First Thursday Event


Each month during the academic year, the Smith Library Center and the Office of the Dean of Faculty host First Thursday gatherings that recognize and celebrate the professional achievements of faculty and staff colleagues across campus. 

At each event, several colleagues talk briefly about a recent professional achievement such as a book or article that has been published; a concert, a performance, or a juried exhibition in which they participated; or a grant they received.

The First Thursday receptions are held in the Periodicals Reading Room at 4pm, therefore access to portions of the periodicals collection will be limited during these times. This event is for SU faculty and staff only. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Alisa Gaunder, Professor of Political Science

Published a book titled “Japanese Politics and Government” with Routledge in March 2017. This book investigates Japanese politics in the postwar era from theoretical and comparative perspectives offering an in-depth exploration of postwar political institutions, political reform in the 1990s, the policymaking process, and the politics of economic growth and stagnation. It also draws attention to key policy issues including women and work, immigration, Japanese aging/low fertility society, security and trade.

Kathleen Juhl, Professor of Theatre

Co-edited book (with Cathy Madden), Galvanizing Performance: The Alexander Technique as a Catalyst for Excellence, was published on August 21, 2017. The Alexander Technique is practiced widely by performing artists. It encourages artists to make the choice to perform with ease and confidence. This book is the first of its kind because it focuses specifically on the ways performing artists and their teachers engage the Alexander Technique as they rehearse and perform. The book represents the first time Alexander Technique teachers have formally opened the doors to their teaching studios and classrooms to reveal specific pedagogies for working with the technique and performance.

Laura Hobgood, Professor of Religion

Published a chapter titled “Animals” in The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying, ed. Christopher Moreman. Routledge, 2017.

Valerie Renegar, Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Published a new article in Women’s Studies in Communication titled “‘Abusive Furniture:’ Visual Metonymy and the Hungarian Stop Violence Against Women Campaign” about a provocative set of anti-domestic violence images and will be available in the winter issue of the journal.

Emily Sydnor, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Published the article “Platforms for Incivility: Examining Perceptions Across Different Media Formats,” in the journal Political Communication. The article demonstrates that our identification of language as civil or uncivil depends on the medium used to convey a political message and is available here.