Winner of 2013 Sherry Clarkson Prize Announced: Carroll Clayton Savant
Congratulations to Carroll Clayton Savant, the winner of the 2013 Sherry Clarkson prize for the best conference paper or presentation at the RAW (Research/Art/Writing) Symposium held March 22-23. The prize is named in honor of Ms. Sherry Clarkson, who served for many years as the Graduate Coordinator in the School of Arts and Humanities. The pool of submissions was quite strong, which shows the quality of this year's presentations.
This year's winner is Carroll Clayton Savant for his paper, "'Whistle While you Work': The Construction of the Myth of Englishness through the Working Soundscapes in George Eliot's Adam Bede." The Prize Committee writes, “Carroll's presentation exemplified the qualities outlined in the guidelines for the Prize: academic excellence; clarity and fluidity of prose; significant findings and/or conclusions. The paper presented a well-articulated argument, framed by a fitting and memorable introduction. Further, the paper demonstrated a creative and interdisciplinary research agenda by critically engaging scholarship in other fields in order to find a new angle from which to approach Eliot's work. The paper was especially commendable for taking a ‘transnational turn’ in its analysis of nationalism, reflecting a keen awareness of the current scholarly discourse in which it deservedly participates.”
Four Doctorates Awarded at December Ceremony
Congratulations to Dallie Bremer Clark, Anne Healy, Gjeke Marinaj, and Jeffrey F. Pettineo, who were awarded the Ph.D. in Humanities at the December hooding ceremony!
Fall 2012 Graduate Travel Grants
Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Graduate Travel Grants during the Fall 2012 semester:
Courtney Dombroski South Central Modern Language Association
Jill Foltz Generations and Traditions: How Design Moves Forward
Robin Henry Southwest Regional Community College Humanities Association
Jennifer Hudson South Central Modern Language Association
Mona Kasra Flow Conference
Michael Schraeder Literature and Film Association Conference
Four Doctorates Awarded at August Ceremony
Congratulations to Caroline Austin-Bolt, Justin Brumit, William Rough, and Michael Stone, who were awarded the Ph.D. in Humanities at the August hooding ceremony!
Four Doctorates Awarded at May Ceremony
Congratulations to Janine Curry, Celucien Joseph, Qin Guo, and Shirley Terrell, who were awarded the Ph.D. in Humanities at the May hooding ceremony!
Winner of Claire Myers Owens Doctoral Research Award Announced: Lilian Calles Barger
Congratulations to Lilian Barger (PhD candidate in Humanities) who was awarded the inaugural Claire Myers Owens Doctoral Research Award. The award carries a stipend of $500 and is intended to support travel for research or conferences. Ms. Barger will use her award in support of a research trip to South America for her dissertation, "Human Liberation From Below: Transnational Origins of Liberation Theology, 1775-1975."
The Claire Myers Owens award is funded by the generosity of Miriam Kalman Friedman (UTD Ph.D. in Humanities, 1997) and her husband Robert H. Friedman, M.D. The award arises from Miriam Friedman's dissertation on Claire Myers Owens, a Texas-born writer and lecturer.
We are grateful for the support of Drs. Friedman.
Winner of 1st Annual Sherry Clarkson Prize Announced: Terje Saar-Hambazaza
Congratulations to Terje Saar-Hambazaza, the winner of the first annual Sherry Clarkson prize for the best conference paper or presentation at the RAW Symposium. The prize is named in honor of Ms. Sherry Clarkson, who served for many years as the Graduate Coordinator in the School of Arts and Humanities. The pool of submissions was quite strong, which shows the quality of this year's presentations.
This year's winner is Terje Saar-Hambazaza for "'You're Scared of Me Just Because I'm Myself': Anzia Yezierska and the Reconciling of Multiple Identities."
An Honorable Mention was awarded to Brad Hennigan for his paper, "Toward a Methodology for Writing Dynamically Immersive Branching Dialogue in Digital Games and Simulations."
2011-12 Graduate Travel Grants
Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Graduate Travel Grants during the 2011-12 academic year:
|Bart Chaney||U. S. Intellectual History Conference|
|Stacey Chen||Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities|
|Jill Foltz||OSU Humanities Graduate Conference|
|George Henson||Queer Places, Practices, & Lives Conference|
|Jennifer Hudson||OSU Humanities Graduate Conference|
|Diane McGurren||Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference|
|Lourdes Molina||South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference|
|Blake Remington||North American Levinas Society Conference|
|Jake Wolfson||American Comparative Literature Association Conference|
These students were selected from a competitive pool. The Dean and the faculty are delighted that our students are making progress in their professional careers and bringing positive attention to the A&H Graduate Programs.
Spring 2011 Aesthetic Studies Research Grants Awarded
Congratulations to the following graduate students who have been awarded Spring 2011 Aesthetic Studies Research Grants. These grants, supported by private funds munificently raised by Dr. Richard Brettell, permit HUAS concentrators to undertake advanced research outside of Texas.
This semester's recipients are:
April Collie - Research in California and Washington state on Pearl Jam and fan culture
Debra D. Gibney - Research on 19th-century French drawings in New York City museum collections
Cristian Panaite - Research in Washington, D.C. collections on commemoration in post-Communist Eastern Europe
Aditi Samarth - Research on medieval Burgundian art and culture in Dijon, France
Special thanks to Dr. Brettell and our donors for fostering graduate education in the arts within the School of Arts & Humanities.
New Graduate Advisor in Humanities
Pia Jakobsson is the new Graduate Advisor in Humanities. Her main responsibility is to be available to students in the graduate programs in Humanities, History, and Latin American Studies. She will meet students either by appointment or during scheduled office hours to answer questions and advise students about degree plans, program requirements, course selection, academic progress, and professional development.
Pia's office is Jonsson 4.128, her phone number is 972-883-4706, and her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent Achievements by Graduate Students
Lilian Calles Barger (PhD program in Humanities) published "Backlash: From Nine To Five to The Devil Wears Prada" in the April/May 2011 issue of Women's Studies.
Sarah Bowman (PhD in Humanities 2008) published The Functions of Role-Playing Games in 2010 with MacFarland & Co.
Jumanne Donahue (PhD program in Arts & Technology) presented a paper, "The Cultural Connection: Capturing and Applying Cultural Values in Games with a Purpose," at the Global Conference on Videogames Culture held at Oxford University in July.
Valeria Forte (PhD program in Humanities) published "Martin Buber's Response to the Historical and Cultural Context of the First World War" in issue 4 of Studia Universitatis.
Julienne Greer (PhD program in Humanities) presented a paper, "Digital Companions: Analyzing the Emotive Connection Between Players and Non-Player Character Companions in Video Game Space," at the Global Conference on Videogames Culture held at Oxford University in July.
Megan McDowell (MA in Humanities 2009) translated Alejandro Zambra's novel, The Private Lives of Trees, which was published by Open Letter at the University of Rochester in 2010.
Jacob Naasz (MA in Arts & Technology 2011) presented a paper, "The Rapid State of Mind: Rapid Prototyping and What It Has To Teach Us," at the Global Conference on Videogames Culture held at Oxford University in July.
Lily Ounekeo (PhD program in Arts & Technology) presented a paper, "Driving Forces of Narrative in Video Games," at the Global Conference on Videogames Culture held at Oxford University in July.
Claude Pruitt (PhD program in Humanities) published "'This is Jefferson's Trouble': An Alternative Reading of Community in Faulkner's Light in August" in the Fall 2010 issue of The Faulkner Journal.
Elizabeth Ranieri (MA program in Humanities) won the Award for Best Presentation at the University of North Texas Art History Society's Visual Culture Symposium in April for her paper, "The Life of Madonna Properzia De' Rossi, Sculptress from Bologna."
Blake Remington (PhD program in Humanities) was accepted as a participant in the 15th annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization, held at Northwestern University in June and July of 2011.
Sherri Segovia (PhD program in Arts & Technology) presented a paper, "Brave New Media Games: Digital Play with Real World Outcomes," at the Global Conference on Videogames Culture held at Oxford University in July.
Wei Shao (PhD program in Humanities) published the Chinese version of her memoir, Homeland, with the New Century Publishing House in Taiwan in the Fall of 2010.
Distinction between MA and PhD courses effective Fall 2010
Effective Fall 2010, the School of Arts & Humanities will institute a distinction between master's and doctoral courses. We believe that this change will strengthen doctoral education. See more details.
Changes to Doctoral Field Examinations
Effective August 1, 2009, two changes have been made to the procedures for the doctoral field examinations. First, a form is now required in order to schedule the examinations. Second, examination questions and answers will be distributed electronically. See more details.