Faculty members in the School of Humanities and Sciences continue their efforts in prose, poetry, and art, in theory and criticism, and in research and teaching. Their approaches are as varied as the disciplines of the school. The following are examples of recent works.
Ray Ghirardo, professor of art, was invited by the Artisans, Designers, and Artists
Cooperative of Fiskars (Finland)
to show his work (in collaboration with Megan Roberts of the Roy H. Park School of Communications) at Transparent, an exhibition held at the Granary, Fiskars, Finland. Ghirardo describes their piece, titled "Cascade," as "a sound and video installation, comprising three projectors rear-projecting on a sculpture of cast latex faces -- creating the movement of flowing water through a diverse set of imagery, both real and digitally created." Ghirardo is also pleased to announce his computer arts students' participation in a combined exhibition with students studying in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Poland.
Associate professor of modern languages and literatures Michael Richardson is the author of a new book, Revolutionary Theater and the Classical Heritage. Published in April 2007 by Peter Lang, the book analyzes the work of three German proletarian-revolutionary dramatists at the end of the Weimar Republic: Bertolt Brecht, Friedrich Wolf, and Gustav von Wangenheim. Through discussions of theatrical theory and close readings of individual plays, Richardson explores the ways these writers appropriated German literary heritage in their efforts to transform their passive audiences into active critics of politics and culture at a decisive moment in Germany's history.
Thomas Shevory, professor of politics, recently published his latest book, Toxic Burn: The Grassroots Struggle against the WTI Incinerator (University of Minnesota Press, April 2007). In what the publisher describes as "a gripping account," Shevory combines ethnographic observation with political and legal analysis to explore the economics of trash, the politics behind hazardous waste disposal, and environmental activism in this case of citizen opposition to an EPA-sanctioned facility in East Liverpool, Ohio.