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Dr. Colleen O’Brien, Associate Professor of English, Releases Book Exploring Race, Gender-Based Rights

September 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm

In “Race, Romance and Rebellion: Literatures of the Americas in the Nineteenth Century,” University of South Carolina Upstate professor Dr. Colleen O’Brien presents her first book and delves into the intricacies of territorial expansion, freedoms, and disenfranchised groups in the nineteenth century Americas.

Scheduled for release on September 27, this book explores the enigma of race and gender-based rights during an era of conflicting portrayals of American history and the hemispheric developments transpiring at that time, in particular those that united the
United States with Africa, Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean.

“I don’t just look at the U.S. or U.S. citizens,” O’Brien noted. “I consider the interrelationships between different parts of the Americas and different groups, many of whom were disenfranchised. Images of violent slave insurrection repeatedly coincide with stories of interracial romance, both in cautionary tales that depict the revolution as a gothic nightmare and in reform literature that idealizes and romanticizes race relations.”

A cultural historian, literary scholar and associate professor of English, O’Brien presents a compelling look at how transnational print cultures consistently flashed back to moments of domestic controversy over race, gender and rights. Her extensive research and review of official documents and histories, such as speeches given in the U.S. legislature, as well as newspaper reports, private letters, novels and narratives by people whose voice wasn’t part of the public record otherwise, reveal a common concern: a future in which romance and rebellion engender radical social and political transformation.

“I chose this topic because the process of freedom is ongoing, not guaranteed,” she said. “There are pervasive issues of human rights in the United States and throughout the world today that I think can be traced back to the founding of the United States and the Colonial era, in general.”

“Race, Romance and Rebellion: Literatures of the Americas in the Nineteenth Century” is published by University of Virginia Press and the Mellon American Literatures initiative.

For more information, contact Dr. Colleen O’Brien at (864) 503-5678 or

Bryan Hiott awarded first place at annual art competition

September 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

Bryan Hiott, an adjunct Art History instructor, was awarded first place in the first Juried Art Exhibition  sponsored by Spartanburg County Public Libraries.

The competition was judged by Will South, chief curator of the Columbia Museum of Art.

Hiott’s work will be displayed through Sept. 27.

Works of art by Jane Nodine displayed

September 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

Works of art by Jane Nodine, assistant chair and professor in the Fine Arts and Communications Studies, will be on exhibit through Oct. 20 at Riverworks Gallery in downtown Greenville and at Greenville Technical College’s greer campus.

Her collection, “Thermal Response,” consists of paintings and prints that use beeswax as a primary medium. The ancient technique of encaustic or hot wax, is a mixture of beeswax and resin that has a long history of applications dating to the Fayum portraits of 100 AD.

Nodine’s work takes a magnified look at surfaces and patterns in nature.

Nodine currently has works displayed at the Spartanburg Art Musuem and has an installation of encaustic prints on view in the 40th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Spartanburg Artist Guild.

Her artwork was recently featured in an exhibit titled, “Radiant,” at East Tennessee State University’s Slocumb Galleries in Johnson City, Tenn.


Recent presentation by John Riley, associate professor of Physics

September 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

John Riley, associate professor of Physics in the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering at the University of South Carolina Upstate, presented “Using Interactive Object Movies of Flower Dissection to Visualize Botanical Structure, during the International Virtual Reality Photography Association’s June meeting in Selfoss, Iceland.

The talk was co-authored by Dr. Ben Montgomery.

Recent publications by Greta G. Freeman, EdD, associate professor in the School of Education

September 20, 2013 at 7:03 am

Recent publications by Greta G. Freeman, EdD, associate professor in the School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Freeman, G. G. & Wash, P. D. (2013). “You can lead students to the classroom and you can make them think: Ten brain-based strategies for college teaching and learning success.” Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 24(3), 99-120.

Freeman, G. G. & Wash, P., a peer-reviewed presentation “Undergraduate Teacher Education Students’ Fears: Research Results and Program Application” at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Greensboro, NC, February, 2013.

Freeman, G. a peer-reviewed presentation “Developing a School or Classroom Poetry Club” at the South Carolina Middle School Association Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC, March 2013.

Freeman, G., a peer-reviewed presentation “Research-Based Strategies and Children’s Literature for Dealing With Childhood Bullying” at the (ACEI) Association for Childhood Education International Global Summit/Conference, Washington, DC, March 2012.

McConnell wins 2013 Fiction Fellowship prize

August 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

The South Carolina Academy of Authors is very pleased to announce Thomas McConnell, professor of English at the University of South CarolinaUpstate, is the 2013 Fiction Fellowship winner. McConnell’s manuscript, “How We Live Now,” was chosen by this year’s judge, Florida novelist Mary Robinson.

McConnell’s story was selected from 25 submissions. In choosing the winner, Robinson commented that “How We Live Now” is a work of quality and depth, humor and heartbreak. On every page, the details and rhythms of speech are attended to with genius. It was far and away my favorite, and certainly wins the prize.”

The Academy wishes to congratulate McConnell, winner of the second annual Fiction Fellowship, and to thank all of those who participated in the competition. McConnell will receive a $1,000.00 prize at a special brunch held in conjunction with the Academy’s annual induction ceremony. This year’s ceremony will be at the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library of the University of South Carolina in Columbiaon April27 when Jack Bass, Nikky Finney, Terrance Hayes and Eugene Robinson will be inducted into the state’s literary hall of fame.

The submission period for the 2014 Fiction Fellowship will open next autumn.

Parker elected president of SCPSAC

June 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

Dr. Jennifer Parker has been elected to serve as the 2013-2014 president of the South Carolina Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SCPSAC). Dr. Parker is the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She is the founder and the director of the Center for Child Advocacy Studies at the university.

SCPSAC is a private, non-profit, interdisciplinary society for professionals working in the field of child abuse and neglect.

SCPSAC’s major goal is to promote effective interdisciplinary coordination and practice among the social workers, physicians, psychologists, researchers, attorneys, law enforcement officers, nurses, judges, educators, and many other professionals who respond to child maltreatment.

The South Carolina Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is a regional chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). Membership is comprised of individuals or organizations engaged in various aspects of addressing child abuse with abused children, their families, adults abused as children and/or offending individuals. Members include social workers, therapists, lawyers, doctors, researchers, counselors and teachers.

Omolo receives Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians

April 16, 2013 at 6:37 am

Bernard Omolo has been awarded a research grant in the amount of $35,000 by the Simons Foundation’s Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences. The grant, known as the Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians, will provide $5,000 per year for his collaboration, travel and research expenses, plus $ 1,000 per year in discretionary funds for the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at USC Upstate to enhance the research atmosphere within the division through seminars/colloquia support. In addition, the grant will pay $1,000 per year in indirect costs to the University of South Carolina, for the next five years (September 2013-August 2018). Omolo is an associate professor of mathematics.

Neary to present at European Sociological Association 2013 Conference

April 15, 2013 at 9:43 am

Brigitte Neary’s abstract, titled “Grobalization: The Case of Heidelberg, Germany,” has been accepted for presentation at the European Sociological Association 2013 Conference in Torino, Italy. The conference is called “Crisis, Critique and Change,” and will take place August 28-31, 2013. Hers was one of 4,000 submissions. Neary is a professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies.

June Carter elected president of SCOLT

April 15, 2013 at 9:17 am

June C. D. Carter, professor of Spanish and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence was elected president of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) at the annual conference on April 11-13, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala.  SCOLT is a 14-state non-profit organization serving world language professionals in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The mission of SCOLT is the advancement of modern and classical languages and their literatures and cultures at all levels of instruction.