Student, Alumni and Faculty News: October 2023

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
October 11, 2023


Rapping for (Climate) Change

El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, PhD, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Cultures and African and African American Studies, wanted to find more integrated tools to keep students focused and interested during this summer’s French in France and Africa program. The students melded lessons on French and environmentalism into music video with help from rappers in Senegal.


Ha’aheo Auwae-Dekker, Film and Media '22, is a member of the curatorial team for Flaherty NYC, a prestigious documentary film organization. This year, the series takes the form of an offering, in a collectively curated response to the 2022 Flaherty Film Seminar Continents of Drifting Clouds programmed by Almudena Escobar-López and Sky Hopinka. The 25th Season of Flaherty NYC will open on Friday November 17 and run in a mini-seminar format over the weekend of November 18-19 in person in New York City, alongside hybrid and online programs. Learn more.


Ken Allan, PhD, Associate Professor, Art History, was part of the leadership team for the Assoication of the Arts Present (ASAP) conference. While hosted largely at UW, he brought one of the keynote events to SU, “Rivers of Resurgence” with Olivia Gagnon. There were two events on October 6, one for students and one for the larger community, both cosponsored by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts.

John H. Armstrong, PhD, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, published a study in the journal Urban Climate examining how cities and other local governments can coordinate to increase the effectiveness of their climate mitigation policy programs. 

Byron Au Yong, MFA, Director, MFA in Arts Leadership and Interdisciplinary Arts-Arts Leadership, Associate Professor, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, presented Singing with Trees with Eun Ju Vivianna Oh and a workshop with material from his work in progress, Forest Aeternum, as part of UP Lift: Collaborations with Nature Daily Events at Bloedel Reserve, October 1-5.

Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Chair and Associate Professor, Communication and Media, published an article in Journalism Practice, Carlson, C.R. & Terry, C. (2023). “The Devil’s in the Details: How Countries’ Defamation Laws Can (and Can’t) Combat Hate Speech.”

Sarah D. Cate, PhD, Assistant Professor, Political Science, co-authored “The School-to-Prison Pipeline and the Limits of Metaphor," published in New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture.

Jackson Cooper, MFA, Arts Leadership ‘22, Adjunct Faculty, Arts Leadership, published a new book, A Kids Book About Kindness, with a book party/signing scheduled for November 4 at 5 p.m. at Florentino’s Flower Shop, 2812 E. Madison St. He recently authored “Queer Fundraisers Need You Now” for Inside Philanthropy. (The article is temporarily available without an account.)

Kathleen Cook, PhD, Professor, Psychology, and her UW colleague Jennifer Turns will present their paper, “Designing a Toolkit for Dissemination,” at the Frontiers in Education conference in College Station, TX.  The paper describes a toolkit formation process that utilizes co-design. The toolkit is a means of disseminating transferable activities from a major NSF grant beyond academic journals.  

Daniel Avi Gilbert Coren, PhD, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, had two papers accepted for publication, “Moral responsibility must look back” by American Philosophical Quarterly, and “Giving up gratitude” by Analytic Philosophy.

Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Associate Professor, Nonprofit Leadership, was quoted in the Bloomberg article, “Soros Son’s New Shakeup Puts $25 Billion Philanthropy on Hold.” (Requires free registration.)

Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Clinical Associate Professor, Matteo Ricci Institute, affiliate faculty in International Studies, has been selected to be part of the US delegation to the biennial meeting of the Jesuit Migration Network – Central America/North America to be held in San Salvador, El Salvador in October 2023. Alongside research partner Monica Lopez Cuétara of Radio Huaya, she will present on the Plataforma Huaya H-2A labor migration transnational research study.

David Kwon, PhD, MBA, MDiv, MSW/AM, Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, published an article titled “Jus Post Bellum and Catholic Social Thought: Just Political Participation as Civil Society Peacebuilding” in the Journal of Catholic Social Thought for the summer/fall issue of 2023. Other recent publications include, “A Confucian Contribution to the Catholic Just War Tradition” Journal of Interreligious Studies; “Clergy Sexual Abuse and an Ethics of Recognition” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics; “Catholic Social Teaching’s Demand for Justice Education at Catholic Residential College” AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education; and “Reimaging Racial Justice: A Theological and Moral Discourse on the Recent Rise of Anti-Asian American Hate Crimes” Asian American Theological Forum. He also received a grant entitled, “Integral Ecology and Environment Justice at a Jesuit University” from Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. This will also be highlighted in the university’s upcoming Fall OSP Observer newsletter.

Allison Machlis Meyer, PhD, Associate Professor, English, published an article, “Teaching All-Female and Non-Binary Shakespeare at the Performancee and Non-Binary Shakespeare at the Performance” as part of a roundtable on “New Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare with Live Performance” in The CEA Forum 49.2 (Summer/Fall) 2023.

James Miles, MFA, Assistant Professor, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, has been named Creative Economy Manager for Seattle's Office of Economic Development.

Quinton Morris, DMA, Professor, of Violin. along with three of his violin students from his Key to Change program performed for Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States. Following the performance, Dr. Biden expressed her appreciation of Dr. Morris and his students by taking a photo with them following the event. Dr. Morris hosted a live taping of his show, Unmute The Voices on Classical KING, at the Key to Change studios on October 7. The show is available here.

Eric Severson, PhD, Senior Instructor, Philosophy, presented an invited address, “The Implicity of Racism: Fighting Oppression with Tools from Eugene Gendlin" at the 2023 Gendlin Symposium.

Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Professor and Director, Film Studies, and Theiline Pigott-McCone Endowed Chair (2022-24), began serving on the Creative and Performing Arts Committee, Performance -Based Research Fund (PBRF), which over 2023- 2026 will create new guidelines and review all research outputs  and their impacts in the Creative and Performing Arts at New Zealand Universities over the previous 7 years. Akin to the  Research Excellence Framework (REF )in the UK and similar structures in Australia and Canada, this  government-mandated process is required for all state funded tertiary institutions.

Casey Watkins, PhD, CSCS, Assistant Teaching Professor, Kinesiology, celebrated the successful dissertation defense by the student she co-supervises in New Zealand. The dissertation was titled “The impact of Covid-19 Isolation on Strength and Power Profiles in Professional Rugby Union Players,” submitted to the Auckland University of Technology in fulfillment of the Master of Sport, Exercise and Health (MSEH).