Letters

Letters


Fall 2008, Vol. 17, No. 1 (requires Adobe Acrobat)

2008-2009 Faculty Fellows

The 2008-2009 Warren Center Fellows’ Program, “New Directions in Trauma Studies,” will examine the emerging field of trauma studies and will work to define its boundaries and enhance the field through interdisciplinary discussion. The Fellows believe that by addressing the lived experiences of trauma through an interdisciplinary humanistic lens, their work will augment the theoretical understanding of individual and collective experiences of trauma, will intervene in the suffering that results from trauma, and will assist in trauma prevention.

LAURA M. CARPENTER, assistant professor of sociology, specializes in gender, sexuality, and health. Her first book, Virginity Lost: An Intimate Portrait of First Sexual Experiences, examines how different metaphorical interpretations of virginity shape young women’s and men’s sexual decision- making and practices. She has published and lectured on sexuality over the life course, on mass media depictions of romance and sexuality, and on qualitative research methods. Her current research compares the controversies over male circumcision and female genital cutting in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain to better understand how activists, medical professionals, state actors, and journalists influence public health debates. In 2008, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality named her an Emerging Professional.

KATE DANIELS is an associate professor of English and the acting director of the Creative Writing Program at Vanderbilt. She is the author of four volumes of poetry, including the forthcoming A Walk in Victoria’s Secret. She writes regularly on contemporary American poetry; she has also received numerous awards for her work, including a Best American Poetry Award 2007, a Pushcart Prize, and the James Dickey Award for poetry. Currently, she is researching connections between the experience of trauma, literary creativity, and psychoanalysis, and she is completing a prose collection entitled Slow Fuse of the Possible: A Poet’s Psychoanalysis.

JON EBERT is a clinical psychologist and serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He is the Clinic Coordinator at the Vanderbilt Center of Excellence and serves on the Tennessee Governor's Office of Children's Care Coordination steering panel. He also provides clinical services in the Vanderbilt Mental Health Center. His clinical responsibilities include individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, community consultation, and multi-family group therapy; additionally, he trains graduate students, interns, and post-doctorates in consultation and psychotherapy activities. His primary areas of research interest are trauma and resilience, counter-responses and interventions with highly conflictual clients, dissemination of evidenced-based-practices for children and youth, and developing clinical competencies in student clinicians.

VIVIEN GREEN FRYD is a professor of art history. She is the author of Art and Empire: The Politics of Ethnicity in the U.S. Capitol, 1815-1860 and Art and the Crisis of Marriage: Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper. She has published numerous articles, most recently “The ‘Ghosting’ of Incest and Female Liaisons in Harriet Hosmer’s Beatrice Cenci” in The Art Bulletin and “Suzanne Lacy’s Three Weeks in May: Performance Art as Expanded Public Pedagogy” in National Women’s Studies Association Journal. She is currently writing a book manuscript, “Representing Sexual Trauma in Contemporary American Art,” which investigates the intersection between sexual trauma and visual representations, arguing that works of art can act as testimonies that give voice to that which has been silenced. This year, she is the Spence and Rebecca Webb Wilson Fellow and will direct the Warren Center Fellows’ Seminar.

CHRISTINA KARAGEORGOU-BASTEA is an assistant professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt. She specializes in Spanish and Latin American modern poetry. Her book, Arquitectónica de voces. Federico García Lorca y el Poema del cante jondo, appeared this year, published by El Colegio de México. She is the co-editor of the Vanderbilt e-Journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies. Her interest in trauma studies is related to a new book-length research project, the focus of which is Lope de Aguirre, a sixteenth-century conquistador of Peru, his imprint on Hispanic cultures, and his intriguing metamorphoses in modern literary works from Spain and Latin America.

CLAIRE SISCO KING is an assistant professor in communication studies; she is also affiliated with film studies, women’s and gender studies, and American studies. She has authored articles and chapters on such topics as Nazi propaganda, horror films, historical trauma, and masculinity. She is currently completing a book project, entitled Washed in Blood: Sacrifice and Subjectivity in the Cinema, which explores ritualized sacrifice as an overlooked cinematic trope aimed at reconstituting hegemonic masculinity in the wake of historical trauma. Other forthcoming publications include an examination of film music and masculinity in the horror genre.

LINDA MANNING is the Director of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center and has appointments in both the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and in the Human Development Counseling Program. She is a licensed psychologist in Tennessee and Texas, and she has specialized in the treatment of trauma survivors for over twenty-five years. Her interests include teaching undergraduates about trauma, especially violence against women, and teaching and training graduate students and mental health professionals in body-centered approaches to trauma therapy. During her fellowship year, she also plans, with Warren Center colleague Charlotte Pierce-Baker, to create a course and syllabus that will bridge their two disciplines of psychology and the humanities.

CHARLOTTE PIERCE-BAKER is professor of women’s and gender studies, with a secondary appointment in the department of English. She is an active participant in on-going activities of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center at Vanderbilt and author of the highly regarded Surviving the Silence: Black Women’s Stories of Rape. Pierce-Baker lectures widely, in the U.S. and abroad, on issues regarding women and violence. Her teaching emphasizes the connection between theory and praxis in her specialty areas of trauma, literature, and sociolinguistics. She is an activist-scholar whose current work-inprogress is a family memoir about her son’s struggle with bipolar disorder. During her fellowship year, she also plans, with Warren Center colleague Linda Manning, to create a course and syllabus that will bridge their two disciplines of psychology and the humanities.

MAURICE E. STEVENS is an associate professor at Ohio State University and works in the areas of American, ethnic, critical gender, and cultural studies. He is particularly interested in the formation of identities in and through visual culture and performance, and in historical memory in relation to trauma theory, critical gender studies,critical race theory, psychoanalytic theory, and popular cultural performance. He has recently completed work on Troubling Beginnings: Trans(per)forming African American History and Identity. He is the 2008-2009 Visiting Fellow.

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