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Presentations, Events, and Readings (A More Complete List) 

Upcoming:  “Casting Cartoons: Comics Theory, Film Analysis, and Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim” at the Rocky Mountain MLA Annual Convention, Spokane, WA (Oct. 2017).

Panel Member, Q and A for New Department Chairs, New Chair Workshop, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Aug. 29, 2017).

"Stories He Can’t Tell: Abraham Cahan’s Yekl and the Consequences of Illiteracy in New York’s Late-Nineteenth Century Jewish Immigrant Community” at the American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA (May 2017).

Presenter/Organizer, Honors Program Workshop, with Prof. Doug Sugano. 4-day workshop on pedagogy and course building for the George F. Whitworth Honors Program. Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (June 2012, June 2013, May 2014, May 2015, May 2016, May 2017). 

Reading/Discussion of Works in Progress, Prof. Laurie Lamon’s Poetry Writing course (EL 343). Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (May 6, 2017).

Department Representative for "Bucs Bound" at Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (April 10, 2017). Presentation and discussion for admitted English and Communications students (and parents).

“Wrist,” “The Liturgy of Turning Screws,” and "Scenes from the Midcentury Chlorophyll Craze" (poems) at the Westminster Round Off-Campus Reading, Boots Bakery, Spokane, WA (April 7, 2017).

Panel Member, Post-Screening Discussion of Ryan Graves and Kelly McCrillis's Emily, Magic Lantern Theatre, Spokane, WA (Mar. 10, 2016).

Invited Consultant on Preparing Secondary Students for College Writing, Spokane "Bridge to College" Planning Group, The Saranac Building, Spokane, WA (Mar. 3, 2017). A discussion with Language Arts faculty members from three area public high schools.

Panel Member, Pre- and Post-Screening Discussions of Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice. The 9th Annual Leonard Oakland Film Festival, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Feb. 11, 2017).

"Academic Freedom and Trigger Warnings," with Erica Salkin (Communication) and Mark Baird (Psychology). Teaching Roundtable Discussion for Whitworth University Faculty, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Oct. 10, 2016).

"How to Get Images to Say Things" for On Track Academy (Alternative High School), Spokane, WA (June 2, 2016). Seminar session for students studying graphic novels.

"Teaching 100-Level Courses: Strategies and Challenges," with Megan Hershey (Political Science), Martha Gady (Mathematics), Karen Peterson-Finch (Theology), and Ben Brody (Music). Teaching Roundtable Discussion for Whitworth University Faculty, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Mar. 14, 2016).

"Teaching Demo: Stop with the Green Light" for Parents of Prospective Students ("Parent's College"), Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Mar. 12, 2016).

“Liberal Arts for Everyone,” with Nicole Sheets (English), Carol Simon (Philosophy), Patty Bruininks (Psychology), and Erica Salkin (Communications). Teaching Roundtable Discussion for Whitworth University Faculty, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Feb. 15, 2016).

"Ten Dramatic Scenarios for the North American Possum" (poem) at Poetry and Pie, Mind and Hearth Coffee Shop, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (November 13, 2015).

Guest Speaker on Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor. Prof. LuElla D’Amico’s “Reading in Action” course (EL 115, Honors). Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Nov. 2014; Nov. 2015).

"Teaching Demo: Stop with the Green Light" for Visiting High School Counselors ("Counselor's College"), Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Oct. 19, 2015).

"Assembling Your Own U2: Reading, Research, and Writing in Transmediated Territories" at Computers and Writing 2015, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI (May 2015).

“About Possums” and “The Middle Sky” (poems) at the Inland Northwest Faculty Reading, Get Lit! Festival 2015 (Eastern Washington University). Barrister Winery, Spokane, WA (April 26, 2015).

“Trading on the Bass Line,” “Queen Anne Through and Through,” “Safe as Houses,” and “Sweaty Quarters” (poems) at the Westminster Round Off-Campus Reading, Boots Bakery, Spokane, WA (April 18, 2014).

“The George F. Whitworth Honors Program.” Presentation for admitted honors students (and parents) at Whitworth’s Honors Colloquium weekend. Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Feb. 2014; Mar. 2015).

Faculty Panelist/Respondent, This Whitworth Life (a reading of creative non-fiction organized by Prof. Nicole Sheets). Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Nov. 2014).

Guest Speaker on Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor. Prof. LuElla D’Amico’s “Reading in Action” course (EL 115, Honors). Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Nov. 2014). 

Moderator/Interviewer, Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist of Over the Rhine. Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Nov. 2014).

Facilitator, Discussion of Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. President’s Book Club. Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Oct. 2014).

“Batman-Bono-Colbert,” with John Pell. Whitworth University Department of English Faculty Scholarship Presentation (for campus community). Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Oct. 2014). 

“Relationship, Trust, and Learning in the Classroom.” Breakout session, with Brooke Kiener. Whitworth University Faculty Retreat, Fall 2014: Teaching with Heart: How Attachment Research Can Support Learning. Keynoted by Kent Hoffman (Gonzaga University). Camp Spalding, Newport, WA (Aug. 2014).

“Designing Resumes.” Resume and cover letter design sessions for Freshman Seminar (GE 125) students (Department of English section), Composition Commons Consultants (2013), and English Senior Portfolio students. 1-3 sessions each Fall. Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Fall Semesters, 2011-2014).

“Programatic Agility and the Small Liberal Arts College Ecosystem: A Panel and Discussion on the Evolution of Multimodal Composition Programs at Smaller Colleges and Universities,” with John Pell and Jessica Clements, at Computers and Writing 2014, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (June 2014).

Reading/Discussion of Works in Progress, Prof. Laurie Lamon’s Poetry Writing course (EL 343). Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (April 2014).

“The Kids with Keys” (poem) at the Westminster Round Off-Campus Reading, Holly Mason Rocket Bakery, Spokane, WA (March 7, 2014).

“Inventory” and “Collections” (poems) at Poetry and Pie, Mind and Hearth Coffee Shop, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (November 7, 2013).

“Visual Patterns, Narrative Paths: Chris Ware’s New Graphic Novel, Building Stories, as User Interface,” at Computers and Writing 2013, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD (June 2013).

“Davis Guggenheim’s Edge: U2’s Guitarist as a Transmedia Character in the Films of Davis Guggenheim,” at the U2 Conference, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OH (April 2013).

“Teaching Honors Courses,” with Deanna Ojennus and Casey Andrews. Teaching Roundtable Discussion for Whitworth University Faculty, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Nov. 2012).

Panelist, “Why English?” (event for prospective majors and minors). Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Oct. 2012).

Scribbly Lines and Peripheral Foreshadowing: What a Comics Page Can Teach Us About Composing Interfaces” at Computers and Writing 2012, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (May 2012).

“Blogging for Teaching and Scholarship.” Breakout session, with Jim McPherson. Faculty Development Day, Fall 2011: Technology for Teaching and Learning: Best Practices. Keynoted by Thomas E. Ludwig (Hope College); Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Nov. 2011).

Selected/Funded Participant, The Humanities and Technology Camp, Liberal Arts Colleges (THATCamp LAC 2011), St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI (June 2011). Interdisciplinary conference of scholars and students exploring the intersection of the humanities and technology; funded by the Mellon Foundation.

"MacGuffins and Mad Science: How Lost Dodges Moral Consequences by Ignoring the Bloody Promise of Its Premise.” Opening remarks for “Religious Themes and Human Prospect in Lost,” a public panel discussion with Dave Calhoun, Michael Collender, and Daniel Walter. Faith, Film, and Philosophy Lecture Series, Whitworth and Gonzaga Universities, Spokane, WA (Oct. 2010).

“Some Easy Slide Designs That Work (PowerPoint Therapy 2).” Teaching Roundtable Discussion for Whitworth University Faculty, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Oct. 2010).

The Story of ‘Digital Storytelling': Developing a No-Budget Course in Emerging Writing Technologies” at Computers and Writing 2010, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (May 2010).

“New Historicism.” Guest Teaching for Prof. Melissa Sprenkle’s Introduction to Critical Strategies course (EL 267). Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Apr. 2010).

“A Little PowerPoint Therapy.” Presentation for Prof. Mary Alberts’s Human Resources Management course (BU 373). Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Apr. 2010).

"Sharing Culture." Media Unlimited: Technology, Ethics, and Life at Whitworth in the 21st Century. Panel Discussion. Sponsored by Weyerhaeuser Center for Faith and Learning & The Center for Ethics at Whitworth University. Robinson Teaching Theatre, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Mar. 2010).

“A Little PowerPoint Therapy.” Teaching Roundtable Discussion for Whitworth University Faculty, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Mar. 2010).

"Grad School in English: An Interactive Roundtable Discussion, with Snacks." Roundtable Discussion for English students.  (w/Laurie Lamon, Casey Andrews, and Thom Caraway). English Department, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (Oct. 2008, Oct. 2009).

Starting with Bad PowerPoint: Slideware Instruction and the New Media Composition Course” at Computers and Writing 2009, UC Davis, Davis, CA (June 2009).

“Chinua Achebe vs. Joseph Conrad.”  Presentation for Prof. Rai Peterson's Introduction to English Studies course (EL 210). Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Oct. 2007).

“The Awe of Arrival: The Devil in the White City and ‘End of the Road’ Stories” at the Indiana College English Association Annual Conference, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN (Oct. 2007).

“Technology in the Writing Program.” Writing Program orientation session/workshop, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Aug. 2007).

"A Portable Ecology: Planning Your Next Move" (workshop session), as part of the "Technological Ecologies: Methods, Modes and Assessment" workshop chaired by Dickie Selfe at Computers and Writing 2007, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (May 2007).

"Teaching with Laptops." Two workshop sessions for Writing Program faculty, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (May 2007).

“Simple Tactics for Efficient Web Design.” Workshops for Dr. Carole Papper's undergraduate course on public discourse (2 sessions) and graduate seminar on teaching in higher education (3 sessions), Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Apr. 2007).

“How to Refuse Friendship and Irritate People: The Formation, Fracturing, and Control of Social Networks in Flannery O'Connor's The Violent Bear It Away” at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (Feb. 2007).

“Help Me Find It: Teaching Research as a ‘Long Tail’ Conversation” at the Indiana College English Association Annual Conference, Indiana University East, Richmond, IN (Sep. 2006).

"A Network Approach to The Rise of Silas Lapham." Presentation for Dr. Kecia Thompson's graduate seminar on American Realism and Naturalism. Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Sep. 2006).  

“Teaching in Laptop Classrooms.” Ball State Writing Program orientation session/workshop, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Aug. 2006).

“From the ‘Long Tail’ to the Center: How Blogging and the Internet Make Little Things Big” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL (Mar. 2006).

“Exploiting the Apopheniac: How Power Circumvents Itself in William F. Gibson’s Pattern Recogniton” at the Twentieth Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (Feb. 2006).

“How to Write a Dissertation.” Roundtable discussion sponsored by graduate student organization. Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Dec. 2005).

“Innovators and Manipulators: Sci-Fi Social Networks in Ender’s Game and Pattern Recognition” at the Indiana College English Association Annual Conference, Manchester College, N. Manchester, IN (Sep. 2005).

“Kevin Bacon in West Egg: Social Networks and Disruptive Agency in The Great Gatsby” as a Friday Forum (speaker series) presentation for the Ball State University Department of English, Muncie, IN (Apr. 2005).

“Access at the Hubs: the Pedagogical Potential of ‘Weblogs’ and Other News Hubs” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA (Mar. 2005).

“Nets with Disabilities: A Network Science Approach to Motherless Brooklyn, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and The Pleasure of My Company” at the Twentieth Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (Feb. 2005).

“Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry National Showcase” (co-coordinator, with Joseph F. Trimmer and James W. Miles) in conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN (Nov. 2004). Event featured multimedia projects from the Tell-a-Vision program and from the Virginia Ball Center’s many “creative inquiry” seminars.

“Collaborative Learning at $20,000 a Team: What We Learned about Teaching, Teamwork, English Majors, and Pragmatic University Politics by Spending $116,000 on 40 Students and Six Interactive Multimedia Projects” at the National Council of Teachers of English National Convention, Indianapolis, IN (Nov. 2004).

"Tom Corey in the Court of the Paint King: The Unstable Social Network in W. D. Howells's The Rise of Silas Lapham" at the Indiana College English Association Annual Conference, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Oct. 2004).

“Getting Organized for Graduate Study.” Panel discussion on graduate studies and research for Dr. Patrick Collier’s graduate research methods course, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Sep. 2004).

“Interdisciplinary Lessons from Tell-a-Vision: Stakeholders, Visions, and the Building of Teams” (poster presentation) at the Ball State University Teaching and Learning Conference VI, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Apr. 2004).

“How They Play the Kevin Bacon Game in West Egg (and at Fangoso Lagoons): Approaching Literary Criticism Through Network Science” at the Twentieth Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (Feb. 2004).

“A Few ‘Do’s’ for Post-Graduate Work.” Panel discussion on careers in English for Taylor University senior English majors, E.B. Ball Center, Muncie, IN (Jan. 2003, Jan. 2004).

“Audio Interactive, Student-Driven Projects, and the Tell-a-Vision Awards” for the Muncie Children’s Museum Donor’s Meeting, Muncie Children’s Museum, Muncie, IN (Nov. 2003).

“Michel Foucault Plays the Kevin Bacon Game: The Science of Networks in Literature Classrooms and Literary Criticism” at the Indiana College English Association Annual Conference, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (Sep. 2003).

“What I Wish I’d Known about Graduate School.” Panel discussion on graduate studies and research for Dr. Lauren Onkey’s graduate research methods course, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Sep. 2003).

“Revenge of the Flukeman: Agents, Scenes, Subversions, and Darin Morgan’s X-Files” at the Twentieth Century Conference, Louisville, KY (Feb. 2003).

“A Tour of the Panoptic(online)” at the Conference on College Composition and Communications, Chicago, IL (Mar. 2002).

“Punch Blindly Like Children” (poetry reading) at the Twentieth Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (Feb. 2002).

Organizer, Penscape, bi-annual graduate poetry/prose readings, Ball State University Department of English (1999/00, 2000/01).

“Good Glitch, Bad Glitch: Aspects of Resistance and Control in the Postmodern” at the Twentieth Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (Feb. 2001).

Coordinator, Guido’s Coffeehouse series. Monthly readings, musical performances, art exhibits (1998 - 2000).

"The Stinkeye Rhymes" (poetry reading) at the Twentieth Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (Feb. 2000).

Coordinator, Gallery Stage, Circvs 1999 and Circvs 2000. Regional independent music festival (1999, 2000).

"Depravity, Hope, and Fiction: Shelley’s Pursuit of Love" at Practical Criticism Midwest VII, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Jan. 1997).

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