Student Spotlight: Shane Fliger

UA graduate student, Shane Fliger, has published his essay in a collection dealing with pop culture and philosophy. 

Halo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved, edited by Luke Cuddy, was published by Open Court. His chapter, entitled “Sandbox Confrontations,” deals with war theory in the game world of the Halo series. Specifically, it examines the portrayal of war through the two human protagonists and how each distinct experience pushes the player to struggle with issues such as Just War Theory and concepts like total war, absolute war, and the role of morality in armed conflict. A highlight of the Pop Culture and Philosophy series is the avoidance of overly academic prose and a down-to-earth approach to otherwise complex theory.

He and Lindsey Render, also Literature-track student, had a special sessions proposal, “Into the Digital: Video Games and English Studies,” accepted by the Midwest Modern Language Association for its 53rd Annual Convention themed “Play…No, Seriously.” Both Shane and Lindsey also participated in a panel entitled "Games: The Next Popular Art Form?"at the Akron Film & Pixel festival.

Graduate Student and Alumni Achievements 2010-2011

Publications & Presentations

    • Bengston, Kat. "Selective Reporting: How Media Coverage is Influenced by Gender, Race and Socioeconomic Status."  2011 Women's Study Conference: Gender & Violence Conference, Dickinson College.  March, 2011.
    • Berens, Robert. Paper Presentation: "Updating Your Status: Collaboration and Competition Through Social Networking."  More Than Words Can Say: 2011 Conference on Multimodal Composition, Wright State University, April 2011.
    • Blosco, Christina. Paper Presentation:  "Composing Places to Stand: Personal Narrative, Ethical Responsibility, and the Traumatized Student-Self." Miami University English Graduate and Adjunct Association Symposium, March 2011.
    • Blosco, Christina. Creative Nonfiction Reading: "Memoirs of a Storyteller." Miami University English Graduate and Adjunct Association Symposium, March 2011.
    • Blosco, Christina. Paper Presentation:  "Trading Spaces: Understanding Where Our Students Come From and Meeting Them Where They Are." University of Cincinnati English Graduate Organization Conference: Composing Spaces.  May 2011.
    • Carlin, Eric. Publication:  Union Down.  Mankato, MN: Rocksaw Press, 2011.
    • Carlin, Eric. Publication:  Review of Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems (1985-2005). Working-Class Notes. Spring 2011.  http://wcstudies.org/newsletter/?page_id=537
    • Carlin, Eric. Presentation: “Reading from Union Down.”  Working Class Studies Association Conference: How Class Works.  Stony Brook, June 2011.
    • Cebula, Sharon. Publication: "Retrofitted." Akron Life, Nov. 2011.
    • Chaloupka, Evan. Paper Presentation: “‘Never Hit Me’: Appearance and Correspondence in The Madhouse of Palermo.”  The Pennsylvania College English Association, March 2011.
    • Ehret, Sara. "Hidden Prejudices in Flannery O'Connor's 'Everything That Rises Must Converge.'" Conference on Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research, Akron.  April 2011.
    • Floyd, Kristina. Paper Presentation:  “Sealing the Cracks: Building Relationships with the Individual via Dialogue Journals in an ESL Classroom.”  More Than Words Can Say: 2011 Conference on Multimodal Composition, Wright State University April, 2011.
    • Fontaine-Weisse, Marllia.  Paper Presentation:  "The Dark Lady and Her Black Mask: Shaping Perceptions of Beauty in Sonnet 127 and the Masque of Blackness" "  Conference on Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research, Akron.  April 2011.
    • Fliger, Shane M. Book Chapter:  "Sandbox Confrontations." Halo & Philosophy. Chicago: Open Court. In Press.
    • Fliger, Shane M. and Render, Lindsay. Paper Presentation: "Teenagers, Text Messaging, and Implications for the Composition Classroom: A Survey." More Than Words Can Say: 2011 Conference on Multimodal Composition, Wright State University, April, 2011.
    • Henney, Pamela. Paper Presentation: “Ecstasy of Grace.”  Startling Figures: A Celebration of the Legacy of Flannery O’Connor, Georgia College & State University. April 2011.
    • Henry, Sharon. Paper Presentation: "(Mis)Fortune and Fame: Racial and Gender Passing in Hurst’s Imitation of Life."  College English Association 2011 Annual Conference - St. Petersburg, Florida.  March 2011
    • Henry, Sharon. Invited Presentations: "Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried." The Ohio State University, Mansfield, Ohio: March 2011
    • Keiper, Sara. Paper Presentation:  "Tempering Masculinity: Psychological Evolution in Sir Orfeo."  Conference on Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research, Akron.  April 2011.
    • Krutel, Michael. Poem on http://napomocento.blogspot.com/2011/04/mike-krutel-voyeur-explorer.html
    • Lee, Joel. "And This is Where I Pick Up the Machine Gun." Anti-Poetry journal.
    • Markham, Leon. Paper Presentation: Conference on Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research, Akron.  April 2011.
    • Milo, Terra. Paper Presentation:  "Changing Punishments to Match Priorities: The Stationers’ Company Turns Violators into Informers to Serve the Tudor Monarchy." Newberry Library Graduate Student Conference, Chicago. January 2011.
    • Morris, Eric (MFA). "Conspiracy Theorems." Anti-Poetry journal.
    • Goroff, Michael. "Super-Size Me," a short story based on the film, was in Titular Journal.
    • Goroff, Michael. Review of Us by Michael Kimball http://www.barnowlreview.com/reviews/kimball.html
    • Goroff, Michael. Review of How They Were Found http://www.barnowlreview.com/reviews/Bell.html
    • Goroff, Michael.  "The Importance of Crunchiness in Stories" http://uakronpress.wordpress.com/
    • Stein, Mary (MA). review of Writing Without Formulas, by Dr. William H. Thelin that was published in "Teaching English in the Two-Year College," Vol. 38, Num 3.
    • Sturm, Nick. Review http://www.h-ngm-n.com/h_ngm_n12/nick-sturm-on-anthony-mccann.html
    • Sturm, Nick. Poems in Red Lightbulbs: http://redlightbulbs.net/nicksturm.html
    • Sturm, Nick. guest post on html giant: http://htmlgiant.com/reviews/jeremy-schmalls-jeremy-schmall-the-cult-of-comfort/
    • Sturm, Nick. Review of Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie: http://www.barnowlreview.com/reviews/harmon.html
    • Terry, Tobin (MFA). "Six Rounds on Midnight Shift." http://www.pemmicanpress.com/prose/tobin-terry-midnight-may-11.htm. Pemmican Press. (2011).

     Awards

    • Lee, Joel.  AWP Intro Journals Award in Creative Nonfiction
    • Sturm, Nick.  AWP Intro Journals Award in Poetry

    Conference Papers

    • Krutel, Michael. “Resolved to play the jacks . . . to abuse your betters”: Social Insults and the Failure of The Knight of the Burning Pestle." Newberry Library Graduate Student Conference, 2011.
    • Milo, Terra. "Changing Punishments to Match Priorities: The Stationers’ Company
      Turns Violators into Informers to Serve the Tudor Monarchy." Newberry Library Graduate Student Conference, 2011.