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A new revised paperback edition of Professor of Politics Craig Allin’s book, The Politics of Wilderness Preservation, has been published by the University of Alaska Press and is being distributed by the University of Chicago Press.

Photographs of Cornell College professors of art by Sandra Dyas, visiting faculty in art, and sculptures by Tony Plaut ’78, professor of art, were exhibited in February at the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Then, in December of 2008, Dyas was chosen as the photographer to represent Iowa in “The 50 States Project.” Created and curated by the UK-based photographer Stuart Pilkington, the goal is to collect over 300 images from unique perspectives across the modern day United States.

Rebecca Entel, assistant professor of English, presented a paper titled “Elizabeth Keckley, Abraham Lincoln, and the Freedom to Compare” at the Midwest Modern Language Association’s annual conference in November. In addition, her short story, “The Yak,” was a finalist in Cutthroat Journal’s Rick De Marinis Short Fiction Competition.

Mary Iber, consulting librarian for the sciences, was elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries ACRL of the Iowa Library Association.

Todd Knoop, associate professor of economics and business, is serving as the director of the ACM’s study abroad program in Botswana until July of 2009. He is also working on the second edition of his book, Understanding Business Cycles: Recessions and Depressions, to be published later in 2009.

Three professors have been invited to participate in National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars for 2009: Associate Professor of English Katy Stavreva, Professor of Music James Martin, and Assistant Professor of English Shannon Reed. Stavreva will study Dante’s Divine Comedy in Prato, Italy. Martin will travel to Stanford University to investigate German exile culture. Reed will be at the University of Notre Dame attending “Anglo-Irish Identities.”

In January, Catherine Stewart, associate professor of history, delivered the keynote speech for the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa’s Big Read, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Stewart’s talk, titled “Feast, Flood, and Famine: Zora Neale Hurston’s Search for African American Folk Culture,” was delivered at public libraries throughout Iowa, including Des Moines, Davenport, Waterloo, Fort Dodge, Keokuk, and Cedar Rapids.

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