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Mar 27, 2018
John M. Bowers (English) delivered the keynote lecture "J.R.R. Tolkien and the Pardoner's Tale" earlier this moth for the 6th Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration sponsored by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University. 

Mar 1, 2018
Professor Jarret Keene (English) gave a luncheon presentation, "Galactic Rangers and Domesticated Dinosaurs: A Reconsideration of the Latent Characters of Comics Auteur Jack Kirby," at last week's 30th Annual Far West Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference held at Palace Station. Also during the FWPCA/ACA conference, professor Heather Lusty (Honors) chaired and presented in a "Mythology and Music" panel that included papers by Keene, professor Philip Rusche (English), and professor Amy Green (English).

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.