Faculty in the news

Dr. Angela Boswell, professor of history, has published an essay, entitled “The Double Burden: A Historical Perspective on Gender and Race Consciousness in the Writings of Lillian B. Jones Horace,” in Recovering Five Generations Hence: The Life and Writing of Lillian Jones Horace, edited by Karen Kossie-Chernyshev. This collection is ground-breaking in recovering the life of the previously forgotten author who was the first African American to publish a utopian novel.

Dr. John Graves, professor of history and chair of the social sciences department, recently gave a presentation at a special seminar/public meeting at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock. The theme of the seminar was Emancipation in Arkansas and Its Legacy. Graves’ presentation was entitled Repealing Reconstruction: Racial Reaction in Late Nineteenth Century Arkansas. He serves on the advisory board of the cultural center.

Dr. Malcolm Rigsby, assistant professor of sociology, spoke recently at a meeting of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog in Little Rock. Rigsby, who is the author of Religious Conversion in Prison and Its Directions, discussed insight gained from his 2011 study comprising inmates incarcerated at the Oregon Department of Corrections and ODOC prison chaplains. He said he believes that this data may lead to understanding how religion generally, rather than a specific religion, affects group networks and relationships, both in the secular and sectarian realms of social life.

Dr. Fred Worth, professor of mathematics, was recently elected to the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Board of Directors. Worth has been a SABR member since 2001. He has written for the BioProject and Baseball Research Journal, and has presented more than 20 talks at SABR meetings. Worth’s main research interests are statistical, biographical and necrological. He has visited nearly 3,000 gravesites of baseball players, umpires and managers.