Liberal Studies Newsletter – April 2014

Please join us in congratulating the following LAS faculty members for their wonderful contributions to the college and the Liberal Studies Department.

Heather Joseph-Witham

Noted folklorist and cultural studies faculty member Heather Joseph-Witham, will be appearing on the Weather Channel as part of their Tornado Week at the end of April. She will be discussing links between deities, tornados, UFOs, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Maggie Light


Highly regarded English faculty member, Maggie Light has just published a short story titled Quitter Takes All in the Fall edition of the independent literary periodical, Cleaver. This charming short story can be found here:

Debra Ballard, Parme Giuntini, Jean-Marie Venturini and Sue Maberry


Debra Ballard, Parme Giuntini, Jean-Marie Venturini and Sue Maberry attended the first western regional conference co-sponsored by Campus Technology and the Association of Authentic Education and Evidence Based Learning (AAEEBL) on April 8-9, 2014, where they presented Learning by Doing: Using ePortfolios for Assessment.

Marlena Donohue


As part of her monthly interviews with Directors and Curators of major international museums featured in the New York-based Introspection Magazine, LAS Art History faculty, Marlena Donohue, speaks to LACMA’s (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) Senior Curator of Modern Art, Stephanie Barron, regarding the current Alexander Calder exhibit. The interview can be read here:


Working as the American curator for vibrARTion project: Chinese Contemporary Art in the World, Marlena Donohue opens the third show in a series of traveling exhibitions and cross cultural projects undertaken in Asia, Europe and the U.S. The third show in this project, titled Forms of the Formless: Time/Space, opens April 26, 2014, at the Museum of  Contemporary Art in Beijing and features work by LAS/Otis  faculty/alumni  Adam Berg, Annetta Kapon, Renee Petropoulos, Flora Kao (‘08), in addition to other international artists.

Jeanne Willette


Heathwood Press, an independent British publisher has picked up an entire series of Jeanne Willette’s entries from her popular Art History Unstuffed blog, as well as invited her to become a regular contributing writer. The first in her series of articles will be titled Re-writing/Re-thinking the Avant-Garde. This series will involve a discussion of British art. Jeanne Willette’s blog entries on Foucault can be read here:

Tiffany Graham


Faculty member Tiffany Graham presented a paper and lecture entitled Food Art Performances at the 8th Interdisciplinary & Multicultural Conference on Food Representation in Literature, Film, and the Other Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio on March 1, 2014.

Sammy Flores-Pena


Cultural Studies professor, Sammy Flores-Pena will be delivering a paper at the Popular Culture Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on April 16, 2014. He will be giving a paper on the connections between Chinese and Afro Cuban cultures, titled My Saints, Your Saints, Our Saints: Chinese Presence in Afro Cuban Culture.