Ivy Leaf - Fall 2004

Faculty News of Note


Dick Caram, playwright/director and retired Penn State Altoona associate professor of theater, authored a drama in two acts entitled St. Vitus Dance, that was featured as a staged reading at the College this past summer.

Todd Davis, assistant professor of English, and Kenneth Womack, associate professor of English, presented their essay, "David Mamet's Altered Ethics: Finding Forgiveness, or Something Like It, in Glengarry Glen Ross, The Spanish Prisoner, and State and Main," at the 2nd International David Mamet Conference in London. Their essay, "Reading (and Writing) the Ethics of Authorship: Shakespeare in Love as Postmodern Metanarrative," appeared in the most recent issue of Literature/Film Quarterly.

Dinty Moore, professor of English, taught a graduate workshop in nonfiction writing in Madrid, Spain, during the summer as part of the University of New Orleans Summer Seminars Abroad. Twelve students from the United States and Europe joined Moore for an intensive study of literary nonfiction writing trends and techniques. Courses were also taught in fiction writing, poetry, Spanish film, and Spanish language.

Moore also was a guest teacher of creative nonfiction writing at the Chautauqua Writer's Festival along Chautauqua Lake in western New York, and also at the Seventh Annual Mid-Atlantic Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.

The Critical Response to John Irving, co-edited by Todd Davis and Kenneth Womack, was released in August. The volume contains an introduction by Davis and Womack, as well as an original essay entitled, "Dying for Love: Reading the Ethics of Grief in A Widow for One Year." Their essay, "Reading the Ethics of Mourning in the Poetry of Donald Hall," appeared in Response to Death: Literary Work on Mourning published by the University of Alberta Press, and their essay "Reading (and Writing) the Ethics of Authorship: Shakespeare in Love as Postmodern Metanarrative" is included in the most recent issue of Literature/Film Quarterly.

Valerie Stratton and Annette Zalanowski presented their paper, "Aesthetic Evaluation of Music Depends on Listener's Mood," at the American Psychological Association's annual meeting in Chicago. Their paper, "Aesthetic Evaluations of Music Lowered by Negative Moods," was presented at the XVIII Congress of the International Association for Empirical Aesthetics in Lisbon, Portugal, and was recently selected for presentation at the American Music Therapy Association's national meeting in Austin, Texas. Their manuscript, "Contrast Effects of Aesthetic Evaluation on Music," was accepted for publication in the international journal Psychology of Music.

Brian Black, associate professor of history and environmental studies, published "Oil that is—Black Gold, Texas Tea," in the Christian Science Monitor. With P.J. Sleber (2004), Black also authored "Getting a Move On: Transportation Revolutions in Altoona," which was published in Pennsylvania Legacies.

Todd Davis, assistant professor of English, authored poems appearing in the most recent issues of River Styx, The Louisville Review, Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, The Midwest Quarterly, Blueline, and Front Range Review.

Assistant professor of communications Kevin Moist's article entitled "Dayglo Koans and Spiritual Renewal: 1960s Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters and the Broadening of American Spirituality" was published in the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.

Featuring work by Laura Rotunno, assistant professor of English, and her students, the article "Novel Expectations to Novel Evaluations" was selected for publication in the Academic Exchange Quarterly.