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Candidate Platforms, GSA 2014-2015

April 13, 2014

Candidate for President: Jacob Crawford

Candidate for Vice President: Poe Johnson

Candidate for Secretary: Jessica Braccio

Candidate for Membership: Teri Campbell

Elections will be held for all positions; all candidates (including uncontested candidates) will run against the option of a “write-in” opposing candidate.

Elections will be open April 21-28 2014. Link to the election (using Survey Monkey) will be sent out via official UT Dallas email.

Elected candidates will take office on June 30th, 2014


All of the candidate platforms can be found below.



Responsibilities include: calling and running meetings (both general GSA and executive board); creating semester calendar; setting and creating agendas for meetings; attending department meetings; collecting and communicating relevant information to GSA advisor, A&H Graduate Advisor and A&H Coordinator of Special Programs; co-chair of RAW committee.


Jacob Crawford

As President of the GSA I would like to focus on three key issues:

  1. Building upon RAW’s successful tradition (Research, Art, Writing)
  2. Attempt to promote greater accessibility between the GSA and the faculty
  3. To strengthen the camaraderie among A & H graduate students

I am currently serving in the GSA as the Vice President, and this past year has been an incredible experience. RAW 2014 was a resounding success, and many of the participants: panelists, moderators, and administrators have acknowledged the growth and academic professionalism that has helped the symposium to flourish. I wish the same for the next academic year. RAW is the most demanding event that the GSA has responsibility for, and this event often overshadows the associations other goals. As graduate students we tend to focus on getting through the work of classes, exams, and defenses while often neglecting the opportunity to strengthen connections between us and our faculty mentors. I would like to encourage, in this coming academic year, a shift from working through the program as individuals to a more collective experience. Collaboration is the key to our academic success, and many of us have realized that the “interdisciplinary” structure of our graduate program may be isolating rather than unifying. We should know each other’s work, and help one another achieve our academic aims. I know the faculty will support us as we seek to make our interdisiplinarity one of our strengths. The GSA has much to offer because is consists of the entire A & H graduate student body. Our diversity is part of what makes our program a success, and we need to engage each other on both academic and social levels. The GSA should not be a top-down organization, with the officers planning superfluous activities. I would like your help in shaping the coming academic year to better fit our unique circumstances, and to help promote strong support and camaraderie within the GSA.


Thank you for your consideration,

Jacob “Jake” Crawford



Responsibilities include: co-chair of RAW committee; managing structure of GSA (bylaws; funding; organization); attending meetings in place of President when President is unavailable.

Poe Johnson

For the past three years, I have gone to nearly every GSA meeting, participated in, and helped organize, the RAW Graduate Symposium. During the past year, as GSA Member-at-large, I have tried to help fellow A&H colleagues by demystifying what can sometimes seem like an opaque process. However, I am not running for Vice President of GSA because I have done these things, I am running because I truly believe that we can do better. We can be better students, better colleagues, and better scholars. We can look at the interdisciplinary agenda of this school as an opportunity to become unique academics with distinct skills that make us more attractive in a competitive job market, not less. But we can only do this if we work towards these goals together.

While organizing RAW will continue to be a priority, as GSA Vice President I also want to ensure that the graduate students in the A&H program know and have access to their peers, particularly those who have compatible research interests. Furthermore, I want to create a new era of accessibility of information. We should all know when and how to form our portfolio, exam, and dissertation committees. The way that we do that is to encourage research nodes, writing groups, and to actually tell students what is going on in the program during GSA meetings. To that end, I hope to lead the way in the creation of an A&H wiki where all the information about deadlines, forms, and program restrictions can be found in one convenient location.

Let there be no mistake, I know that many students that attend UTD work during the day, or have families, or for some other reason feel disconnected from the A&H graduate student body. Those students are just as valuable to this program’s progress as the TA that spends every waking hour plugging away in their office. My hope is that we can start bringing together the part-time student and the full-time student, the occasional class taker and the TA, the fresh out of undergrad master’s student and the experienced ABD PhD candidate. I hope to alleviate the stress caused by the programmatic issues that rest outside of our scholarly endeavors. Whatever happens in this election, we need to know that the educational experience here at UTD will only get better when we work to make it better.

Thank you,

Poe Johnson



Responsibilities include: managing website/facebook/twitter accounts; writing and organizing minutes from GSA and executive board meetings.

Jessica Braccio

Hello. My name is Jessica Braccio and I am a second year doctoral student in HUHI. I am running for GSA’s secretarial position. The responsibilities of this office include keeping GSA’ s facebook and Twitter accounts up-to-date as well as keeping a full and accurate record of the GSA meetings. I am more than qualified for this position because I am technology saavy and I am extremely thorough and detail oriented. I have a background in research and because of this foundation I can carry over my skills to help GSA as its new secretary. Additionally, I am very organized, hands-on individual, qualities which I realize were slightly lacking during the past school year.


If elected as GSA’s new secretary, my goal is to not only improve this organization’s networking ability, but to bring it even closer to its students and Mark GSA more accessible. I possess the necessary skill set to make GSA, its advocacy and activities even stronger and more vibrant than seen in previous years.



Responsibilities include: organizing social events; working with alumni; acting as liaison for graduate students who are unable to attend meetings; managing yearly elections.

Teri Campbell

The A&H graduate student body is an extraordinarily diverse group—we are TAs, full-time and part-time students, retirees, parents, teachers, artists, writers, researchers, commuters, campus residents, fresh out of undergraduate studies, or finishing up our dissertations. And for many of us, graduate studies in the humanities are isolating, especially when we are preparing for field exams or working on dissertations.


As GSA membership chair, my primary goal would be to put all of us in touch with each other. I haven’t yet met another A&H grad student I didn’t like, and I would like to meet more of you. I think the best way I can do this is to organize a series of events throughout the year—we’ll get together for lunch, for pub trivia, for board games, or we’ll all come to my house to watch Sharknado 2. I hope I can connect enough of you that you’ll begin inviting each other to go bowling or play miniature golf or start your own fantasy football league (activities at which I, personally, am hopeless).


And of course I will keep all of you informed about the goings-on of the GSA, even (especially) if you are unable to attend meetings. I am always available by email and am close enough to campus to be available almost every day.


If you have any questions for me, you can reach me at



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All panels will be held at the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building at

The University of Texas at Dallas


Friday Schedule

Roundtable Discussion: “The Changing Face of the Humanities”

 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – ATC Lobby


Moderator: Dr. Mark Rosen

Discussants: Dr. Charissa Terranova, University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Jessica C. Murphy, University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Kimberly Knight, University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Frank Dufour, University of Texas, at Dallas, Dr. Mary Larson, Oklahoma State University


Opening Reception 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – ATC Lobby


Saturday Schedule

Breakfast/Registration: 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM –  ATC Lobby

Opening Remarks: 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM –  ATC Lobby                                                                                     

Speakers: University of Texas at Dallas GSA President: Elizabeth Ranieri  

University of Texas at Dallas GSA Vice President: Jacob Crawford

University of Texas at Dallas GSA Member-at-large: Poe Johnson


Session 1: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Sex, Power, and Nationalism in Popular Culture –  ATC 1.305

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Roger Malina, University of Texas at Dallas

“Fill the world with your color” Bobby Frye, University of Texas at Dallas

“Quack Attack: American Ideals Seen in Daffy Duck in Warner Bros. World War II Themed Cartoons” Stephen Boeding, University of Texas at Dallas

“On Translating Sahir’s Film Songs from Pyaasa (Thirst 1957)” Madhavi Biswas, University of Texas at Dallas

A New Way to Face the World: Explorations of Space, Time, and Culture – ATC 2.602

Faculty Moderator: Dr. David Channell, University of Texas at Dallas

“Portraiture: The Face of Revolution” Kimberly Schanbaum, University of Texas at Dallas

“Time Travel Tourism” Sahalie Hashim, University of Texas at Dallas

“Reflections of the Sky in Shallow Pools: The Presence of Space and Time in Medieval Japanese Aesthetic” Don Fenton, University of Texas at Dallas


The Untrustworthy Word: Fictional Lies and Imaginary Truths – ATC 2.605

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Frederick Turner, University of Texas at Dallas

“Lies My Granny Told Me” Sanderia Smith, University of Texas at Dallas

“Blondes and Brunettes” Adam Cheney, University of Texas at Dallas

“The Remainder—An Account in Three Parts” Violet Lopez, University of Texas at Dallas



Session 2: 10:10 AM – 11:10 AM

Ruminations on the Image: Art and Photography in Context – ATC 1.305

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Charissa Terranova, University of Texas at Dallas

“From Physical to Cerebral: Robert Smithson’s Filmic Nonsites” Leigh Arnold, University of Texas at Dallas

“Adequate Materials: Dorothea Lange’s Portraiture of Human Artifacts” Erin Naler, University of Texas at Dallas


Discourses on World Literature – ATC 2.605

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Sean Cotter, University of Texas at Dallas

 “Russian Societal Identity in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment” Jennifer Hudson, University of Texas at Dallas

 “John Woo’s Red Cliff in the Cycle of Adapting the Three Kingdoms” Ken Morrow, University of Texas at Dallas

““A Book of Verse… a Jug of Wine…Thou beside Me Singing in the Wilderness” Omar Khayyam and Eugene O’Neil” Roshanak Akrami, University of Texas at Dallas





The Wrath of Hegemony: A Study on Violence – ATC 2.602

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Matthew Brown, University of Texas at Dallas

“Divine Wrath in Refn’s Drive” Tracey Berry, University of Texas at Dallas

“In Electrifying Justice: Electroconvulsive Therapy as a Trope in American Film” Merry Jett, University of Texas at Dallas

“Illumination of the Bad Mother” Ginger Sisco Cook, Texas A&M University-Commerce


Session 3: 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM

System Reconfiguration – ATC 1.305

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Jessica C. Murphy, University of Texas at Dallas

“Reshaping the Natural World: Toni Morrison’s Use of Landscape and Place in A Mercy” Rosalyn Mack, University of Texas at Dallas

“Integrating Design and Development in the Built Environment” Louis Burns, University of Texas at Dallas

“The Witch Tree” Susan Caldwell, University of Texas at Dallas


Art in the Big “D” — ATC 2.602

Faculty Moderator: Marilyn Waligore, University of Texas at Dallas

“The One Day Project” Val Curry and Robert David Reedy, University of Texas at Dallas

“Gesture Machines” Spencer Brown-Pearn, University of Texas at Dallas


Defining the Other – ATC 2.605

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Katherine Turk, University of Texas at Dallas

“Romanticism: The Debate Continues” Marina Botros Jenkins, University of Texas at Dallas

“The Representations of the “Other” in Egyptian Cinema” Amal S. Shafek, University of Texas at Dallas

““On Forgiveness”: Exploring Jacques Derrida’s Notion of Forgiveness and its Shortcomings” Jessica Braccio, University of Texas at Dallas



Lunch: 12:20 PM – 2:00 PM – ATC 2nd Floor Lobby

Keynote Address: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – ATC Lobby


“Framing a New Approach to the Academic Life: Digital Humanities and the Six Ages of Scholarship”

Dr. Mary Larson

Doris Neustadt Professor of Library Services, and the Head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University




Session 4:  3:10 PM – 4:10 PM

Projections of Gender & Identity – ATC 1.305

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Kimberly Knight

“New Media Race and Sex Humor: Subversive Stereotypes via Instant Video Sharing” Brianni Nelson, University of Texas at Dallas

“Agentic Players: A Womanist/Feminist Perspective on Game Studies Research Methods” Sara Ishii, Texas Women’s University

“Black Lust: The White Devil’s Vittoria’s Arraignment & Twenty-First Century Cynthia Sommer’s Murder Trial” Erin Kelley, University of Texas at Dallas


Networks and History – ATC 2.602

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Maximillian Schich

“Production Relations and Systemic People Displacement” Pedro Gonzalez, University of Texas at Dallas

“Visualizing Complex Relationships with Google N-grams” Christopher Moezzi, University of Texas at Dallas

“Maps & Monsters: Visualizing the Real and Unreal” Wendi Kavanaugh, University of Texas at Dallas


The History of the Dallas Ku Klux Klan in the Age of Intolerance – ATC 2.605

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Natalie Ring

““Our Enemies are Your Enemies”: Violence and the Ku Klux Klan in Dallas in the 1920s” Lauren Davis, University of Texas at Dallas

“Women Speak Out Against the Texas Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s” Jessica Hitch, University of Texas at Dallas

“Political Turmoil in Dallas: The Electoral Whipping of the Dallas County Citizens League by the Ku Klux Klan, 1922” Kevin Portz, University of Texas at Dallas


Session 5: 4:20 PM – 5:20 PM

Saints and Sinners – ATC 1.305

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Mark Rosen, University of Texas at Dallas

“How to Paint a Philosopher According to Andrea di Bonaiuti” John Kay, University of Texas at Dallas

“Humanity and Sainthood in Conrad’s The Secret Agent” Matt Brumit, University of Dallas


Material and DeMaterial Spaces – ATC 2.602

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Frank Dufour, University of Texas at Dallas

“Bardic Systems: Post-Literary Experiences in Gaming” Richard Wirth, University of Texas at Dallas

“Open Playing” Jacob Crawford, University of Texas at Dallas


Light, Color, and Text: MFA Studio Art at UT Tyler – ATC 2.605

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Lisot, University of Texas at Tyler

“Mark-Making: An Unspoken Language” Rebecca Danner, University of Texas at Tyler

“Dynamic Connections in Nature” Avery Kelly, University of Texas at Tyler

“Reading Between the Lines” Chelsea Baranski, University of Texas at Tyler


Session 6: 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

Performing Translation – ATC 2.602

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Rainer Schulte, University of Texas at Dallas

“Intersemiotic Translation of Georg Trakl’s “An den Knaben Elis”” Angelas Parker and Kaiser, University of Texas at Dallas

The Bacchae by Euripides: A New Translation” M. Lance Lusk, University of Texas at Dallas

“We Interact, Therefore Performance Unfolds” Kuo-Chieh Ting, University of Texas at Dallas

Frank Lloyd Wright: Gaps in Research – ATC 1.305

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Rick Brettell , University of Texas at Dallas

Panel Chair: Leslie Reid, Southern Methodist University

“Frank Lloyd Wright: Anarchist Architect” Melinda McVay, University of Texas at Dallas

“Frank & Fire: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Lifelong Role with Fire” Rachael Carr, University of Texas at Dallas

“When Frank met Stanley” Charles Marshall, Author

“The Kalita Humphreys Theater, A Dallas Cultural Icon” Dr. Howard Weiner, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

“Is FLW Still Relevant” Gary Cunningham, architect


The Agency of Things: Objects that Give Identity and Make Meaning in American Literature – ATC 2.605

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Shari Goldberg, University of Texas at Dallas

“The Upward Potential of Uncle Tom’s Cabin” David Howard, University of Texas at Dallas

“When Clothes Become the Person: Thing Theory and Clothing in Sister Carrie” Janet Fairfield, University of Texas at Dallas

“Awakening Things: Clothing and Thing Theory in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening” Renea McKenzie, University of Texas at Dallas

“Experience and the created-Thing: Morrison’s Hated Sofa” Susan White Norman, University of Texas at Dallas


Closing Remarks: 7:00 PM – 7:15 PM – ATC Lobby

RAW 2014 CFP

October 3, 2013

RAW: Research, Art, Writing
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium
With Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Mary Larson of OSU
Richardson, Texas
March 21-22, 2014

The Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Association of The University of Texas at Dallas
invites you to participate in RAW: Research, Art, Writing — an interdisciplinary graduate student
symposium. Organized by and for graduate students in the arts and humanities, the sixth annual
RAW symposium continues to advance the goal of opening up an interdisciplinary conversation.

Like our unique interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities graduate program, The RAW
conference wishes to promote a common discourse between digital and traditional humanities,
which have been conventionally separated by superficial methodological practices. At this year’s
RAW, we invite presentations that utilize traditional methods and their digital counterparts.
RAW seeks to encourage the exhibition of a cross-section of the technological approaches being
used, to reveal the existent networks across the practice, and to display the humanities for what
they are and not what we think they are.

We invite proposals for 15 minute individual presentations of papers, art, film,
photography, sculpture, games, etc., as well as submissions of full panels (which will include
three to four individual presentations). There are no limitations on field, genre, methodology, or
discipline; we welcome presentations from across the range of arts and humanities — including,
but not limited to, philosophy, history, emerging media, literature, language, performances,
works of art, etc. — and we especially encourage projects that forge “interdisciplinarity.”

Examples of possible project or presentation submissions include:
Academic Submissions
• excerpt of an M.A. paper or thesis
• excerpt of a seminar paper
• excerpt from a dissertation
Creative Submissions
• animation, video, or film projects
• excerpt from a novel, play or short story
• M.F.A. final project
• selection of poetry
• dance or other performance piece
• art work (paintings, ceramics, drawings, etc.)
• games

Proposals are due by December 6, 2013. All proposals must include the following:

• A complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and affiliation of participant
• A vita of no more than one page
• For academic submissions: an abstract of no more than 250 words for the proposed
presentation that includes 3 to 5 keywords
• For creative pieces: please include medium, space requirements for the work/presentation,
and an artist statement

Panel proposals must include the above information for each participant.
Send submission questions to Registration information will follow. For
additional information see

First GSA Meeting of the Academic Year!

September 8, 2013

On Thursday, September 12th at 5:00 pm we will be having our first GSA Meeting of the 2013-14 academic year in the Graduate Commons (JO 3930). Come meet the new GSA officers, find out what activities we have planned for Fall semester, or complain that we don’t have enough planned. Either way, join us on Thursday and be heard.

On campus on Tuesday?

April 29, 2013

Can you attend? April 30th from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. in JO 4.306 (BBS conference room).

This spring the Graduate Program in the Humanities is undergoing its mandatory periodic program review. We have prepared a self-study report and on April 30th a review team, including UT Dallas and external members, will view our facilities and meet with students, faculty, and administration.

The internal members of the review team have not been identified, but the external reviewers are Dr. Janet Kourany, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, and Dr. Elizabeth Lowe, director of the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Illinois.

Feedback from our graduate students is needed. Please come if you are available. April 30th from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. in JO 4.306 (BBS conference room).


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