UNC Asheville was awarded two large grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for summer institutes, thanks to Brian Butler, associate professor and chair of the Philosophy Department, Dan Pierce, professor and chair of the History Department, and Erica Locklear, assistant professor of Literature.
Rebecca Reeve, the N.C. Center for Health and Wellness’s director of research programs, was recently named to the board of trustees for the Society for Public Health Education. The organization promotes healthy behaviors, healthy communities and healthy environments through its membership network of local chapters and its numerous partnerships with other organizations.
Virginia Derryberry, professor and chair of the Art Department, was one of 100 artists nationwide to be invited to take part in the Penland School “Instructors’ Retreat” week in September. Participants created new works in various studios, began collaborations with other artists and discussed the future of national arts education.
University lecturers Holly Iglesias and Tommy Hays are leading classes at the 2011 fall conference for N.C. Writers’ Network this November. Iglesias is teaching “Prose Poetry, Point of View and Personal Archives,” which focuses on developing poetry on a single subject from multiple perspectives. Hays is teaching a master class in fiction that is aimed at helping students write about personal subjects that make them uncomfortable.
Randy Booker, professor of Physics, was named one of the top 10 chapter advisers in the nation in 2010–11 for his work with the university’s local chapter of the American Institute of Physics’s Society of Physics Students.
Leisa Rundquist, assistant professor of Art, gave the Fall 2011 McLeod and Mildred Riggins Lecture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her presentation, “Being Perpetual: Intersexuality and Performances of Martyrdom in the Realms of the Unreal” traces visual and textual relationships between Henry Darger’s imaginary “Vivian Girl” and “virile” female saints of Catholic lore.
Professor of History Bill Spellman, director of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, is now the author of 11 books. His newest, “A Short History of Western Political Thought,” provides a brief and accessible overview of key ideas that have shaped two millennia of Western political thought. He also was recently contracted by Oxford University Press for a two-volume textbook to be titled “A New History of the British Isles: Four Nations and an Empire,” to be published in 2014.
Ceramicist and UNC Asheville graduate Will Dickert '09 is exhibiting his work at the Pump Gallery inside the Phil Mechanic Studios, located in the River Arts District. The show, which takes place in November, features functional and sculptural wood-fired stoneware and porcelain.