Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities

2015 CEAH Fellow in the Arts and Humanities

Matthew Wynn Sivils

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The CEAH Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities distinguishes a well-established ISU scholar who has recently completed a major scholarly project. Fellows present their research to the ISU community in public lectures and a short series of colloquia and forums.


"The Literary Aftershocks of the New Madrid Earthquakes"
Opening Lecture and Reception
February 4, 2015
Upper Rotunda, Parks Library
6:30 pm reception, 7:00 pm lecture and readings

"Early Natural History Texts: The Roots of American Environmentalism"
Lecture and Special Collections Tour
March 4, 2015
Special Collections Reading Room, Parks Library
7pm -8pm

"Roundtable Discussion on Interdisciplinary Research"
April 2, 2015
Ensminger Room, Kildee Hall
5:30 pm gathering, 6 pm presentation and roundtable discussion

"Imaging the Prairie, Then and Now"
Closing Lecture and Exhibit Tour
April 26, 2015
2pm -4pm Brunnier Art Museum

CEAH Research Summit

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
302 Catt Hall

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities announces the first annual Arts and Humanities Research Summit at Iowa State University to be held Thursday October 23, 2014. Iowa State faculty working in the arts and humanities disciplines will present their creative and research-based scholarship in a collegial setting over a single morning culminating in a light lunch reception for attendees and participants.

The morning event will be comprised of two panel presentations and several lightning round sessions where each participant will introduce their creative and research-based scholarship in timed four-minute segments.

Summit Agenda

9:05 - Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Christopher Hopkins, Director, CEAH
  • Wolfgang Kliemann, Associate Vice President for Research

9:15 - Lightning-Round Research Presentations

  • Amanda Petefish-Schrag (Theatre)
  • First, do no harm: Sustaining Tradition, Aesthetics, and Ethics in Puppet Design and Construction

  • Diane Al Shihabi (Interior Design)
  • Beaux-Arts Design Theory and Historic Preservation Practice: Facilitating Civic Responsibility Through Engaged Scholarship

  • John Cunnally (Art and Visual Culture)
  • Art and Visual Culture The Amici Huberti Project

  • Benjamin Shirtcliff (Landscape Architecture)
  • Playing-in-place: appropriation and environmental justice in the Crescent City

  • Chris Martin (Integrated Studio Arts)
  • Chieftaincy Stool - Symbol, Metaphor, or Blank Canvas

  • Brad Dell (Theatre)
  • Directing the Great Plays

  • Ross Exo Adams (Architecture)
  • To Fill the Earth: Circulation and Urbanization

Panel Discussion

10:00 - Connecting Arts and Humanities with the Sciences: creativity, communication, and culture

  • "Innovative Ideation Behavior in Design and Engineering"
  • Seda Yilmaz (Industrial Design, Center for e-Design, HCI)

  • Communicating Science in Controversial Contexts"
  • Jean Goodwin (English/Speech Communication, Science Communication Project @ISU)

  • "Connecting History and Cultural Contexts With Engineering and Science"
  • Amy Bix (History, Center for Historical Studies of Technology and Science)

10:45 - Lightning-Round Research Presentations

  • Jane Cox (Theatre)
  • Exploring the one-woman script

  • Will Prindle (Industrial Design)
  • Research, design and development of explosion resistant receptacles

  • Paula J. Curran (Graphic Design)
  • Artist's Books: Convergence of book object and the written word

  • Jan Lauren Boyles (Journalism and Mass Communication)
  • Beyond Algorithms and Analytics: Examining the Data-Driven Newsroom

Panel Discussion

11:10 - "Advancing Arts and Humanities Research with Major Awards

  • "African Sculpture and the French Invention of Primitive Art"
  • John Monroe (History, 2013 Howard Foundation Fellowship)

  • Roman Columns: Finding Nervi in Italy
  • Thomas Leslie (Architecture, 2013 Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome)

  • "Showcase Technology, Visual Culture and the Narrative Value of Soviet Public Space"
  • James T. Andrews (History, 2013 residency grant Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)
11:55 (End)
Noon - 1 p.m. - Light Lunch Reception


2014 National Conference

November 5th-8th, 2014

Iowa State University


To Register

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is a partnership of almost thirty institutions committed to the expansion of the arts in research universities and ensuring the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs and creative practice. The a2ru national conference is an opportunity for faculty, deans, administrators, funders, leaders and students from any discipline who engage in arts-integrative interdisciplinary efforts to convene and share ideas, best practices, research, creative work and networks.

The theme for the 2014 conference is Edge Effects, which serves as an apt analogy for the great wealth of arts-integrative interdisciplinary research, curricula and creative practices in which a2ru partners engage. At these edges scholars and creators from the arts and other disciplines form unique relationships, make creative and scholarly adaptations and, in many cases, create new fields, knowledge and modes of creative expression. The edge effect refers to the changes in population and diversity of species where habitats meet, compete and overlap. In those boundary spaces, or edges, ecologists often find greater numbers of species from both habitats as well as greater biodiversity than found in either. The edge is where we find plants and animals from each habitat that form unique relationships, make adaptations and contribute to the emergence of new species.

Expected Outcomes

The a2ru 2014 national conference will establish:

1) Multiple forums for open and nuanced conversations about the opportunities and challenges faced by peers who engage in arts-integrative interdisciplinary work in the research university. This includes, but is not limited to, separate conversations for those at the administrative level, the faculty level, those focused on research, and those focused on curricula and students.

2) Strategic roundtables based on particular fields or arts-integrative interdisciplinary manifestations (e.g. data visualization, computer science/music, additive manufacturing/sculpture, art/medicine, and others).

3) Presentation space for research, curricula and community-based projects in the epistemological "third space" between and within the arts and other fields (especially sciences/technological fields).

4) Opportunities for attendees to share best practices, tools, research, and networks, and to learn from both established and emerging scholars and practitioners.

For more information, please contact the conference co-chair,
Ingrid Lilligren or visit the a2ru website.