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International Studies



  • Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky was one of six international scholars invited by the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C., to present current research at their 23rd Annual Symposium, themed “Divine Kingship: The Political Ideology of Pre-Columbian Rulers,” on Sept. 17. His paper, “The Fifth Sun Also Rises: Hieroglyphs and Narratives in Aztec Tenochtitlan,” will explore the development of sacred iconography within changing environmental and political conditions under Moteuczoma.

  • Professor of Spanish Katy Ross and Lauren Fellers ’14 presented the paper “From Mommyblogs to Blog-Books” as part of the conference of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILFCH) in Houston on Nov. 11, 2016.

  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger published an article in Palgrave Communications, as part of a special issue marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The article, “‘Do not call them bastards’: Shakespeare as an invasive species,” draws from the work of Banu Subramaniam, who was the keynote speaker at the 2016 ACS Gender conference, of which Saenger was co-coordinator. Saenger also published a review of a cross-dressed performance of Merry Wives of Windsor on the website, Reviewing Shakespeare.

  • Professor of Spanish Laura Senio Blair presented the paper “From Pain to Pleasure: Sexual Awakenings and Revival in Contemporary Chilean Narrative” at the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures at the University of Kansas on Nov. 4, 2016. Earlier this semester, she attended the ACS workshop “Building Digital Foundations at Liberal Arts Colleges” at Centre College.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor presented a paper titled “Signaling Incivility: The Role of Speaker, Substance and Tone” at the Political Communication Pre-conference to the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting on August 31 in Philadelphia, Penn. Grace Atkins, Class of 2017, is a co-author on the project. Her analysis was included at the conference.

  • Professor of Art History Kimberly Smith presented a paper titled “Becoming Human / Becoming Animal: Franz Marc and the Evolution of Perception” at the German Studies Association Annual Conference in San Diego on Oct. 1.

  • Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Howe lead a series of lecture presentations at the Vesuvian Institute in Castellammare di Stabia on the occasion of the visit of the Undersecretary of the Ministero dei Beni e le Attivita’ di Turismo (Cultural Ministry) of the Republic of Italy, Antimo Cesaro, on Oct. 28, 2016. The lectures summed up ten years of work by the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation on the site of the ancient Roman Villas of Stabiae in the fields of archaeology, education and cultural properties management. Howe is the scientific director and master planner for the site and the Foundation.  

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth presented guidelines, examples, and curricular recommendations on integrating STEM and German at the annual meeting of the Texas Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) in San Marcos, TX, on Sept.10, 2016. High school, college, and university teachers collaborated on coordinating curricular decisions and pedagogies to advance student learning outcomes. Berroth built her work from a 3-week curriculum development workshop she completed in Leipzig, Germany, sponsored by the German government and AATG.


  • Assistant Professor of Art History Allison Miller chaired a panel and presented the paper, “Jade Suits and Royal Power: Illuminating Artistic Production in the Regional Centers of the Western Han,” at the Seventh Worldwide Conference of the Society for East Asian Archaeology, held at Harvard University and Boston University on June 10th.


  • Kimberly Smith, professor of art history, edited a critical anthology titled, “The Expressionist Turn in Art History,” published by Ashgate in December 2014. Smith’s anthology includes a cross-section of art history texts from the early 20th century that have been described as expressionist, along with critical commentaries by an international group of scholars. Translated here from the German for the first time, these examples of an expressionist turn in art history, along with their secondary analyses and Smith’s substantial introduction, offer a productive lens through which to re-examine the practice and theory of art history in the early 20th century.