Dr. Andrea Stover, Professor of English, served as co-chair of the Japan Studies Association’s 22nd Annual Conference held January 5-7 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Along with co-chair Maggie Ivanova, Stover sent out a call for papers, reviewed applications, set up panels, and organized the conference. She also presented a paper titled “Teaching Japanese Essays in an English Writing Classroom” in which she demonstrated how teaching the zuihitsu, a Japanese essay form, has helped students hone skills needed in writing the classical essay.
Dr. John Paine, Professor of French and English, presented his paper, “Sublime Basho?” at the Japan Studies Association meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii on Jan. 8. As noted on the organization’s website, “the JSA has assisted its members – primarily teachers from American two- and four-year colleges and universities – to acquire first-hand knowledge about Japan and infuse it into the curriculum of their home institutions.”
Belmont English graduate student Sally Harvey Anderson has published her first book of poetry, The Nine Lives of Catfire through the small press Whatever, Mom, based in Houston. After the book’s release party in Texas, Sally, along with pal and publisher Traci Lavois Thiebaud, embarked on a mini-book tour of the South that included Nashville and culminated in Sally’s home town of Huntsville, Alabama.