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The following are recent presentations and published papers by Point Park University faculty and students in the Department of Humanities and Human Sciences.

Channa Newman, Ph.D., professor of french and cultural studies and coordinator of modern languages for the humanities, attended the Prague Writers' Festival in the Czech Republic from April 16-20, 2011. While there, she interviewed Pulitzer Prize- winning author Junot Diaz, Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott and author Don Delillo. She also met with Norman Eisen, U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic.

Megan Ward, Ph.D., professor of English, presented her paper "High Fidelity for High Reason" in April 2011 at a panel she organized and chaired at the International Society for the Study of Narrative at Washington University.

J. Dwight Hines, assistant professor of global cultural studies, published his paper "The Post-Industrial Regime of Production/Consumption and the Rural Gentrification of the New West Archipelago" in the journal Antipode, April 2011.

Robert McInerney, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, and Brent Robbins, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, participated in two panel discussions at the Fourth Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology in Chicago from April 15-17, 2011.

The discussions focused on "Herman Hesse and Humanistic Psychology" and "Drugging our children: the dramatic rise in antipsychotic prescriptions to children." Point Park psychology students Meghan Higgins and Katie Over participated in the second panel discussion. Also at the conference, McInerney along with Point Park psychology students Danette Caruso, Meghan Higgins, Ellen Lohr, David Marsico and Veronika Panagiotou, presented a poster on "The Psychological Life of Being a Student."

In addition, Robbins recently published the following:

  • "Exploring the unholy alliance between big pharma and psychiatry" in the Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture, 1(4),32-49. Co-authors were Point Park University undergraduates Meghan Higgins, Maureen Fisher and Katie Over.
  • "A cultural-existential approach to therapy: Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of embodiment and its implications for practice" in Theory & Psychology, 21(3).
  • "Resiliency as a virtue" in K.M. Gow & M.J. Celinski (Eds.), Continuity versus Creative Response to Challenge. Nova Science Publishers, 2011.

Robert Ross, Ph.D., assistant professor of global cultural studies, was elected co-chair of the Middle East and North Africa Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers in April 2011 at its annual meeting in Seattle. Ross also co-presented the paper "Conserving Culture or Protecting People from Displacement? Gentrification and Architectural Heritage in Ras Beirut" in Amman, Jordan, in March 2011.