Academics


Department of Humanities and Communication

Part of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Humanities and Communication is home to faculty with expertise in a variety of humanities disciplines, including ethics, communication, and health communication.

In addition to the department’s humanities and communication courses, faculty members provide support for the Bachelor's Program in Public Health and the College's pre-professional programs.

The department teaches a vast majority of first and second year humanities and communication courses on campus and a number of upper division courses, including the required fifth year (P3) course Health Care and Human Values, in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.

The Department also organizes the Contemplative Health Initiative, a program supporting the development of academic courses, co-curricular programs, and research into the role and effects of contemplative and meditative practices and traditions. The program promotes health, the exploration of best practices in holistic care, and the achievement of balance between body, mind, emotions, and spirit for all members of the College community.

Departmental Faculty

 

2018 Scholarly Activity Report

The activities listed below are by members of the Department of Humanities and Communication and span the period from January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018.

* - ACPHS students denoted in bold.

PUBLICATIONS

Kenneth Blume

  • Blume K. Peace, Stability, and Blackbirding in the South Pacific: The U. S. Navy and Samoa. Journal of American-East Asian Relations (invited, submitted, and now under consideration).

Margaret Carroll

  • Carroll ML. Philip J. Gallagher. Naval Aviation in Inishowen: World War I, edited by Guy Warner, Inishowen Maritime Heritage Co., Greencastle, Co. Donegal, [2018], pp.[61-76].

Barry DeCoster

  • Hennig K, DeCoster B, Chu R, Parker WM, Campo-Engelstein L, Burton-Chase AM. 2018. Patients Educating Health Care Providers on Lynch Syndrome: A Qualitative Study. Patient Experience Journal, 5(3), Article 12.

Kevin Hickey

  • Hickey K. Sahara and Identity. CELAAN (The Review of the Center for the Studies of the Literatures and Arts of North Africa / Revue du Centre d’Études des Littératures et des Arts d’Afrique du Nord) Vol 15.2-3 (Fall 2018): 8-30.
  • Hickey K. Desert Paths. CELAAN (The Review of the Center for the Studies of the Literatures and Arts of North Africa / Revue du Centre d’Études des Littératures et des Arts d’Afrique du Nord) Vol 15.2-3 (Fall 2018): 241-249.
  • Hickey K. Sandstorm. CELAAN (The Review of the Center for the Studies of the Literatures and Arts of North Africa / Revue du Centre d’Études des Littératures et des Arts d’Afrique du Nord) Vol 15.2-3 (Fall 2018): 250-263.

Laura Rogers

  • Rogers L. The Arthur Kill Alliance: Prison Newspapers and Writing Education. In Prison Pedagogies: Learning and Teaching With Imprisoned Writers. Ed. Joseph Lockard and Sherry Rankins- Robertson, Syracuse University Press: 2018, 190-206.

Daniel Smith

  • Smith DJ. “Outside the Pale” of Professionalism: The Pharmacists Union of Greater New York, 1932-1941. Pharmacy in History 60, no. 3 (2018): 55-76.

BOOK REVIEWS

Kenneth Blume

  • A review of Poseidon's Curse: British Naval Impressment and Atlantic Origins of the American Revolution by Christopher P. Magra for Journal of American History. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016 (invited and submitted in 2018; to be published in June 2019).

Margaret Carroll

  • Anna Quindlen’s Matriarchy. A review of Miller’s Crossing by Anna Quindlen for Irish Literary Supplement, 37:2, Spring 2018, pp. 4-5.

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

Kenneth Blume

  • Blume K. Blackbirding in the South Pacific:  The U.S. Confronts the Pacific Slave Trade. Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Philadelphia PA, June 22, 2018.

Margaret Carroll

  • Carroll ML. Bloomsday 2018: Ulysses, Reduxing the Redux. Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany NY, June 13 and 16, 2018 (lecture and reading).
  • Carroll ML. Reimagining Traditions: Place and Identity in the novels of Alice McDermott. International Association of the Study of Irish Literatures Conference, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, July 23-27, 2018, (conference presentation).
  • Carroll ML. World War I: Letters Home. Armistice Day 100th Anniversary Commemoration, 1918-2018. Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany NY, November 11, 2018 (lecture and exhibit).
  • Carroll ML. The War to End All Wars: Songs and Readings from World War I. Irish American Heritage Museum, Nov. 13, 2018 (selection, direction, and commentary).

Denise Coblish

  • Coblish D. It's a Jungle Out There! Recognizing Predatory Journals, Spoof Sites, and Other Dangerous Resources. Purdue Global Village, Online Conference, November 5-9, 2018.

Kevin Hickey

  • Hickey K. Healing on a Heroic Scale: Jim Crow, Basquiat, and More than Flying Home. 44th Annual Meeting of the African Literature Association, Washington DC, May 23, 2018.
  • Hickey K. Ornithological Identities—Envisioning a Global African Space. 43rd Annual NYASA Conference, Seton Hall University, South Orange NJ, April 13, 2018.

Laura Rogers

  • Rogers L. The Interstitial Spaces of Prison Publication: The Arthur Kill Alliance and Empire. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City MO, March 14-18, 2018. 
  • Rogers L, Evans S, Pluckrose D, Sanders M. When Theory Is Not Enough: Writing Center Tutors in a School of Health Sciences Use Assessment Data to Inspire Change in Tutoring and Institutional Practices. Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA, March 24-25, 2018.
  • Rogers L. If We Knew Our History: Looking to the Past, Building on the Future. National Conference on Higher Education in Prison, Indianapolis IN, November 9-11, 2018. 

Daniel Smith

  • Smith DJ. Session 5: Postwar Politics. Second Annual Conference on American Political History, Lebanon Valley College Center for Political History, June 9, 2018 (comment).
  • Smith DJ. Session 23: The Age of FDR. Second Annual Conference on American Political History, Lebanon Valley College Center for Political History, June 9, 2018 (chair and comment).

Elisabeth Vines

  • Vines E. Like Life and Medical Humanities. Eighth Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI, September 13, 2018 (conference presentation).
  • Oil painting Library Entrance included in the Albany Center Gallery Members' Show. December 7, 2018 - Fri. January 18, 2019 (exhibit).

HONORS, AWARDS, and APPOINTMENTS

Kevin Hickey

  • Editor of “Sahara and Identity” issue of CELAAN (The Review of the Center for the Studies of the Literatures and Arts of North Africa / Revue du Centre d’Études des Littératures et des Arts d’Afrique du Nord). 2016-2018. Volume XV #2-3, Fall 2018.
  • President of New York African Studies Association.
  • Managing Editor of New York African Studies Association Newsletter and NYASA Bulletin

2017 Scholarly Activity Report

The activities listed below are by members of the Department of Humanities and Communication and span the period from January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017.

PUBLICATIONS

PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES

Margaret Carroll
Carroll M. “American Sea Plane Base in Inishowen.” Donegal Annual, 2017, No. 69. Pp.29-38. October 2017. 

Paul Denvir
Denvir, P., Cardone, K. Parker, W. & Cerulli, J. (Online November 2017). “How do I say that?”: Using communication principles to enhance medication therapy management instruction. To appear in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.

Michael Pittman
Pittman, M. “Gurdjieff, Art, and the Legominism of Ashiata Shiemash.” Religion and Arts. Vol 21, Issue 1-2 (2017)

Laura Rogers
Rogers, L.,with Cory Holding, Tobi Jacobi, and Wendy Hinshaw.  "Bending Bars: A Dialogue with Four Prison Teacher-Researchers.  Survive and Thrive: A Journal of Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine.  Forthcoming, Spring 2017. 

ARTICLES

Margaret Carroll
Carroll M. “Helen Carswell.” Sixteen on Sixteen. Irish American Heritage Museum. Online. June 2017.

Carroll M. “Angela McNerney.” Sixteen on Sixteen. Irish American Heritage Museum. Online. June 2017.

REVIEW ARTICLES
BOOKS

BOOK CHAPTER
Daniel d’Oney

d’Oney, D. “The Louisiana Old State Capital Change and Continuity.” Defining Memory. Rowman & Little. Second Edition. 2017.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Margaret Carroll
Carroll, M. “Albany’s Connection to the Irish Revolution,” American Conference for Irish Studies, Mid Atlantic. Georgetown University. November 2017.

Laura Rogers
Rogers, L.  "New Approaches to Curating Archival Prison Histories: Prison Teachers, Creative Responses."  Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, Oregon, March 14-18 2017.

Rogers, L, and Amanda Kaley Dawn Pluckrose, and Treven Santicola.  "We Have Blindfolds on Here: A Historically White Health Sciences School Investigates Writing in the Margins."  Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY. April 1-2 2017. 

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Barry DeCoster 
Priscilla Hall and Barry DeCoster, “Shaping Ethical Clinicians: Medicalization’s Impact on Professional Identity and Autonomy” Summer Research Presentation (Nov 4, 2017). This was the public presentation of Priscilla’s Student Summer Research Award.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS 

Barry DeCoster
DeCoster, B. presented a draft of Priscilla Hall’s project to the Population Health Sciences’s ProTalk Series. 2017

DeCoster, B. was invited to present “Teaching Research Ethics Online: Focusing on Community and Argumentation”, as part of the National Distance Learning Week Conference hosted by Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. November 2017.

Smith, Daniel J.
“As New York Goes, So Goes the Nation: The American Society of Hospital Pharmacists and Collective Bargaining.” ProTalk: Department of Population Health Sciences. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. November 3, 2017.

“HIS 330: History of Public Health and Medicine in the United States.” National Distance Learning Week. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. November 9, 2017.

Paul Denvir
Denvir, P. (2017). “You’re gonna’ not be happy with me”: How patients navigate autonomy and accountability when reporting medication adherence problems to pharmacists. Presented at the 103rd Annual Meeting of National Communication Association. November 2017.

Kevin Hickey 

Hickey, K.  “Guerilla Griot–Ousmane Sembène’s Filmic Oeuvre as Seen in His First Film, Borom Sarret (The Wagoner) of 1963” at 42nd Annual New York African Studies Association Conference on “Emerging Africas: Versions and Visions” at University at Buffalo. 31 March 2017.

Hickey, K. “Memorable Africa: Connecting High School Students to Africa” (a plenary Teachers’ Workshop Presentation), at 42nd Annual New York African Studies Association Conference on “Emerging Africas: Versions and Visions” at University at Buffalo. 31 March 2017. 

Hickey, K. “Race and Political Representations in African Films and Hip Hop” panel at 42nd Annual New York African Studies Association Conference on “Emerging Africas: Versions and Visions” at University at Buffalo. 31 March 2017. 

Hickey, K. “Sahara and Identity in Literature, Music and Religion” panel at 42nd Annual New York African Studies Association Conference on “Emerging Africas: Versions and Visions” at University at Buffalo. 01 April 2017. This panel is part of a larger product which is that I am guest editing a special issue of the journal Review of the Center for the Studies of the Literatures and Arts of North Africa on the topic of “The Sahara and Identity.”

PODIUM PRESENTATIONS

Barry DeCoster
Saba Malik, Zubin Master, Wendy Parker, Barry DeCoster, and Lisa Campo-Engelstein, “Being Transgender Doesn’t Mean One Thing”: Exploring Complex Patient/Provider Interactions in an LGBTQ Population, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Kansas City, MO (Oct 24, 2017)

DeCoster, B., “Uneasy Alliances and the Ethics of Ending Clinical Relationships,” part of the Clinical Ethics sections of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Kansas City, MO (Oct 24, 2017)

Daniel Smith
Smith, Daniel J. “As New York Goes, So Goes the Nation: The American Society of Hospital Pharmacists and Collective Bargaining.” Researching New York Conference. University at Albany. November 17, 2017.

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Margaret Carroll
Editor for the New Hibernia Review – March 2017 & December 2017

Served on Search Committee – Executive Director of Irish American Heritage Museum – Nov-Dec 2017

Kevin Hickey
President of the New York African Studies Association (current)

Organizer of 41st Annual New York African Studies Association Conference (April 2017)

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Carroll, M. Production Assistant, Marketing, Play program, accommodations planning. “Find Your Way Home.” Palace Theater. July 2017.

Carroll, M. Presented at Irish American Heritage Museum at Dylan Thomas event, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” December 2017. 

Carroll, M. Organized & presented at Glynn Symposium held at the Irish American Heritage Museum. February 2017.

Carroll, M. Presented at Irish American Heritage Museum on Shaw/Gregory one act plays. March 2017.

Carroll, M. Presented at Irish American Heritage Museum at Bloomsday event. June 2017.

DeCoster and Lisa Campo-Engelstein organized the ASBH Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Interest Group. 2017

Hickey, K. Talk followed by by Q&A on “Africa in the Contemporary World” at the Niskayuna Rotary Club, Niskayuna, NY. March 21, 2017

GRANTS

Margaret Carroll
Carroll, M. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Scholarship of Discovery Grant. Washington DC. May 2017.

2016 Scholarly Activity Report

The activities listed below are by members of the Department of Humanities and Communication and span the period from January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016.

PUBLICATIONS

PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES

Margaret Carroll
Carroll M. Lough Foyle Naval Air Station: WWI Memories. Donegal Annual, 2016, No. 68.

Carroll M. Martin Glynn’s Newspaper Editorials: Constructing Albany’s Answers to the Irish Questions, 1913-1924. Nordic Irish Studies Journal, Vol. 14, 2015, pp. 111-126.

Barry DeCoster
DeCoster B, Campo-Engelstein L. Expedited Partner Therapy: Clinical Considerations and Public Health Explorations. AMA Journal of Ethics 18, no. 3 (March 1, 2016): 215–28.

Rose Hitt
Smith S, Hitt R, Russell J, Silk K, Nazione S, Atkin C, Keating D. Risk Belief and Attitude Formation From Translated Scientific Messages About PFOA, an Environmental Risk Associated With Breast Cancer. Health Communication, doi:10.1080/10410236.2016.1138350 (published online, May 2016).

Smith SW, Hitt R, Park HS, Walther JB, Liang J, Hseih G. An Effort to Increase Organ Donor Registration through Intergroup Competition and Social Media: A Study of Two College Campus Organ Donation Challenge Campaigns. Journal of Health Communication (published online, January 2016).

Hitt R, Perrault E, Smith S, Keating D, Nazione S, Silk K, Russell J. (2016). Scientific message translation and the Heuristic Systematic Model: Insights for designing educational messages about progesterone and breast cancer risks. Journal of Cancer Education, 31, 389-936. doi: 10.1007/s13187-015-0835-y.

Michael Pittman
Pittman M. Through the Lens of Gurdjieff: Glimpses of Contemporary Sufism in Turkey. Fieldwork in Religion, Vol 11, No. 1 (2016).

REVIEW ARTICLES

Kenneth Blume
Brad K. Berner. The Spanish-American War. A Documentary History with Commentaries. (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014), for International Journal of Maritime History. May 2016.

Renata E. Long. In the Shadow of the Alabama. The British Foreign office and the American Civil War (Naval Institute Press, 2015), for Naval Historical Foundation, Naval History Book Reviews, Feb. 2016.

Stewart Gordon. A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks (University Press of New England, 2015), for Steamship Historical Society Power Ships, Spring 2016.

J. Daniel d’Oney
“Hubs of Empire: The Southeastern Lowcountry and British Caribbean” in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Volume 39, No. 3, 2015: 148-149.

BOOKS

Kenneth Blume
Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from the Civil War to World War I, Rev. Ed. Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Denise L. Coblish
Preparing Your Writing Center for the Next Wave of International Students. National Association for Development Education (NADE) Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, March 17, 2016.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS 

Margaret Carroll

Carroll M. Dylan Thomas: An Introduction. Lecture delivered before a reading of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany, NY, December 2, 2016.

Carroll M. Albany’s Catholics in a Protestant Republic. Researching New York Conference, Albany, NY, November 17-19, 2016.

Carroll M. Alice McDermott’s Someone. New England Regional American Conference of Irish Studies, Cape Cod, MA, November 4-5, 2016.

Carroll M. Bloomsday 2016: Ulysses Unbound: Readings and Ramblings. Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany, NY, June 2016.
Carroll M. Father Daniel W. Cahill: The Irish Letters Home. American Conference for Irish Studies, South Bend, IN, March 25-29, 2016.

Carroll M. Lady Gregory’s “The Rising of the Moon,” a critical introduction. Irish American Heritage Museum, February 2016.

Barry DeCoster
DeCoster B. The Social Determinants of Health and Medicalization. Health, Care, and Society first year medical student course at Albany Medical College, Feb 10, 2016.

DeCoster B, Parker W. Alliance Building in Women's Healthcare. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Washington, DC, February 20, 2016.

Kevin Hickey
Hickey K. Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah by Anna Badkhen. Friends of Albany Public Library Book Review Series, Albany, NY, June 14, 2016.

Hickey K. Chair of “Music and Art as a Force of Political Expressivity.” 41st Annual New York African Studies Association Conference, New York, NY, April 1, 2016. 

Michael Pittman
Travels in Gurdjieff’s Milieu: Armenia and Turkey. All and Everything Humanities Conference, Salem, MA, April 20-14, 2016 (Invited Presentation).

PODIUM PRESENTATIONS

Margaret Carroll
Carroll M. The Famine Irish in Albany, NY: Irish please apply. International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Cork, Ireland, July 25-31, 2016.

Barry DeCoster
DeCoster B. Is ‘Demedicalization’ Possible as a Goal for Feminist Health? Feminist Epistemology, Metaphysics, Methodologies, and Science Studies Conference, South Bend, IN, October 2-4, 2016 (paper presentation).

DeCoster B, Campo-Engelstein L. Good Public Health Policy or Sexual Minority Exclusion? Rethinking Expedited Partner Therapy. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Washington DC, October 6-9, 2016 (paper presentation).

DeCoster B. Is ‘Demedicalization’ Possible as a Goal for Feminist Health? American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Washington, DC, October 6-9, 2016 (paper presentation).

DeCoster B, Parker W. Virtues for Seeking Alliances in Healthcare: Archives of Our Bodies, Ourselves. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Washington, DC, October 6-9, 2016 (paper presentation).

Kevin Hickey
Jazzed Images – The Ornithological Arguments of Jean-Michel Basquiat. 41st Annual New York African Studies Association Conference on “Music and the Arts of Africa and the Diaspora,” City College of New York and Columbia University, April 1, 2016 (Podium Presentation).

Rose Hitt
Hitt R, Zuang J, Anderson J. Breastfeeding Beliefs: Content Analysis of Newspaper Coverage. Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 2016.

Hitt R, Zuang J, Anderson J. Breastfeeding topics in U.S. newspapers. Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 2016.

Michael Pittman
Influences in Contemporary Spirituality: The Cultural, Religious, and Spiritual Roots of G.I. Gurdjieff in the Caucasus and Anatolia. American Academy of Religion Regional Conference (North Eastern-Maritimes Region), Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Boston, MA, April 2, 2016.

Laura Rogers
Rogers L. Public Archives, Shared Spaces: What Happens When Incarcerated Men Meet the "Incorrigible Girls" of New York. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX, April 6-9 2016.

Rogers L, Santicola T, Bogari K,Courtney K, Kaley A, Pluckrose D, Olszewski K, Yehia A. If You Try and Make Every Paper Look the Same; Tutors, Teachers, and Students Explore the Grand Narratives of Science Writing. Northeast Writing Center Association Conference, Keene, NH, April 2-3, 2016.

Daniel Smith
Smith D. Radical Politics and Labor Organization: Leon Davis and the Pharmacists’ Union of Greater New York. Researching New York Conference, University at Albany, Albany, NY, November 17-19, 2016 (Paper Presentation).

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Kevin Hickey
President of the New York African Studies Association (current)

Organizer of 41st Annual New York African Studies Association Conference (April 1-2, 2016)

2015 Scholarly Activity report

The activities listed below are by members of the Department of Humanities and Communication and span the period from January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015.

PUBLICATIONS

PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES

Patricia Baia
Baia P, Strang A. Pharmacy educator motives to pursue pedagogical knowledge. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, accepted October 2015 (in press).

Strang A, Baia P. An investigation of teaching and learning programs in pharmacy education. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Ref. AJPE5210R1, accepted June 2015 (in press).

Garrison G, Baia P, Canning J, Strang A. An asynchronous learning approach for the instructional component of a dual-campus pharmacy resident teaching program. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, v79 (2), 2015.

Paul Denvir
Denvir P. Saving face during routine lifestyle history taking: How patients report and remediate potentially problematic conduct. Communication & Medicine, accepted April 2015 (in press).

REVIEW ARTICLES

Margaret Lasch Carroll
Carroll, Margaret Lasch. Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory by Mary C. Kelly (review). American Catholic Studies 126.1 (2015): 66-68.

Michael Pittman
Pittman M. Review of “The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity” by Cynthia Bourgeault. Journal for the Academic Study of Religions, 27.3, Feb 2015.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

SCIENTIFIC POSTERS

Patricia Baia
Baia P. Faculty motivations for life-long learning. 45th Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, Savannah, GA, October 15-17, 2015.

Barry DeCoster
DeCoster B. Medicalization versus demedicalization: The question of resistance. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Houston, TX, October 2015 (poster presentation).

INVITED PRESENTATIONS 

Patricia Baia
Baia P, Strang A. Leverage: How to create an online certificate program using backdoor tactics. Higher Education Pedagogy Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, February 4-6, 2015. 

Kevin Hickey
Hickey K. Infectious diasporas: Africa and discourses of global health – bondage or embrace? 41st Annual African Literature Association Conference – African Futures and Beyond: Visions in Transition, University of Bayreuth, Germany, June 5, 2015.

Elisabeth Vines
Vines E. El Anatsui – Global Artist. 40th Annual NYASA Conference, Albany, NY,  April 4, 2015.

PODIUM PRESENTATIONS

Barry DeCoster
DeCoster B. Rethinking the ethics of expedited partner therapies. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Houston, TX, October 2015. 

DeCoster B with Lisa Campo-Engelstein. The medicalization of men’s reproduction. European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare. Paper included in special session on “The Biomedical Model and the Medicalization of Healthcare,” Ghent, Belgium, August 2015.

DeCoster B. The Virtues of Uneasy Collaborations. North American Society for Social Philosophy, July 2015.

DeCoster B. Fishkin’s Bottlenecks: A Reply to Author. North American Society for Social Philosophy, July 2015.

DeCoster B. The Myth of Demedicalization? Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, New York, NY, Feb 26 - Mar 1, 2015.

Paul Denvir
Denvir P. Discursive constructions of Eric Garner and NYC police officers in the de Blasio/Bratton press conference. Presented at the 40th Annual Conference of New York Africana Studies Conference, Albany Law School, April 2015.

Michael Pittman
Pittman M. Reflections of orality and textualizations in Gurdjieff’s Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson. International Association for the History of Religions Conference, Erfurt, Germany, August 23-29, 2015.

Pittman M. Desire and devotion in Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates. American Academy of Religion, Eastern International Region Conference, Montreal, CA, May 1-2, 2015.

Pittman M. Responding to the crisis in higher education: A Taoist and contemplative re-visioning of higher education and leadership. Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Washington, DC, March 8-13, 2015.

Laura Rogers
Rogers L. Re (claiming) Lila: Understanding the fragmentary narratives of incarcerated girls in the early 20th century. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL, March 18-21, 2015.

Rogers L. Into the Archives. Narrative Truth: The Risks and Rewards of Prison Research, Writing and Teaching Workshop, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL, March 18-21, 2015.

Rogers L with Santicola T, Callaghan C, Kaley A, Yehia, A. We Don’t Talk About That Here: Or do we? (Dis) embodiment in the Science Based Writing Center. Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference, Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ, April 18-19 2015.

Rogers L with Jacobi T. Deviance or defiance: Counternarrating stories of incarcerated girls. 10th Annual Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, October 28-31, 2015.

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Paul Denvir
Denvir P. Vice-chair, Language and Social Interaction Division of National Communication Association. Served as Division Planner for the 101st Annual Meetings, Las Vegas, NV, November 2015.

Kevin Hickey
Elected Vice President of The New York African Studies Association (2-year term) in April 2015.