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Keeping Up With CLASS - Spring 2022

Spring 2022 Full-time Faculty Highlights

Samantha Baskind; Distinguished Professor, Department of Art & Design


Public Lectures:

  • "The Warsaw Ghetto in the American Cultural Imagination,” Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. (April 2022)
  • "Superman's 'Jewish Origins' and Other Thoughts on Jews and Comics." University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. (March 2022)
  • "Stories of Purpose: The Legacy of Jews and Comics (A Conversation with Graphic Novelist JT Waldman)" Verostko Center for the Arts, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA. (February 2022)

Michael Baumgartner; Associate Professor, School of Music



Toby Vera Bercovici; Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Theatre and Dance

Professional Lecture/Presentation:

  • Presented her paper "Feminist *Annotations*: A Performative Lecture," about her rock musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, at the Mid-Atlantic Theatre Conference in March.
  • Worked on another adaptation of Shakespeare featuring the students of CSU entitled The Gentle Villainy of Richard III, Troubler of the Poor World's Peace. This piece was performed in the Outcalt Theatre from April 21 – May 1.

Anne H. Berry; Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Design



  • Ongoing Matter: Democracy, Design, and the Mueller Report, University of Dayton’s Radial and Index Galleries (Dayton, OH), Feb.–Mar. 2022.
  • With a Cast of Colored Stars, Parsons, The New School, Aronson Gallery (New York, NY), curated by Assistant Professor in Communication Design Kelly Walters, January–March 2022.
  • Voices Together traveling exhibition of commissioned work for the Mennonite hymnal, Bethel College’s Regier Art Gallery (Newton, KS); Eastern Mennonite University’s Mary Margaret Gehman Gallery (Harrisonburg, VA); University of Waterloo’s Grebel Gallery (Ontario, CA); and Goshen College’s Hershberger Gallery (Goshen, IN). Fall 2021–Fall2022.


  • Gold Award, Graphis Protest Poster 2 competition for IRA vs. Black Lives poster.
  • Gold Award, Graphis Protest Poster 2 competition for Ongoing Matter poster series.
  • Graphic Design USA American Graphic Design Award for IRA vs. Black Lives poster series.

Professional Lecture/Presentations:

  • Open House New York Stacks event for The Black Experience in Design, January 2022.
  • IBM Racial Equity in Design Community Call for The Black Experience in Design, February 2022.
  • Ongoing Matter: Democracy, Design, and the Mueller Report reception and presentation, University of Dayton, February 2022.
  • Industrial Designers Society of America, Women in Design Deep Dive: Intersectional Us: The Black Experience in Design, March 2022.
  • The Black Experience in Design: A Conversation w/ Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel, Anne H. Berry & June Grant, The Deep Dive podcast, Spring 2022.

Rachel Carnell; Professor, Department of English



Melissa Clark; Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology, Anthropology & Sociology


Professional Lecture/Presentation:

  • Presenting "Age Estimation: It isn’t easy, but it sure is hard enough" at the American Association of Biological Anthropology annual meeting March 24 – 26 in Denver.
  • Hosted an in-person visit by Genevieve Abbiss and her dog. They are working to learn how to find and recover human remains.
  • Hosted a virtual talk by Dr. Carlina de la Cova from the University of South Carolina.
  • Visited The Ohio State University as an invited speaker on effective teaching.

Kathy Curnow; Associate Professor, Department of Art & Design


  • Chapter entitled "Autobiography via Objects and Ceremony: Oba Esigie’s Prophetic Bird and Benin Export Ivories." in a book entitled African Ivories in the Atlantic World, eds. José da Horta, Carlos Almeida, and Peter Mark. Lisbon: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, 2022.
  • Chapter entitled "Twentieth-Century African Art: Traditional Art References" in Africa in the UNESCO Art Collection. Paris: UNESCO, 2021.
  • Entry entitled "'La Vie en Mieux,' Michel Hengo" in UNESCO Art Collection, Selected Works. Paris: UNESCO, 2021.
  • Chapter entitled "Prestige, Power, Purity: Elephants and Ivory in the Benin Kingdom and Elsewhere in Africa" in Terrible Beauty: Elephant–Human–Ivory. Berlin: Humboldt Forum, 2021.


Linda Francis; Professor, Department of Criminology, Anthropology & Sociology


  • Francis, Linda E. and Malissa Alinor. (2022). "Reconstructing a Death: Bereaved caregivers redefine the act of dying." American Behavioral Scientist, (Special Issue) 1–24.
  • Ghafurian, Moojan, Linda Francis, Zhuofu Tao, Mary Step, Julie Robillard, and Jesse Hoey. (2022). "VIPCare: An Application Co-designed to Facilitate Interactions between Caregivers and Persons with Dementia." Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering, 9: 1–13.

Linda Francis, Wendy Regoeczi, Molly Schnoke, Iryna Lendel, Roland Anglin. "Vitality of Place: Community Stressors and Policy Mediators to Address Midlife Mortality." Submitted to the National Institute of Health RFA on Understanding Place-Based Health Inequalities in Mid-Life, March 3, 2022. Requested $2,000,000.

Krisztina Feher; Visiting Scholar, Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Organized virtual event:

Kimberly Fuller; Assistant Professor, School of Social Work


  • "Intimate Relationship Strengths and Challenges Amongst a Sample of Transgender People Living in the United States" was named 2021 Best Article of the Year Award from the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

Anita Gabrosek; Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Film & Media Arts

Short film:

  • This May Pose A Continuing Threat, screened at the Renegade Film Festival in March 2022. This film was an official selection and was also nominated for the Best Catharsis Film.

Anita also attended the festival and did a Q&A after the screening.

Annie Jouan-Westlund; Professor of French, Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • "Le dépassement du double verdict social et sexuel chez Didier Eribon et Edouard Louis" [Overcoming Social and Sexual Verdicts in the works by Didier Eribon and Edouard Louis], Modernités, Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux- Montaigne (December 2021, 159-177).
  • Modernités, edited by Eric Benoit and Dominique Rabaté, published by Université de Bordeaux Press explores the literary aspects of the articulation between literary and historical modernities, literature and social sciences. 
  • "Une nouvelle masculinité? L'autobiographie de genre d'Ivan Jablonka" [A new masculinity? Ivan Jablonka's gender autobiography], Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: SITES, vol. 26, issue 2 (March 2022, 152-162).
  • CF&FS: Sites, co-edited by R. Célestin and E. Dalmolin at the University of Connecticut publishes the latest and best production of those involved in the field of 20th and 21st century French and Francophone studies with an interdisciplinary approach. 

Wenqing Kang; Associate Professor, Department of History


Jeff Karem; Professor and Chair, Department of English



  • Co-winner, Karem (Plum) won a third Cleveland Foundation grant to fund the Anisfield-Wolf Fellowship at the Poetry Center.

Caryl Pagel; Associate Professor, Department of English and Director, CSU Poetry Center

Professional Lecture/Presentation:

  • Guest writer at the College of Wooster, January 2021

Richard M. Perloff; Professor, School of Communication

Richard M. Perloff (Communication) and Anup Kumar (Communication) published an article in Journalism Practice examining the history and changing meaning of Watergate 50 years after The Washington Post investigations. Perloff also has an in-press critical integration of the storied agenda-setting effect in the journal Mass Communication and Society. In addition, he applied scholarly research in an article, Improving the culture of policing, that considered implications of the classic Milgram experiments, in The Plain Dealer in March. 

Hilary Plum; Assistant Professor, Department of English and Interim Director, CSU Poetry Center

Professional Lecture/Presentation:

  • Guest writer at the College of Wooster, January 2021
  • Hilary Plum presented on contemporary prose writing from Philadelphia at the annual AWP Conference, March 2022 and has a forthcoming essay collection Hole Studies announced for release in October 2022.


  • Co-winner, Plum (Karem) won a third Cleveland Foundation grant to fund the Anisfield-Wolf Fellowship at the Poetry Center.

Michael Skladany; College Associate Lecturer, Department of Criminology, Anthropology & Sociology

Dr. Skladany was appointed as a council member of the Ohio Council on ​Holocaust and Genocide Education.

Organized 3 guest speaker virtual events:

  • November 15, 2021 "Man or Monster: The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer." (by Dr. Alex Hinton, Rutgers University)
  • March 2, 2022 "All Our Relations and Places: Indigenous Views." (by Guy Jones and BJ Mcmanama, Indigenous Environmental Network)
  • April 20, 2022; "It Can Happen Here: White Power and the Rising Threat of Genocide in the US." (by Dr. Alex Hinton, Rutgers University)

J. Mark Souther; Pr​ofessor, Department of History and Director, Center for Public History + Digital Humanities

He recently received a contract from Louisiana State University Press for his book project titled Sandhill Cities: Metropolitan Ambitions on Georgia's Fall Line.

Digital History Project: 

Media Appearance:

Professional Lecture/Presentation:

  • Roundtable panelist: "Urban History as Public History: Building Equity in Campus-Community Collaborations," American Historical Association Conference (virtual), Jan. 2022.
  • Roundtable panelist: "Digitization and Online Community Outreach," Ohio Local History Alliance Region 3 Meeting (virtual), April 2022.

Public Lecture/Presentation:

  • Presented "Green Book Cleveland" in "Cultural & Belonging" panel for Leadership Cleveland 2022, Karamu House, April 2022.
  • Presented "Through the Ivory Curtain: African Americans in Cleveland Heights before the Fair Housing Movement" at Cleveland Public Library, April 2022.
  • Presented "Green Book Cleveland" at Cuyahoga Falls Historical Society, April 2022.

Kuzey Yilmaz; Associate Professor, Department of Economics



Phillip Wanyerka; Senior College Lecturer, Department of Criminology, Anthropology & Sociology

Dr. Phillip Wanyerka was appointed Program Director for Anthropology in Fall 2021.


  • Supervisor and Principal Investigator. Archaeological Investigations at Hale Farm and Village, Summit County, Summit County, Ohio. In association with the Western Reserve  Historical Society. Will be conducting a Phase I and Phase II archaeological survey (Summer 2022) of the lower flood plain at Hale Farm.


  • Where the Earth Meets the Sky: Defining Sacred Geography at an early Woodland Earthwork Complex in Northeast Ohio. The Aztlander Volume 2, No. 2: 3-6.
  • An Early Woodland Earthwork Complex Located in Northeast Ohio. Brief summary of Cleveland State University’s archaeological investigations at 33CU1 (The Fort Hill Earthwork Complex). The Aztlander Volume 1, No. 5: 24-25.

Professional Lecture/Presentation:

  • Where the Earth Meets the Sky: Defining Sacred Geography at an Early Woodland Earthwork Complex in Northeast Ohio. (Invited Zoom lecture for The Aztlander, an online publication, February 10, 2022).

Michael Wiitala; Assistant College Lecturer, Department of Philosophy & Comparative Religion


Highlighted Project was created for the community affected by the opioid crisis by Dr. Miyuki Fukushima Tedor and Dr. Patricia Stoddard Dare in 2016. They met with over 100 community members over the years to develop the website. The technical specifications were designed by engineering graduate students with Dr. Wenbing Zhao, and they continue to refine and improve the website.

It is a free website that allows drug treatment providers to list the number of open treatment slots daily. The site is fully searchable, and quickly and efficiently matches substance users with the best available treatment services. Thanks to funding from the Woodruff Foundation (2018-2019) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019-present), a community outreach team has registered over 100 treatment provider agencies and 500 treatment services. Treatment providers can register different types of services, including assessment, outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, residential treatment, inpatient treatment, sober living, harm reduction, and peer and family support.

The multidisciplinary team continues to enhance and add features to the website with the help from professors Sathish Kumar and Anne H. Berry.