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Kristi Wilson – Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Dr. Kristi M. Wilson published a review of Argentine director, Maximiliano Schonfeld’s 2016 film The Black Frost (La Helada Negra) in the September, 2017 issue of Latin American Perspectives. (SAGE publications). In “The Black Frost: environment, community, and survival,” Wilson explores Schonfeld’s use of myth and mysticism to address real-life issues of agricultural devastation among farmers in the Entre Rios province of Argentina.   

Dr. Wilson was also invited to be a guest panelist at the SCA, Simposio Sobre Cine y Audiovisual (Film and Audiovisual Symposium) hosted by the Faculty of Art, at the National University of the Province of Tandil in Tandil, Argentina, August 8 – 9, 2017. The panel discussion, “Women Made by Latin American Women: memory, dissidence, subjectivity,” was broadcast on local television networks and featured Mexican activist and pioneer member of Cine Mujer, Rosa Martha Fernández.

Robert Allinson – Professor of Philosophy

Robert Elliott Allinson, Professor of Philosophy, was awarded the Senior Fellowship to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This Fellowship is the most prestigious internationally competitive fellowship awarded by the State of Israel and Hebrew University. Hebrew University is the number one ranked Research and Ph. D. granting university in Israel and was founded in 1918 by Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud and Martin Buber. Professor Allinson also presented his original paper, ‘Krochmal’s Argument from Design,’ at the 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies held at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. This paper explored the unique dimension of Krochmal’s theological argument and analyzed objections by philosophers/scientists, including Bertrand Russell, Richard Dawkins and Rebecca Goldstein.  He was invited to be Chair/Commentator for the session, ‘The Shoah and Existentialism’ on papers delivered by philosophers from France, Poland and Israel. He had the rare opportunity to dialogue with Israel’s most influential philosopher, Eliezer Schweid. 

Jay Heffron – Director of the MA Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change, Professor of Educational History and Culture

Through the consideration of Anthony Normore, conference organizer and former distinguished visiting professor in the MA Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change, all fifteen students enrolled in the Program were able to attend and participate in the 22nd Annual Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education (CSLEE) Values & Leadership Conference held in Los Angeles, October 5-7. Three students of the Class of 2018, Arlen Vidal-Castro, Mitsue Hosokawa, and Bhavana Rani, were invited to give papers based on the research and preliminary findings of their Master’s theses. Jay Heffron, the director of the MA Program, and Rosemary Papa, Professor of International & Comparative Education and Leadership gave a jointly authored paper entitled “Beyond Values Education: Soka or Value-Creating Educational Leadership.” The conference theme was “Standing Up, Speaking Out.” At Saturday’s closing session, conference organizers graciously singled out for commendation the participation of Soka students and faculty.

Aneil Rallin – Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Aneil Rallin gave a talk titled “’Can I Get a Witness?’: Writing with June Jordan” on a panel “Documenting and Enacting Black Feminist Rhetorical Practices” at the 11th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in October, this year at the University of Dayton. Aneil’s talk, part of a longer work-in-progress, underscores the value of June Jordan’s work for composition and rhetoric, particularly at this juncture and as composition and rhetoric seeks to break the hold of white male rhetorical traditions that are failing us.