Fall 2008 Faculty Fellows
Fall Seminar: Ethical Life in a Global Society
- Michael Benedikt, Architecture
- Sarah Canright, Art
- Diana M. DiNitto, Social Work
- Oliver Freiberger, Asian Studies
- Kate Gillespie, Marketing
- Neville Hoad, English
- Ward Keeler, Anthropology
- Mark Longaker, Rhetoric & Writing
- Tracie Matysik, History
- Julia Mickenberg, American Studies
Michael Benedikt, is ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture, holds the Hal Box Chair in Urbanism, and directs The Center for American Architecture and Design. He has a number of buildings to his credit in Austin. His books include Value and Value 2, Shelter: The 2000 Raoul Wallenberg Lecture, and God Is the Good We Do: Theology of Theopraxy. He has published articles and lectured widely on ethics, economics, and design theory. His latest writing explores themes in theology and the theory of evolution as it relates to the (human) act of design.
Sarah Canright, Senior Lecturer in Art, analyzes the power of art to illustrate facets of politically complex subjects. She articulates art’s ability to enhance understanding and collaborates with others concerned with living an ethical life. A painter who maintains a studio in New York, she teaches at both UT and Princeton. She has had many solo exhibitions, such as at the Lyons-Matrix Gallery in Austin and the Artemesia Gallery in Chicago. Her numerous honors encompass inclusion in the Whitney Biennial.
Diana M. DiNitto, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Social Work, served as Co-Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Social Work Research Development Program. She wrote Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy and co-authored several other books. She has taught and written about issues such as social welfare policy, alcohol and drug problems, and women's issues.
Oliver Freiberger, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, specializes in Indian Buddhism, asceticism, and the globalization of religion. His explores how contemporary Buddhists interpret the traditional teachings in order to meet the modern world’s needs. He has authored and co-edited numerous books on Asian religion and edited Asceticism and Its Critics.
Kate Gillespie, Associate Professor of Marketing, also served as Associate Director for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Her current work includes the investigation of cross-cultural differences in attitudes toward rules in multinational firms. She co-authored Oil in the New World Order and Global Marketing. Her many publications – including work on bribery, smuggling, and diasporas – reflect her dedication to interdisciplinary research.
Neville Hoad, Associate Professor of English, has a broad range of research interests including Victorian and South African literatures; ethics of the body; and psychoanalysis. His expertise includes international human-rights law pertaining to sexual orientation and critical race studies. He is the author of African Intimacies: Race, Homosexuality, and Globalization and the co-editor of Sex and Politics in South Africa: Equality/Gay and Lesbian Movement/the Struggle.
Ward Keeler, Associate Professor of Anthropology, investigates expressive culture focusing on the performing arts of Java, Bali, and Burma. His work includes an annotated translation of a postmodern Indonesian novel, Mangunwijaya's Durga Umayi, as well as the compact disk Classical Burmese Theatre Music. Among the interests he will bring to the seminar is a comparative exploration of American and Southeast Asian understandings of how hierarchical and egalitarian principles can or should inform social relations.
Mark Longaker, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Writing, has expertise in Marxism, virtue ethics and public address. He investigates the intersection of rhetorical and monetary theories. He authored Rhetoric and the Republic: Politics, Civil Discourse, and Education in Early America. During the seminar he will consider the place of classical ethical and rhetorical tradition in the contemporary university. He is presently co-writing a textbook titled The Elements of Rhetorical Analysis.
Tracie Matysik, Assistant Professor of History, explores: the history of ethics and sexuality; Spinoza reception, especially in Germany; and the topic of intellectuals as activists. Her book Reforming the Moral Subject: Ethics and Sexuality in Central Europe, 1890--1930 is set for release in fall 2008. She looks forward to the intellectual environment of the seminar as she contemplates the implications of her next intended book, The Ethics of Immanence.
Julia Mickenberg, Associate Professor of American Studies, has expertise in the history of the Left; the history of childhood and education; women's history; nationalism; and public memory. Her book Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States won multiple awards.