Arts and Sciences Faculty News: May 2022

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
May 11, 2022

John C. Bean, PhD, Emeritus Professor, English, and June Johnson, Associate Professor of English, have recently provided a two-month series of Zoom consultations for a five-person faculty team from Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT), Uzbekistan. The team’s goal was to create a new undergraduate course focused on sustainable development in Uzbekistan using American pedagogical strategies for fostering critical thinking and argument. Employing principles of backward design, the faculty team will adopt pedagogical strategies modeled in Johnson’s textbook “Global Issues/Local Arguments” and in Bean’s “Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom.” The request for these consultation sessions came from Uzbek Professor Zilola Ijobat, a 2019 participant in Seattle University’s Study of the United States Institute, funded by the US State Department and co-directed by Dr. Charles Tung (English) and Ken Allan (Art History). Professor Ijobat’s original request was for either Bean or Johnson to spend a month in Uzbekistan providing workshops in writing-across-the-curriculum, active learning pedagogy, and course design. Because of Covid, Professor Ijobat’s request was put on hold until 2022 when, under Dr. Tung’s leadership, it was re-imagined as consultation assistance for designing the new course. Simultaneously, Bean’s co-author for the 3rd edition of “Engaging Ideas” (Dan Melzer of UC Davis) provided six 50-minute digital workshops on writing across the curriculum for a larger group of professors at WIUT.

Andrew G. Bjelland, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Philosophy, published an op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune, “Show tolerance for the religious orientation of American companies.”

Kathryn L. Bollich-Zeigler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychology, interviewed Laurie Santos, host of the Happiness Lab podcast for “Whatever Happened to Happiness?” as part of The Crosscut Festival.

Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Associate Professor, Nonprofit Leadership, published a chapter on “LGBTQ Philanthropy” in “Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, 5th Ed.” It is the leading publication of its kind for teaching the theory and practice of fundraising and the second time she authored this chapter for the textbook.

Theresa Earenfight, PhD, Professor, History and Director, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, appeared on the “Talking Tudors” podcast, discussing her book, “Catherine of Aragon: Infanta of Spain, Queen of England.”

Christie Eppler, PhD, LMFT, Program Director and Professor, Couples and Family Therapy, was named co-editor of Springer's “Stepping into Socially-Just Teaching: Lived Experiences of Family Therapy Educators,” a forthcoming text (2023).

Rob Efird, Professor, Anthropology and Asian Studies, gave an invited lecture on April 15 at Willamette University entitled "Nature to Nurture: Nature Education and Urban Chinese Childrearing."

Maureen Emerson Feit, PhD, Director and Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Leadership, published “The Dissonance of 'Doing Good:' Fostering Critical Pedagogy to Challenge the Selective Tradition of Nonprofit Management Education.” Read more here.

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD, Professor, Modern Languages and Women Gender, and Sexuality Studies, published a chapter in “The Many Voices of the Los Angeles Novel” from Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Haejeong Hazel Hahn, PhD, Professor, History and affiliated with Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Asian Studies, and Film Studies, published “Feminism and Empire” in The Routledge Global History of Feminism, edited by Bonnie Smith and Nova Robinson, Abingdon, UK & New York: Routledge, 2022.

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics and Director, Crime & Justice Research Center, co-authored “Measurement of Potential Over- and Under-policing in Communities” with Loren T. Atherley, MACJ, and Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics faculty members Matthew J. Hickman, PhD, and William S. Parkin, PhD, published in “Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Loren Atherley, the lead author, is also the Director of Performance Analytics and Research at the Seattle Police Department and a doctoral candidate at the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology.

Other reports include:

She was interviewed on KING 5 News for “Victims say Seattle-based charity bail group should stop freeing people charged with violent crimes.”

She is also featured in “Crime is up in Seattle. So why are city residents less fearful?” in The Seattle Times.

Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Clinical Associate Professor, Matteo Ricci Institute, contributed to the analysis and writing of “Análisis de contexto migratorio - Primer semestre de 2021,” a report produced by the Investigativo-Teórica Dimensión of and for the Red Jesuita Con Migrantes Centroamérica-Norteamérica. The report was published on October 6, 2021 and is available here.

Alexander Mouton, MFA, Chair and Associate Professor, Art, Art History, and Design, attended CODEX VIII International Art Book Fair & Symposium in Berkeley, CA. His artist book, “Reconfigured Families” (2020) was purchased for the Rhode Island School of Design Fleet Library. A second artist book, “To A Place of Time, Held Within Four Walls” (2022) was purchased for Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Reconfigured Families follows the experience of one 21st century family, sometimes referred to as the “postmodern family” or even the “brave new family,” using my family as a case study. The sequence of images was made over the six-year period 2009—2015. During this time, I also learned of other parent/child configurations who traverse geographies to juggle career and family, moving between Seattle and Hong Kong; Berlin and Bonn; Columbus, OH and Melbourne, Australia; Los Angeles and London; and Boston and Berkeley, CA, to name just a few configurations.

To A Place of Time, Held Within Four Walls is a limited-edition box of thirteen different related photo books, each exploring the unique possibilities of combining and juxtaposing images and texts according to its particular structure. How can new historical perspectives on the synergy between Hitler and Stalin’s terror resonate in the contemporary moment? My personal experience of loss led me in 2016 to seek a deeper understanding of this history through a direct experience of select locations in Eastern Europe. As I photographed locations of mass killings such as the Bikernieku forest outside Riga, Latvia and the Ponary woods south of Vilnius, Lithuania, I was struck by the way the Soviet and Nazi overlap carried over into the physical environs. It was as if upon the Bloodlands between Berlin and Moscow where millions were killed, socialist block buildings sprouted up like mushroom rings to support the utopian vision of a new ‘socialist man’. Yet this vision, now itself fifty years old, is an ideological ruin in the flesh of the built environment. And new nationalisms are on the march. Indeed with the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and the 2021 US Capitol attack, this question is more pertinent now than ever.

Carmen Rivera, MA, Criminal Justice, Criminology & Forensics, was featured in 425 Magazine’s “The List.

Nova Robinson, PhD, Associate Professor, International Studies and History, published a volume she co-edited, “The Routledge Global History of Feminism,” edited by Bonnie Smith and Nova Robinson, Abingdon, UK & New York: Routledge, 2022.

James Sawyer, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Public Service, published “Are LDS ‘True Believers’ more likely to fall for conspiracy theories?”, an op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune.

Tom Taylor, PhD, Acting Chair and Associate Professor, History, and affiliated with International Studies, is publishing a new book in June, “Modern Travel in World History”, (New York: Routledge, 2022). It is part of their “Themes in World History” series. This book focuses on both the evolving nature of travel, from land and sea routes in the 1500s, to the domination of planes and cars in the modern world and the important stories of travellers themselves. Taking a global perspective, the text places travel within the larger geopolitical, social, religious, and cultural developments throughout history. It emphasizes not only the role of technology innovation in the ways people travel but also how those changes affect social structures and cultural values. Tom Taylor explores the journeys of well-known travellers as well as ordinary people, each with different perspectives through the lens of gender, social class, and cultural background, and considers how fictional travellers define the importance of travel in the modern world. Why people set out on the sojourns they did, what they experienced, who they met and how they understood these cross-cultural encounters are important to not only understanding the travellers themselves but the world they lived in and the world their travels made. Several maps help illustrate important routes and destinations.

Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Professor and Director, Film Studies, presented an invited keynote talk, “The Doors of Perception: Color, Surrealism and Disney Animation”, on March 12, 2022 at The Third International Symposium for Color, Science and Art, The International Research Center for Color, Science and Art, Tokyo Polytechnic University (TPU), Japan. She also reviewed Deborah Walker-Morrison’s book, “Classic French Noir: Gender and the Cinema of Fatal Desire,” in Projections, 16.2 (August 2022).

Charles M. Tung, PhD, Professor and Chair, English, presented the conference paper, “Modernist Clockwork and the Rescaling of Historical Possibility,” at the Modernist Studies Association Digital Conference, April 6, 2022.  The paper was part of three panels on modernism and technology featuring contributors to the forthcoming volume, The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism and Technology.

Zachary D. Wood, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed for “ ‘Another tool for the toolkit’: Can social housing initiative help make Seattle more affordable?” on Dave Ross’s KIRO News Radio podcast. Read it here or listen here.