Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud, Professor of Rhetoric and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, discusses her new book, Rhetoric and the Gift: Ancient Rhetorical Theory and Contemporary Communication, published recently by Duquesne University Press. Rhetoric and the Gift, taking as its starting point the Homeric idea of the gift and Aristotle’s related rhetorical theory, explores rhetoric not only at the level of the artful response but at the level of the call and response. Throughout the book, Dr. Mifsud pursues a number of questions crucial to thinking about contemporary communication.
Dr. Monika Siebert, Professor of English, discusses her new book, Indians Playing Indian: Multiculturalism and Contemporary Indigenous Art in North America, published recently by the University of Alabama Press. Indians Playing Indian explores the phenomenon of multicultural misrecognition of American Indians, explaining its sources in North American colonial history and in the political mandates of multiculturalism, and describes its consequences for contemporary indigenous cultural production.
Dr. Kevin Pelletier, Associate Professor of English, discusses his new book, Apocalyptic Sentimentalism: Love and Fear in US Antebellum Literature, published recently by the University of Georgia Press. The book provides powerful insights into the relationship between nineteenth-century sentimentality, religious discourse, and antislavery reform.
Dr. Tim Barney, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Studies, discusses his new book, Mapping the Cold War: Cartography and the Framing of America’s International Power, published recently by the University of North Carolina Press. In this fascinating history of Cold War cartography, Dr. Barney considers maps as central to the articulation of ideological tensions between American national interests and international aspirations.
Dr. Bert Ashe, Associate Professor of English, is the author of a new book, Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles, published recently by Agate Press. Twisted explores issues of black male identity, black vernacular culture, and black hair by narrating the journey of locking his hair while also exploring the history and cultural resonances of the dreadlock hairstyle in America.
Dr. Melissa Ooten, Associate Director for the WILL Program, is the author of a new book, Race, Gender, and Film Censorship in Virginia, 1922-1965, published recently by Lexington Books. This book chronicles the history of movie censorship in Virginia from the 1920s to 1960s and analyzes the project of state film censorship in Virginia.
Dr. Jennifer Bowie, Assistant Professor of Political Science, is the co-author of a new book, The View from the Bench and Chambers: Examining Judicial Process and Decision Making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals, published recently by the University of Virginia Press. This book presents a series of quantitative analyses of judicial decisions in the Courts of Appeals with the perspectives gained from in-depth interviews with the judges and their law clerks.
Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions and Kenta Murakami (’15, art history major), a student curatorial assistant for the University of Richmond Museums discuss the art exhibition, Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape. The exhibition features 24 contemporary, international artists, artists’ collectives and game developers who examine, challenge, and re-define the concept of landscape while simultaneously drawing attention to humanity’s hubristic attempts to relate to, preserve, and manage the natural environment. Anti-Grand includes 33 works of art, with video, installation, video games, and traditional two- and three-dimensional work.
Dr. Miriam McCormick, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law discusses her new book, Believing Against the Evidence: Agency and the Ethics of Belief published recently by Routledge. In this book, Dr. McCormick argues that the standards used to evaluate beliefs are not isolated from other evaluative domains. The ultimate criteria for assessing beliefs are the same as those for assessing action because beliefs and actions are both products of agency.
Kristin Bezio, Assistant Professor Of Leadership Studies discusses “Friends & Rivals: Loyalty, Ethics, and Leadership in Dragon Age II,” a chapter in the 2014 book, Identity and Leadership in Virtual Communities: Establishing Credibility and Influence. Dr. Bezio’s teaching and research focuses on the ways in which literature, drama, film, and video games have influenced society and the way people think about issues of leadership and followership. Her chapter explores how video game players can influence their understanding of ethics in terms of human emotion and interaction.