Chair and Professor of Africana Studies Dorothy Tsuruta presented the invited paper "The Social Significance of the African American Artist in Paris from 1849 to the Present" to the International Journal of Arts & Sciences' International Conference for Social Sciences and Humanities held in Paris on April 13. As part of the invitation, she was asked to chair a session that followed her presentation. Also, Tsuruta was presented with a certificate acknowledging the excellence of her paper.
"Passing Through," a film by Professor of Cinema Larry Clark, screened at the Courtisane Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium, on April 2, the Atlanta Film Festival on April 9 and the Tate Modern in London on April 18. Clark's "As Above, So Below" screened at the Courtisane Film Festival on April 3.
Assistant Professor of Cinema Cheryl Dunye's film "Black is Blue" won the best short film award at the Pink Apple Film Festival in Zurich in May. The film also played at the Charm City LGBTQA Film Festival in Baltimore on May 16. Upcoming screenings for "Black is Blue" include Inside Out Toronto on May 21, the TransOhio Symposium on May 29, Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival on June 4, TLVFest (Israel) on June 6 and TranScreen Transgender Film Festival (Amsterdam) on July 3.
Communication Studies Lecturer Ryan Lescure, Professor of Communication Studies Gust A. Yep and Teaching Assistant Jace Allen co-authored the article "Queering aging? Representations of Liberace's intimate life in 'HBO's Behind the Candelabra,'" which was recently published in Norma Jones and Bob Batchelor's edited volume, "Aging Heroes in Print, Television, and Film" (Rowman & Littlefield). The essay is a companion piece to Lescure and Yep's article "Queering aging: Dialectical analysis of mediated representations of sexuality," which was published in the Spring 2015 issue of Teaching Media Quarterly (Volume 3).
Consumer & Family Studies
Assistant Professor of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Kelly Reddy-Best wrote the article "Queer Women's shopping experiences," published in the "OnlineFirst" section in the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal. It will also appear in the next print edition of the journal.
Professor of Health Education Erik Peper co-authored the article "When not saying NO does not mean yes: Psychophysiological factors involved in date rape," which was published in the spring 2015 edition of the journal Biofeedback. Peper collaborated with Stephen Porges, professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Professor Emeritus of Marketing Bill Perttula taught a one-week class on Internet marketing to students at the Romanian American University in Bucharest, Romania, May 4-8.
Recreation, Parks and Tourism
Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Patrick Tierney made an invited presentation before the California Coastal Commission on Dec. 10 at the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey. The presentation, titled "Retention of Low-Cost Visitor Housing in the Coastal Zone," explored the decline in and need to retain low-cost visitor housing serving tourists visiting the state coastline. Tierney warned that if action is not taken soon, many lower-cost lodging options along the coast for visitors will be lost by conversion of properties to luxury accommodations. Assembly Member Anthony Rendon, San Diego, used the information from the presentation and further communications with Tierney to craft and submit Assembly Bill (AB) 694 on April 29. AB 694, "California Coastal Commission: fees: low-cost accommodation," is currently being considered in the California Assembly.