W. Michael Ashcraft, associate professor of philosophy and religion, published an article in “Speaking of Students: A Quarterly Newsletter for AAR Graduate Students,” entitled “Friendly Advice from the Other Side for First-Time Academic Job Hunters.”

Sana Camara, associate professor of French, was offered a contract by the Editorial Board of the Indiana University Press for his edition of “The Epic of Kelefaa Saane” in the African oral epic series directed by Thomas Hale and John W. Johnson.

Dereck Daschke, chair and associate professor of philosophy and religion, will have his article “Millennial Studies for the New Millennium,” published this month in “Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions.” He has also signed a contract with Brill to publish a manuscript based on his Ph.D. dissertation titled “City of Ruins: Mourning the Destruction of Jerusalem through Jewish Apocalypse.”

A musical work composed by Girolamo Deraco, visiting international graduate student in music composition, has been selected for performance in Italy. Deraco’s short comic opera “Poster-Gas” will be performed at the Academia Montegrale as part of the internationally-recognized Festival Col Legno. The opera will be performed under the direction of noted Maestro Gustav Kuhn. “Poster-Gas” is one of a projected trilogy of short operas Deraco plans to complete in the near future.

H. David Wohlers, professor of chemistry, traveled to Crystal City, Va., Feb. 9, as an invited speaker to a National Science Foundation/National Institutes of Health diversity workshop.  The workshop, “Excellence Empowered by a Diverse Academic Workforce: Chemists, Chemical Engineers and Material Scientists with Disabilities” included the topic of visual impairment and blindness. Wohlers, who completes 25 years of instruction at Truman this spring, gave a speech entitled “Empowering a Blind Chemistry Professor in the Academic Workforce.” About 60 department heads and deans of major research universities were in attendance to listen to Wohlers’ perspective on the challenges and opportunities pertaining to blindness and visual disabilities.

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