Ivy Leaf - Fall 2010

Faculty News


Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, assistant professor of English, had her fourth book of poems released by Autumn House Press. Where the Road Turns was released in July and contains 110 pages of poetry about family life, relationships, love, war, and her life as an immigrant woman and mother.

Wesley also received the 2010 Liberian Award for her poetry and dedication to mentoring Liberian young people. She was among thirteen Liberian educators and professionals to receive the award at the annual ceremony in Philadelphia in August. The Liberian Awards program was established to honor Liberians who have excelled and received noteworthy accolades in corporate America. The program seeks to acknowledge those pioneers who positively represent Liberia while creating astounding examples for youth to emulate.


Yaw Agawu-Kakraba, associate professor of Spanish, recently published his book Postmodernity in Spanish Fiction and Culture with Wales University Press. The book combines elements of cultural and literary studies in order to present an integrated cultural representation of the emergence of a postmodern social constitution of contemporary Spain.


Sandra Petrulionis, professor of English and American studies and independent scholar Noelle Baker, served as editors for The Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson: A Scholarly Digital Edition which was recently designated a National Endowment for the Humanities "We the People" project and is supported in part by funds the agency has set aside for this special initiative.

The goal of the "We the People" initiative is "to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture through the support of projects that explore significant events and themes in our nation's history and culture and that advance knowledge of the principles that define America." In awarding this status, the NEH "anticipates that the Emerson edition will contribute significantly to this effort." For more information on "We the People" projects, visit www.wethepeople.gov online.

The Emerson edition is also the recipient of a Scholarly Editions grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Brian Black, professor of history and environmental studies, and Gary Weisel, assistant professor of physics, recently published the reference book Global Warming in the series Historical Guides to Controversial Issues in America with Greenwood/ABC-Clio.

After retracing the formation of the scientific understandings behind the idea of climate change, this volume explores the intense debate over how to proceed through adaptation and mitigation. It is meant to introduce readers to this ongoing debate while also providing scientific background and historical context on the issue.