Dereck Daschke, chair and professor of philosophy & religion, traveled to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah last month to review independent films for The Journal of Religion and Film. His reviews can be found at

Roberta Donahue, associate professor of health science, was recognized by Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority as January’s professor of the month. Donahue is the first faculty member to be recognized by Alpha’s new program “Professor Payday” that will acknowledge one of Truman’s outstanding professors every month.

An original composition by Warren Gooch, professor of music, was performed in the 2012 Iowa Composers Forum New Music Festival, hosted by Luther College. “Through a Glass Darkly” for trombone and percussion was performed Feb. 4 by Michael Smith (trombone) and Lars-Erik Larson (percussion). The festival featured music by composers from across the country.

Antonio Scuderi, professor of Italian, had his book “Dario Fo: Framing, Festival, and the Folkloric Imagination” reviewed in the journal CHOICE (January 2012). Professor Steven Botterill of the University of California, Berkeley writes, “Scuderi’s relatively brief but well-informed and theoretically savvy contribution goes straight to the top of the list.”
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