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Dr. Les Muray returned to campus in the fall of 2014 after suffering a heart attack while on Fulbright Scholarship in his native Hungary. During a considerable rehab period, Dr. Muray edited and revised "An Anti-Utopian Utopia: Reinhold Niebuhr and Istvan Bibo" (a paper presented at an international conference in Pamplona, Spain, August 2013) and "Process Thought and Naturalism" (a paper presented at a conference in Manitou Springs, CO , June 2012). Both have been accepted by the journal "Encounter" (Indianapolis).
Dr. Muray also revised and edited "Biocracy and the Rights of Nature" (paper presented at an international conference in Krakow, Poland, September 2013) which had already been accepted for publication in Poland. A revised version of his "Practical Wisdom for Living" (paper presented at a conference in Highlands, NC, June 2009) has been accepted by "Process Perspectives," the newsletter of the Center for Process Studies, Claremont, CA.
He also wrote a reflection on his hospital experiences, especially on not being able to speak, in "The Sounds of Silence," which can be found online at: http://www.jesusjazzbuddhism.org/the-sounds-of-silence-finding-god-when-no-one-can-understand-you.html
Dr. Allan Hunter's book, "Joseph Conrad and the Ethics of Darwinism," was republished by Routledge Revival. Dr. Hunter also contributed a chapter to "What Wags the World: Tales of Conscious Awakening" by Miriam Knight and Julie Clayton (O-Books).
Professor Brian Duchaney's essay, "The Man I Killed," was included in the 2014 edition of "The Best American Essays," which was edited by John Jeremiah Sullivan.
Professor Duchaney's article "'If you should die before you wake...': Bart Simpson and the Genesis of Rebellion" was included in the The Pedagogy of Pop Theoretical and Practical Strategies for Success(ed. Janak and Blum, Lexington Books). The book, a study in theoretical approaches to teaching popular culture, is available at https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739176009
Professor Andrew Horn was invited as a Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Middle East Technical University in Nicosia, Cyprus. METU is the foremost English-medium university in Turkey and has a campus in Nicosia. His duties included giving a series of lectures on his research entitled "The Hapless and Hedonist Turk: The Nineteenth-Century British Press Invents the Ottoman Empire," and his work will eventually appear as a monograph.
Dr. Karrie Szatek was recently invited to participate in the Oxford Shakespeare Company's May 2014 Workshops for Acting Training. The Artistic Director of the Oxford Shakespeare Company of New York, Ron Song Destro, invited Dr. Szatek to learn as a scholar and teacher about performance theory, a tool she uses in her classroom. This workshop acquainted her with the British style of learning to perform techniques, which differs greatly from the methods taught in the U.S. Destro said he likes the idea of a scholar/teacher joining the group, especially one whose field is Shakespeare and the early modern period whom he can use as a Renaissance resource person. The workshops took place in London and Stratford-upon-Avon. The actors practiced on London and Stratford stages and were instructed by members of the Globe Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre companies.
Dr. Szatek also recently attended the Seventh Blackfriars Conference, held in Staunton, VA, home of the American Shakespeare Center. Her paper was titled, "The Female in Nature and in Shakespeare." This study was part of a colloquy called "The Feminine in Early Modern Plays."
She also co-edited, with African-American Studies Coordinator with Dr. Melissa Anyiwo, the peer-edited volume, "Buffy Conquers the Academy: Conference Papers from the 2009/2010 Popular Culture/American Culture Associations." The book was published by Cambridge Scholars Press.
Professor Bette Manter, presented her paper, "Royce's Problem with Sin: Morbid Obsession or Moral Insight?" at the Josiah Royce Society Conference, in Grass Valley, California (Royce's birthplace). Her paper consisted of a fascinating philosophical study of the notion of sin as defined by the individual and an assessment of the American philosopher Josiah Royce's contributions to this issue.
Curry College English professor and Writer-in-Residence Bill Littlefield welcomed Hall of Fame sportswriter and author Bob Ryan as his featured guest for the latest Littlefield Lecture Series event. Ryan was on hand to discuss his new book, Scribe: My Life in Sports with students, faculty and staff.