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James Spady

James Spady - Associate Professor of American History

Dr. James Spady was invited to be on the CurrentTV program "The Point" for an episode on the history and consumerism of Thanksgiving. The program was broadcast on the internet during the Thanksgiving week. From November 14-18, Dr. Spady attended the American Studies Association Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as a member of the planning committee of the Early American Matters caucus within the association. And on November 5, Dr. Spady hosted author Don Lattin for a talk here on campus on the theme of Gerald Heard, Aldous Huxley, and the Trabuco College experiment in Orange County in the 1930s and 1940s. One hundred and eight people attended, only about 10-15 of whom were Soka University students, staff, and faculty. It was an unusually high community turnout for a free, campus event.

Ted Lowe

Ted Lowe - Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Ted Lowe co-organized a panel entitled, "Rethinking the Relationship Between Social and Cultural Change and Adolescent Well-Being" with Harold Odden of Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco. At this session, Dr. Lowe also presented a paper titled, "Educational Achievement, Lifestyle Status Inflation and Their Differential Effects On Youths’ Mental Health In Micronesia." In addition to these activities in San Francisco, Dr. Lowe attended a number of meetings with the publishing division of the association related to the journal Ethos, which he is editing.

Esther Chang - Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Esther S. Chang has co-authored an original research article with colleagues at UCI entitled, “Striving for Educational and Career Goals During the Transition After High School: What is Beneficial?” The article is published by the Journal of Youth and Adolescence and is available online at

Dongyoun Hwang

Dongyoun Hwang - Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Dongyoun Hwang’s new article entitled “The Politics of China Studies in South Korea: A Critical Examination of South Korean Historiography of Modern China since 1945" was published in November from Journal of Modern Chinese History Vol. 6, No. 2 (2012), pp. 256-276. Dr. Hwang also presented a paper entitled “Making the Past Anew: Korean History and Regional History” at the International Conference held at Gachon University in South Korea on December 7, 2012.

Arie Galles

Arie Galles - Professor of Painting/Drawing

Professor Arie Galles' drawing, "Station #5-Bergen-Belsen” is the book cover of "Holocaust and Nature" edited by Didier Pollefeyt, Vice Dean Faculty of Theology, K.U. Leuven, Belgium, published by Lit Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 2012. The book features an excerpt, "Skull," from Galles' upcoming book, "Drawing with Ashes."

"Skull" and "St. Buchenwald," have been published on Jerome Rothenberg's Blogspots. Check out the posting of "Drawing with Ashes" on both blog sites: and
The Blogspot also features a preview of drawings by Professor Galles and poems by Rothenberg from an upcoming collaborative work, “GRAFFITE.” The suite of 60 drawings and poems consists of "MoonFields," "CloudPoems" and “Pepper Tree."

Professor Galles appears in the just-released documentary, "shut up and LOOK," about artist Richard Artschwager, by "Long Tail Films." He is also mentioned, and photo included, in the catalogue of Artschwager's current exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.

Kristi M. Wilson

Kristi M. Wilson - Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Dr. Kristi M. Wilson’s essay “The Split-Person Narrative: Resisting Closure, Resistant Genre in Albertina Carri’s Los Rubios” appears in the January 2013 issue of Latin American Perspectives. This essay explores Argentina director Albertina Carri’s ground-breaking documentary/docudrama, Los Rubios, as a feminist/postmodernist approach to the ways in which the sons and daughters of the victims of political genocide talk about their memories. This particular issue of Latin American Perspectives is dedicated to the topic of political documentary film and video in South America between 1950 and the 2000s.

Dr. Wilson also published a co-authored review of Anayansi Prado’s 2011 documentary film Paraiso for Sale with Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli entitled, “Latin American Dreaming: A Neoliberal Vision for Retirement.” This review appears in the same volume of Latin American Perspectives.

Robert Elliott Allinson

Robert Elliott Allinson - Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Robert Allinson would like to share that DAO: Journal of Comparative Philosophy, has just published his double blind peer reviewed article, "Snakes and Dragons, Rats' Liver and Fly's Leg: The Butterfly Dream Revisited," in its Issue 4, 2012. Dr. Allinson discusses his interpretation of the Zhuangzi, countering numerous contemporary relativistic interpretations. Zhuangzi is one of China's most famous poets as well as one of the most celebrated and researched Chinese philosophers. Zhuangzi is considered one of the two fathers of Daoism.

DAO, regarded as the premier journal on both Daoism and contemporary Chinese thought, states, "distinguished authors in the field, such as Robert Allinson, Tu Weiming (formerly Director of the Yenching Institute, Harvard), Richard Rorty, Robert Neville (former Dean of Theology at Boston University), David Wong...have published in the journal."