Kelsey Squire, Ph.D., English, co-directed the 63rd annual Willa Cather Spring Conference, which took place May 31 – June 2 in Red Cloud, Nebraska. More than 200 participants celebrated the 100th publication anniversary of Cather’s novel, “My Ántonia.” Squire presented a paper, “But Is It Any Good?: Debating Literary Aesthetics with the Fiction of Willa Cather,” as part of a panel dedicated to teaching “My Ántonia” in the 21st century. She also moderated a plenary panel dedicated to “My Ántonia and the Global Midwest,” sponsored by Humanities Nebraska. Click here to read more about the events celebrating the centenary of “My Ántonia.”
Julie Hart, Ph.D., Sociology, and Manuel Martinez, Ph.D., Languages, recently returned from a two-week trip to Guatemala with nine ODU students; Emily Jaskari, Katie Spittell, Myrissa Stalter, Kylee Risinger O’Malley, Breanna Salyer, Kaleigh Gardiner, Ryan Louallen and ODU Alumni Shakita Kabicek and Chance Smith. During the class, they studied the complex causes of extreme poverty, the consequences of poverty on a society, and people and solutions to poverty. They also visited with poor families and organizations that are working on constructive long-term solutions beyond charity. The class will be offered again in May 2019.
Martin Brick, Ph.D., English, attended the 2018 David Foster Wallace Conference, which took place June 7-9 at Illinois State University. He presented a paper, “Old Father, Old Artificer: Revisiting James Joyce in David Foster Wallace's ‘The Soul is Not a Smithy.’”
Kristall Day, Ph.D. and Marlissa Stauffer, Ph.D., Education, were invited to present their work on P-12 and university partnerships at the June meeting of the Ohio Dean’s Compact for Exceptional Children. Representatives from across the state attend the meeting and engage in discussions about how to prepare future teachers to best meet the needs of all learners.
Kristall Day, Ph.D., Kate Fishley, Ph.D., Tim Micek, D.A., and Ted Zigler, Ph.D., Education, presented at the Catholic Schools Summer Learning Academy, which took place this month on ODU’s campus. The academy is a professional development opportunity for teachers and administrators from the Catholic K-12 schools.
Amy Spencer, Academic Resource Center, and Allen Williams, the Write Place, presented “Defining Tutoring in Three Words: Socratic, Heuristic, Maieutic” on June 28 at the inaugural conference of OCLCA, which was held in Cincinnati. OCLCA is the newly formed Ohio affiliate of the National College Learning Center Association.
Sr. Diane Traffas OP, Sr. Joan Franks, OP, Ph.D., Mission and Identity, and John Grant, OPA, Ph.D., Business, attended the Dominican Higher Education Colloquium, which took place June 21-24 at Providence College in Rhode Island. This conference provides an opportunity to share the fruits of our contemplation with members from the other Dominican institutions of higher education. Grant presented a paper, “Developing a Conscience in Capitalism: A Dominican Business Capstone Course.”
Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich (Ret.), PATRIOTS Program, wrote an article that was published in the June 28 edition of The Hill. “A war is a crisis in no one on our side shows up” discusses the effectiveness and deficiencies of the all-volunteer force. Click here to read the article.