2013 Conference Program

March 20-23, 2013- Houston, Texas

Westin Galleria Houston

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Sacred Sites, Secular Spaces: Scenes, Sounds, and Signs in Humanistic, Artistic, and
Technolgical Culture

2013 Conference Program

Wednesday, March 20 -3:00 - 6:00 PM

Royal Suite    HERA Board Meeting

Thursday, March 21 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Session I - 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

1. Social Sculptures - Royal Suite
Chair: Karen Lescure

          Marking Sacred Baseball Ground: Telling The Story Of Cleveland's Historic League Park With Environmental Graphic Design
         Jennifer Vokoun, Walsh University

         Hybrid Garden Wall
         Sallie Hambright-Belue, Clemson University

         Social Sculpture: Transforming Community through Art in Third Ward Houston
         Karen Lescure, University of Houston

2. Meso-American Spirituality and Contemporary Reality in Latino/Hispanic Literature - Regal Suite
Chair: Raquel Chiquillo

         Reforging a Forgotten Faith: The Femme Fatale's Role in Revaluing Indigenous Religion in Elena Garro's Los recuerdos del porvenir
         Sylvia Morin, University of Houston-Downtown

         Roberta Fernandez's "Amanda": A Feminist, Economic, and Cultural Approach
         Montse Feu, University of Houston-Downtown

         (Re)creating the Codex: Nahua Spirituality and the Construction of Historical Memory in José Roberto Cea's Todo el códice
         Raquel Chiquillo, University of Houston-Downtown

3. Sacred vs. Secular Space - Imperial Suite
Chair: Erin McCoy

          Wat Samaki: a Cambodian American Sacred Space
          Sophea Seng, California State University, Long Beach

          Sacred Tribal Archaeology
          Richard Stark, TMI The Episcopal School of Texas

          A Tour of a War: Examining the Sacred and Secular in Vietnam War Sites
          Erin McCoy, University of Louisville

4. Archaeology, Digital Humanities, and Sustainability - Monarch Room
Chair: Stephen Husarik

          Saving Texas: Implementing Sustainable Development in a Resistant State
          Anne Egelston, Spitfire Environmental Consulting

          Redefining the Archaeological Research of Ancient Harbours Under the Adoption of Digital Humanities and the G.I.S.
          Federico Ugolini, King's College, London

          Living Spaces: Digitally Restoring Beethoven Residences in and around Vienna
          Stephen Husarik, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

Thursday, March 21 - BREAK 10:45-11:00 AM


Thursday, March 21 - Session II 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

5. Murals and Panels - Royal Suite
Chair: Kelliann Flores

          Noah or Adam?: Will the Real Officiator Raise His Hand
          Lyn Bair, University of Colorado, Denver

         Marc Chagall as Scene, Sign, and Sound
         Marjorie Wharton, Luther College

         Yucatecan Identity in Tension: Castro Pacheco's Hall of History Murals
         Kelliann Flores, Stony Brook University (SUNY)

6. Nineteenth Century Issues - Regal Suite
Chair: Lee Ann Westman

          Victorian Vigils: Toward a Poetics of Urban Insomnia
          Adrian Versteegh, New York University

          The Wheels of the Gods Grind Slowly, But Oh So Fine
          Lee Ann Westman, University of Texas at El Paso

7. Communication Studies - Imperial Suite
Chair: Brian Mullen

          Emergency Preparedness: Response and Self-Efficacy during an Active Shooter Crisis
          Toni Hoang, University of Houston-Downtown

          Skin Deep: Exfoliating the Inscriptions of Gender, Race, and Nation in the Media
          Erica Fletcher, The University of Texas Medical Branch, The Institute for the Medical Humanities

          Ready. Set. Engage! Using Owned Media to Garner Earned Media
          Brian Mullen, Clemson University

8. Contemporary Themes - Monarch Room
Chair: Sarita Cannon

          Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and the Sacred Space of Imagination
          Jessica Manuel, San Francisco State University

          Overcoming Distraction and Trivialization of the Lullaby: The Subversive Nature of the Title's Allusion in Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses
          Jalaine Lindsley, University of Texas, El Paso

          The Ethics of Impersonation in Love and Consequences
          Sarita Cannon, San Francisco State University

LUNCH (on your own) 12:15 to 1:30 PM


Thursday, March 21 - Session III 1:30 to 2:45 PM

9. Cityscapes and Street Art - Royal Suite
Chair: Joseph Sample

          Sacred Doorsteps: Kolam Art in Tamil Nadu, India
          Kim Raikes, Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

          The Embodiment and Role of Spatial Memes in Contributing to the Experience of Charged Places
          Arsenio Rodrigues, Prairie View A&M University

          Vagabonding in Chinatown: Reading the Spaces between Cultures and Languages
          Joe Sample, University of Houston-Downtown

10. Pedagogy: Service Learning/the Classroom - Imperial Suite
Chair: Therese Tomaszek

          Developing a Multi-disciplinary International Study Abroad Course through Team Teaching
          Margaret Sass, Purdue University

          The Classroom: Sacred Site or Secular Space?
          Colleen Coughlin, Davenport University

          Service Learning Isn't Vegas or, What Happens in the Classroom Doesn't Stay in the Classroom
          Therese Tomaszek, Davenport University

11. The Dancing Body: A Site of the Everyday & the Sacred - Monarch Room
Chair: Sherrie Barr

          Sherrie Barr, Hayley Shannon, Kaity Sinke, Thomas Bond, Michigan State University

BREAK 2:45-3:00 PM


Thursday, March 21 - Session IV 3:00 to 4:15 PM

12. The Body, War, and Gender - Royal Suite
Chair: Kevin Cassell

          "Two Men in a Cage": Mixed Martial Arts as Edenic Space
          Justine Greve, University of Kansas

          Body as Sacred Site: The Performances and Earth-Body Works of Ana Mendieta
          Marcia Roberts-Deutsch, University of Hawaii-Honolulu Community College

          Space Erased: The Ideological Interface of Body/Armor
          Kevin Cassell, Michigan Technological University

13. Literary and Cultural Expressions - Regal Suite
Chair: James Bell

          Burning the Bridges to "Communitas": The Movement and Inefficiency of Compassion in Misericordia
          Michael Carroll, University of Colorado at Boulder

          The Ersatz Truth: Picturing Neo-noir Products in Philip K. Dick's Dystopic Diegetic
          Doré Ripley, Diablo Valley College and California State University, East Bay

          Translations and Adaptations: the Antona García project
          James Bell, Grand Valley State University

14. Life Passages: Poetry and Personal Narrative - Imperial Suite
Chair: Jared Pearce

          Images of Grief upon the Death of a Child
          Rosemarie O'Connor, Independent Writer

          The Judge
          Jared Pearce, William Penn University

Menil Collection Tour, 5:00 to 8:00 PM


Friday, March 22 - 9:30 AM to 5:15 PM

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM - Keynote Address - Monarch Room

8:00 PM to 10:00 PM - Reception - Monarch Room


Friday, March 22 - Session V - 9:30-10:45 AM

15. Technology and the Humanities - Royal Suite
Chair: Joana Owens

          Keys to the City: Community Colleges, Organic Leadership and Social Activism
          Portia Hopkins, University of Maryland/Houston Community College

          How the Humanities Can Save the World and Why We Will Never have the Data to Prove It
          Randall Horton, San Jacinto College South

          Where the Humanities and the Sciences Meet: Pedagogical Reflections on a Course in "Culture, Science, and Technology"
          Joana Owens, Jacksonville University

16. Music, Health, Education, Community - Regal Suite
Chair: Owen Borda

          The Medicine of Sound
          Joanne Muir, Independent Scholar

          Improvisation in the Music Curriculum
          Mark Laughlin, Georgia Southwestern State University

          Music in the Public Square, The Development of Public Policy in the Era of AIDS
          Owen Borda, Keuka College

17. Sacred Sites - Imperial Suite
Chair: Leon Raikes

          Remote & Unusual Sacred Sites, Near and Far
          Donald Metz, CCM/University of Cincinnati (read by William Chandler)

          Space, Land, Place: Signs of Witness
          Sister Paula Jean Miller, University of St. Thomas, Houston

          Ireland and India: Concepts and Practices of Early Pilgrimage-A Comparative Study
          Leon Raikes, Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

18. Seen And Unseen: Attractions, Sites, and Cognition - Monarch Room
Chair: Michael Allsopp

          Monuments to the Mundane: A Tour of the Midwest's Gigantic Roadside Attractions
          Natalie Phillips, Ball State University

          Sacred and Secular: The "Ungraspable" and "Ungrasping" Angels of Rilke and Klee
          Lisa Graley, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

          Malcolm Gladwell's Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), Images and Arguments-An Informal Discussion
          Michael Allsopp, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines,

BREAK 10:45-11:00 AM


Friday, March 22 - Session VI 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

19. Small Sacred Spaces - Royal Suite
Chair: Maria Giulia Genghini

          Gaudí's Cloister
          William Chandler, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

          Imaging Sacred Space: The Fifteenth-Century Clotet
          William Folkestad, Colorado State University-Pueblo

          "Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything" (AP Moses 6): How the Physical Environment Shaped the Spiritual Engagement of the First Egyptian Ascetic Saints
          Maria Giulia Genghini, University of Notre Dame

20. Other Art: Installations - Regal Suite
Chair: Linda Levitt

          Sacred and Secular: The Transcultural Perspective
          Marija Jovanovic, Independent Scholar

          Contemporary Art as Spaces of Transition: A Phenomenological Study
          Sara Northerner, Western Kentucky University

          Relocating Memory and Meaning: Imposing Commemorative Qualities on The Sphere
          Linda Levitt, Stephen F. Austin State University

21. Painted Churches, Houses, and Buildings - Imperial Suite
Chair: William Riehm

           A New Beginning in a New Land: A Recasting of a Treasured Heritage
          Sister Madeleine Grace, University of St. Thomas, Houston

           Agency and Resistance in the Back of Laurel Valley Plantation: A Study in Architectural Survival
          Robin White, Nicholls State University and William Riehm, Mississippi State University

22. Modernism and the Question of Attachment: Intimacy, Affect, and Time - Monarch Room
Chair: Alison Sperling

          Alison Sperling, University of Wisconsin at Madison and Viola Lasmana, University of Southern California

LUNCH 12:15-1:30 PM (on your own)


Friday, March 22 - Session VII 1:30 to 2:45 PM

23. Technology, Privacy, History - Regal Suite
Chair: DeAnna Varela

          The Panopticon as Secular Space
          Jean DeWitt and Erin Mayer, University of Houston-Downtown

           Don't Know Much about History: Methods for Teaching Classical History to a Date Wary Audience
          Harvey Whitney, Northern Virginia Community College

          Women, Girls & Technology: A Feminist Pedagogical Approach
          DeAnna Varela, University of Texas at El Paso

24. Esthetics: Literature, Sculpture, Music - Imperial Suite
Chair: Annette Allen

           Kafkaesque Absurdity in the Aesthetics of Beckett and Giacometti
           Michael Sollars, Texas Southern University

          Tchaikovsky and His Soul Mate: a Story in Letters
          Larisa Jackson, University of Houston-Downtown

          A Feminist, Theological/Ecological Approach to Reading the Works of Mary Oliver and Virginia Woolf
          Annette Allen, University of Louisville

25. Mandala-Sorting, Placing, Practicing, Centering - Monarch Room

          Nancy VanKanegan, Columbia College, Chicago

BREAK 2:45-3:00 PM


Friday, March 22 - Session VIII 3:00 to 4:15 PM

26. Myths - Royal Suite
Chair: Jim Larner

          Myth Makers: An Analysis on the Human Need to Believe
          Leif Behmer, Lone Star Community College

          Reassessing Classical Mythology in Comparative Literature
          Michael Demson, Sam Houston State University

          The Sibyl of Cumae: "Where clear truths and mysteries [are] inextricably twined"
          Jim Larner, Marian University

27. The Layers of Rome: Navigating Sacred Spaces - Imperial Suite
Chair: Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen

          The Temple on the Hill: The Classics and Thomas Jefferson's Vision of America
          Ronald Weber, University of Texas at El Paso

          Perception and Pedagogy in Saint Praxedes' Basilica, Rome
          Sarah Kyle, University of Central Oklahoma

          Transformation of the Roman Pantheon: Gods and Heroes from Antiquity to the Modern State
          Margaret Musgrove, University of Central Oklahoma

          Is Any Place Sacred Anymore? Navigating St. Peter's Basilica through the Lens of Secular Students
          Renèe Schlueter, Kirkwood Community College

          Eternity and Politics in the Vatican Museums
          Scott Samuelson, Kirkwood Community College

          Respondent: Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, University of Central Oklahoma

28. Workshop: Film, Media & Social Justice: Using the Arts and Technology to Teach and Explore Social Science, Human Rights, and Community Advocacy Monarch Room
Chair: Kelby Thwaits

          Kelby Thwaits and Charles Bunce, Mount St. Mary's University


Friday, March 22 - Session IX 4:15 to 5:15 PM

29. Ethics and Education - Royal Suite
Chair: Timothy Green

          Jacques Copeau's Theater of Embodied Learning: Theatrical Space as a Montessorian Sacred "Prepared Environment"
          Margaret Garvey, University of Notre Dame

          Applying Moral Imagination in Literary Studies
          Timothy Green, St. Edward's University

30. Philosophy and Art - Regal Suite
Chair: Tony Lack

          The Noble Wine of Nietzsche
          Brent Kubasta, Seminole State College

          The Art of Anselm Kiefer through the Lens of Martin Heidegger on Technology, Art, and Truth
          Tony Lack, Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska, Anchorage

31. The Sacred and the Secular: Music - Imperial Suite
Chair: Geoffrey Green

          Clashes and Combinations: The Sacred and the Secular in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West (Girl of the West) and Tosca
          Marcia Green, HERA, Executive Director

          Condemned Holy Wasteland: Bob Dylan's Juxtaposition of Secular and Sacred Themes and Images
          Geoffrey Green, San Francisco State University

32. Diaspora, Memory, and National Identity Monarch Room
Chair: William Nowak

          Pan-Africanism: Is it Still Relevant Today?
          James Ochwa-Echel, Eastern Illinois University

          Historical Memory and the Haunted Space of Spanish National Identity in El orfanato (2007)
          William Nowak, University of Houston-Downtown

DINNER: 5:15-6:30pm (on your own)


Friday, March 22 - Session X 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

33. Keynote Address Monarch Room

Keynote Speaker: Roy R. Robson
University of the Sciences, Philadelphia

Tradition, Modernity, and Place: Pimen Sofronov in Twentieth-Century Russian Iconography


8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Reception Monarch Room


Saturday, March 23 - 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM

Closing Luncheon 12:15 to 2:00 PM

Session XI 9:30 to 10:45 AM

34. Film and Literature: Desire, Frustration, Gender, Environments-Royal Suite
Chair: Jay Hudkins

          The Eye of the Other: Desire and Jouissance in John Fowles's The Collector
          Paul Kintzele, University of Houston-Downtown

          Gender, Archetypes and Revolution in Margaret Fuller's Woman in the Nineteenth-Century
          Sharon Worley, University of Phoenix

          Reframing Environmental Discourse for the Twenty-First Century: A Critical Analysis of Monster's, Inc.
         Jay Hudkins, Arkansas Tech University

35. Literature: Society and Politics - Regal Suite
Chair: Kim Beck

          Marie or The Tragic Mulatta Redeemed: Race, Religion, and Gender in a Work of Antebellum Protest Literature
          Chris Michaelides, University of Louisiana at Monroe

          Within the Sacred Walls: Disorder and Ambiguity in Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata
          Alani Hicks-Bartlett, University of California, Berkeley

          Pageant and Parade: Imperial Performance in Percy Shelley's Mask of Anarchy and the Triumph of Life
          Kim Jacobs-Beck, University of Cincinnati Clermont College

36. Pedagogy: How To Teach X - Imperial Suite
Chair: Neil Shepard

          Unmoved by Reading: Students Draw How School Fails Democracy
          Laurence Musgrove, Angelo State University

          Teaching Ellison's Invisible Man as a Cautionary Tale of Pride and Humility
          Shawn Tucker, Elon University

          Raising the Bar with Universal Design for Learning in the Social Sciences and Humanities Classroom
          Neil Shepard, Davenport University

37. Myths and Symbols: Representations, Theories, Uses, and Abuses - Monarch Room
Chair: Edmund Cueva

          Five Modalities of the Narrator-god: Aquinian Theory in Unamuno's Niebla
          Thomas Kozlowski, Stony Brook University (SUNY)

          In the Arms of a Loving Mother: The Importance of Mary as Mother in the Cappella Scrovegni and the Divina Comedia
          Britney Broyles, University of Louisville

          The Use, Misuse, and Abuse of Myth
Edmund Cueva, University of Houston-Downtown

BREAK 10:45-11:00 AM

Saturday, March 23 - Session XII 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

38. The Sacred Landscape of Balkh (Afghanistan) - Regal Suite
Chair: Arezou Azad

          Arezou Azad, University of Oxford; Robert Hoyland, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford; Tasha Vorderstrasse, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

39. How to Move the Masses - Imperial Suite
Chair: David Hatch

          WWII Victory Gardens: Symbols of American Values Created by Mass Media Propaganda
          Breezy Taggart, Brigham Young University

          Our Public Cathedrals
          Jo Anna Isaak, Fordham University

          The "Sacred" Untouchable Campus: The Easter Uprising and Two College Newspapers
          David Hatch, University of South Carolina

40. Multi-Screen Installation and the Liquid Culture of Isaac Julien's Ten Thousand Waves - Monarch Room

          Henry Sayre, Oregon State University-Cascades Campus

Closing Luncheon: 12:15 to2:00 PM - Woodway III

Questions may be directed to Marcia Green at mgreen@sfsu.edu or Edmund Cueva, Conference Coordinator at cuevae@uhd.edu.







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