Professional Notes

Dr. Bernard Brady, Theology Department, and Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, Sociology Department, have published “Rome, Italy: Society at the Crossroads” (a syllabus) in Teaching the Sociology of Peace, War and Social Conflict: A Curriculum Guide, third edition, Washington, DC: American Sociological Association, 2004).

Dr. John Holst, Curriculum and Instruction Department, presented a paper, “Globalization and Gramscian Education within two Revolutionary Organizations in the United States of America,” at the third International Conference of Gramscian Studies, held in Puebla, Mexico, in October.

Dr. Elizabeth Klages, Political Science Department, will have her article, “Populism or What? The Progress and Danish People’s Parties as Reactions to Politics as Usual,” published in the Danish political science journal Politica in December.  The article is a contribution to the 30th anniversary of the Earthquake General Election of 1973 that substantially altered the political environment of Danish politics.

Communication studies students Dara Krause, Shonagh Brent and See Vang co-wrote an essay, “Americanizing Gay Parents: A Feminist Analysis of Daddy’s Roommate,” will be published as a sample student essay in the third edition of Sonja Foss’ textbook, Rhetorical Criticism: Exploration and Practice.  The essay explores the ideological dimensions of Daddy’s Roommate, a book written especially for children with same-sex parents.  The authors are thrilled that professors across the country will be making announcements to their classes such as, “Please read the Krause, Brent and Vang essay for next week,” according to Dr. Bernard Armada.  The paper was written in Armada’s Rhetorical Criticism class last spring; he submitted it to the textbook author.

Dr. Mitchell Kusy, Organization Learning and Development, was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Minnesota Association of Medical Staff Services.  His presentation, “Stop 7 Outmoded Leadership Practices Now!” is based on his research of the most successful leadership practices worldwide.

Dr. Pamela Nice, Faculty Development Center, has directed “Sister India,” an Indian dance-theater production adapted from the novel by Peggy Payne for the Katha Dance Theatre Company.  The production is about an American woman who flees to India to find peace and instead finds herself – through a rather violent route.  It will be performed Nov. 6-9 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis.  Call (612) 340-1725 for tickets.

Victoria Young, Art History Department, was invited to speak Oct. 23 at the Liturgical Institute of the University of St. Mary of the Lake-Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill.  Her talk addressed the value of tradition and modernism in Catholic church architecture.  On Oct. 18, Young chaired a session on architecture in Minnesota at the Midwest Popular Culture Association annual meeting in Minneapolis.