Faculty/Staff and Departmental Accomplishments 4/23/14

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of members of Meredith’s faculty and staff, from departments including English, religious and ethical studies, psychology, sociology/criminology, technology services, and undergraduate research.

Assistant Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Steven Benko, and Amy Hruby, ’13, are the authors of a chapter for Religion and Transhumanism: The Unknown Future of Human Enhancement (forthcoming). Their chapter, "Critical Transhumanism as a Religious Ethic of Otherness" applies a Levinasian ethic to trans and posthuman critiques of what it means to be human. They argue that a Levinasian ethic better frames the challenge transhumans pose to understandings of what it means to be human and that the ethical response to the other refocuses transhuman concerns towards social justice and the divine. Their work on this project grew out of their collaboration on an undergraduate summer research project on ethical subjectivity and Hruby's senior thesis on a Levinasian ethics of reading. Hruby is pursuing her Ph.D. in continental philosophy at DePaul University.

Benko presented a paper at the national meeting of the American Pop Culture/American Culture Association in Chicago on Levinasian ethics and comedy of incongruity. Also presenting was Hayden Hains, '16, who was supported by a grant from Undergraduate Research and her paper focused on reading comic books as secular theodicies.

Professor of Psychology Cynthia Edwards was quoted in an article about the benefits of family participation in athletic events. The story ran in The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer. 

Dr. Robert Rubin, adjunct instructor in the Department of English, recently sold a trade book proposal to Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan. His book’s preliminary title is An Illustrated Dictionary of Modern Malapropisms, which he will illustrate and compile. Publication is tentatively set for early 2016. Rubin will also present a paper at the 2014 South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference, in Atlanta, Ga. He will contribute to a special session, "The Oeuvre of Louis D. Rubin, Jr.,” chaired by Joseph M. Flora of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rubin’s paper is “Innocence and Experience in the Fiction of Louis D. Rubin, Jr.”

Dean of the School of the Arts & Humanities Garry Walton was a guest on WPTF Radio's Tom Kearney Show on Wednesday, April 23. Walton discussed William Shakespeare, his place in American culture, and why he is both essential and overemphasized in the current world of education and theatre.

New Videos Highlight Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate research is one way Meredith College students are Going Strong. A new video series features the undergraduate research opportunities available at Meredith, and highlights the work of student researchers Lara Pantlin, ’14, and Libby O’Daniel, ’14. View playlist

Technology Services Launches Blog

The Technology Services blog, Hi-Tech Halos, features posts by Meredith students who blog twice a week about technology at Meredith as well as useful gadgets and apps.  Subscribe by email and you will be alerted when a new post is available.  Please visit hitechhalos.wordpress.com. For those who are on Twitter, find Technology Services on Twitter @meredithtech.

Criminology/Sociology and Political Science Programs Host Assistant District Attorney
Meredith’s Criminology/Sociology and Political Science programs hosted Assistant District Attorney Boz Zellinger on Wednesday, April 9. Zellinger was on campus to discuss his work with the Wake County District Attorney’s office. 

Zellinger has been a prosecutor for seven years and told students he has seen everything in court from DWIs to homicides. He talked about the Raleigh and Wake County community as one that is vibrant and full of opportunity, but also one that has concerns of gangs and human trafficking.  As an Assistant DA in the Special Victims Unit, which focuses on crimes against women and children, Zellinger explained to the students that his job is to help make the community a safe place for people. He often seeks justice for families of domestic violence fatalities through his position.

Boz Zellinger’s name may be recognized because he has been a prosecutor in recent high-profile cases such as Bradley Cooper, who was convicted of killing his wife; Grant and Amanda Hayes who were convicted of killing a young woman from Kinston; and most recently, he prosecuted Jahaad and Shabar Marshall, who committed several home invasions culminating in a break-in that left a man paralyzed in Oakwood. Before taking questions, Zellinger addressed why he is a candidate for Wake County District Attorney. The session was hosted by Professor of Sociology Lori Brown and Professor of Political Science Clyde Frazier.

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