Celebrating the Humanities

by Amanda Simmons

The accomplishments of students, faculty, staff and alumni are an important focus of the Fulbright Review. Fulbright College is comprised of four distinct areas, the fine arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Each issue of the Fulbright Review dedicates a story within the Successes section to some of the year's highlights within a particular area. This issue features successes in the humanities.

There are two new department chairs in Fulbright College: Ed Minar in the Department of Philosophy and Larry Foley in the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism.

Several Fulbright College students received awards from the Fulbright Program. Anne Greeott, a Master of Fine Arts student in the Department of English will complete work on translations of the poet Mario Luzi and teach workshops to high school students in Rome. Karsten Powers, a 2014 graduate in Spanish and international relations, will teach English in Madrid, Spain. Rachel Schaffner, a graduate student in the Department of English will teach English in Erzurum, Turkey.

Kathleen Condray, associate professor of German, Robert Cochran, professor of English, Michael Pierce, associate professor of history and Charles Adams, a former member of the English department, contributed to a special issue of The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Sydne Tursky and Tucker Partridge were among four incoming freshman to receive the Sturgis Fellowship, the university’s oldest award. Tursky is studying French and journalism. Partridge plans to study English or history.

Joshua Smith, assistant professor of English, and Caree Banton, assistant professor of history, were among nine University of Arkansas professors awarded SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grants.


Department of Communication

  • National Communication Association

    The National Communication Association recognized the University of Arkansas chapter of Lambda Pi Eta honor society as the national chapter of the year. The chapter, founded by professor Steve Smith, is in its 29th year. Assistant professor Stephanie Schulte and instructor Laurie Brady serve as the chapter’s faculty advisers.

  • Stephanie Schulte

    Schulte gave two invited lectures: “National Utility or Global Inevitability” at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in February and “Competing Visions of the Internet and Why They Matter” at the 7th annual Schmidt Lecture on Information Technology and Society at the College of William and Mary in March.

  • Rob Wicks

    Professor Rob Wicks was interviewed by local news station KNWA for a feature on political campaign advertisements.

  • Lisa Corrigan

    Associate professor Lisa Corrigan was interviewed for a story on contraception featured on KNWA. She was also interviewed for a story published on Yahoo! News.

  • Laura Jacobs

    Alumna Laura Jacobs, who eared degrees in communication and English, was appointed associate vice chancellor of University Relations.

  • Sarah Jones

    Student Sarah Jones hosted an Arkansas Short Takes video featuring the “Tradition of Scholarship,” at the University of Arkansas. Multiple students, faculty and staff spoke about the award-winning reputation of the university.

  • Elizabeth Cordes

    Honors student Elizabeth Cordes was chosen to serve as a representative on Kappa Delta sorority’s national leadership council prior to her 2014 graduation.

Department of English

  • Padma Viswanathan

    Assistant professor Padma Viswanathan was awarded the National Endowment of the Humanities Enduring Questions grant. Viswanathan was also appointed to tenure-track faculty position and was named a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, one of Canada's most prestigious literary awards

  • William A. Quinn

    William A. Quinn, professor of English and director of the Medieval and Renaissance studies program, published Olde Clerkis Speche (The Catholic University of America Press), a book about Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde.

  • Geoffrey Brock

    Professor Geoffrey Brock was selected as a contributor to Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration, a book produced by the National Portrait Gallery. Brock was also invited to read his original poem at an Author Talk presented by the gallery.

  • Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly

    Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly, alumni of the creative writing program, shared stories at an event to kick off the new William N. Harrison and James T. Whitehead Creative Writing Endowment. The endowment will raise money to increase the stipends paid to graduate students in creative writing.

  • Sidney Burris

    Sidney Burris, professor of English and director of the Fulbright Honors Program, was the featured in a story about campus safety by KNWA.

    Photo credit: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/WILLIAM MOORE

  • Gwynne Gertz

    Gwynne Gertz, assistant professor of English, received the March "Of the Month" award for Institution Faculty/Staff. The awards are given monthly by the National Residence Hall Honorary.

Department of History

  • Daniel Sutherland

    Professor Daniel Sutherland published Whistler: A Life for Art’s Sake (Yale University Press), a biography about the private life of painter James McNeill Whistler. Sutherland is contributed to and appeared as an on-air expert in the PBS documentary, James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty. Sutherland’s biography was also featured in the “Briefly Noted” section of The New Yorker‘s June issue.

  • Randall Woods

    Distinguished Professor Randall Woods’ latest book, Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA (Basic Books), was reviewed by Andrew J. Bacevich for Project Muse and by Evan Thomas for the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

  • Jim Gigantino

    Assistant professor Jim Gigantino published The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865 (University of Pennsylvania), which examines the influence of slavery on the political, economic and social life of blacks and whites in New Jersey.

  • Charles Robinson,

    Charles Robinson, professor of history and vice chancellor for diversity and community, testified before a United States House of Representatives subcommittee on behalf of programs that help low-income, first-generation students succeed in college. He was nominated to testify before the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Services subcommittee by the Washington, D.C., based Council for Opportunity in Education.

  • Rebecca Howard and Matt Parnell

    Doctoral candidates Rebecca Howard and Matt Parnell were awarded the James J. Hudson Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities.

  • Bethany Henry Rosenbaum

    Doctoral candidate Bethany Henry Rosenbaum was awarded $100,000 by the Southern Regional Educational Board Doctoral Scholars Program.

  • Senket Desai

    Doctoral candidate Senket Desai was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship by the United States Department of Education to study Arabic at the University of Wisconsin’s Arabic, Persian and Turkish Language Immersion Institute. 

  • Nathanael Franks

    Honors student Nathanael Franks was selected as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. Franks is pursuing degrees in chemistry and physics with a minor in history.

  • Charles Muntz

    Assistant professor Charles Muntz was awarded a $30,000 fellowship from the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library Foundation at Harvard University.

  • Richard Sonn

    Professor Richard Sonn was asked to join the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, World War I and the Arts: Sound, Vision, Psyche.

  • Elliott West

    Distinguished Professor Elliott West was one of 29 educators from around the country selected to attend the Glider Lehrman Institute of American History at the University of Montana.

  • Trish Starks

    Associate professor Trish Starks went to Moscow this summer on a Fulbright College Research Grant to work on her book, Cigarettes and Soviets: Tobacco Culture in Twentieth Century Russia.

  • Evan Burr Bukey

    Professor emeritus Evan Burr Bukey was awarded the 2014 Karl von Vogelsang National Award for History and Social Sciences by the Austrian government. Bukey received the award in April at the Federal Ministry of Science and Research in Vienna. 

  • Kathryn Sloan

    Department chair Kathryn Sloan was one of four University of Arkansas faculty members selected as 2014-15 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellows.

  • Caree Banton

    Assistant professor Caree Banton served as guest speaker at the 155th annual Prize-Giving and Founders’ Day Ceremony for the Hampton School of Girls in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.

  • Lynda Coon and professor emeritus Bob McMath

    Associate dean Lynda Coon and professor emeritus Bob McMath received the 2014 Honors College Distinguished Faculty Award.

Department of Journalism

  • Larry Foley

    Up Among the Hills, a documentary written and directed by department chair Larry Foley, received three nominations and one win at the 37th Annual Mid-America Emmy Gala. Instructor Hayot Tuychiev was nominated in the Editor-Program and Photographer-Program categories. Broadcast students and alumni were recognized at the gala as well as at the South Central Broadcast Society Regional Awards Ceremony for their work.

  • Seedling Film Association

    The Seedling Film Association honored Foley’s work at the 2014 Offshoot Film Festival with a showcase of three of his documentary films.

  • Shelby Gill

    Shelby Gill, a news/editorial student, has published a short essay in the 2014 “Home” issue of Kinfolk.

  • Hannah McGhee

    Hannah McGhee, a journalism major and African and African American studies minor, was awarded a study abroad scholarship to study and blog about race relations in Viterbo, Italy.

  • Caitlin Murad,

    Caitlin Murad, an advertising and public relations student, was featured in an April article on the University of Arkansas chapter of PRSSA. The story appeared on hercampus.com, an online “global community” for college women.

  • Tapping the Ozarks, a documentary about Fayetteville’s growing craft beer movement.

    Student filmmakers Danny Henkel and Alyssa Becker produced Tapping the Ozarks, a documentary about Fayetteville’s growing craft beer movement.

  • Emily Rhodes

    Alumna Emily Rhodes was awarded a national Hearst Award.

  • Denise Malan

    Alumna Denise Malan published The Runner’s Bucket List: 200 Races to Run Before You Die (Triumph Books). Malan signed books and met with the public in Kimpel Hall in April.

  • Brandy Cox

    Alumna Brandy Cox was named associate vice chancellor for alumni and executive director of the Arkansas Alumni Association.

  • Betsy Lavender

    Alumna Betsy Lavender joined the university as the director of development for Greek Initiatives.

  • Katherine Shurlds

    The Arkansas Press Association honored Katherine Shurlds, instructor and director of the Lemke Journalism Project, as the Journalism Educator of the Year.

  • Jan Wicks and Patsy Watkins

    Professors Jan Wicks and Patsy Watkins have new leadership roles in the department. Wicks is the first vice chair for the department and Watkins serves as director of the graduate program.

Department of Philosophy

  • Jacob Adler

    Associate professor Jacob Adler reestablished a Hebrew course, giving students an opportunity to study the biblical language for the first time in more than a decade.

  • Adler also partnered with, Jennifer Hoyer,

    Adler also partnered with, Jennifer Hoyer, associate professor of German, to launch a new Jewish studies program. Other faculty members associated with the program include Richard Sonn and Lynda Coon in the Department of History, Nancy Arenberg and Daniel Levine in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Gwynne Gertz in the Department of English.

  • Eric Funkhouser

    Associate professor Eric Funkhouser published The Logical Structure of Kinds (Oxford University Press), which offers a general account into how conceptual schemes sort things into different classifications and explores implications for the special sciences and their relations.

  • Warren Herold

    Assistant professor Warren Herold joined the department from the University of Michigan, where he received his doctorate. He specializes in ethics and the philosophy of economics.

  • Oksana Maksymchuk

    Assistant professor Oksana Maksymchuk participated in the Journal of the History of Philosophy Master Class in the History of Philosophy at Yale University and presented on Plato’s dialogue Philebus in the summer of 2014. She and a colleague from another institution have translated a story by Tania Malyarchuk from Ukrainian to English, which will be published in the literary journal Berlin Quarterly.

  • Thomas Senor

    Professor Thomas Senor, former chair of the department for more than 17 years, was selected as an Alvin Plantinga Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion.

  • St. John’s College in Minnesota

    Graduate student Dawna Hendricks attended a selective summer seminar on teaching philosophy sponsored by the American Philosophical Association and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers at St. John’s College in Minnesota.

  • The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics: Making Sense of Things

    The department sponsored a mini-conference on Oxford philosopher A.W. Moore’s 2012 book The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics: Making Sense of Things (Cambridge University Press).  Speakers included David Cerbone of West Virginia University and Kelly Jolley of Auburn University.  Their papers and others, along with responses by Moore, will be published in the department’s journal Philosophical Topics

Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures

  • Kathleen Condray

    Kathleen Condray, associate professor of German and director of the German program, was selected as one of eight recipients of the 2014 Senior Lecturer Fulbright Award. She spent the summer at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität at Freiburg im Breisgau in Friedburg, Germany.

  • Students Mark Nabors and Rachel Yeager had their research published in volume 17 of the Inquiry Undergraduate Research Journal. Their faculty mentors were Kathy Comfort, associate professor of French and Luis Fernando Restrepo, professor of Spanish, respectively.

    Students Mark Nabors and Rachel Yeager had their research published in volume 17 of the Inquiry Undergraduate Research Journal. Their faculty mentors were Kathy Comfort, associate professor of French and Luis Fernando Restrepo, professor of Spanish, respectively.

  • Angelica Puga and Wil Cheatham

    Angelica Puga was selected as Student Leader of the Month for December 2013, and Wil Cheatham was chosen for February 2014. Puga is pursuing a dual degree in management and Spanish. Cheatham is majoring in Spanish and criminal justice.

Amanda Simmons

About the author

Amanda Simmons is a junior in the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism broadcast sequence. She served as a communications intern in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences for the fall 2014 semester.