Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Humanities and Fine Arts


Jazz X-press Invited to Premier Jazz Festival

Chico Jazz X-press and its director, Rocky Winslow, were invited to perform at the Telluride Jazz Celebration in Telluride, Colo., in June 2008. Winslow received an invitation in December from Paul Machado, director of the festival.

New Books: Ancient Maya, (Arcane) Philosophy, and Greatest-Generation Myth

Matthew Looper, Art and Art History, published Quirigua: A Guide to an Ancient Maya City (Editorial Antigua, 2007).
Ed Pluth, Philosophy, published Signifiers and Acts: Freedom in Lacan’s Theory of the Subject (State University of New York Press, 2007).
Ken Rose, History, published Myth and the Greatest Generation: A Social History of Americans in World War II (Taylor & Francis, 2007).

Electronic Art a Hit

Professor Nanette Wylde, Art and Art History, had her project “Meaning Maker” reviewed in Stretcher (an online art journal) and Artweek in June 2007 and December 2007. In July 2007 “Meaning Maker” won a Juror’s Choice Award at WORKS/San José and was featured in KQED’s Gallery Crawl, an online video program on the arts.

Students Take Art Education to Japan

Professor Teresa Cotner, Art and Art History, received an Office of Research and Sponsored Programs spring 2008 operating expenses grant and a one-month stipend grant for travel to Osaka, Japan, for the summer 2008 InSEA (International Society for Education through the Arts) World Congress. Three art education students—Maura Schapper, Alyssa Cose, and Alison Templeton—traveled with her and co-presented the paper “The Road to Becoming an Art Educator in California.”

Shojo Manga Power! Tours Japan

Professor Masami Toku, Art and Art History, received a grant of 120,000 yen (approximately $180,000) from the Japan Association of Art Museums for a touring exhibition of Shojo Manga Power! and related events in Japan in 2008.

Lantis Endowed Professorships

Tracy Butts, English, received a Lantis Professorship for her proposal, “The Message: Teaching African American Literature to the Hip Hop Generation.” The funding will be used to plan and host a conference on hip-hop culture and to allow Butts to spend time completing her book of the same title.

Kate Transchel, History, received a Lantis Professorship for her proposal to research Eastern Europe’s sex slave trade. She will bring speakers to a student-organized conference on the sex slave trade and travel to the Ukraine and Moldova to collect data for a book exploring the rise of human trafficking in women following the breakup of the Soviet Union.



In the College of Humanities and
Fine Arts, we try to lure students into a world where beauty
is its own excuse for being.

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