"Co-editors Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett have shaped a book that is not simply a multifaceted analysis of Brad Pitt as an actor and as a celebrity, but which is also a personal inquiry into how we are drawn to, turned on, or otherwise piqued by Pitt's performances and personae. Written in accessible prose and culled from the expertise of scholars across different fields, _Deconstructing Brad Pitt lingers on this iconic actor and elucidates his powerful influence on contemporary culture. The editors will be donating a portion of their royalties to Pitt's Make It Right foundation."
"In Connected toward Communion, Daniella Zsupan-Jerome traces the Roman Catholic Church's contemporary thought and practice of social communication, from Inter Mirifica of the Second Vatican Council to the church's approach to communicating faith through social networking today. Throughout, a key question forms a common thread: how might we form pastoral ministers today for serving the church in the digital age and beyond?"
"Slavery is not a crime confined to the far reaches of history. It is an injustice that continues to entrap twenty-seven million people across the globe. Laura Murphy offers close to forty survivor narratives from Cambodia, Ghana, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United States, detailing the horrors of a system that forces people to work without pay and against their will, under the threat of violence, with little or no means of escape. Representing a variety of circumstances in diverse contexts, these survivors are the Frederick Douglasses, Sojourner Truths, and Olaudah Equianos of our time, testifying to the widespread existence of a human rights tragedy and the urgent need to address it."
"Dengue fever continues to be a worldwide health and economic problem, with an estimated 80 million people being infected annually. Currently, no specific treatment exists for infected patients. This project will be an attempt to quantify the effects of certain aspects of the virus. For example, it may be more productive to reduce the rate at which the virus infects host cells than to increase the death rate of the virus. This sort of knowledge may serve as a guide for the development of more effective treatments. The goal of this project will be to develop a mathematical model of the dynamics of the infection and then use the model to gain insight into different treatment strategies."
“4-Cyano-1-methylpyridinium nitrate,” Cameron A. McCormick*, Vu Nguyen*, Heather E. Renfro*, Lynn V. Koplitz, Joel T. Mague, Acta Crystallographica E69, o981 (2013).
“2-Cyano-1-methylpyridinium iodide,” Michael N. Kammer*, Lynn V. Koplitz, Joel T. Mague, Acta Crystallographica, E69, o1281 (2013).
“2-Cyanoanilinium iodide,” David J. Vumbaco*, Michael N. Kammer*, Lynn V. Koplitz, Joel T. Mague, Acta Crystallographica, E69, o1288 (2013).
"Metaphor and the Slave Trade, provides compelling evidence of the hidden but unmistakable traces of the transatlantic slave trade that persist in West African discourse. Through an examination of metaphors that describe the trauma, loss, and suffering associated with the commerce in human lives, this book shows how the horrors of slavery are communicated from generation to generation."
"The Textual Life of Airports, shows how airports demand to be read. Working at the intersection of literary studies and cultural theory, Schaberg tracks airport stories in American literature, as well as in a range of visual texts (film, airport art, magazine illustrations). It accounts for how airports appear in literature throughout the twentieth-century, while also examining the influx of airport figures in markedly post-9/11 literature and culture. These literary and cultural representations work together to form 'the textual life of airports.'"
"In Mold, John Biguenet completes his award-winning Rising Water Trilogy, examining the shattered lives of survivors the summer after the collapse of Federal levees in New Orleans. At the mercy of both an inept government and a bottom-line insurance company, a young husband is forced to choose between his wife and the city he loves."
Mold premiered at Southern Rep Theatre in 2013.
Dr. Trimiko Melancon, Department of English
2011 Marquette Fellow
"Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women and the Politics of Representation
"Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women and the Politics of Representation, critically examines the ways black women writers in the 1970s and early 1980s deploy black female characters that transgress racial, gender, and especially sexual boundaries. Trimiko Melancon analyzes literary and cultural texts, including Toni Morrison’s Sula and Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place, in the socio-cultural and historical moments of their production. She shows how representations of black women in the American literary and cultural imagination diverge from stereotypes and constructions of “whiteness,” as well as constructions of female identity imposed by black nationalism."
"For 250 years, the Turkic Muslims of Altishahr—the vast desert region to the northwest of Tibet—have led an uneasy existence under Chinese rule. Today they call themselves Uyghurs, and they have cultivated a sense of history and identity that challenges Beijing’s official national narrative. Rian Thum argues that the roots of this history run deeper than recent conflicts, to a time when manuscripts and pilgrimage dominated understandings of the past. Beyond broadening our knowledge of tensions between the Uyghurs and the Chinese government, this meditation on the very concept of history probes the limits of human interaction with the past."
"Time Commences in Xibalbá by Luis de Lión, translated by Professor Henne, tells the story of a violent village crisis in Guatemala sparked by the return of a prodigal son, Pascual. He had been raised tough by a poor, single mother in the village before going off with the military. When Pascual comes back, he is changed—both scarred and “enlightened” by his experiences. To his eyes, the village has remained frozen in time. After experiencing alternative cultures in the wider world, he finds that he is both comforted and disgusted by the village’s lingering “indigenous” characteristics."
"Two basic assumptions have shaped understanding of recent Iranian history. One is that Shi'ism is an integral part of Iran's religious and cultural landscape. The other is that the ulama (religious scholars) have always played a crucial role. This book challenges these assumptions and constructs a new synthesis of the history of state and religion in Iran from 1796 to the present while challenging existing theories of large-scale political transformation. Arguing that the 1979 revolution has not ended, Behrooz Moazami relates political and religious transformations in Iran to the larger instability of the Middle East region and concludes that turmoil will continue until a new regional configuration evolves."
“'Inmigrantes en la escena española. Buscando una nueva identidad española' (Immigrants on the Spanish Stage. Seeking a New Spanish Identity), was recently published in Madrid, Spain. In particular, Doll highlights the African immigrant character in plays, which dramatists use to call for justice for the new members of Spanish society. In the book, Doll examines the use of language, the positioning of the audience in relation to the immigrant and various dramatic devices."