In October, Geneva Gano, assistant professor of literature, conducted research on American author Willa Cather at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as the James Woodress Scholar in Residence. While there, she worked in the archives in special collections, met with major Willa Cather scholars and investigated digital humanities resources for teaching. In November, she participated in a working group session titled “Revisiting Geomodernisms” at the Modernist Studies Association in Pittsburgh.
Lewis Trelawny-Cassity, assistant professor of philosophy, along with Adriel Trott (Wabash College) and Kevin Miles (Earlham College), received a three-year grant from the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) to bring students and faculty together to discuss ancient philosophy. In November, four students represented Antioch College at the first GLCA Ancient Philosophy Student Workshop, where they engaged in discussion with students and faculty from Wabash College and Earlham College. Students Keegan Busick ’17, Perin Ellsworth-Heller ’17 and Jenn Wheeler ’15 presented excellent papers at the conference, and Sara Brooks ’15 provided an insightful commentary on a Wabash College student’s paper. The next Ancient Philosophy Workshop will be held at Antioch in fall 2015.
Gabrielle Civil, associate professor of performance, collaborated with colleagues Raewyn Martyn, assistant professor of art, and Nicolas Daily, resident life manager, to organize and facilitate Solid Arty, an intensive, weekend workshop on art, race and solidarity at the Coretta Scott King Center. Performance documentation from “Fugue (dissolution, Accra)” was accepted to “Black Renaissance/ Renaissance Noire.” Her essay “Tourist Art: A Tracery of the Visual/ Virtual” appeared in “Writing Through the Visual and Virtual,” a critical anthology in January 2015 from Lexington Books.
In January, Raewyn Martyn, assistant professor of visual art, traveled to Christchurch, New Zealand, to undertake collaborative work for the Whole House Reuse project. The team included Antioch students, recent graduates from Canterbury University in Christchurch and students from the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) in Chicago. While there, she also made new work for a contemporary painting survey show at The Physics Room gallery.
Kevin McGruder, assistant professor of history, became a contributor to the recently published anthology, “Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call.” The anthology includes more than 50 contributors in a range of genres inspired by “In the Life,” Beam’s landmark 1986 anthology, reflecting on the life of Joseph Beam (1957-1988). McGruder’s contribution “Brother to Brother: Realizing Joseph Beam’s Vision of Community” revisits goals for the black gay community that Beam articulated in 1986.
Andrew Thompson, visiting assistant professor of sculpture and installation, has been curating art shows throughout Michigan. These exhibitions are “Break with Tradition” at Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester, Michigan; “It’s Like Toys in Here: 3 generations of Detroit artists serious about play” at Detroit Artists Market; “Place Names The Place” at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan; and “A: House B: Home” at the Grosse Pointe Art Center in Grosse Pointe, Mich.