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Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Service 2021

This guide displays many of Pitt-Greensburg faculty's accomplishments in scholarship and service during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Humanities

Jessica Ghilani:

Sayre Greenfield:

Lori Jakiela:

Shu-Jiang Lu

Kelli Maloy:

  • “Lucy Caldwell.” Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 386: Twenty-First-Century Irish Fiction Writers, 2020, pp. 75-85.

Amber McAlister:

Bryan McCarthy

  • “Grateful Threads,” Valet 1 (2021): 206-12

Silvina Orsatti:

  • “Tech Garden,” PSMLA Language Forum, Spring 2020

William Pamerleau:

  • “Disclosure and narrative: what Beauvoir can teach us about racism,” in Argument: Biannual Philosophical Journal, vol. 10, no. 1, 2021
  • Bad Faith in Film Spectatorship,” in Film-Philosophy, June, 2020

Stacey Triplette

 

Elizabeth Contreras:

  • “Medical Spanish for Future Medical Professionals: Course Development, Teaching and Assessment” during the 2021 annual international AATSP conference in Atlanta, GA in July 2021

Anne Czerwinski:

  • “The Long Night is Coming and the Dead Come With it”: Prophesy, Cosmic Order, Resilience, and Comic Frame in Game of Thrones. Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Cambridge, MA. (virtual conference).  (2021, March)

Sayre Greenfield:

  • Respondent to the British/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Exchange Lecture, given by Brycchan Carey, on Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne (1789) and Griffith Hughes’s Natural History of Barbados (1750), April 2021
  • “Filming/Filling in the Gaps: Sanditon and Such on Screen” (with Linda Troost, recorded video), Jane Austen Society of North America Annual General Meeting: a Virtual Event, October 2020

Jessica Ghilani:

  • “Keep Calm and Do It All: Pandemic Work in the Absence of Caregiving Infrastructure,” at the New School Memory Studies Group Annual Conference, Suspended Present: Downloading the Past and Gaming the Future in a Time of Pandemic, Virtual, April 21-23, 2021
  • “They Keep Coming Back in a Bloodthirsty Lust for Human Flesh”: Film Franchise Resilience, Economic Production, and the Changing Cultural Meaning of: The Night of the Living Dead. Eastern Communication Association Annual Convention, Virtual, March 24-28, 2021
  • “Museums and Combatting Fake News: A Workshop for Museum Educators,” Andy Warhol Museum, (via Zoom) February 18, 2021
  • “Re-visiting Disinformation, the State of Journalism, and the Rise of Clickbait,” Northland Public Library Adult Education Program, (via Zoom) October 1, 2020

Lori Jakiela:

  • Reading, May 11, WCoNA Live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2uhCibZoxM
  • Reading, May 9, 2020 White Whale Bookstore
  • Reading, Nov. 19, 2020 BEST OF BREVITY launch, White Whale
  • Reading, Chautauqua Institution, August 2020
  • Reading Oct. 15, 2020 with author Nancy McCabe/White Whale Bookstore
  • Reading, April 2021, launch of (Her)oics Anthology

Kelli Maloy:

  • co-presented with her Green Scholar, Fiona Carter at the virtual conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

Silvina Orsatti:

  • “Teaching World Languages Remotely” at the CAIU / PDE (Capital Area Intermediate Unit / Pennsylvania Department of Education; September 16, 2020
  • “Using digital games to create communicative activities about social justice topics” at NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages); January 11, 2020
  • “GWATFL tips -> Digital Game: Immigration Nation” at the GWATFL (The Greater Washington Association on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) (pre-recorded virtual presentation)
  • “Keep up your Spanish fluency with digital games” at the Global CRED (free international online virtual event that brings together thousands of language learners from 56 countries); October 2020
  • “Tech garden” at the PSMLA (Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association); October 17, 2020
  • “Tackling social justice topics with digital games” at NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages); April 22 – May 1, 2021
  • ‘Juegos digitales divertidos para practicar el español’ during the Immersive Swap Shop and Cooking Demo hosted by the AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese), Western PA; February 27, 2021

William Pamerleau:

  • “Disclosure and Narrative: What Beauvoir Can Teach Us about Racism,” Existential Philosophy for Times of Change and Crisis, online conference hosted by Pedagogical University of Kraków, Poland, August 2020

John Prellwitz:

  • “Risk Resilience: Watching a Long Night Bleed into Dawn Encountering Romero’s Allegories of Zombies and the Decaying of American Empire,” during Eastern Communication Association’s annual conference in March 2021

Stacey Triplette:

  • “Beatriz Bernal: Spain’s First Woman Writer,” invited talk delivered to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Spanish club, Fall 2020

Chris Bartley:

  • Westmoreland Cultural Trust—Presented for Vocal Arts as part of WCT Achievement in the Arts Awards, 5/21
  • Westmoreland Symphony: will begin a term on the Westmoreland Symphony Board of Directors 8/21; Continued to serve as president of Friday Evening Music Club (FEMC), overseeing merger of FEMC with the Westmoreland Symphony
  • Blair Concert Chorale, Altoona PA: Appointed Artistic director, beginning 6/20
  • Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh: Sang as bass for virtual events

Elizabeth Contreras:

  • served as the Communications Coordinator for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of AATSP for the sixth consecutive year
  • Served on the Advisory Board for the 2020 Hispanic Month celebration at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Jessica Ghilani:

  • completed a CFAR research report for the Blackburn Center
  • Served as an invited grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities

Lori Jakiela:

Bryan McCarthy:

  • Co-Founder and President, PITTSBURGH PSYCHEDELIC SOCIETY, INC. (a non-profit incorporation), 2019-Date

William Pamerleau:

  • Moderator for Socrates Café, a monthly community discussion group in Murrysville, PA

John Prellwitz:

  • Serves on the Board of Artistic Prosperity, a local nonprofit organization founded and directed by Pitt Greensburg alum and U.S. veteran, Jon Ritchey

Stephen Schrum:

  • Produced and directed an audio-only performance of Henrik Ibsen’s timely classic dramatic work, An Enemy of the People during the Fall 2020 semester
  • Directed and produced Dark Hamlet, original play by William Shakespeare, which he significantly edited to maximize the benefits of Zoom during the Spring 2021 semester
  • His original One-act play, Aliens! 3 Miles, Turn Left, was also selected for virtual performance by the Abbey Theatre located in Dublin, OH.  The show was staged, performed, and then distributed through YouTube
  • His original play, Aliens! 3 Miles, Turn Left, was selected as an entry into the online festival, and he was named as a finalist as Scriptwriter by The Red Curtain Good The@ter Festival located in India.  This enabled him to attend The Red Curtain Good The@ter Festival virtually through zoom in November 2020 and speak with a collection of theatre artists from around the globe
  • His original short film, Wash Hands, Save Lives? Received national and international recognition as: a Finalist for the Mindfield Film Festival located in Albuquerque, NM during the March-April 2021 season; an Official Selection of the Indo Overseas Film Festival; and a Semi-Finalist for the Indo American International Festival of World Cinema
  • He also is continuing his work on his original audio series, Kid Again and significantly revised and revamped his website: https://musofyr.org to now feature all his works
  • On 29 July 2020, he was interviewed by OIivia De Camps over Zoom for a documentary about Second Life, a platform upon which he has been an early adopter and a very active and prolific as a performer
  • On 17 March 2021 he was interviewed by Ron Clark of Chat and Spin Radio in the UK where he discussed his writing and filmmaking
  • Serves on the Board of Artistic Prosperity, a local nonprofit organization founded and directed by Pitt Greensburg alum and U.S. veteran, Jon Ritchey

Lori Jakiela:

  • Serves as judge for Stanford University's Saroyan Prize in Nonfiction.

Silvina Orsatti:

  • PSMLA (Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association)—member of Executive Committee (EXCO) and the Nominations and Social Media committees

Jessica Ghilani:

  • Awarded a PA GOAL course development grant, May 2021

Lori Jakiela

  • Memoir, Say You Want to Live and Be Beautiful, longlisted for the Stockholm First Pages Prize and a Finalist for the Sandra Carpenter Prize

Silvina Orsatti:

  • Awarded a Pitt Greensburg SIP grant for her curriculum development proposal for a ‘Community Engagement and Impact’ Course addressing the intersecting areas of social justice, diversity, and inclusion

Stacey Triplette:

  • Luis Andrés Murillo Award for Best Article of the Year, awarded by the Cervantes journal editorial board, recognizing “Chivalry and the Female Reader in Part Two of Don Quijote”