Tabitha Espina, doctoral candidate, English, presented “Toward Decolonial Oceanic Futures: (Re)mapping Settler Relations through Island/Indigenous Feminisms in Guåhan and Hawai’i” at the American Studies Association National Conference at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa, Honolulu. She also coordinated and moderated the roundtable, “Visions of the Past, Present, and Future with the Filipino American Community in Yakima,” at the Filipino Community Hall in Wapato, Wash., as part of her Humanities Washington Graduate Fellowship and sponsored by Humanities Washington, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions.
Dene Grigar, professor, creative media and digital culture, WSU Vancouver, curated the exhibition “Tear Down the Wall: Hypertext and Participatory Narratives,” presented in conjunction with the 2019 ACM Hypertext conference at Hof University, Germany, and including work by John Barber, clinical associate professor, and Greg Philbrook, instructional technician.
Pavithra Narayanan and Desiree Hellegers, associate professors, English, WSU Vancouver, co-authored “Toxic Imperialism: Memory, Erasure, and Environmental Injustice in David Chariandy’s Soucouyant,” in A Review of International English Literature.
Thabiti Lewis, associate professor, English, WSU Vancouver, was awarded the 2019 Black Metropolis Research Consortium Short-term Fellowship to complete his book on Chicago’s role in shaping the Black Arts Movement. Lewis also was appointed interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at WSU Vancouver for AY 2019-20.
Tabitha Espina, doctoral candidate, English, received the 2019 Karen DePauw Leadership Award from the WSU Association of Faculty Women and Graduate School.
Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey, instructor, English, WSU Tri-Cities, published “’Beyond Death’: John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and Posthumous Influence” in Ben Jonson Journal.
Linda Russo, clinical associate professor, English, read from her poems in the Wildfall Reading Series at the Eugene, Oregon, Public Library.
Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey, instructor, English, WSU Tri-Cities, authored “John Milton’s Samson Agonistes: Deathly Selfhood” in Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
Anna Plemons, clinical assistant professor, English, WSU Tri Cities, was named the University’s 2019 Woman of the Year.
Diane Gillespie, professor emeritus, English, was named to receive the Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award at WSU Showcase 2019.