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Jan 19, 2018
Denise Tillery (English) associate dean of students in the College of Liberal Arts, published the book, Commonplaces of Scientific Evidence in Environmental Discourses (Routledge, 2017). The book examines the uses of scientific evidence within three types of environmental writing and media contexts. Tillery traces writers' patterns, or commonplaces, and argues for a more expanded view of what constitutes scientific evidence and how it’s used in discussions about the environment.

Dec 12, 2017
John M. Bowers (English) has been appointed as a member of the Senior Citizens' Advisory Board for the city of Las Vegas with a term running until June 2021. 

Dec 6, 2017
John M. Bowers (English) delivered two invited lectures at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville this month:  "Tolkien as a Chaucerian: The Reeve's Tale" and "Tolkien's Lectures on The Pardoner's Tale."  The lectures were sponsored by the university's Honors College with support from the Walton Trust. 

Nov 14, 2017
David Morris (English) is the author of the book The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder,  which this month was recognized by The New York Times as "What to read in the face of trauma." According to the Times, "Morris, a former Marine who suffered from PTSD on his return from Iraq, traces the historical understanding of the disorder, of which, 'like many mental health disorders, there is a broad disagreement about what exactly PTSD is, who gets it and how best to treat it...Our reviewer wrote that reading The Evil Hours will “make you a better and more humane citizen.”

Nov 14, 2017
Jarret Keene (English) presented at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. His paper, "Keep Your Swords Above the Mire!: A Reconsideration of the 1975 DC Comics series Beowulf: Dragon Slayer," argues that this obscure sword-and-sorcery comic book, written by then-college professor Michael Uslan (today the producer of the Batman films), extends and enriches the saga of the protagonist of the Old English poem Beowulf by situating the character within a larger universe of myth, literature, religion, and pop-archeology.      

Oct 26, 2017
John Hay (English) authored a scholarly article titled "The American Mad Max: The Road Warrior versus the Postman," which appeared in the academic journal Science Fiction Film and Television in October. Beginning with the incredible success of The Road Warrior, the Mad Max franchise became a foundational U.S. post-apocalyptic fantasy. That film’s rusted wasteland aesthetics and heroic lone-wolf ethos proved enormously influential, affecting the very possibilities for imagining such future scenarios. This article examines Mad Max’s impact by looking to a post-apocalyptic alternative in The Postman (both David Brin’s novel and Kevin Costner’s screen adaptation). Despite their Australian origins, the Mad Max films now have been long established as iconic American expressions. But The Postman’s awkward, community-driven, patriotic vibe establishes the fulfilling future that George Miller initially sought – yet failed – to create. The harrowing narrative of The Postman both competes with and complements Mad Max’s nightmare world, offering a significantly different account of post-apocalyptic mayhem and renewal.

Oct 6, 2017
John Hay (English) is the author of Postapocalyptic Fantasies in Antebellum American Literature, a new book published by Cambridge University Press. This scholarly monograph explores the ways that many U.S. authors in the early nineteenth century (such as Cooper, Hawthorne, and Thoreau) imagined a future following a global catastrophe. It reveals that life after the end of the world was as popular then as it is now.  

Oct 2, 2017
David J. Morris (English) is delivering a series of lectures on the history of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis on Oct. 3 and 4. In his lectures, he describes the history of the traumatic flashback and its relation to the rise of film and television, along with recounting the role that the Vietnam War played in the recognition of PTSD as a human affliction. Morris is a former Marine and the author of The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Jul 5, 2017
Vicki Holmes (English Language Center) was recently designated Associate Professor Emerita effective July 1, 2017. Holmes retired on June 30, 2017 after 27 years of service as director of the English Language Center. During her years at UNLV, she won five faculty awards including: the UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award (2003), the Alex G. and Faye Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award (2002), the Nevada Board of Regents Outstanding Faculty Member Award (1999), the UNLV Alumni Association Faculty Student-Centered Award (1998), and the Faculty Excellence Award, Division of Continuing Education (1997). She was twice nominated for the CASE U.S Professor of the Year (2006, 2005) and for the Board of Regents' State Teaching Award (2005). In addition to her 18 articles published in refereed journals, Holmes published a book with Cambridge University Press in 2000. She was very devoted to her professional organizations, serving on editorial boards and governing boards as well as presenting workshops and conference papers several times yearly during her long tenure. Holmes wishes to thank the many departments, faculty, administrative assistants and students she worked with to further the success of international students at UNLV.

Apr 25, 2017
Emily Setina’s essay, “Marianne Moore’s Postwar Fables and the Politics of Indirection,” published in the October 2016 issue of PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association, has won the First Annual Marianne Moore Essay Prize from the Marianne Moore Society.