daniel Clowes Bibliography celebrated its fifteenth anniversary on February 1.

Regularly updated since 2001, the site catalogues information on the work of graphic novelist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes, who is widely considered one of the most important living cartoonists. (www.danielclowesbibliography.com)

Clowes authored the acclaimed graphic novel Ghost World and co-authored the script for the 2001 movie adaptation, which was nominated for an Academy Award. His comic series Eightball is regarded as a highpoint in the history of American comics.

Parille has written extensively on the cartoonist’s work. His most recent book on Clowes is The Daniel Clowes Reader and his essay on Clowes’s David Boring appears alongside writing by John Updike and Jonathan Franzen in The Best American Comics Criticism.

Centennial of Czech studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Congratulations to Dr. Lida Cope on the publication of her co-authored book Centennial of Czech studies at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as two chapters in it!

Cope, L., & Hopkins, M. (Eds.) (2015). Centennial of Czech studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Fort Worth, TX: Wild Horse Media/Eakin Press.

  • Texas Czech Legacy Project: Documenting the dialect and ethnocultural heritage of ethnic Czechs and Moravians in Texas (98-108)
  • Texas Czech, Czech, and education: Current efforts and unexplored possibilities (138-154).

‘La felice victoria’: Bartolomé de Flores’s ‘A Newly Composed Work, Which Recounts the Happy Victory That God, in His Infinite Goodness and Mercy, Was Pleased to Give to the Illustrious Señor Pedro Menéndez’ (1571)

Dr. Tom Shields recently published a work he presented earlier this fall at a Faculty Speaker Series talk: “‘La felice victoria’: Bartolomé de Flores’s ‘A Newly Composed Work, Which Recounts the Happy Victory That God, in His Infinite Goodness and Mercy, Was Pleased to Give to the Illustrious Señor Pedro Menéndez’ (1571).” This translation, done with his colleague Thomas Hallock at the University of South Florida, appears in Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life, an online publication from the American Antiquarian Society and the University of Connecticut. The poem is about the battle between the French and the Spanish over the earliest settlement of Florida 450 years ago this year.

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