Andrea Kitta is a folklorist with a specialty in medicine, belief, and the supernatural. She is also interested in Internet folklore, narrative, and contemporary (urban) legend. Her current research includes: vaccines, pandemic illness, contagion and contamination, stigmatized diseases, disability, health information on the Internet and doctor/patient communication. She is co-editor for the journal Contemporary Legend, a scholarly journal published annually by the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research.
Dr. Kitta is the recipient of the Bertie E. Fearing Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010-2011), and her monograph, Vaccinations and Public Concern in History: Legend, Rumor, and Risk Perception, won the Brian McConnell Book Award in 2012. She also participated in the 2012 US-China Exchange Program between the American Folklore Society and the China Folklore Society. Her research on vaccines won the Bernard Duval Prize at the Canadian Immunization Conference and she received the Graduate Student Union's Award for Teaching Excellence for 2008.
She is currently working on The Kiss of Death: Contamination, Contagion, and Folklore (Utah State University Press). More Information...**information from http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/engl/kitta.cfm
Dorothea Lasky is the author of Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, all out from Wave Books. She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Press, 2010), The Blue Teratorn (YesYes Books, 2012), and Matter: A Picturebook (Argos Books, 2012). Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and Boston Review, among other places. She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney's, 2013) and is a 2013 Bagley Wright Lecturer on Poetry. She holds a doctorate in creativity and education from the University of Pennsylvania and has been educated at Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Washington University.**information from http://arts.columbia.edu/writing/faculty/dorothea-lasky
I’m a mixed-blood of Indiana Miami, Eastern Shawnee, and Euroamerican ancestry. I grew up on a small farm in Northcentral Indiana just outside of Swayzee, surrounded by family & history. Every part of who I am still lives in that cornfield -- every part of who I can become lives with my ancestors, my relatives, and the family & students who will continue after I’m gone.
I’m currently the Chair of the Conference on College Composition & Communication -- no small task. I spent 5 years as Director of the Rhetoric & Writing graduate program at MSU, 7 years as editor of SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures and 2 years as Associate National Director of the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers. Because of those experiences, I’m deeply interested in the intellectual affordances of administrative work and in creating more ethical approaches to graduate education.
My current scholarly work focuses on American Indian material rhetorics and the degree to which these “everyday” arts are related to written rhetorical traditions. I’m working on a book manuscript, Rhetorical Powwows, that examines this continuum of indigenous rhetorical production, and on a critical memoir, The X-Blood Files, that explores my own experiences of the constellation of space, history, family & identity in Indiana (land of the Indians). I also supervise the Cultural Rhetorics Theory Lab -- a humanities research collective.
In my spare time, I serve on the Advisory Board of the National Center for Great Lakes Native American Cultures, Inc. (Portland, IN), hang out with crazy Native women artists & poets, do beadwork & quillwork, and write romance novels.
My main goal as a scholar, teacher, mentor, and colleague is to change the way that knowledge by, about, and for American Indians is produced, distributed, taught, and received. While my attempts in this arena are firmly centered in the discipline of Rhetoric Studies, especially theories & histories of rhetoric, my commitments to American Indian Studies, to Native communities (local, national, tribal, intertribal), and to indigenous students are at the heart of everything I do.
All of my current scholarly work is somehow related to my long-term research project – Rhetorical Powwows -- that focuses on articulating an American Indian rhetorical continuum, and on how Native writers, intellectuals, activists and artists have negotiated the complicated pressures of colonization while continuing to carry our cultural traditions forward for the survival of all our relations.
Recently, I began working as a member of the Cultural Rhetorics Theory Lab -- a collective space in which we make theory through the practice of cultural rhetorics. Our goal? To expand notions of “rhetoric” and “culture” in order to decolonize Rhet/Comp’s disciplinary narratives about ourselves and our work.**information from https://www.msu.edu/~powell37/Welcome.html
2004—Organizer: Brian Gempp (Dr. Amy Elias and Dr. Allen Dunn, faculty advisors)
Keynote Speakers: Tony Conrad, SUNY Buffalo; Daniel O’Hara, Temple University
2006—Organizers: Elaine Childs, Misty Krueger (Dr. Amy Elias, faculty advisor)
Theme: Religion and Nation
Keynote Speakers: John D. Caputo, Syracuse University; Diane Glancy, Macalester College
Link: NEXUS 2006
2008—Organizers: Matt Raese, Teresa Saxton (Dr. Amy Elias, faculty advisor)
Theme: Collected and Collective Identities
Keynote Speakers: Brent Hayes Edwards, Columbia University; Shelley Jackson
Link: NEXUS 2008
2010—Organizers: Teresa Lopez, Dennis McGlothin (Dr. Jane Bellamy, faculty advisor)
Theme: Trauma and Testimony: New Perspectives
Keynote Speakers: Cathy Caruth, Emory University; Julia Levine
Link: NEXUS 2010
2012—Organizers: Katie Burnett, Bushra Malaibari, Dennis McGlothin
Theme: Voice and Voicing in a Technological Era
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Adam J. Banks, University of Kentucky; Dr. Barclay Barrios, Florida Atlantic University; Dr. Nancy Paterson, OCAD University
Link: NEXUS 2012
2014—Organizers: Jacqueline Kerr, Stephanie Metz, Matt Smith
Theme: Greenways: The Interconnected Pathways of Communication and the Environment
Keynote Speakers: Sandra Alcosser; Dr. Mark Pedelty, University of Minnesota; Dr. Jennifer Peeples, Utah State University
Link: NEXUS 2014