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English Department Faculty accomplishments reported in 2006-2007

May 2007

Valerie Anderson was awarded a PSC-CUNY Grant for her project, "Laura Matilda Towne: Abolitionist and Founder of the First Freedman's School."

Helen Andretta was invited to be a Keynote Speaker for the annual Northeast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature to be held October 26-28, 2007 at Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts. The theme of the conference is "Making Peace in Our Time."

Janice Cline was awarded a PSC-CUNY Grant of $2000 for the purpose of training tutors to tutor students in reading.

Michael J. Cripps has arranged for the Department to participate in the CUNY Graduate Center's Teaching Intern Program beginning Fall 2007. Professor Cripps will teach the inaugural practicum on the teaching of writing at York College.

Linda M. Grasso was awarded a PSC-CUNY Grant to support research and writing of her second book, Georgia O'Keeffe and Feminism.

Professor Grasso gave a talk about her book in progress at Yale University on April 18, 2007. Grasso was awarded a 2007 Visiting Fellowship to work in the Alfred Stieglitz-Georgia O'Keeffe Archive, housed at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale.

Kelly Baker Josephs was awarded a PSC-CUNY Grant to conduct research in the V.S. Naipaul archive, held at the McFarlin Library, University of Tulsa. This research will enable Professor Josephs to complete an article on Naipaul's work, entitled "Manias and Messiahs: The Madness of Miguel Street" and a chapter of her book project.

March 2007

Helen R. Andretta has an essay publication in a recently published anthology of studies on Flannery O’Connor, Inside the Church of Flannery O’Connor: Sacrament, Sacramental, and the Sacred in Her Fiction, ed. Joanne Halleran McMullen and Jon Parrish Peede (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2007). Her contribution to the collection, “The Hylomorphic Sacramentalism of ‘Parker’s Back,’” explores the philosophical aspects of one of O’Connor’s last stories.

Valerie Anderson was once again accepted to The Penn Center Gullah Studies Institute on St. Helena Island, South Carolina. She will be at the Institute over Summer 2007.

Michael J. Cripps delivered a paper, “Code Switching, Hypertext Skins, and (Inter)Active Audiences: Using Cascading Stylesheets to Incorporate Visual Rhetoric in New Media Compositions,” at the 2007 Conference on College Composition and Communication in New York City.

Glenn Lewis reported that Karline Hamilton (English major and York graduate) recently accepted a position as a media relations person at Maimonides Hospital.

February 2007

Deep Bisla has a review of Clare Pettitt’s Patent Inventions: Intellectual Property and Victorian Novel forthcoming in the next issue of Studies in the Novel.

Glenn Lewis hosted and co-taught a three-day, intensive seminar on Freelance Writing for the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism from January 3-5. It was the inaugural event for the new January Academy at the Journalism School. Lewis conducted or took part in eight workshops and had a hand in planning all the activities. Twelve prominent journalists contributed to the event.

Professor Lewis is currently teaching the Feature Writing Class at the CUNY School of Journalism. He has also been appointed to the Committee on Academic Review (Grade Review and Dismissal) at the School and is conducting Admissions interviews this semester.

Professor Lewis continues to serve as Journalism and Media expert for Channel 5 News (Fox 5 News @ 10 p.m.). He recently contributed to his third on-air story on CIA recruitment.

On February 27 Mychel Namphy screened the 1987 film "Ethnic Notions" and delivered a lecture on the film for a Black History Month event at Planned Parenthood Federation of America in Manhattan. His lecture was titled "Caged Birds, Masks, and the Tears of a Clown: Racist Stereotypes and a History of Resistance."

On March 22 Professor Namphy will be speaking at a Women's History Month event at Franklin High School in Somerset, New Jersey. His talk is titled, "We Are Your Sisters: The History of Black Women's Activism."

On April 21, for the third time in four years, Professor Namphy will be the keynote speaker at a day-long celebration of the life and work of Harlem Renaissance author Jessie Fauset sponsored by the Lawnside Historical Society in Lawnside, New Jersey, Fauset's birthplace.

Finally, closer to home, on February 26 Professor Namphy was part of a panel of faculty and community leaders that led a discussion titled "Divorcing the N-Word" here at York as part of the Monday night "Barbershop" discussions sponsored by the Black Male Initiative run by Jonathan Quash. He was invited to speak about the history of linguistic transformations and revolutionary movements.

December 2006

Glenn Lewis was interviewed about current media events on two TV programs.

November 2006

Alan Cooper's recent review of Naomi Alderman's novel, Disobedience, appeared in Jewish Book World.

In July 2007 Charles Coleman will present a paper, "The Boondocks: A Merging of Social Identities and Affective Responses," on a panel titled "The CrossCultural Pragmatics of Racialized Discourse in the USA" at the 10th International Pragmatics Conference in Goteberg, Sweden.

On Thursday, November 16, Mychel Namphy served as the discussant for a book talk given at the College by Flores A. Forbes, a former member of the Black Panther Party and the author of the recently published book, Will You Die With Me: My Life and the Black Panther Party (Atria, July 2006).

October 2006

Valerie K. Anderson presented a paper entitled, "Slaves, Freedmen and Freemen: An Overview of the pre-Civil War African-American Population," at the Fifth Annual Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean Work-in-Progress at CUNY Interdisciplinary Conference on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Helen R. Andretta presented an aspect of her Flannery O’Connor research on October 7, 2006, at Flannery O’Connor in the Age of Terrorism: An Academic Conference on Violence and Grace, October 5-7, 2006, Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her paper, “‘A View of the Woods’—A Morality Play” was well received in a first of its kind gathering of O’Connor scholars, including Frederick Asals, Bruce Gentry, William Sessions, Ralph C. Wood, and other such notables. It is being considered for publication in a collection of essays, emanating from the conference.

Professor Andretta's recent publications include “The Mystery of Redemption in Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood,” Proceedings of the Northeast Region Annual Meeting Conference on Christianity & Literature: The Redemptive Act: Sin and Atonement in Literature, October 16, 2004, ed. Marc Ricciardi (St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, New York, 2006) 73-85; “A Medievalist's View of Chaucer and Flannery O'Connor, Part II” in Pro Ecclesia 37.2 (2006): 12-13; “A Medievalist's View of Chaucer and Flannery O'Connor, Part I” in Pro Ecclesia 37.1 (2006): 13-14; and a book review of Flannery O'Connor and the Christ Haunted South, by Ralph C. Wood, in Studies in the Novel 38.3 (Fall 2006): 380-81.

Michael J. Cripps recently learned that his paper proposal for the 2007 Conference on College Composition and Communications has been accepted. “Code Switching, Hypertext Skins, and (Inter)Active Audiences,” explores the potential for externally linked Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) to enable hypertext authors to engage principles of visual rhetoric while simultaneously inviting reader involvement in the construction of meaning. He will appear on a panel entitled, Technological Re-Presentations of Identities: Interactivity, Visual Rhetoric, and the Use of New Media in Rhetoric and Composition.

Glenn Lewis co-hosted and helped organize "Meet the Editor Night" on October 5, 2006 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Approximately 20 local newspaper editors from around the city talked about internship and freelance opportunities.

September 2006

Valerie K. Anderson taught in the 2006 (two-week) Summer Gulla Studies Institute, held in St. Helena Island, SC.

Theresa Rooney is currently serving as the 2006 President of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) and will deliver the Presidential Address at this year's annual conference, scheduled from 18-20 October at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kherhonksen, NY.

Michael J. Cripps had a chapter accepted for a collection edited by Bradley Dilger and Jeff Rice, and entitled, From A to <A>: Keywords in HTML and Writing. Professor Cripps' contribution, "Envision with <DIV>ision: Marking Boundaries and Writing the Visual in CSS-based Design," explores the role of division in writing and its use in hypertext design and authorship.

Together with James Cherry (former York College CUNY Writing Fellow), Professor Cripps discussed and presented a clip from Three Writing Fellow Tales at the CUNY WAC Professional Education Symposium in August. Three Writing Fellow Tales is a video production undertaken by the WAC Program at the College, with invaluable support and assistance from the York Television Studio and members of the College's Film Club. The presentation was part of a panel discussion that included speakers from CUNY Central Office, LaGuardia Community College, and Baruch College.

Linda Grasso organized the Nineteenth Century Women Writer's Study Group. Focused on family letters of an 1820s white New Englander who ran mission school and married Cherokee.

Glenn Lewis was a guest speaker at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Jim Papa's opinion piece about gentrification appeared in Newsday. His feature essay, about LIPA's windmill project, ran in the Fire Island Tide.