Oct 09 2013

CLAS Faculty News

Published by chelsea at 5:15 am under Fall 2013 Newsletter,Newsletter

Robert Barsky (Department of French and Italian) has been named by the Dutch Royal Academy as a Visiting Scholar to the Free University of Amsterdam School of Law, 2013–14. His affiliation is with the Migration and Diversity Division, where he is consulting with other professors and presenting work from his forthcoming book on undocumented immigrants in the U.S.


Tom Bogenschild (Latin American Studies, Global Education Office) was awarded a Fulbright to attend a two-week seminar, in Germany in October, for educators focusing on international higher education issues. He will present a paper at an upcoming CIEE conference in Minneapolis in a roundtable entitled “Credit Wars: Institutional Politics and Core Curriculae in International Education.”


Dan Cornfield (Sociology) spoke in June 2013 at the Congresso Latino-Americano de Estudos do Trabalho in São Paulo on “Creating Artist Communities in an Enterprising Age.” The talk was based on his study of the careers of Nashville music professionals.


Tom Dillehay (Anthropology) has received the 2013 Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor Award. The Wyatt Award is Vanderbilt’s top research award and recognizes accomplishments that generate significant new knowledge spanning multiple academic disciplines.


Earl Fitz (Spanish and Portuguese) has been named chair of the Modern Language Association’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature Selection Committee for 2013. Two of his articles originally published in the U.S., one on Clarice Lispector and one on Machado de Assis, have been reprinted in Brazil. At Texas Tech University, Fitz delivered a keynote address on “Frontiers and Borders: Life on the Fringe of the Spanish and Portuguese Worlds and Beyond.” At Northwestern University, he gave an invited lecture on “Soccer: The ‘Jogo Bonito’ as Motif in Brazilian Literature,” and at the annual meeting of the American Portuguese Studies Association hosted by the University of Iowa, he read a paper on “Portugal, Brazil, and Inter-American Studies.”


Carol Etherington (Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health), received the Martin Luther King Jr. Award, presented annually to a Vanderbilt faculty or staff member of the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, or Vanderbilt University Medical Center who emulates King’s principles through his or her work.


Ruth Hill (Spanish and Portuguese), who was recently named Mellon Professor of Spanish, is working on two monographs. One deals with the coeval inventions of prehistory, archaeology, and the Aryan in Western Europe and the Americas from 1830 to 2005. This transatlantic and trans-American project traces the development of Aryanism through print and digital cultures, and represents her long-standing interest in critical race studies and hemispheric American studies. The other monograph examines the plant and animal breeding cultures of early modern Spain, Great Britain, and the Americas, and the racial taxonomies and whitening equations derived from them. Hill argues that the origins of human whitening protocols, in both colonial British America and colonial Spanish America, are to be found in horse breeding at the Belle Meade plantation and in sheep breeding and horse breeding at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello plantation.


Jane Landers (History) has been named a fellow of the 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Landers plans to complete a book on the evolution of communities of African descent in the Iberian Atlantic from their earliest formulations as autonomous kingdoms in the wilderness through their last vestiges as formally recognized free black towns in the eighteenth century. Landers was also awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 2013–14. The award will help fund her project “African Kingdoms, Black Republics and Free Black Towns in the Iberian Atlantic.” Landers served as a historical consultant for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, a PBS documentary series by Skip Gates and Kunhardt McGee Productions. The series premiered in Washington D.C. on October 9, 2013, at the National Press Club and in New York City on October 16, 2013.


Marzia Milazzo’s (English) examines the rhetorical contours of colorblindness and its implications for contemporary literatures in her current research project, “The Master’s Colorblind Tools: Hegemonic Racial Discourse and the Decolonial Imaginaries of Contemporary Afro-Panamanian, Black South African, and Chicana/o Literatures.”

Jose Medina (Philosophy) The Epistemology of Resistance (Oxford University Press, 2012) was awarded the 2013 North American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award. The book offers a new study of iconic figures of resistance in Latina feminism and the civil rights movement: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Rosa Parks.


Doug Morgan (Medicine) has received several grants from the NIH and National Cancer Institute to study H. pylori and gastric cancer in Honduras and Nicaragua. His ongoing research on H. pylori infection in Central America was presented in recent articles, including “Risk of recurrent Helicobacter pylori infection one year after initial eradication therapy in seven Latin American communities.” JAMA 2013; 309(6): 578-586.


Patricia Netherly (Anthropology) has been named to a one-year, postdoctoral faculty appointment working with Tom Dillehay as a research associate professor.


Frank Robinson (History) was elected president of SECOLAS (Southeastern Latin American Studies Conference) and will serve through 2014.


Helena Simonett (Blair School of Music, LAS) was named the co-editor of Society for Ethnomusicology’s Studies in Latin American Music book project.

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