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For departmental news and highlights, your first stop is the CCS Annual Newsletter, which keeps students, alumni, and donors in the know about major academic and research updates, internship news, alumni and donor information, and more.
What’s new with CCS?
CCS is sponsoring a number of study abroad programs for Spring Break and Summer 2013. For more information, contact the following faculty members:
- Constance DeVereaux: Cultural Cities in Spain: Madrid and Barcelona, March 14-23: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alexandra Carpino (ARH): NAU in Tuscany, May 28-June 21/22: email@example.com
- Paul Donnelly (REL): Himalayan India, June 24-July 15: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Krista Rodin (HUM) and Kathleen McGeever (TH): Parisian Pastiche: A Journey Through Time and Space, May 19-June 7: email@example.com
- Sabbatical Talk: Dr. Jason BeDuhn, “Religious Pluralism in Pre-Islamic Iran,” March 4, 2013, 5:30 PM, Cline Library Auditorium
- MSI Lecture: Dr. Zilka Spahic-Siljak, “Women and the Concept of Compassion in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Feb. 6, 7 PM, Liberal Arts 136
- ASN Lecture: Dr. Nancy S. Steinhardt, “Mosques in China: Architectural History of a Minority Religion,” Feb. 12, 4 PM, Cline Library Auditorium
- ASN Lecture: Dr. William Bodiford, “Buddhist Myth versus Non-Buddhist Myth in Japanese Identity,” Feb. 18, 5:30 PM, Cline Library Auditorium
How are CCS students and alumni making a difference?
- Alexa Kaumaya is
an Arts and Cultural Management minor.
Along with a group of fellow students in Fall 2012’s ACM 210, she organized a
very successful event: a presentation by local artist Shane Knight to talk to
students about being a working artist. The event included a silent auction with
items donated by local businesses, and a reception. The event was well-attended
and earned money for the new ACM club in which Alexa is very active.
- Cinema Studies minor, Wuke Zhou,
traveled to her native China over winter break 2012 and researched recent
Chinese comedy films and the economic factors that influence their distribution
and exhibition. Her independent studies project resulted in a paper entitled
"Chinese Genre Film During Holiday Season" which she hopes to present
at the Undergraduate Research Symposium at NAU in April 2013.
- Art History students, Margaret Sheble, Kiran Haynes and Erin
Carter, will be curating an exhibition called “Reflections of
Flagstaff: A Student-Curated Photography
Exhibition” during the Spring of 2013. NAU Senior, Brooke Weber, is also
working on a S’13 exhibition which will be on display in the Beasley Gallery;
it is entitled “Faces of Flagstaff.
- CCS major and MST minor, Emily Moxley, is
working with Dr. Jennifer McLerran as part of NAU’s new Interns to Scholars
Program. Emily is assisting Dr. McLerran
a 26 x 36-foot Navajo weaving that is scheduled to be the focal point of a
permanent exhibit at the Winslow Arts Trusts’ new Route 66 Art Museum in
- Amy Agee, an
ARH alumna, is working as a researcher for The Green Collection, a large
private collection of texts and documents which deals mostly with items related
to the transition of the Bible through history.
They recently purchased a building in Washington D.C. to house a
permanent Museum of the Bible (opening date:
2016), and Amy is in charge of locating examples of Biblical art to be
- Gibran Villalobos, an ARH alumnus, is finishing up dual
Masters degrees in Modern Art History, Theory, & Criticism, and Arts
Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is writing his thesis on the work of
Jannis Kounellis and his exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary art Chicago,
which involved installations in abandoned warehouses in the city. Last year, Gibran worked with curator and
artist, Pablo Helguera, the Director of Adult Education at MoMA on programming
for an exhibition called “Game Night” in which he tried to expand what artists
could do within the exhibition beyond an opening night reception, as well as
with the Chicago Torture Justice Memorial Project.
REL alumni have either completed or
are pursuing advanced degrees.
- Konden Smith completed a
M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies at ASU in the study of religion in America,
with an emphasis on Mormon history, and is now teaching Religious Studies
courses for ASU and NAU online (while applying for permanent positions).
- Jared Lindahl earned his MA
and PhD in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and is now Assistant
Professor of Religious Studies at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. It’s an interesting college with a very
strong emphasis on environmental issues.
- Teala Mackey will complete a
MA in Comparative Religions from Western Michigan U. in Spring 2013.
- Amanda Atkinson is enrolled in
the Museum Science MA Program at Texas Tech University, in the Heritage
- Shannon Trosper
is in the Religious Studies PhD program at U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
with a focus on new religious movements.
She completed her MA in Religious Studies at U. of Colorado.
- Karlie Knudtsen completed her
master's degree in the Study of Religion at Harvard and is now in the PhD
program at Cornell U. in Asian religions.
- Jennifer Hunter completed a
master's degree in the Study of Religion at Harvard and is now back in
Flagstaff, teaching part-time in our REL program.
earned her MLS degree at NAU studying ecological issues, and is now an Account
Executive for Environmental Services for the Honeywell Corporation in
- Nancy Just earned a M.S. in Counseling from
Minnesota State U. and works as a therapist in Colorado: http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/name/Nancy_Just_LPC,CAC,II_Loveland_Colorado_93678
- Jessikah Moreno completed her
master’s degree in education at NAU and is now teaching courses on religion at
Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson.
- Garrison Doreck earned his M.A.
in Religion from the University of Chicago, and is enrolled in the anthropology
of religion Ph.D. program in the study of Islam. He sometimes teaches REL 331 Islam for NAU as
a web course.
- Danielle van
completed her M.A. in Culture and Performance at U.C.L.A., then an M.A. Near
Eastern Studies at U. of Arizona. She is
now Ph.D. Candidate writing her doctoral dissertation for the joint Ph.D.
program in Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies at U. of Arizona with a focus
on modern Turkey and Islamic culture.
CCS professors value the importance of research because they know that the more information gathering they do, the more they can understand human complexities and diversities—a common objective that runs through the CCS major and all of its minors.
Highlighted research projects:
professor/Director of the
Martin-Springer Institute, Björn
attended an International Conference at the University of the Free State in
Bloemfontein, South Africa, in December 2012.
He presented a paper on “Unsettling Empathy” which addressed issues of trauma and reconciliation. As a Faculty
Affiliate of the University of the Free State (UFS), Krondorfer hopes to create
a joint summer program for UFS and NAU students on reconciliation and
conflict-management in conjunction with the “Institute for
Reconciliation and Social Justice” at UFS.
Department Chair and Professor of Art History, Alexandra Carpino,
is currently co-editing a Companion to
the Etruscans which will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2014. In January 2013, she moderated a panel on
“New Approaches and Insights on Etruscan Art and Culture” that she organized for
the 114th Annual Meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America
while also presenting a paper on her latest research project, “The Iconography
of Violence Against Women on Engraved Etruscan Bronze Mirrors.” Dr. Carpino also has an essay on Etruscan
portraiture forthcoming in Routledge’s The
Etruscan World, due out in May, and in February, she delivers the
Archaeological Institute of America’s 2012/2013 Ferdinando and Sarah Cinelli
Lecture in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology at the Nashville Parthenon.
gave four lectures about “Contextualized Studies in the History of Manichaean
Art across the Asian Continent” at the École pratique des hautes Études, University of Paris (“Sorbonne”)
in November 2011. Her focus included Chinese Jesus iconography, the art of the
first Syriac Gospel Harmony, West and Central Asian book art, and images used
as illustrations of oral instructions in Asian religions.
HUM professor,Gioia Woods, is currently researching
and writing about the history and meaning of San Francisco’s iconic City Lights
Bookstore. In her forthcoming article
“‘Reinvent America and the World': Lawrence Ferlinghetti, City Lights
Bookstore, and the Cultivation of Subversive Space,” she examines how the
culture of spontaneity was embodied by the bookstore, its founders, and artists
in the mid-twentieth century.
completed his 3-year, $200,000 NEH Grant in support of his long-term project on
the Chester Beatty Kephalaia Codex, a 1,600 year old Coptic language manuscript
from Egypt describing the origins of the Manichaean religion in ancient Iran,
last year. This project involves multispectral imaging, radiocarbon dating, and
good old fashioned philological work editing and translating a very fragmentary
text. He also completed his book, Augustine's Manichaean Dilemma, 2: Making a
"Catholic" Self, 389-401 C.E., which will be published by the
University of Pennsylvania Press in 2013, and has signed a contract with
Polebridge Press for a forthcoming volume on The First New Testament.
professor, Jennifer McLerran, continues to work on Navajo
weaving. She is preparing a permanent
exhibit at the Winslow Arts Trusts’ new Route 66 Art Museum and recently
published two article entitled “D. Y. Begay: Traditional Environmental
Knowledge in Form and Practice” and “The Other Spectacle:
Navajo Weavers at Grand Canyon National Park". She also curated a 2012-2013 exhibit, Good Neighbors Frances
McAllister, MNA, and Navajo Weaving, for
the Museum of Northern Arizona.
ACM /HUM Senior
Lecturer, Constance Devereaux will have her
co-authored book, Narrative, Identity,
and Cultural Policy: Once Upon a Time in a Globalized World, published by
Ashgate in August 2013. In it, she
considers cultural policy and issues of identity from a narrative
perspective. She is also continuing her
research on early American attitudes about the arts, and her article entitled
"The Leatherstocking Tales and the Politics of American Aesthetics"
will appear in an anthology by University of Tennessee Press called American
Political Fictions. In addition, Dr.
DeVereaux is collaborating with Kris Swanson (COM) and her students on research
on cultural sustainability using Arcosanti as the case study. They are looking
at how the community at Arcosanti can retain cultural values and integrity
while adopting entrepreneurial solutions to increase revenues.
REL professor, Bruce Sullivan, chaired a session at
the 2012 meetings of the American Academy of Religion on Religion & Science
Fiction for the American Academy of Religion.
A number of his articles have also appeared in print recently, including
Religious and Health Practices,” co-authored with William H. Wiist, Diane Marie
St. George, and Heidi A. Wayment.
ARH professor, Alyce Jordan, continues her work on Thomas Becket, the
martyred archbishop of Canterbury, in the visual culture of France.
She has an essay in press, "The Saint Thomas Becket Windows of Angers and
Coutances: Devotion, Subversion, and the Scottish Connection," which will
appear in an anthology entitled Beyond Becket. Dr. Jordan's recent
research focuses on the resurgence of imagery devoted to Thomas Becket in
nineteenth- and twentieth-century Normandy and the ways in which these works
engage a visual discourse with medieval images of Becket frequently found
in the same churches. This modern flourishing of Becket imagery, Jordan
argues, participates not only in the gothic revival that swept Europe but
speaks to the significance of Thomas Becket, whose parents were both born in
Normandy, as a lieu de memoire--a site of memory in Norman identity
construction. Dr. Jordan will present this research in April at the
Medieval Academy of America annual meeting in Knoxville, TN, and will
give an expanded version of her paper, "Remembering Thomas Becket in
Normandy," at a conference devoted to The Middle Ages in the
Modern Era to be held at St. Andrew's University, Scotland, in honor that
institution's 800th anniversary.
professor/Coordinator of Cinema Studies, Astrid
Klocke, chaired a panel on "Crossing Borders in Film: Landscapes and
Languages" at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference in
Boulder, CO, in October 2012. She presented a paper entitled "Language
Borders Relieved" which looked at multilingual films and how the crossing
of language borders contributes comedic relief.
professor/Director of the NAU Art Museum, George
Speer, had a productive 2012.
Published that year were his book, Things
of the Spirit: Art and Healing in the
American Body Politic, 1929-1941, an article on the Detroit industry murals
created by Diego Rivera in 1932, and a catalogue for his curated exhibition,
“Sherrie Wolf: Historyonics.”
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