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Tapestry - Fall 2005

Faculty Notes

Gloria Albrecht, professor of Religious Studies, gave the keynote address at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights held June 21 in Detroit. The title of her presentation was “Family Values: Lifting the Veil and Exposing the Lie,” a critique of U.S. political and economic policies toward families.

Libby Balter Blume, associate professor of Psychology, spoke Nov. 17 on “Agency: Meanings and Control for Women in Families” at the Theory Construction and Research Methodology plenary session for the National Council on Family Relations Conference in Phoenix, Az. Blume is also the invited discussant for a paper session at the NCFR conference on Intersectional Parenting: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender.

Luisa Connal, assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Center, was elected to a three-year term on the Conference on College Composition and Communications, a conference of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Barry Dauphin, instructor of Psychology, presented the paper “Seeing the Trees Through the Forest: Science, Rhetoric, the Individual and the Social. A Psychoanalytic Inquiry into Culture and the Shrinking Space for Free Thinking Professional Inquiry” on Oct. 22 at the 2005 annual conference of the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

David Koukal, associate professor of Philosophy and director of the University Honors Program, presented “Dwelling in the Classroom/Learning at a Distance: A Heideggerian Investigation of Distance Learning,” May 12-14 to the seventh annual conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media at Western Oregon University.

Dan Lawrence, assistant professor of Counseling and Addiction Studies, presented “Using Reality Therapy in School Guidance Programs” on Oct. 17 at the Michigan Counseling Association’s annual convention.

Stephen Manning, associate professor of Political Science, chaired the panel, Formal Theory and Institutions in the Postcommunist World, at the 63rd annual national conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, held in Chicago, April 7-10.

Isaiah McKinnon, associate professor of Education, joined Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Weaver in May in addressing more than 800 Michigan high school students and their parents at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in an interactive forum, Ultimate Civics Lessons. He also spoke to the Partners Plus graduates at the University of Michigan Dearborn on May 20. In addition, McKinnon was the commencement speaker at Cleveland Middle School on June 13, George Washington Carver School on June 14 and Parcells Middle School on June 16.

Cheryl Munday, associate professor of Psychology, was selected to be co-investigator on a newly funded national study, “Ethnicity and the Diagnosis of Affective Illness. The $1 million, five-year National Institute of Mental Health research grant involves studying the diagnosis and treatment of African American, Latino and white patients with mood disorders to see how ethnicity influences clinical assessment of psychotic symptoms compared to affective symptoms.

Marcel O’Gorman, professor, Digital Media Studies, performed on the “Dreadmill,” in October at Waterloo University (Ontario), Bowling Green State University and Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky. The Dreadmill is a treadmill hardwired to a computer. The runner’s speed and heart rate generate a multimedia “show.” In performances of 5-7 kilometers, O’Gorman runs and lectures about the relationship between death and technology. The Dreadmill was assembled in collaboration with UDM Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Mark Paulik and UDM Electrical Engineering and Electronic Critique students.

O’Gorman currently serves as the Visiting Humanities Fellow at the University of Windsor, where he is working on a large-scale video installation project called “Spleenhouse.” O’Gorman’s book, E-CRIT: Digital Media, Critical Theory, and the Humanities, will be released by the University of Toronto Press in February.

Nicholas Rombes, associate professor of English, is the editor of New Punk Cinema, published by Edinburgh University Press as part of its series on Traditions in World Cinema.

Margaret Stack, associate professor of Psychology and Catholic Studies; Libby Balter Blume, associate professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies; and Carla Groh, associate professor of Health Professions and Women’s Studies, presented “Constructing LGBTQ Discourse in a Catholic Context: Intersection of Theory, Theology, and Pedagogy” on Oct. 29 at Santa Clara University. They were participants in “Out There: First National Conference of Scholars and Student Affairs Personnel Involved in LGBTQ Issues on Catholic Campuses.”

Gregory Sumner, professor and chair of the UDM Department of History, will be hosting his annual film and discussion series for six weeks in February and March 2006 at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham. Call the library (248-647-1700) for details.

Aloha VanCamp, associate professor of Sociology, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Educators (MABSWE). MABSWE represents all colleges and universities with accredited undergraduate social work programs. The organization provides input and consultation on political and social legislation affecting social work education in Michigan.