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Enhancing Creativity • Volume 11

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Message from the Dean____________________________________


Shining Stars_____________________________________________


Historical Recognition______________________________________




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Volume 11

EDITOR Sarah Gaar Keller EDITORIAL BOARD Stacia Haynie, Maggie Heyn Richardson, Ann Whitmer DESIGN STUN Design & Interactive Kaleidoscope is a publication of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Louisiana State University. For corrections, omissions, or submissions, please contact COVER PHOTOS Erin Fell, French Major, and Colette Marin-Catherine, Veteran of the French Resistance (See full article p.4)

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s I reflect on the past year, I am delighted with the progress we have made in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences (H&SS). Our remarkable faculty and students continue to conduct dynamic research and creative scholarship that advances our understanding of the world. In addition to our vibrant research, we have also hosted record numbers of prospective students and travelled across the country recruiting the next generation of future H&SS graduates! I am invigorated by the phenomenal work that is taking place in the college, and I am privileged to share our achievements with all of the students, parents, and alumni that I meet. I am pleased to share with you the latest edition of Kaleidoscope. I hope you enjoy reading about our exciting work as we continue the tradition of excellence that is the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences.


Stacia Haynie, Dean J.W. Annison, Jr. Family Alumni Professor


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SHINING STARS Three LSU H&SS alums aim to improve support to survivors of sexual violence. BY MAGGIE HEYN RICHARDSON


he work is gut wrenching and emotionally exhausting. But the staff members of the Baton Rouge nonprofit, Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response, or STAR, are determined to change the way society thinks about sexual violence and supports its victims.

Racheal Hebert

Rebecca Marchiafava

Morgan Lamandre


Three members of the STAR team, President and CEO Racheal Hebert, Vice President of Social Change Rebecca Marchiafava and Vice President of Survivor Services Morgan Lamandre are graduates of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences. The women got their start with STAR as volunteers. Community-minded college students eager to support a compelling social issue, Hebert, Marchiafava and Lamandre helped answer the crisis hot line and worked with victims. They had become friends through the Women’s & Gender Studies program, and eventually, each of them landed a full-time job with the organization. STAR began in the Capital City in 1975 as the Rape Crisis Center, a division of the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office. The organization spun off as an independent nonprofit in 2011, and was then rebranded to demonstrate a firm commitment to the unique needs of sexual assault survivors. One in five women in the United States—fully 20 percent—are the victims of a completed or attempted sexual assault, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Hebert graduated from LSU in 2007 with a dual degree in Women’s & Gender Studies and Sociology. After serving as a volunteer, she was hired as a volunteer coordinator. Hebert, passionate about the cause, eventually became president and CEO in 2012 after the center’s transition. Under her leadership, STAR is charting an assertive path forward to bring attention to the issue of sexual assault and improve services to victims. Last October, the nonprofit landed two highly competitive national grants that will enable it to introduce groundbreaking programs to the Capital Region. “Grants at this level are so competitive; you don’t expect to be awarded one, much less two,” says Hebert. “We’re really

pleased about the direction this will allow us to take.” Both grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). One grant will help STAR establish a new legal services division where survivors can obtain free legal help in civil legal matters to enhance their safety, privacy and self-sufficiency. Named the Sexual Assault Survivors Law Clinic, the project is a collaboration with the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and is modeled after the Victim Rights Law Center in Portland, Oregon, the first such legal clinic in the country. “This is the first project of its kind in Louisiana,” says Lamandre, an attorney and a 2005 College of Humanities & Social Sciences graduate. “What we do so often in this office is to create programs and ways of thinking that are being done for the first time.” The second grant is enabling STAR to create a more coordinated community response to sexual assault and improve victim services in the Capital Region, says Hebert. STAR will work with the Office of the Attorney General to develop and implement investigation and prosecution protocols, expand victim services in rural areas and train members of law enforcement and other organizations about to interact more productively with victims. Marchiafava, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from LSU in 2006, says that creating programs that change the way people think about sexual assault requires patience, thought and an understanding of social behavior—skills she acquired through the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. “I’m an unrepentant liberal arts major,” says Marchiafava. “Every day, I put to use analytical, problem solving and writing skills that are a direct result of what I studied.”


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n his 35 years as a professor at LSU, the late Dr. Burl Noggle achieved an impressive body of accomplishments. He became one of the nation’s leading experts on American history of the 1920s and 1930s; published four books—Teapot Dome: Oil and Politics in the 1920s, Into the Twenties: From Armistice to Normalcy, Working with History, and The Fleming Lectures, 1937-1990—and directed and inspired more than 75 master’s and doctoral students, as well as countless undergraduates. “To know Dr. Burl Noggle was to be in the company of someone who treasured words, phrases and books as pearls of wisdom,” shared former student Dr. Roselyn Boneno. “His passion for collecting passages, ideas and knowledge was infectious, often challenging students to think deeper with a mere glance over those precariously perched glasses.” He taught large sections of U.S. history surveys, specialized courses to advanced undergraduates and narrowly tailored seminars for honor students. “In every case, he engaged his trademark intellectual curiosity and enlivened the classroom, even, on occasion, bursting into song,” his obituary read. “He challenged students to think, but he also never stopped thinking himself, redesigning his courses from one year to the next, adding new interpretations, new methods and new ideas.” His former students revered him, and many collaborated in early 2014 to establish the Burl L. Noggle Award for Graduate Research. Fully endowed with more than $20,000 in contributions, the memorial award will be used to support travel to historical archives or to purchase

needed printed sources. Noggle’s students, colleagues and family chose to honor him in this way because he was ardently supportive of graduate students, their research and their success. “I can think of no better place to give than to the fund in Dr. Noggle’s memory that will provide graduate students in history funds to conduct their research,” shared Dr. Janice Williams Rutherford, another former student of Noggle’s. Boneno made the first contribution to the fund, and donations began pouring in. One former student anonymously offered to match the first $3,000 in gifts. On the anniversary of his death in November, Noggle’s widow, Kathleen Randall, mailed in a gift, quoting Professor Victor Stater: “The award is a most fitting way to honor Burl’s memory. His care for his graduate students was legendary. Now, with this award … that care will continue in perpetuity.” “For those of us who had the good fortune of working under Dr. Noggle’s careful eye, it was a blessing,” Boneno said. “For those who come later, it is our hope his influence will prevail through this award.”



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The Normandy Academy students at Chateau de Bernaville, the former German headquarters for the defense of the Utah Beach area.

PARLEZ-VOUS? LSU French majors play key role in the National WWII Museum’s Normandy Academy BY MAGGIE HEYN RICHARDSON


olette Marin-Catherine was a French teenager when the Nazis occupied her home country during World War II. A plucky young participant in the French Resistance, Marin-Catherine became an accomplished wartime nurse and underground activist in Normandy, later becoming a respected repository of the period’s social history. Today, the author and public speaker has told her story countless times to the steady crowds who visit the monuments, beaches, farmhouses and museums of the Normandy region.


But last spring, when Marin-Catherine addressed a group of American high school students, her words were translated not by her regular bilingual tour guide, but by LSU French majors, Erin Fell and Alexis Herrington. The two were part of a pilot program established between the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. “This gives students an incredible opportunity to explore using their foreign language skills,” says program founder Kevin Bongiorni, Ubaye Valley professor of French studies and associate professor of French and Italian.

Bongiorni, who also runs the LSU in Paris program, had been eager to find new ways to connect LSU students with volunteer opportunities in Normandy. He reached out to the National World War II Museum and began working with its director of educational travel, Nathan Huegen. The two began discussing a museum-university partnership in which LSU French majors could serve as volunteer translators for the museum’s Normandy Academy, an annual study abroad program for 35 high school students from around the country. Students prepare for about two months, meet in New Orleans and then fly to Normandy for 12 days of touring and intensive study.


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While the students have strong history skills, they don’t always have French language skills or an awareness of French culture. Huegen and Bongiorni believed that LSU students could play an important role in unearthing key points and in connecting the Normandy Academy students to France’s cultural landscape. “This was something I will never forget,” says senior French major Erin Fell. “I came back home completely inspired by the experience.” Prior to the trip, Fell and Harrington met with Huegen about the roles they could play as volunteers. The most important was to translate sessions delivered by nonEnglish speakers, including the renowned Marin-Catherine as well as Charles de Vallavielle, the owner of Brecourt Manor, site of a major battle between U.S. paratroopers and German soldiers that took place on June 6, 1944. “It was an awesome responsibility, and really kind of scary,” says LSU junior French major, Harrington. “Their stories were so incredible, and we were in charge of sharing details with the students. It was an honor.” Marin-Catherine spoke of harrowing days filled with fear and perseverance. She helped Frenchmen hide from German soldiers, and she memorialized her fallen countrymen by placing garlands on their graves, memorials that were removed by the Germans—then replaced again by Marin-Catherine under cover of darkness. Huegen says that having the LSU student translate for her enhanced MarinCatherine’s experience.

Erin Fell translating for Charles de Vallavielle, current owner of Brecourt Manor where a fierce battle between U.S. paratroopers and German soldiers defending a gun battery took place on June 6, 1944.

Erin Fell translating for Colette Marin-Catherine, a veteran of the French Resistance.

“When she saw that Erin and Alexis were going to be translating for her, she felt that she was talking to students and not to a translator,” says Huegen. Fell and Harrington also helped ensure the Normandy Academy participants were fully engaged in their surroundings. The two women had both participated in LSU’s Ubaye Valley program, an intense study abroad program in the French Alps, and were experienced in foreign travel. They developed a culinary bingo game in which the high schoolers had to sample a variety of French foods, from croissants and éclairs, to escargot and frog legs.

“We really wanted to encourage the students to try new things and step outside of their comfort zones,” says Fell. The two also emceed bus rides through Normandy as the Academy students visited battlefields, beaches, chateaus, farms and other important sites. Huegen and Bongiorni both say the pilot was a success. They want to continue to expand it. “The impact is immeasurable,” says Bongiorni. “It’s another important avenue for our students to put their skills and knowledge to work in the real world.”


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DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH Instructor Nolde Alexius was the recipient of the first-ever Tiger Athletic Foundation Outstanding Instructor Award. She has created an LSU Literary Campus Tour, which has been given to creative writing and literature undergraduate students, visiting prospective LSU students and alumni. Michael Bibler, associate professor, delivered a talk in September 2015 entitled Tin Roof Rusted: The Silliness and Ecstasy of The B-52’s at the week-long music event Sarahfest at the University of Mississippi, sponsored by the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Professor James Catano’s documentary, An Enduring Legacy: Louisiana’s CroatianAmericans, premiered August 4, during Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s (LPB) Katrina Week special. Broadcast statewide and via national and international streaming, the program aired selectively through December 31, 2015. Associate professor Carolyn Ware was associate producer on the project, which was scored and edited by Dustin Zemel, EDA graduate assistant in English, along with Assistant Editor Rebecca Matthews, Chancellor’s


Research Assistant, LSU. Currently, LPB is creating a permanent website dedicated to the documentary. It will contain also contain new materials developed specifically to augment the site. Brannon Costello, associate professor, published Conversations with Michael Chabon (UP of Mississippi) in spring 2015. Carl Freedman, Russell B. Long Professor, published Art and Idea in the Novels of China Miéville (Canterbury, UK: Gylphi Press, 2015). Associate professor Zack Godshall’s short documentary film The Boatman premiered on in August 2015. Godshall made the film for Time Inc. as part of their series New Orleans Here and Now, a six-part series about the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The Boatman, along with the other films in the series, played at the Prytania Theatre as part of New Orleans Film Festival on October 22, 2015.

Benjy Kahan won a Visiting Fellowship at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (2014-2015). The centre is one of the premier research and policy centers in the world, hosting such luminaries as Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton (2012), Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman (2011), author of Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam (2011), and numerous other ambassadors, journalists, business leaders and scholars. Professor Laura Mullen’s 8th book, Complicated Grief, was published in November 2015.

In August 2015, the Sundance Institute released Zack Godshall’s 2007 Hurricane Katrina-themed film Low and Behold. The film is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Vudu.

Associate Professor Pallavi Rastogi coproduced the film Peace Haven in 2015. The movie premiered successfully at the Busan International Film Festival, one of Asia’s largest film festivals, in October 2015. Peace Haven is also an official selection in the India Story section of the Jio Mami Mumbai Film Festival (17th Mumbai International Film Festival). The Mumbai Film Festival is one of India’s most prestigious film festivals. The film stars Soumitra Chatterjee, the legendary Bengali actor who is most notable for his roles in the films of Satyajit Ray.

Katie Henninger, associate professor, participated on the Harper Lee Go Set a Watchman panel on Huffington Post Live.

Malcolm Richardson, associate dean and Taylor Professor, was elected international vice-president and president-elect for the


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International Society of the History of Rhetoric at the society’s conference in July in Tübingen, Germany. He will host the biennial conference in New Orleans in 2019. Instructor Trey Strecker edited Understanding Baseball, a multidisciplinary sport studies textbook, for McFarland and Company Publishers. Instructor Randolph Thomas’ collection of short stories, Dispensations (New Rivers Press, 2014), won a bronze medal in the national category for short fiction from the Independent Publishers Awards (IPPY) and was a finalist for Forward Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year. His collection of poems, The Deepest Rooms, won the Gerald Cable Award for Poetry and was published in August 2015 by Silverfish Review Press. He is a featured reader at the 2015 Eudora Welty Symposium and the 2015 Louisiana Book Festival. Sharon Aronofsky Weltman, William E. “Bud” Davis Alumni Professor, presented a lecture series in conjunction with the Eugene Opera’s March 2015 production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Her three lectures were Victorians on Broadway: Dickens, Melodrama, & Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at the Eugene Public Library, How Fleet Street came to Broadway at Lane Community College, and Abolition, Adaptation, and Canine Superstars in Sweeney Todd at the University of Oregon’s Knight Library. Professor Weltman has also won an SEC Faculty Travel Grant for collaboration with colleagues at the University of Mississippi in December.

DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY & ANTHROPOLOGY Juliet Brophy, assistant professor, was part of a team of researchers who recently named the new early human ancestor, Homo naledi. This discovery, found in the Rising Star cave in South Africa, is causing scientists to re-examine their knowledge of early humans. Heather McKillop was named as the Thomas & Lillian Landrum Alumni Professor in fall 2015.

DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY & RELIGIOUS STUDIES Paula Arai, associate professor of religious studies, delivered a lecture, Painting Enlightenment: The Art & Science of the Heart Sutra, at the University of Southern California in October 2015. This talk drew from the book that she is currently working on about a Buddhist scientist/artist.

environmental changes in coastal Louisiana. Sponsors included the National Endowment for the Arts, the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, and the Lafourche Parish Public Library System. Pasquier also delivered the MergenPalmer Distinguished Lecture in American Studies at George Washington University in October 2015. His lecture, Engineering the Sacred: Religion and Landscape in the Mississippi River Delta, highlights his ongoing work on the history of religion in the Mississippi Valley. Charles Pence, assistant professor of philosophy, with co-author Grant Ramsey, published the article A New Foundation for the Propensity Interpretation of Fitness, which was the most read article for the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science for July 2014. Pence is Co-PI for an $188,043 NSF grant in partnership with the University of Notre Dame, which is funded through summer 2016. He delivered a lecture on the role of the concept of fitness in evolutionary theory in the Mississippi State University Philosophy Department Visiting Speaker Series in November 2015.

CHARLES BIGGER, former professor of philosophy, passed away at his home on February 15, 2015, at the age of 91. He was a professor at LSU from 1964 until his retirement in 1995, serving as chair of the philosophy department for 16 years. Donations in his honor to the Bigger Lecture Support Fund may be sent to

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES & LITERATURES Paolo Chirumbolo, associate professor of Italian, delivered a guest lecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in November 2015. The title of his talk was, Work and Post-Work in Contemporary Italian Documentary Filmmaking: Politics, Aesthetics and Ideology. Gundela Hachmann, assistant professor of German, had her monograph, Zeit und Technoimagination: Eine neue Einbildungskraft in der Literatur des 21. Jahrhunderts, published by Königshausen & Neumann in December 2015. Mark Wagner, associate professor of Italian, had his monograph, Jews and Islamic Law in Early 20th Century Yemen, published in 2015 by Indiana University Press.

the LSU Foundation or to the chair of the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies.

Stephen C. Finley, associate professor of religious studies, recently published his co-edited book, Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: “There Is a Mystery” (Brill, 2015). The book inaugurates a new academic enterprise called Africana Esoteric Studies.

François Raffoul, Professor of Philosophy, with co-translator David Pettigrew, recently published a translation of Dominique Janicaud’s Heidegger in France, an impressive account of the reception of Heidegger’s thought in France from 1930-2000.

Michael Pasquier, associate professor of religious studies and history, curated the traveling exhibit On Land/With Water: Tracking Change in a Coastal Community for audiences in five Louisiana parishes during 2014 and 2015. The exhibit documented the cultural impact of


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