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The following CLAE faculty have retired from the University, effective September 2004.

Gloria Albrecht, professor of Religious Studies, was recently invited to present her book, Hitting Home: Feminist Ethics, Women’s Work, and the Betrayal of ‘Family Values’, at a session of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in Cincinnati, Ohio. Albrecht was also invited to discuss her book at a “lunch with an author” at the same meeting.

Libby Balter Blume, associate professor of Psychology, presented a paper titled “A Dialectical Model of Adolescent Gender Discourse” in April at the first annual Gender Development Research Conference in San Francisco.

Erick Barnes, Instructor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, has been selected by the National Institute of Justice to present “Never Cry Wolf, Mapping Out Serial Robbery in Detroit, Michigan” at the Seventh Annual International Crime Mapping Research Conference. This presentation is for the Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety (MAPS) program, administered by the Institute for Law and Justice, held March 13 through April 3 in Boston, Mass.

Edwin DeWindt, professor of History, had his book, Ramsey: The Lives of an English Fenland Town, 1200-1600, accepted for publication (Catholic University Press). The book was co-authored by his wife, Anne DeWindt.

Roy Finkenbine, professor of History, published a second revised edition of his book, Sources of the African American Past (Pearson Longman). On March 25, he also participated in a panel on “Revolutions in Atlantic Abolitionism” at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Boston. Finkenbine contributed an article on Frederick Douglass to the recently published book, African American Lives (Oxford University Press, 2004).

John Freeman, professor of English, recently published the article, “Raphael’s ‘Backward Reform’: Agent Provocateur or Agent Proclamateur,” in the journal English Literary History. In addition, his article, “This Side of Purgatory: Ghostly Fathers and the Recusant Legacy in Hamlet,” has been published by Fordham University Press as a chapter in Shakespeare and the Culture of Christianity.

John Franklin, professor of Counseling and Addiction Studies, joined addiction studies faculty who represented colleges and universities from around the country at the March 18 conference, Partners for Recovery, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The purpose of the meeting was for the U.S. government to receive input about its role in improving the quality of the workforce for substance abuse treatment.

Nancy Gibney, assistant professor of Education, presented “Increasing Students’ Word Power and Comprehension Through Active Vocabulary Instruction” on March 20 at the Michigan Reading Association Conference.  

Amanda Hiber, instructor of English, had her essay, “Size Matters,” accepted for publication in the March 2004 issue of Clackamas Literary Review.

Heather Hill-Vasquez, professor of English, recently published the article “Reforming Response: Reception Aesthetics in the Chester Cycle” in the journal Publications of the Medieval Association of the Midwest. In March, Hill-Vasquez presented the paper “‘Her soule ever after this day to scourge’: The Vanquishing of ‘Feminine’ Response in The Life and Repentaunce of Marie Magdalene” at the New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Sarasota, Fla.

Jo Anne Isbey, associate professor of English, was recently elected president of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, effective 2005. The Society sponsors two paper sessions at the Convention of the Modern Language Association, which will be held in Philadelphia in December 2004. Isbey’s other upcoming conference activity includes a presentation on the old Norse romance, “The Saga of Tristram ok Ísönd,” at the 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May.

Dan Kennedy, professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, was the main presenter at a two-day conference on forensic criminology hosted by the Centre for Applied Psychology and Criminology at Bond University, Brisbane, Australia.

David R. Koukal, assistant professor of Philosophy, presented “Incredulity” to the Sixth Annual Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media at Brigham Young University, Utah in May 2004. In April, he presented “Locke contra Capital!” to the Fourteenth Annual Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture Conference, Binghamton University, New York.

Stephen Manning, associate professor of Political Science, participated on the panel, “Political Theory Goes to the Movies,” at the annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago on April 15-18. As a member of the panel, Manning presented his paper, “Simba Meets Aristotle: The Politics of Disney’s ‘The Lion King.’”

Cheryl C. Munday, associate professor of Psychology, recently co-authored the following articles: “Differences in Patterns of Symptom Attribution in Diagnosing Schizophrenia Between African American and Non-African American Clinicians in the Journal of Orthopsychiatry, and “Clinician Race, Situational Attributions and Diagnoses of Mood Versus Schizophrenia Disorders” in the Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. She also represented UDM in March at the 14th Annual Equity in the Classroom Conference sponsored by the Michigan Department of Labor with a presentation entitled “Cultural Competency in Psychology Professional and Graduate Education.”

Devissi Muhammad, instructor of History, has completed work for a Ph.D. in History at Bowling Green State University.

Jeff Rice, professor of English, is co-editor of the most recent issue of The Southern Quarterly. This is a special issue featuring “Souths: Global and Local,” and includes several essays about global questions of geography, labor, media, education, art and race. Rice also recently published the textbook, Writing About Cool: Hypertext and Cultural Studies in the Computer Classroom (Longman, 2004).

Diane Robinson-Dunn, assistant professor of History, recently completed a book-length manuscript titled “Harem Slavery and British Imperial Culture, 1870-1900.”

Nicholas Rombes, associate professor of English, has published the essay “Blue Velvet Underground: David Lynch’s Post-Punk Poetics” in the book The Cinema of David Lynch: American Dreams, Nightmare Visions (Wallflower Press, 2004).

John Saliba, S.J., professor of Religious Studies, recently published “Psychology of the New Religious Movements” in The Oxford Handbook of Religious Movements. Three of Fr. Saliba’s essays have also been published in two major publications: “The Psychology of UFO Phenomena” in UFO Religions and “The Earth is a Dangerous Place: The Worldview of the Aetherius Society,” and “UFOs and Religion: A Case Study of Unarius Academy of Science,” both published in Encyclopedic Sourcebook of UFO Religions.

Jane Schaberg, professor of Religous Studies, gave the Rockwell Lecture, “Mysticism and Eros in Magdalene Traditions” in March at Rice University in Houston. She spoke in April at Kirk in the Hills; Birmingham Unitarian Church; and Call to Action Ann Arbor. She is writing a chapter on anti-Semitism for a volume of scholarly essays edited by Tod Linafelt, on the Mel Gibson film The Passion of the Christ, and has been invited to participate in the session on Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism at the fall meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature.

Sarah Stever, associate professor of History, will be on sabbatical leave for the fall 2004 semester to continue work on a book-length manuscript titled “Five Art Cities of Italy: A Comparative Study.”

Greg Sumner, professor of History, regularly hosts a historic film and discussion series at Rochester Hills and Birmingham Public libraries. He is a panelist on “Everyday People,” a Birmingam cable TV public affairs show, and he is currently writing a book-length intellectual biography of American writer Kurt Vonnegut.