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Faculty Scholarship Showcase 2020

On February 25, 2020, about 40 students, faculty, and staff gathered for a showcase of six faculty members' sabbaticals or publications:

Brent Smith, associate professor of religious studies and assistant chair of integrative, religious, and intercultural studies (IRIS), wrote a book, Religious Studies and the Goal of Interdisciplinarity, published by Routledge.

Deana Wiebel, professor of religious studies and anthropology, spent a 2019 sabbatical conducting a multi-sited ethnography on the manifestation of religion among NASA Human Research scientists, technicians, astronauts, flight surgeons, engineers, and pilots. Her ethnographic research into space exploration reveals that religion is a fundamental part of human culture.

Joel Wendland-Liu, associate professor of integrative and intercultural studies, spent his sabbatical researching a project titled, "Racial Formation in West Michigan." Joel visited seven archival sites around the region as well as Madison and Ann Arbor. The aim of the project is to produce a two-part history of West Michigan covering the 19th century through the 21st century.

Peter Wampler, associate professor of geology and faculty-in-residence in honors, spent his sabbatical leading a study abroad trip Haiti, publishing research, traveling for speaking engagements, traveling to locations including Puerto Rico, Iceland, and Switzerland.

Tracy Flemming, associate professor of area and global studies, spent his sabbatical researching his project, "Travel and the Pan African Imagination," which included research in Ghana.

Kelly Parker, director of environmental and sustainability studies and professor of philosophy, co-edited a book, Pragmatist and American Philosophical Perspectives on Resilience, published by Lexington. Kelly also wrote the introduction and contributed a chapter to the book.

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