Archive for April, 2012

Nicole McFarlane’s Oral Doctoral Dissertation Defense

April 25, 2012

“The Racial Rhetoric of Cuteness as Decorative Decorum”

Happened: 4.16.12, 3:00-4:45PM
Outcome: Nicole Successfully defended her dissertation.

Cynthia Haynes, Chair (English)
Victor J. Vitanza (English)
Martha Skinner (Architecture)
Stephanie Barczewski (History)
Keith Gilyard (Penn State, external reader)

Here’s a pic of Cynthia and Nicole:



RCID Research Forum, AY 2011-2012

April 23, 2012

The Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design doctoral Program, with the support of the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities, gives thanks to all of our colleagues who made presentations to both Students and Faculty attending the RCID Research Forum, AY 2011-2012

Fall Semester, 2011

1. Brian McGrath, Department of English. The title of his presentation was “Dead Men Running.”

2. The Four Amigos, Department of English: David Blakesley, Cynthia Haynes, Jan Holmevik, and Victor Vitanza. They spoke of their various “High Wired Redux sequels that are forthcoming in the Cybertext Yearbook.”

3. Kayrn Jones, Department of Communication Studies. The title: “Research on Parenting Children with Disabilities: Communication, Identity, and Social Support.”

4. Sam Fredrick, Department of Languages. The title: “The Utopian Narrative Space of Gerhard Meier’s Toteninsel.”

5. Sydney Cross, Department of Art. The title: “Cultural Strata.”

6. Travers Scott, Department of Communication Studies. The title: “Killer Apps and Sick Users: Patterns in Pathological Technoculture.”

Spring Semester, 2012

7. Michael LeMathieu, Department of English. The title: “The Erasure of Logical Positivism in American Literature.”

8. Joe Mazer, Department of Communication  Studies. The title: “Communication, Social Media, and Interpersonal Relationships: Productive and Problematic Implications for Relational Closeness and Well-Being Outcomes.”

9. Elizabeth Rivlin, Department of English. The title: “Adapting Shakespeare: Trauma, Ethics, and Knowledge.”

10. Armando Montilla, School of Architecture. The title: ” ‘Unrooting’ the American Dream: Exiling the Ethnospace in the midst of Urban Fractality.”

11. Joseph Mai, Department of Languages. The title: “Vulnerability, Shame, Pastoral: Animals in Milan Kundera’s Unbearable Lightness (or Why We Humans Should Gouge Out Our Eyes).”

12. Beth Anne Lauritis, Department of Art. The title: “Art exhibition as discourse: Lucy Lippard’s politics of visibility.”

Thank you all!The RCID Research Forum will return in August for the AY 2012-2013.

Curtis Newbold’s Oral Doctoral Dissertation Defense

April 16, 2012

“Ambiguous Science and the Visual Representation of the Real”

Happened: 4.16.12, 8:30-10:30AM in the Jordan Room on campus.
Outcome: Curtis Successfully defended his dissertation.

Steve Katz, Chair (English)
Sean Morey (English)
Joe Mazer (Communication Studies)
Sydney Cross (Art)
Lesly Temesvari (Biological Sciences)

Here are some pix:

Trish and Jimmy on their way to EGS, June, 2012 …

April 10, 2012

Trish Fancher and Jimmy Butts
(RCID students, CAAH, Clemson University)

will attend the European Graduate School this June. In Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

–> They will have seminars with

Diane Davis, Victor Vitanza, Denise Riley, Avital Ronell, Volker Schlöndorff, Wolfgang Schirmacher.

–> And will be attending lectures and mixing with

Simon Critchley, Slavoj Zizek, Peter Singer / Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, Hendrik Speck, Michael Hardt, Lev Manovich

Mitchell Joachim, Geert Lovink, Francois Noudelmann, Claire Denis, Sylvere Lotringer, Samuel Weber

Werner Hamacher, Manthia Diawara, Eduardo L. Cadava, Manuel de Landa, Catherine Breillat.

. . . VjV . . .