School of Arts and Letters: Winter 2016 Update

School of Arts and Letters: Winter 2016 Update

December 8, 2016

Faculty News


The Department of Classical and Modern Languages hosted its annual language festival on November 15th.    Over 400 students from twelve high schools participated in sessions of their choosing offered by department faculty in 10 different languages.

The Department of English & Linguistics hosted the statewide meeting of the Missouri Folklore Society during November 3-5, which featured over 50 presentations and performances by faculty, artists, and members of the community.  Department faculty, alumni, and current student presented scholarly work and Betsy Delmonico, Professor Emeritus of English, did most of the planning, along with Professor of English Adam Davis and Professor of English Education Barbara Price.

The Department of Theatre is taking approximately 30 students to ACTF in Des Moines this January.  Eight of these students are nominees in the national Irene Ryan Acting Competition, and additional students will be competing in the devised work competition.

Laura Bigger (Art) and two collaborators had a solo exhibition in Minneapolis at the Form + Content  gallery.

A book by Sana Camara (French) entitled Sheikh Ahmadu Bamba: Selected Poems will be published in February 2017 by E. J. Brill Press, Leiden.

José Carreño-Medina (Spanish) will publish a book of poetry titled Como si fuese a dejar la tierra, in Madrid by Editorial Altera, in January 2017.

Heidi Cook (Art and University Art Gallery) recently defended her PhD dissertation.

Sally Cook (Linguistics) attended the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement conference in New Orleans.

Matt Derezinski (Art) had a solo exhibition of his work at the Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art Gallery in the Chelsea art district of New York.

Timothy Farley (French & MAE FL Specialty Director) recently gave a presentation entitled “Assisting Intermediate Learners to Interpret Advanced-level Texts” at the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages Annual Conference in Boston, MA.

Priya Kambli (Art) has work in exhibits at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston and Filter Space in Chicago, and was recently awarded the Sustainable Art Foundation Promise Award.  Only a few of these were given out during this round – with over 3,600 artists and writers applying.

Amy Norgard is continuing in her role as Vice President for the state of Missouri for the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), the second largest national organization that promotes the study and teaching of Classical Antiquity.

Antonio Scuderi (Italian) published an essay entitled “Tracing Ritual to Theatre: The Carnival Encoded in Plautus’ Menaechmi” as part of the book Stage, Page, Play: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Theatre and Theatricality, Copenhagen: Multivers Academic (2016).

Oscar Sendón (Spanish) recently published an article online in the Bulletin of Spanish Studies

Audrey Viguier (French) recently authored a proposal that was accepted by Chamber of Commerce of the Ile-de-France, Paris, to make Truman an authorized center for the French language and to award diplomas in French for specific purposes.

Cole Woodcox (English) has completed substantive work on the University of Virginia Press’s Buildings of Missouri, which he is co‑editing.  The book is part of a series directed by the Society of Architectural Historians and will be published in 2017.


Alumni News

Alex Boyt (Theatre) is a Production Management Apprentice at the Triad Stage Theatre in Greensboro, NC.

Alumni Angela Bubash and Kevin O’Brien (Theatre) recently performed Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Stray Dog Theatre Company in Saint Louis, and were directed by alumnus Justin Been.

Akela Cooper (English) is Producer for the Netflix hit show Luke Cage and wrote a recent episode of American Horror Story.

Matt Dominguez (Theatre) is directing the musical, Bare, at the Refuge Theatre Project in Chicago, receiving enthusiastic reviews.

Jessica Emmanus (Theatre) is in Columbia University’s MFA program in Stage Management.

Dusty Folwarzny (Art) is a co-founder of Ink Factory, a graphic recording business in Chicago.  She also works as a professional sculptor with many of her abstract steel forms in public places in Chicago and other cities in the U.S.

Jeremy Jordan (Spanish MAE) received the Distinguished Educator Award by the Foreign Language Association of Missouri.

Michelle Lilly (Theatre) is in her 2nd year in the Scene Design MFA program at Northwestern University.

Michael McIntyre (Theatre) an MFA degree in Acting from the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

English alumnus and recent Clayton B. Ofstad Writer-in-Residence Prajwal (Sharma) Parajuly is one of five judges for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, “one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for young writers.”

Ronnie Rybkowski (Theatre) has been promoted to Entertainment Stage Technician/Trainer, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Chris Wacker (Theatre) recently acted in Much Ado About Nothing at the Dark Night Initiative in Chicago.


Student News

Members of Kappa Pi, the international honors Art fraternity, helped paint various parts of the decorations at Take Root Cafe’, a new non-profit restaurant that recently opened on the Kirksville square.

Students in an Art History course titled Dada and World War I travelled in September to visit the Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home and State Historical Site in Laclede, MO, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.  At both sites, students met with museum staff while visiting the museums and their collections.  Because the students are working on a Spring 2017 exhibition focusing on creative responses to World War I, the trip benefited not only their studies this semester, but also the University Art Gallery show in the spring.

Art students and Art faculty are participating in a yearlong exhibition by displaying their work at Gallery 104, a new commercial art gallery on the Kirksville Square.

Clara Miller-Broomfield (Romance Languages major) presented at the inaugural World Congress on Undergraduate Research held in Doha, Qatar, November 13-15, 2016.  The presentation was the culmination of two years of research on El compendio de los boticarios, Alonso Rodríguez de Tudela’s Castilian translation of a Latin apothecaries’ manual written by Saladino d”Ascoli in the mid-1400’s.

Classics students worked with 4th grade students each week of the fall semester at Ray Miller Elementary School in Kirksville. The fourth graders learned about Latin language and grammar, Roman culture, and study skills.




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