Instructor News: March 2018

Instructor News: March 2018

Read below for some of the highlights of our colleagues' accomplishments in the past few months.

The HumBio newsletter featured Shay Brawn in their most recent issue, focusing on the work she's done supporting faculty and students and consulting on assignments and curricular design (see p. 2 of the article for the part that focuses on Shay).

Erik Ellis and his PWR 2 course, "Once Upon a Cause," were featured in a March 1, 2018, Stanford News Article: "Sophomore course teaches rhetorical and collaborative skills through picture-book making."

On February 27, Lindsey Felt gave a talk at Stanford on "Bionic Ears: Cochlear Implants and the Future of Assistive Technology" for David Jaffe's Perspectives in Assistive Technology (110/210 ENGR) course.  She writes, "The talk was well attended by both students and the wider community; I combined some of the elements of my PWR1 courses on disability and futurity, introducing the concept of 'bionic rhetoric' to show how the disabled community participates in shaping, hacking, and rewriting the future of human-machine interaction. "  Lindsey will also be giving a guest lecture on haptic technology, "plugging in" and disability in science fiction and film at the California College of the Arts on March 15, for a course titled Cultures of the Screen.

In addition, Lindsey recently took her Rhetoric of Futurity Class to visit the Institute for the Future in downtown Palo Alto, where they heard from one of the the Institute's researchers about some of the exciting work they are doing in corporate and non-profit spaces. The students had the opportunity to discuss some of their own research projects and see how their own research interests aligned with several IFTF fellows' projects.

Finally, Lindsey has been busy over the past year  serving on the board of the Stanford Disability Initiative, which recently oversaw a response to the Long Term White Papers and a student published op-ed, "Save Intro to Disability Studies." Along with the group, Lindsey has been working closely with faculty and staff around campus to establish a designated Disability Studies Program here at Stanford.

Meg Formato wrote a review for Science of David Schwartz's recent biography of Enrico Fermi, The Last Man Who Knew Everything. While she praised the book's science communication and how following Fermi through Columbia and University of Chicago shifts the focus of the usual Manhattan Project story, she critiqued the lone male genius trope that runs through the book facilitating the way that Schwartz repeatedly raises and then excuses Fermi's misogyny. 

Sarah Pittock's article, "Mary Hays's Female Biography: Feminist Remix," was published in Women's Writing 25.2, 2018, 219-234. 

Becky Richardson recently attended the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) conference, which was conveniently held in San Francisco March 1-4. Her paper looked at the rhetoric of "native" vs. "transplanted" nature in Australian author Miles Franklin's early novels and memoir.  In addition, she writes the following about her innovation in the classroom: "Inspired by Christine Alfano's excellent example, I've organized class visits to Special Collections. With the help of Special Collections librarian Tim Noakes, the students took a look at materials related to their projects on the theme of 'inspiration' -- from art books inspired by the John Muir trail, to commonplace books from the 18th and 19th centuries."

Ann Watters has been invited to be a guest artist at The Main Gallery in Redwood City.  The installation will run in June and July.

The Stanford Daily featured a class Irena Yamboliev taught for the English Department this fall in its January 30 article, "Classy Classes: Students Learn Tragedy of 'Adult-ing' in English 127."

New Colleagues

We have three new colleagues joining us for spring quarter.  Please read below to find out more about them, and say hello when you run into them in Sweet Hall!

Lisa Cardyn.  Lisa has previously taught at Stanford in Thinking Matters, its predecessor, Introduction to the Humanities, and in the American Studies Program. She completed her PhD and JD degrees at Yale University, where her scholarship focused on the history of sexual violence in the United States. Her spring course, “Truth, Lies, and Contestation: Rhetorics of Sexual Victimization and Survival in American Life and Law,” builds upon her continuing work on this and related contemporary problems.  Lisa will be sitting at cube 322A for spring quarter.  Stop by to introduce yourself!

Tara Dosumu Diener.  Tara comes to us from the University of Michigan, where she earned a doctorate in Anthropology and History. Her experience as a Registered Nurse informs her academic focus on obstetrics, bioethics, and infant and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone and the UK. Her Spring PWR course is “Anatomy of a Discipline: Rhetorics of Illness and Medicine.  Be sure to say hello to her in cube 321A.

Sarah Hillenbrand. Sarah is joining us from the Thinking Matters program here at Stanford. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from UC Berkeley and has since been focused on the intersections between science and journalism. Her spring course is called "From Bench to Byline: The Life of Scientific Facts."  You can find Sarah in cube 320B.

Beyond the Farm

Much of what comes into Kevin DiPirro’s PWR 2 class, ReMix Culture, comes from his own creative theater arts projects that he undertakes outside of the classroom. Last Thanksgiving, for example, Kevin used part of his PWR Research Grant on Visions: Indigenous and Alternative Epistemologies, to create a guerrilla leaf rake installation in the indigenous medicine garden of the Point Reyes National Seashore. Finding a rake left beside a large red maple leaf pile that resembled a giant rainbow serpent from the Teotihuacan Exhibit Kevin viewed the day before at the De Young, Kevin raked all the spilled leaves into a series of cosmic rainbow serpents that slithered out of the spiral stone maze, photographed the work, then wrote a series of 20 poems that investigate his relationships to his own settled place, white privilege, his father, masculinity, death--being atop the Sun pyramid in Teotihuacan with his dad when he was seven--and the “chthonic” Ohlone and Miwok placestories, creation stories, and how-to-be-a- human stories that still fill the Bay Area landscape and are ready for some serious re-activation and curated, co-created, coming-up-above-the-ground action. After leading a guest workshop this spring for CS 83, playback theater, on movement and tableaux, and attending the Silk Road Ensemble’s Global Musicians’ workshop again this summer as guitarist and singer, Kevin will prepare a mixed media installation and performance on campus for September that will feature photos, poems, live music, and a remix of indigenous and first encounter storytelling people--and RIGHT NOW ENCOUNTER storytelling people—whose story voices continue to seriously swirl up—and sometimes richly muddy--our Bay Area experiences.