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HERA Conference Overview

Wednesday (April 8) 1:00 PM HERA Board Meeting


Thursday (April 9)

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM        Conference Registration/Book Exhibit

9:00 - 10:30 AM              Session I (Sections A-D)

10:30 - 10:45 AM            Break

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM     Session II (Sections A-D)

12:30 - 2:00 PM              Session III (Sections A-D)

2:15 - 3:45 PM                 Session IV (Sections A-D)

3:45 - 4:00 PM                Break

4:00 - 5:30 PM                Session V (Sections A-D)

7:00 PM                            Open Plenary Session Welcoming Reception


Friday (April 10)

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM        Conference Registration/Book Exhibit

9:00 - 10:30 AM             Session VI (Sections A-D)

10:30 - 10:45 AM           Break

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM     Session VII (Sections A-D)

12:30 - 2:00 PM              Session VIII (Sections A-D)

2:15 - 3:45 PM                 Session IX (Sections A-D)

3:45 - 4:00 PM                Break

4:00 - 5:30 PM                Session X (Sections A-D)

5:30 - 6:30 PM                Featured Speaker


Saturday (April 11)

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM        Conference Registration/Book Exhibit

9:00 - 10:30 AM             Session XI (Sections A-D)

10:30 - 10:45 AM           Break

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM     Session XII (Sections A-D)

12:30 - 2:00 PM             Closing Luncheon (on HERA)

Nature and the Humanities:
Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives

2009 Conference of the Humanities Education and Research Association
April 9-11, 2009
Chicago, Illinois

Conference Headquarters: Hilton Palmer House
Sponsored by the Humanities Education and Research Association

HERA Conference Program

Thursday, April 9, 2009

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM        Conference Registration and Book Exhibit

9:00 - 10:30 AM     Session I

Logan Room:  Section A     
Perspectives on Love, Death, and Identity

Louis Silverstein (lsilverstein@colum.edu) - Columbia College Chicago
Dying and Death: Universal Human Experiences

Leni Marshall - University of Wisconsin (Stout)
Teaching Identity, Teaching Age: Incorporating Lessons on Age, Identity, and Ageism into Humanities Classes

Chair: David Hatch - Utah Valley University
Love as a Threshold of Utopia/Distopia

Madison Room: Section B
The Nature of Humanism and the Humanities

Stefanie Boese -University of Illinois (Chicago)
Nothing but the Soul of Beasts: "The Island of Dr. Moreau" and the Problem with Humanism

Susan Bentley - University of LouisvilleIncorporating
Current Evolutionary Perspectives into the Humanities

Chair: Jerry Espinoza Rivera- University of Costa Rica
Is Psychoanalysis a Humanism?: Notes about Jacques Lacan's Seminar XVII, The Other Side of Psychoanalysis

Wilson Room: Section C
Nature, History, and the Environment

Michele Lansdown - University of Georgia
I (Heart) Nature: Or, The Moral Quandary behind Teaching Environmental History Monette

Chair: John A. Williams - Bradley University
The Nazi Assault on Youth Hiking 1933-1939

Marshfield Room: Section D
Workshop - The Human Nature of Movement: Returning to the Body to Reconnect with Nature

Jessica Young - Columbia College Chicago

Lisa Goldman - Columbia College Chicago


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM         Session II

Wilson Room: Section A
Intercultural Perspectives

Leon Raikes - Maine Maritime Academy
Nature and the Sublime East and West: Ancient Aesthetics of India and a Path from Western Dualism

Francesca Sborgi Lawson - Brigham Young University
Being Audient: The Acoustic Ecology of Daoism

Chair: Ronald J. Weber - University of Texas (El Paso)
Marco Polo: Encounters that Transform

Madison Room: Section B
Literature: Intercultural Approaches

Ellen Boccuzzi - Thammasat University (Thailand)
Gazing through Smog at the Moon: The Search for Nature in Thai Literature

Kristina Gibby - Brigham Young University
Nature's Preeminence in Two Peruvian Novels: Vargas Llosa's "The Storyteller" and Arguedas' "Deep Rivers"

Chair: David Linebarger - Northeastern State University
Teaching Korea through Korean Short Stories

Logan Room: Section C
Philosophical Approaches to Nature

Scott Ferguson - University of California (Berkeley)
On the Nature of the Subject: Jean Laplanche and the Biology of Neoteny

Annette C. Allen - University of Louisville
Human Embeddedness in the World's Body: The Turn Toward Being in Woolf's Art and Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy

Chair: Michael Kurak - Lansing Community College
On the Possibility of a Reconciliation of Efficient and Final Causation in Nature


12:30 - 2:00 PM          Session III

Logan Room: Section A
Crossing Cultural Boundaries

Marielle Risse - Dhofar University (Oman)
How Can You Hate the Sun: Translating Western Conceptions of Nature to the Middle East

Zuqiong Ma - University of Louisville
New South, New China, and the Refashioning of Womanhood: A Comparative Study of Chopin's "The Awakening" and Zhang's "Lust, Caution"

Chair: Donald F. Larsson - Minnesota State University (Mankato)
The Nature of "Nature": Multicultural Perspectives on a Complex Word

Madison Room: Section B
The Nature of Otherness

Cynthia Barounis - University of Illinois (Chicago)
"A Beastly and Inarticulate Thing": Queerness, Disability, and Primitivism in Jack London's "The Sea Wolf"

Neil Shepard - Davenport University
A Second Opinion: The Problem of Asperger's Syndrome's Growing Backlash

Chair: Don Menn - San Francisco State University
The Other Other

Marshfield Room: Section C
The Sacred and the Profane

Jerome Teelucksingh - University of the West Indies (Trinidad)
Imagery, Sensuality, and Sanctity in Lawrence Scott's "Witchbroom"

Jessica Mosby - San Francisco State University
The Nature of the Divine: The Spanish Inquisition and the Poetry of Fray Luis de Léon

Chair: Robin Petrovic - University of Illinois (Chicago)
Constructing Sara Baartman

Wilson Room: Section D
Literary and Cultural Representations of Nature

Nicholas Bauch - University of California (Los Angeles)
Land, Body, and Molecules in Late Nineteenth Century Science: The Case of the Kellogg Cereal Enterprise

Chris Simpkins - San Francisco State University
Amazon and Grape, Tapajós and Orange, Bishop and Rukeyser

Chair: Joana Owens - Jacksonville University
"We Must Discover Nature": English Encounters With Italy in E.M. Forster's "A Room With A View" and Elizabeth von Arnim's "The Enchanted April"


2:15 - 3:45 PM          Session IV

Logan Room: Section A
Orpheus and the Fall of Humanity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Todd Edmondson - University of Louisville
Sin and the South: Cormac McCarthy's "Outer Dark," the Fall of Humanity, and the Created Order

Matt Bowman - Lansing Community College
Postmodern, Rural Experience in Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending"

Chair: Alma Bennett - Clemson University
Orpheus: The Singer/Shorthand of an Aberrant Nature

Madison Room: Section B
Speculations: Words and Worlds

Andrea Rubin - San Francisco State University
The Nature of the Word in the Writings of Jorge Luis Borges and Susan Howe

Chair: Thomas Sorger - Roger Williams University
A Matter of Desperate Speculation: Poe, Paradox, and the Emergence of Modern Physics

Wilson Room: Section C
Representations: New Worlds and Frontiers

Brittany Atkinson - Brigham Young University
Savagery and Marriage: The Taming of the West and the American Girl in Nineteenth Century Sentimental Novels

Charissa Shull - San Francisco State University
Brazen Nature in the Blazing World: The Reorganization of Nature's Hierarchies in Margaret Cavendish's "A Description of the New World, Called the Blazing World"

Chair: Lee Ann Elliott Westman - University of Texas (El Paso)
Images of Nineteenth Century Domesticity in American Art and Literature: A "Natural" Portrait of White Women?

Marshfield Room: Section D
The Performative Nature of Exile and Estrangement

Carla Della Gatta - San Francisco State University
The Ritual of the Dance - The Lost Man in the Big City: Jake Barnes and Holden Caulfield

Chair: Mary Ann Wilson - University of Louisiana (Lafayette)
In Another Country: Gertrude Stein, Natalie Barney, Romaine Brooks, and Paris of the 1920s


4:00 - 5:30 PM          Session V

Logan Room: Section A
Crossing Genres

Natalie M. Rosinsky - Independent Scholar
Watershed Moments: Poems that Cross Generations and Genres

Alison Sperling - San Francisco State University
Not to be "grasped . . . in its natural state": The Repressed Critic Confronts the Interpretive Limitations of Film Noir

Chair: Lisa Graley - University of Louisiana (Lafayette)
"A Pox On You": The Art of the Plague

Madison Room: Section B
Landscapes: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Brigitte Weltman-Aron - University of Florida
No Man's Land: The Ethics of Contemporary Landscape Design

Michael Bryson - Roosevelt University
Reading the Landscape of the City: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Nature and Culture in the Chicago Region

Chair: Sara J. Northerner - University of Louisville
A Force of Nature or the Beauty of Art?: Determining a Contemporary Aesthetic Experience

Marshfield Room: Section C
Extremities of Nature and Humanism

Monica Krupinski - University of Louisville
Unforgettable and Memorable are not the Same Thing

Daniel Brooks - Aquinas College
The Nature of the Humanist: Twenty Years of Interdisciplinary Humanities Education

Chair: Nell Rose Hill - Ferris State University
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Wilson Room: Section D
Nature as History, Philosophy, and Representational Discourse

Allan Johnston - Columbia College Chicago
The Collapse of Metaphors of Nature in Western Nineteenth Century Discourse

Ryan Young - San Francisco State University
Nature as History, History as Nature: The Messianic Power of the Ethical in I.B. Singer's "The Slave" and Walter Benjamin's "On the Concept of History"

Chair: Paul Jurczak - Lansing Community College
Nature as Educator in Thoreau


7:00 PM Crystal Room          Plenary Session

Welcome - Therese Tomaszak, President

Presentation of Awards-Marcia Green, Executive Director

Keynote Speaker:
Curtis White
Illinois State University (Normal)

The Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money, and the Crisis of Nature


8:30 PM Wabash Room          Welcoming Reception


Friday, April 10, 2009

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM         Conference Registration and Book Exhibit


9:00 - 10:30 AM          Session VI

Logan Room: Section A
Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Folklore and Fairy Tales

Julie McQuinn - Lawrence University (Conservatory of Music)
"I've Been Dreaming of a True Love's Kiss": The Power of Music and the Naturalness of Gender Roles in Filmic Fairy Tale Revisions of "Shrek" (2001) and "Enchanted" (2007)

Boria Sax - Independent Scholar
Animal Familiars in the Context of Folklore

Chair: Doré Ripley - California State University (East Bay)
Cinderella: Nature to the Rescue in the Hero(ine)'s Journey

Madison Room: Section B
The Nature of Music: Intercultural Approaches

Marina Korsakova-Kreyn - University of Texas (Dallas)
In-Toning Thought: Objecthood in Music

Rachna Raman - University of Texas (Dallas)
Analyzing Modulation in Scales in South Indian Classical Music: A Behavioral Study

Chair: Molly Cryderman-Weber - Lansing Community College
Teaching Rhythmic Analysis and Composition using the Natural Overtone Series

Marshfield Room: Section C
Teaching Nature, Nature as Teacher

Patricia Boyd - Arizona State University
Environmental Education on Yellowstone National Park's Website

Karianna Rosenberg - Independent Scholar Earth
Honoring Education: Integrating Nature into the Curriculum

Chair: James Reitter - University of Wisconsin (Sheboygan)
Fishing Out of Myette Point, Louisiana

Wilson Room: Section D
Humanistic Learning Environments

Shawn Tucker - Elon University
The Benefits of Laughing in Coping with Cognitive Conflict in First Year College Students

Chair: Therese Tomaszek and Suzanne Gut - Davenport University
The Language Partners Project: An Interdisciplinary, Experiential Learning Collaboration of Students in ESL and Humanities Classes


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM          Session VII

Wilson Room: Section A
Interdisciplinary Nature: Physiology, Philosophy, and Crisis

Justin Pack - Brigham Young University
Nietzsche's Instincts: Why Better Technology Won't Fix the Current Environmental Crisis

Christopher Zepeda - San Francisco State University
The Silent Voice of Nature in Anne Sexton's "The Abortion"

Chair: Lucas McGranahan - University of California (Santa Cruz)
Nietzsche: Physiology as Embodied Interdisciplinarity

Marshfield Room: Section B
Intercultural Representation: Worlds,Words, and Art

Doug Sjoquist - Lansing Community College
The Eight Views of Omi: The Crossroads of Nature, Art, and Poetry in Japan

Shiloh Blair - Arizona State University
Female Equestrian Prints in Japan: Female Warriors and Foreign Women

Chair: Michael Call - Brigham Young University
Painting as Science: Darwinian Nature and Impressionist Aesthetics

Logan Room: Section C
Interdisciplinary Performance

Jennifer R. Jenkins - Northwestern University
Of Genius . . . and Judy: Looking Back at Orpheus

Matthew Moore - Stanford University
"Stifter's Dinge": Representation as Misrecognition or Revising Anthropocentric Perception through Performance

Chair: David Helvering - Lawrence University
Music and the Representation of Emotion and Mood in Film

Madison Room: Section D
Cultures, Contexts, and Learning

Ralph Vunderink - Aquinas College
The Aeneid of Virgil

Martin Turkis - San Francisco State University
Teaching English: How, What, and Why

Chair: Sharon Vriend-Robinette- Davenport University
The Naturalized Artist: The Representation of Marian Anderson in an Intercultural, Cold War Context


12:30 - 2:00 PM          Session VIII

Logan Room: Section A
Workshop - Becoming Friends of the Humanities

Sylvia Bienvenu and Carol Ross - The Friends of the Humanities (Lafayette, Louisiana)

Madison Room: Section B
Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives

Zuhre Indirkas - Istanbul University
Mother Goddess in Anatolia and Her Shadow in Contemporary Turkish Art

Anna Jensen - Brigham Young University
José Clemente Orozco's "The Epic of American Civilization"

Chair: James Larner - Marian College (Indianapolis)
"La Belle Dame Sans Merci": The Anti-Muse in Western Culture

Marshfield Room: Section C
Reading Nature: Myths, Cultures, and Crisis

Catherine Morris - Florida State University
John Constable's "The Hay Wain" and Visual Textual Culture: Toward an Ecocritque

Maria Laakso - University of Tampere (Finland)
The Persistence of Robinson-myth: Will Robinson Crusoe Survive in a Time of Ecological Crisis?

Chair: Wai-Leung Kwok - San Francisco State University
Reading Nature: The Work of the Negative in Romantic Poetics

Wilson Room: Sction D
Maps of Humanistic Meaning: Reading Cities and Architecture

Fred Thompson - Peninsula College
Of Cities, Emergence Theory, and the Organized Complexities of Art

Joy Lisi Rankin - Yale University
Studying the 1590 White-de Bry Virginia Map: Reading Between and beyond the Lines

Chair: William Chandler - University of Wisconsin (Whitewater)
Nature Reborn: Antoni Gaudi's Use of Nature in His Architectural Designs


2:15 - 3:45 PM          Session IX

Madison Room: Section A
Nature in Cinematic and Cultural Context

Katie Golsan - University of the Pacific
Rivers Flowing East and West in Jean Renoir's Cinema

Carole Barnett - Jacksonville University & UAE
The Nature of Trees as Narrative: Crossing Cultures

Chair: Rachelle Woodbury - Lansing Community College
Hayao Miyazaki's "Princess Mononoke": Ecological Critique through Anime

Marshfield Room: Section B
Dissonant Themes: Sound, Image, Culture

David L. Mosley - Bellarmine University
The Soundscapes of Gustav Mahler

Michelle Moffett - San Francisco State University
Dissonant Identities: The Culture of Jazz and its Formative Effects

Chair: Michael Nealon - Lansing Community College
Variations on a Theme in Nature: The "Canyon Pieces" of Thomas Moran, David Hockney, Ferde Grofé, and Oliver Messiaen

Logan Room: Section C
The Nature of Musical Seduction

Marcia Green - San Francisco State University
The Nature of "Carmen" Revealed through her Music

Chair: Geoffrey Faust - Independent Scholar, Attorney at Law
Don Giovanni: Mozart's Musical Con Man

Wilson Room: Section D
Workshop - What Dying Taught Me about Living

John Otterbacher - Independent Scholar with assistance from Barbara Craft


4:00 - 5:30 PM          Session X

Logan Room: Section A
Extreme States: Artistic and Representative Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Dawn von Wiegand - Lansing Community College
Nature as Spiritual Metaphor in Leonardo da Vinci's Paintings of the Madonna

Heather Sexton Graham - University of California (Los Angeles)
Affecting the Christian Self: Guido Mazzoni's Neapolitan "Lamentation"

Chair: Barbara Hassid -Independent Scholar
The "Eroica" Enigma: Did Beethoven have a Napoleon Complex

Madison Room: Section B
Nature, Culture, Technology: Words, Shapes, Images

Jonathan Rinck - Lansing Community College
Nature as a Catalyst for a Better World: The Sculptural Intent of Barbara Hepworth

Jeffrey Woo - San Francisco State University
Through a Technological Lens: Photography and the Role of Death in Roland Barthes's "Camera Lucida" and Muriel Rukeyser's "The Book of the Dead"

Chair: John Lawson - Robert Morris University
Nature vs. Culture in Neo-Modern Verse: Bayes, Beatty, Clifton, and Collins

Wilson Room: Section C
Intercultural Environments

Alice Derry - Peninsula College
For Your Reading Pleasure: Into the Wild

Toni Lahtinen - University of Tampere (Finland)
Child as an Environmental Savior?: Environmental Activism in Contemporary Finnish Literature

Chair: Laura Vernon - Utah State University
Lessons from Love Canal: Exploring the Grassroots Rhetoric of a Community in Crisis

Marshfield Room: Section D
Workshop - Using Drama and Theater Strategies to Teach Literature

Gina Grandi - Metropolitan Arts and Technology High School (San Francisco)


5:30 - 6:30 PM          Featured Speaker

Crystal Room

Geoffrey Green
San Francisco State University

Reads from his novel:

Voices in a Mask
(Northwestern University Press, 2008)


Saturday, April 11, 2009

9:00 - 10:30 AM          Session XI

Wilson Room: Section A
Panel - Restorying Nature: Environmental Stories and Storytelling in Humanities Research and Education

Marion W. Copeland - Humane Society University
David Aftandilian - Texas Christian University
Patricia Monaghan - DePaul University
Boria Sax - Independent Scholar

Marshfield Room: Section B
Workshop-Environmental Paths and Progress

Guillemette Johnston - DePaul University
Hatha Yoga and the Yoga Sutra: A Path to the Natural Inner and Outer Environments

Nancy VanKanegan - Columbia College Chicago
Yoga in the 21st Century-Post-modern Animism

Madison Room: Section C
Nature/Anti-Nature: A Reading of Creative Work

Janet Wondra, S.L. Wisenberg, and Scott Blackwood - Roosevelt University

Logan Room: Section D
Narratives of Cultural and Technological Change

Andrew Plisner - University of Kansas
Arboreal Dialogics: An Ecocritical Exploration of Octavia Butler's "Dawn"

Viola Lasmana - San Francisco State University
From the Natural to the Digital: Writing and Reading in an Aletheic Realm of Digitality

Chair: Michael Williams - Aquinas College
Evolution of the Idea of Love in Western Civilization


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM          Session XII

Madison Room: Section A
Workshop - Global Competency: Can You be more Specific?

Terri Tomaszek - Davenport University
Alan Walczak - Davenport University

Wilson Room: Sction B
Workshop - Humanities Instruction in the Field: Delivery and Assessment from China

Stephen Husarik - University of Arkansas (Fort Smith)

Marshfield Room: Section C
Panel - Involving Students In Research

Jim Bell - Grand Valley State University
David Hatch - Utah Valley University
Rachel Anderson - Grand Valley State University

Logan Room: Section D
Featured Poetry Reading

Alice Derry--reads from her new collection, Tremelo

Sally A. Fiedler--reads from her new collection, A Trick of Seeing


Crystal Room

Closing Luncheon 12:30 - 2


Cover Art
Right - Two Men Looking at the Moon by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)
Bottom - Two Men Talking to the Moon by Ma Yuan (1190-1230)

The Humanities Education and Research Association and Interdisciplinary Humanities want to thank the following for their generous contributions and support.

The Friends of the Humanities, Lafayette, Louisiana
Sylvia Bienvenu, President

Net Vista Internet, Walnut Creek, CA for hosting HERA's website.

Dead-On Websites, Doré Ripley, CEO
For her services to keep HERA's website in operation. target@dead-onwebsites.com

Joel H. Davis, Davenport University, student
F or donating his talents and designing the Publishers' Exhibit Program

Sophia and Robert Daniels, San Francisco, CA For their donation to HERA

Phillip and Maria Ampola
Jewels Forever, Pacifica, CA For their donation to HERA

Mc Graw-Hill Higher Education
For their generous support of HERA's website

Gary Mazur, Artist, Scottsdale, AZ
For designing and donating HERA's award trophies. http://www.artbymazur.com/

Sharon L. Mazur, Senior Underwriter for Montpelier U.S. Insurance Company (MUSIC)
For donating her time and effort to HERA

Dr. Henry Rinne, Dean College of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

University of Texas, El Paso-College of Liberal Arts
University of Texas, El Paso-Program in Humanities
University of Texas, El Paso-Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Program
Davenport University
Lansing Community College
Grand Valley State University