Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and articles that expand their knowledge and expertise. Here are a few recent highlights.
Kirstin Ellsworth, a lecturer in the humanities program, served as co-editor of Women Inventing the 50s, a special December issue of Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. The issue included contributing articles that explored the wide range of women’s creative/scholarly input during the 1950s.
Bryan Feuer, a lecturer in the humanities program, had his article, “Being Mycenaean: A View From the Periphery,” published in the October issue of the American Journal of Archaeology. An expert on the Aegean Bronze Age, he has written extensively on archaeology and the ancient world, including his books, “The Northern Mycenaean Border in Thessaly” and “Mycenaean Civilization.”
Munashe Furusa, acting associate dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and associate professor of Africana studies, contributed the chapter “Memory and the Mapping of a Nation in Crisis: Chenjerai Hove’s ‘Bones’ and the Narration of the Zimbabwean Nation,” to the recently published “Memory and the Narrative Imagination in the African and Diaspora Experience” (ed. Tom Spencer-Walters; 2011, Troy, Mich., Bedford Publisher, Inc.). In it, Furusa examines Chenjerai Hove’s 1988 novel, “Bones,” and its narration of the Zimbabwean nation underscoring a complex analysis of intersecting themes of race, class, and gender. Hove is one of the major writers in Zimbabwe and Africa who have engaged critical issues of oppression, dictatorship, and human rights violations caused by corrupt, undemocratic, and ineffective governments, both in the colonial and post-independence periods in Africa.
Associate professor of music Jonathon Grasse has had his latest album, “Chamber Music,” released by Centaur Records in November. Richard Kravchak, professor of music, is a guest artist on the album, which was made possible by a CSU Dominguez Hills Research, Scholarship, Creative Activities Award Program (RSCAAP) grant. In addition, Grasse’s ensemble, Surrealestate also released a new recording titled “Aporias” that will be available online on the Acoustic Levitation label. He is incorporating his fieldwork on the regional urban and rural music of Minas Gerais, Brazil into a forthcoming book.
Pamela Krochalk, professor and chair of the division of health sciences, co-authored an article that was published in Intergenerational Family Support for Chinese Older Adults a special issue of the International Journal of Social Welfare published in October. In “Widowhood, family support, and self-related health among older adults in China” Krochalk and co-authors Yawen Li, Iris Chi and Ling Xu look at the role family support and length of widowhood plays in the health of older widowed adults.
Jerry Moore, professor of anthropology, has been named as a visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University in the United Kingdom. Located at one of the United Kingdom’s top three research universities, the Institute of Advanced Study is an inter-disciplinary center for scholarly research and intellectual exchange, bringing together scholars from across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Moore will be in residence at Durham University during the Spring 2013 semester and will work on “Constructing Time in South American Prehistory.”
Jung-Sun Park, professor of Asian Pacific studies, presented her paper, “South Korea’s ‘Multiple Citizenship’” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, which was held in Montreal, Nov 16-20. She recently became a board member of the Association for the Studies of Koreans Abroad and the International Association of Comparative Korean Studies.