Faculty news: Presentations and publications

Peggy Dunn Sturba

Dr. Peggy Dunn Sturba, professor of English, was invited to speak at an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Catholic University of Paris. The conference, Persisting Souls in Literature, Art, History, Politics, and Philosophy, was held April 11-12. The title of her presentation was “That Which Remains: Memory, Identity, and Gothic Modernism in McCormack's Solar Bones,” and was essentially the third installment in a series of essays on contemporary Irish/Irish-American literature.

She presented the previous essay in the series at a conference in Manchester, England, last summer. The Paris conference featured scholars primarily from Europe, and Dr. Sturba was one of only six speakers from the United States (and the only one from the southern U.S.).

Sturba’s primary areas of research interest are British Romanticism, Gothicism, and contemporary fictional representations of trauma, memory, and subjectivity.

Doug Heffington

Dr. Doug Heffington, assistant professor of geography, led a hike of 40 visitors to observe the progress on the Harris Ridge Trail Project at Radnor Lake in Tennessee. Henderson State University research students and park volunteers have collaborated with the park staff since March with the objective of reaching the long-term goal of creating a 3-mile trail from Franklin Road to Otter Creek Road.


Margarita Peraza-Rugeley

Margarita Peraza-Rugeley, assistant professor of Spanish, will made a book presentation during the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in Boston in May. She presented a paper entitled “Nosotros los clones: comedias posmodernas de mirreyes.”

LASA is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With more than 12,000 members, over 65 percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe.

Carly Cate and Marck Beggs

Carly Cate, instructor of English, and Dr. Marck Beggs, professor of English, published an article, “Your Brain on Comics: The Graphic Novel in the College Classroom,” in the volume, Lessons Drawn: Essays on the Pedagogy of Comics and Graphic Novels, edited by David D. Seelow.