CSUSB College of Arts & Letters Faculty Colloquium coming Feb. 4

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The Cal State San Bernardino campus community is invited to the 12th College of Arts & Letters (CAL) Faculty Colloquium held Monday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 3:45 p.m. in the John M. Pfau Library, Room 4005.

The CAL Faculty Colloquium, which was introduced in spring 2015 and has been held each quarter since then, is where CAL faculty members share their scholarly, professional and creative activities.

Luz Elena Ramirez, CAL Fellow for Faculty Research & Creative Activity and professor of English, will welcome guests to the winter colloquium, followed by opening remarks by Rueyling Chuang, interim dean of CAL and professor of communication studies.

The event will feature three faculty members: David Carlson, professor of English and department chair; Wendy Smith, professor emerita of English; and Lucy Lewis, assistant professor of orchestral music education.

A discussion will follow the presentations, moderated by Julie Taylor, assistant professor of communication studies.

Carlson will discuss his paper “Lewis DeSoto’s Empire: Indigenous Photography in Southern California,” which he presented at the Native American Literature Symposium in Minneapolis in March 2018.

Carlson earned his doctorate in English literature from Indiana University and his bachelor’s from Colgate University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is the author of “Sovereign Selves: American Indian Autobiography and the Law” (University of Illinois Press, 2006) and “Imagining Sovereignty: Self-Determination in Native American Law and Literature” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016). He is also founding co-editor of “Transmotion,” an online, open-access journal of postmodern indigenous studies, inspired by the work of Gerald Vizenor.

Smith will present her research “Power and Agency in the Construction of Identity in a Deaf NGO,” which she discussed at the Second International Conference on Sociolinguistics in Budapest, Hungary, this past September.

Smith earned her doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Applied Linguistics. Her areas of specialization are sociolinguistics and second language acquisition, and her methods of research focus on discourse analysis and conversation analysis.

In 2011-12, Smith was a Fulbright Scholar in Belarus, and in 2014-15, a Fulbright Scholar in Tbilisi, Georgia at Tbilisi State University. In 2016 and 2017, she was awarded two highly competitive grants: the CSUSB Summer Research Fellowship and the Professors Across Borders to conduct research in the Union of the Deaf of Georgia.

Lewis, a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer and teaching clinician who has appeared in these roles both nationally and internationally, will present her work “Bridging the Gap Between Artist Performers and Artist Educators.”

Lewis is a dedicated pedagogue and is passionate about researching, exploring and developing the symbiotic relationship between performance and pedagogy. This interest has led her to pursue a variety of projects, and she firmly believes that performing artists in the 21st century should also have the high-level skills to be artist-educators. Subsequently, her doctoral thesis at the University of Iowa was based on pioneering research that focused on developing an innovative model for redesigning collegiate performance degree program curricula, such that pedagogy and performance may be taught holistically.

At CSUSB, Lewis oversees the instruction of applied violin and viola, conducting the orchestral studies program, coaching string chamber music, and teaching string methods and pedagogy.

For those interested in attending the event, RSVP to Luz Elena Ramirez at ramirez@csusb.edu.

For more information about the CAL Faculty Colloquium and to look at past presenters, visit the CAL website.

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