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Robert A. Russ

5 Pickwick Place

Greensboro, North Carolina  27407

(336) 854-0743

e-mail: homertonight@hotmail.com

web site: http://members.tripod.com/RussR/index.html

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

1990                Ph.D., English, Georgia State University           

                        Dissertation: “The Dialogics of Claude McKay.”

 

1981                M.A., English, Georgia State University

                        Thesis: “Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion: Three Philosophies.”

 

1979                B.A., English, University of Alaska, Anchorage

                        Minor: Philosophy

 

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

 

2002-               Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

 

1990-2002       Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina

 

1985-1990       State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia

 

 

COURSES TAUGHT

 

Developmental English                                                              Milton             

Freshman Composition I & II                                                               Drama

Advanced Composition                                                                        College Writing

World Literature I & II                                                             Creative Writing

Liberal Studies Seminar                                                                        Literary Criticism

Interpretations of Literature                                                                   The English Novel

African-American Literature I                                                   Romantic Literature

Introduction to Philosophy I & II                                                           Philosophical Issues I

Restoration and 18th Century Literature                                     Philosophy of Religion

Topics in Philosophy and Literature: Plato                                             Literature and Theology

Topics in Philosophy and Literature: Utopia/Dystopia                American Literature I & II


ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE, STUDY AND HONORS

 

1990-2004       Incorporated technology into humanities classes: used computer-based writing

                        and revision in composition courses, used web-page writing assignments, and

                        created on-line course web sites using Blackboard, utilized PowerPoint

                        presentations in teaching literature, conferred with students and gave feedback

                        through email.

 

1996                Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for

                        College Teachers: “The Bible as Literature: Theory and Practice.”  Yale

                        University.  Directed by Leslie Brisman.

 

1996                Listed in the fourth edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

 

1995-96           Part-Time Study, Biblical Greek

                        Hood Theological Seminary

 

1994-95           Special Status, Graduate Work in Philosophy

                        University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

1993                Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for

                        College Teachers: “Knowledge, Teaching, and Wisdom.”  University of

                        California, Berkeley.  Directed by Keith Lehrer and Nick Smith.

 

1992-93           Special Status, Graduate Work in Philosophy

                        University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Afrocentrism.”  Affirmative Action: An Encyclopedia.  Ed. James A. Beckman.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004.  33-36

 

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”  Affirmative Action: An Encyclopedia.  Ed. James A. Beckman.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004.  478-85.

 

“Reverse Discrimination.”  Affirmative Action: An Encyclopedia.  Ed. James A. Beckman.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004.  756-65.

 

“Angelina Grimké.”  Writers of the American Renaissance: An A-to-Z Guide.  Ed. Denise D. Knight.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.  151-55.

 

“Sarah Grimké.”    Writers of the American Renaissance: An A-to-Z Guide.  Ed. Denise D. Knight.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.  161-64.

 

Co-Editor (with Victor A. Kramer).  The Harlem Renaissance Re-Examined: A Revised and Expanded Edition.  Troy, NY: Whitston, 1997.

 

“‘There’s No Place Like Home’: The Carnival of Black Life in Claude McKay’s Home to Harlem.”  In The Harlem Renaissance Re-Examined.  355-73.

 

“A Chronology of the Harlem Renaissance.”  In The Harlem Renaissance Re-Examined.  25-42.

 

“The Harlem Renaissance: A Selected Bibliography.”  In The Harlem Renaissance Re-Examined.  383-98.

 

Two Poems: “Blaze” and “Dating Wars.”  The Bears’ Tale, 1991-1992: 7.

 

“That’s All.”  A poem.  The Bears’ Tale, 1990-1991: 11.

 

“Jim Carroll.”  Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Catholic American Writing.  Ed. Daniel J. Tynan.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1989.  39-40. 

 

“Claude McKay.”  Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Catholic American Writing.  Ed. Daniel J. Tynan.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1989.  191-94.

 

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

“Not (just) Another Lawyer Joke: Lawyers, Children and a (silent) Clue in To Kill a Mockingbird.  International Conference on Silence and Laughter in Literature and the Visual Arts.  Atlanta, 25 Oct. 2003. 

 

Passport Reflections: Speaking on Multicultural Flavors in Dance.”  Panel proposer and discussion moderator.  National Dance Education Organization conference on Culture, Language and Dance.”  Albuquerque, NM, 18 Oct. 2003.

 

"Dance and Spirituality."  Co-chair.  A video and discussion session.  Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.  Honolulu, 13 Jan. 2003.

 

“Skewed English—Brazilian Style.”  International Conference on Chaos and Order in Literature and the Visual Arts.  Atlanta, 8 Nov. 2002.  Also organized and chaired the conference panel in which this paper was presented: “Ordem e Progresso: Dis/Order in Brazil.” 

 

“A License to Kill—But Not to Be Politically Incorrect: James Bond, Simone de Beauvoir, and Vampires.”  Fourth Annual Blue Ridge International Conference on the Humanities and the Arts.  Appalachian State University, 20 Apr. 2002.

 

“‘Not by Bread Alone’: The Bliss of Spiritual Food in Film and Dance.”  International Conference on Madness and Bliss in Literature, Visual Arts, and Cinema.  Atlanta, 5 Nov. 2000.

 

“Fighting the Good Fight, Running the Good Race, Dancing the Good Dance: Tightrope as a Dance According to St. Paul.”  Presented at the international conference Dancing in the Millennium. Washington, D.C.  19-23 July 2000. Printed in the conference proceedings.  An earlier version of this paper was presented at Confluences 2: “Articulating the Unspoken.” University of Cape Town.  15 July 1999.  Printed in the conference proceedings.

 

The Matrix and ‘the Cave.’”  International Conference on Utopia and Dystopia in Literature, Visual Arts, and Cinema.  Atlanta, 7 Nov. 1999.

 

“War and the ‘Feverish City’ in the Republic, II.”  First Annual Blue Ridge International Conference on the Humanities and the Arts.  Appalachian State University, 9 Apr. 1999.

 

“John Woolman, Quakers, Slavery, and the Concept of Natural Rights in the Eighteenth Century.”  Sixth Annual Meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies.  Newport, RI, 19-22 Nov. 1998.

 

“Moses’ Cushite Wife: Meaning, Reference, and Identity.”  Third Annual World Literature Conference.  Appalachian State University, 25 Apr. 1998.

 

“Kierkegaard’s Finger.”  International Conference on The Sacred and the Profane in Literature,

            Philosophy and the Visual Arts.  Atlanta, 21 Oct. 1995.

 

“Three Ethical Problemata in Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling.”  Intermountain Philosophy Conference.  Appalachian State University, 7 Oct. 1995.

 

“A Voice Crying in the Wilderness: Finding Our Way In the Country of Last Things.”   International Conference on The World and Word of Discovery in Literature, Philosophy, and the Visual Arts.  Atlanta, 18 Oct. 1992.

 

“Educating Bita: Cultural ‘Fraud’ Vs. Cultural ‘Nourishment’ in Claude McKay’s Banana

            Bottom.”   Florida State Conference on Literature and Film.  Tallahassee, 26 Jan. 1989.

 

“Sometimes a Great Novel: Ken Kesey, Mark Twain, and the Stoic Outsider.”  International Conference on The Outsider in Literature, Philosophy and the Visual Arts.  Atlanta, 28 Oct. 1988.

 

“Claude McKay and the Evil of Racism.”  International Conference on Expressions of Evil in Literature and the Visual Arts.  Atlanta, 6 Nov. 1987.

 

 

PERFORMANCES

 

“Homer Tonight!--The Anger of Achilles.”  Multi-media performance/recitation of Book I of the Iliad.  Performances available for professional conferences, colleges, high schools, bookstores, coffee houses, Greek festivals, cultural festivals, etc.  Performance history/information also available on request.

 

“Homer Tonight!--The Death of Hektor.”  A second “Homer” show, based on Book XXII of the Iliad.

 

 

WORKS IN PROGRESS

 

Six entries (on Richard Allen, Jonathan Edwards, Olaudah Equiano, William Warburton, Phyllis Wheatley, and John Woolman) submitted for Enlightenment and Revolution, 1690-1815: An Interdisciplinary Biographical Dictionary.  Ed. Kevin E. Dodson.  To be published by Greenwood Press. 

 

“Homer Tonight!--The Ransoming of Hektor’s Body.”  A third “Homer” show, based on Book XXIV of the Iliad.  Under development.

 

"The Pirate: Or, I.X. Harrelson and the Southern Academy."  A novel in progress, co-authored with Blaize A. Stewart.

 

 

MEMBERSHIPS

 

Dance Critics Association

Modern Language Association

 

 

MILITARY SERVICE

 

1972-1980       United States Army.  Personnel Records Specialist in charge of military personnel records for enlisted men and officers.  Service at Ft. Benning, Georgia; Ft. Richardson, Alaska; Ft. McPherson, Georgia.  Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant.  Highest Position: Personnel Senior Sergeant.


 

 

REFERENCES

 

 

Dr. Victor A. Kramer                                                   Dr. Roshan L. Attrey

Director, Aquinas Center                                              Chair, Department of English

Emory University                                                          Livingstone College

Atlanta, GA  30322                                                      Salisbury, NC  28144

(404) 727-8861                                                           (704) 216-6055

(404) 378-4881 (home)                                               (704) 948-7664 (home)

                                                                                    rattrey@aol.com                      

 

 

Dr. Robert Williams                                                      Dr. Jonathan Reynolds

Department of Political Science                         Department of History and Geography

Bennett College                                                            Northern Kentucky University

Greensboro, NC  27401                                              Nunn Drive

(336) 273-4431                                                           Highland Heights, KY  41099

obibob@hotmail.com                                                   (859) 572-5279

                                                                                    sagiru@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Dr. Mike Beggs                                                            Kathy Coe

Department of Religion and Philosophy             Pastoral Minister

Newberry College                                                        Jamestown Friends Meeting

Newberry, SC  29108                                                  509 Guilford Road

(803) 321-5198                                                           Jamestown, NC  27282

(803) 276-8919 (home)                                               (336) 454-3813

sallymike@earthlink.net