Department News

Department News

Dr. Pam Clements’ book of poems, Earth Science, was published by The Troy Book Makers in August, 2013.  Two of her poems have also appeared in journals (“Charity Event,” in The Chaffin Journal (2013) and “Vivian and Merlin,” in Earth’s Daughters (2013);  a third poem, “Going South,” has been accepted for The Hudson River Review, (forthcoming).  She had one poetry reading at Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY, in February of this year, and will also read some of her poems at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo) this May.

She taught a workshop on writing memoir at the Pyramid Lake Women Writers’ Retreat in July 2013 and has been asked to teach again in 2014.  She has also been accepted to participate in the Iota Conference of Short Prose in August 2014.

Pam’s solicited book article on “Authenticity” will appear later in 2014 in Medievalisms:  Critical Terms, Ed. Richard Utz and Elizabeth Emery (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming).  She presented a paper, “A Matter of Stature:  the Medieval Dwarf,” at The International Society for the Study of Medievalism’s annual conference (St. Norbert University, De Pere, WI, October 2013).  At Siena, she participated in the Nobel Prize Winners’ Forum, talking about Alice Munro.  In April, she will be making a presentation at Doane Stuart High School, comparing the “real” Middle Ages” to depictions of that era in modern popular culture.

Dr. Mary Fitzgerald-Hoyt had an essay, “The Child, the Famine, the Childhood Future: Claire Keegan’s Foster,” published in The Country of the Young: Interpretations of Youth and in Irish Culture, ed. John Countryman and Kelly Matthews.  Her invited review of Kathleen Costello-Sullivan’s Mother/Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín, appeared in New Hibernia Review; another invited review of recent Irish short story collections will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Short Story in Theory and Practice (Manchester, England).  She also served as a peer reviewer for Papers on Language and Literature, Irish University Review, and continues to serve as an editorial consultant for The Journal of the Short Story in English.

A paper on Andrea Barrett’s fiction about the Irish Potato Famine has been accepted for the Ulster-American Symposium, to be held at Quinnipiac University in June.  Mary is a finalist for this year’s Matthew Conlin Award for Outstanding Service to the College.

Karin Lin-Greenberg won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and her collection of short stories, Faulty Predictions, will be published by the University of Georgia Press in September of 2014.

Dr. Lisa Nevarez published an edited collection of essays, The Vampire Goes to College: Essays on Teaching with the Undead (McFarland Press, Dec. 2013). This collection, which is aimed at college educators, offers pedagogical tools for incorporating the figure of the vampire into the classroom. Essays cover topics ranging from writing instruction to course design to text pairings. Dr. Nevarez's essay on Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn, focusing on the child Renesmee, appeared in The Twilight Saga: Exploring the Global Phenomenon (Ed. Claudia Bucciferro, Scarecrow Press, 2014).  A second essay, on Latina vampires in graphic novels, is forthcoming in a collection on race and the vampire narrative, edited by Melissa Anyiwo, in late 2014/early 2015 (Sense Publishers). In April 2014, Dr. Nevarez will be presenting at the national meeting of the Popular Culture Association.

Dr. Rachel Stein published a chapter entitled "Remembering the Sacred Tree: Black Women, Nature, and Voodoo in Zora Neale Hurston's Tell My Horse and Their Eyes Were Watching God in anthology entitled Zora Neale Hurston,  Haiti, and Their Eyes Were Watching God.  Dr. Stein presented a paper on "Material Feminist Practices in a Body Politics Class"  on a session on engaged teaching at the National Women's Studies Conference,"  11/2013.  She was invited by the editors of Feminist Teacher to submit this article for publication,  which she has done.  At Siena, Dr. Stein was the outgoing advisor to GSA/Pride and she mentored Luke Lavera's successful application for a DAC student grant and assisted Luke in preparing a workshop on being trans-inclusive for Siena faculty.

Dr. Todd Snyder published a co-authored book chapter, "The New Political Rhetoric of Hip-Hop Music in the Obama Era," in Eunice Rojas and Lindsay Michie's Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism in October of 2013.  His book chapter "College Is Not a Fairytale: First-Generation College Students in Extractive Industry Appalachia" has also been accepted for publication in Kim Donehower and Sara Webb-Sunderhaus's upcoming book Re-Reading Appalachia

Todd's new book, The Rhetoric of Appalachian Identity, will also be published by McFarland on July 15, 2014. In March 2014, Todd presented an excerpt of his upcoming study "Spatial Rhetorics of Identity: Hip-Hop's Impact on Working-Class Appalachia" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis, Indiana. Todd also delivered two public lectures sponsored by the Damietta  Cross Cultural Center: "Faces of Hip-Hop: A Discussion of Race and Identity" (November, 2013) and "Soundtrack to Hip-Hop Values: Family, Feminism, and Education" (March, 2014). Todd was recently awarded a CCSI grant through the Damietta Cross Cultural Center. The funds from this grant allowed Todd to take his "Writing 390: Rhetoric(s) of Hip-Hop Culture" students on a field trip to the "Hip-Hop Archives" at Cornell University. Todd also used his CCSI grant to bring author and historian Khalid el-Hakim, poet/rapper/and social activist Quadir Lateef, and the "Black History 101: Mobile Museum" to Siena's campus in March of 2014. These events were held in conjunction with Siena's first ever "Back to Basics: Hip-Hop Week." Todd also recently started an educational website dedicated to connecting  scholars interested in the subject of Appalachian Rhetoric. The website features blogs by professors and graduate students from The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Perdue University, The University of Louisville, Marshall University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Virginia Military Institute. The website features blogs, CFPs, links, etc.

In November, Dr. Charles Trainor delivered a paper entitled "Toward a 'New Species of Writing': Fielding and Ballad Opera" at the annual convention of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association in San Diego, CA.  In addition, his article, "He Stoops to Conquer: Fielding and English Song," appeared in the 2013 volume of the peer-reviewed journal Miscelanea.

Dr. Keith Wilhite's essay, "Girls Gone Wrong: Whiteness and the Economy of Desire in Jim Tully's Ladies in the Parlor," appeared in a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Midwestern Miscellany dedicated to the fiction of Jim Tully.  In Spring 2014, Keith was elected, along with Dr. Marcela Garcés, to serve as Co-Chair of the Diversity Action Committee at Siena College.