In the Spotlight: April 10, 2020

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  • Björn Krondorfer, director of the Martin-Springer Institute, presented several talks and workshops in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the opening of “Through the Eyes of Youth: Life and Death in the Bedzin Ghetto.” The exhibit was created by NAU student-faculty teams in 2013-14 and will be displayed in Durban and Cape Town.
  • Professor of English Donelle Ruwe and professor of music history James Leve edited and published, “Children, Childhood, and Musical Theater,” with Routledge. The book is a collection of papers written by scholars who examine how childhood musicals tap into adult nostalgia for childhood while appealing to the needs and consumer potential of the child. Ruwe and Leve also wrote articles in the book.
    • Ruwe’s article, “Ghetto Chic: Utopianism and the Authentic Child in The Me Nobody Knows (1970),” shows how the award-winning show—the first Broadway musical based on writings of inner-city children—both celebrates and exploits child writers and child performers.
    • Leve’s article, “Little Girls, Big Voices: Annie,” explores the rise of the girl diva, the use of chest voice and the careers of different actresses who played Annie.
  • Kyoungmee “Kate” Byun, assistant professor of interior design, received the 2020 Michael Brill Grant for Urban Communication, Design, and Human Behavior presented by the Environmental Design Research Association. Her project was titled, “Exploration of Human Perception towards Physical Settings of an Exhibition as Narrative Environment: A Study using Virtual Reality (VR).”
  • Frances Julia Riemer, professor of educational leadership, edited, “Front and Back Stage of Tourism Performance,” which Routledge published. The book examines the anthropology of tourism and how dream destinations are co-constructed by the tourist industry, state development policies and community negotiations, framed by modernity’s new global cultural economy.
  • Ana Varela-Lago, senior lecturer of history, published the article, “Translating Spain to the United States during the Cuban War of Independence: Mary J. Serrano and the Associated Cuban Press,” in the journal Hispania. The article examines the life and work of translator Mary J. Serrano, who made Spanish literature popular in the late 19th-century United States.