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April 1998


Vol. 12 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

No. 4

Student Evaluations
Part II
In an earlier academic life,
my institution allowed Student
Government to run the faculty
teaching evaluations. An editorial
team produced the forms, collected
the information, and published
the results each year in a for-profit
tabloid format. The review was quite
popular with students, though much
less so with faculty, since the class-by-
class evaluations reported not only
the raw numbers, but also selected
student comments. And some were
real doozies.
Actually, aside from a few cheap
shots (sometimes "paybacks") by the
student editors, the evaluation process
was generally fair and useful. To the
extent that students can ever truly
evaluate teaching, they did a good job.
Most of us recognized ourselves in the
One limitation of the UF method
of teaching evaluations is that the
often valuable student comments
are seen only by the faculty member.
Granted, that is who they were
intended for, but academic units
charged with evaluating a faculty
member's teaching could benefit from
the cumulative remarks. Numerous
faculty have told me that they believe
the student comments to be the most
valuable part of the evaluation.
Departments and the College Office
use student teaching evaluations as
a significant element in a number of
different ways. We look at these in
awards program like Teacher of the
Year, the former TIP awards, and other
competitive programs. Often, student
ratings are the only quantitative (so
to speak) input we have for scaling a
faculty member's teaching prowess.
As indicated in Part I last month, we
must always be careful not to attribute
excessive significance to an evaluation

Language, Power and Ideology

The Formation of a New Russian Identity

Russian professor Michael
Gorham cut his academic teeth on
the dissolution of Soviet Russia.
"My graduate training pretty
much coincided with this massive
transformation that's been taking
place," Gorham says. "I first went
over to Russia when it was still the
Soviet Union in 1985-Gorbachev
had just come to power. I was there
as a student of Russian language and
was studying in the only institute
in Moscow that was permitted to
accept foreigners from capitalist
countries. We were strictly instructed
by our American organizers to watch
what we said in the classrooms
and dormrooms and on institute
telephones because it was assumed
that everything was bugged. It was
very much still the old Soviet empire.
Of course nowadays it's almost
difficult to explain to our students
who go over every summer and live
and study in Moscow-which has
become much more of a European
city-how much things have
In his recent work, Gorham
has been concentrating on the
language of state in early Soviet
Russia. "By language of state," he
explains, "I mean the language that
was used within and by the Soviet
state to represent verbally its ideas
for social, cultural and political
change-particularly then-at a
time when fundamental changes
were taking place." Specifically,
Gorham is examining four different
institutions that play key roles in
the language debate: journalism,
linguistics, literature and education.
"I'm tracing the various voices
and views to try and understand
how a more monolithic language
of the Soviet state came to be. The

Michael Gorham
Germanic and Slavic Studies

language of Soviet communism is
very, very cliched and leaves little
room for alternative forms of public
discourse. A lot of what we're
witnessing now is the tearing down
of that infrastructure-that Soviet
way of speaking and writing-and
the explosion of new means of
Interestingly, Gorham is finding
that the debates and negotiations
over language are, more often than
not, connected with broader issues
of identity. "The process is literally
a means of coming to terms with
new visions of nationhood and
citizenship," he says. "It's a part
of asking 'Who are we?' and 'What
traditions do we have to fall back
Traditionally, according to
Gorham, Russian writers have played
a critical role in the formation of
public opinion and public criticism in
-See Gorham page 11

This month's focus: Germanic and Slavic Studies

-See Musings, page 12

Around the College


Paul Magnarella's book A Village's Adventure: Tradition,
Migration and Cihigi Among Georgians in Turkey has been
published by Culture Press of Istanbul.

Jim Haskins' book, I Am Rosa Parks, written with Rosa Parks
(Dial 1997) has been named a notable book for 1997 in the field
of social studies by the National Social Studies Children's
Book Council. Another of Haskins' books, Bayard Rustin:
Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement (Hyperion 1997),
has been chosen for inclusion in the New York Library's
1998 "Books for the Teen Age." In February Haskins was
featured in a live, interactive broadcast sponsored by the
Educational Management Group of Scottsdale, AZ, and
carried via satellite to schools across the country.

Jon Martin and Liz Screaton participated in the Ocean
Drilling Program's workshop for the design of a new class
of sea floor observatories held in Tokyo, Japan. These new
observatories will be used to provide continuous monitoring
of a wide variety of Earth processes ranging from earthquakes
to fluid circulation, and will constitute a major part of the
next decade of international ocean exploration.

Betty Smocovitis' book Unifying Ficlo'1ci,- The Evolutionary
Synthesis and Evolutionary Eico'1lo.., and Fitzhugh Brundage's
book A Socialist Utopia in the New South: The Ruskin Colonies
of Tennessee and Georgia were recognized by Choice as
"Outstanding Academic Books of 1997."

Manuel A. Vasquez has been awarded an Andrew W.
Mellon Fellowship for post-doctoral study at Wesleyan
University's Center for the Americas. The two-year
fellowship will allow him to complete his project on religion
and transnationalism among U.S. Latinos and to work on
his manuscript on religion, globalization, and postmodernity
in Latin America.

Bernadette Cailler, professor of French, presented a paper
at the International Conference on the Poetics of Edouard
Glissant, at Paris IV-Sorbonne, March 11-13, 1998. Her paper
was titled: "Totalit6 et infini, alt6rit6 et relation: d' Emmanuel
L6vinas a Edouard Glissant." She also organized a session on
Literature in a Civil War Context for the 1998 Meeting of the
African Literature Association (University of Texas,Austin,
March 15-29). All papers dealt with Algerian literature.
Her own paper was titled: "D'Assia Djebar a celle qui lit:
Comment dire Le Blanc de l'Algerie?"

CLAS Baccalaureate Honors Seniors

Dean Will Harrison invites you to partici-
pate in a baccalaureate ceremony honoring our
graduating seniors on Friday, May 1, from 5 to
6 pm in the University Auditorium. Cap and
gown are optional. A reception on the lawn
will follow.

S The Tybel Spivack Scholarship

SBecause Tybel Spivack achieved her educational
goals at an advanced age (at UF she earned a MA
Sat age 69 and completed her doctoral exams at
76) this scholarship is designed to support older
students in women's studies and language who
are returning to complete their educations. The
award for 1998 will be $1,200. CLAS faculty
are encouraged to notify eligible students of this

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants may be graduate or undergraduate students.
S- Preference is given to applicants 40 years of age or older.
Applicants must be studying for a degree, a certificate or a
minor within The Center for Women's Studies and Gender
Applicant Should Submit
A letter describing background, intent, goals, and need.
A statement from CWSGR confirming status.

Applications due in April
Scholarships awarded in the Fall
Fund Administrator: M. J. Hardman, 384 Grinter
Hall, 392-2194 or 378-9827

Faculty Center Construction Progressing

Renovations transforming the old language lab in Dauer
Hall into the new Keene Faculty Center are underway (see
photo, above). The Center should be open for faculty use by
the end of the summer.

Around The Colle e
Seattle Artist Installs New Florida Writer's Conference Attracts State's Best
Physics Sculpture

nsra j

Carl Hiaasen, Paul Levine, J.W. Hall and Les Standiford at the Friday evening panel
discussion on Florida Fiction as a unique form of regional literature.

Sculptor John Young, U Washington (left), works
with a local welder in assembling the sculpture he
designed for the Physics Building.
As part of the state's One Percent for the Arts
Program, construction funds for the new Physics
Building included money to commission public
artwork. After conducting a national search, the
selection committee, comprised of faculty from
the Physics department and the College of Fine
Arts, chose a design submitted by Seattle-based
artist John Young. Young, who was in Gainesville
last month to install his winning creation, which
he calls 'Moses,' explained that the piece merges
Art with Science. "I designed the piece to capture
the nature of physics," he said, "so it deals with
vectors, forces, gravity, tension and tension
A professor of sculpture and public art, Young,
who is also the associate chair of the visual arts
division of the School of Art at the University of
Washington, has created twenty-five other large-
scale public art commissions across the nation.
Reflecting the fact that he enjoys "working with
raw nature," Young used nearly 60,000 pounds
of granite and steel in the project's construction.
"The granite came from a South Dakota quarry,
and most of the steelwork was done in Seattle,"
said Young, "but the installation and site
preparation were handled by a local Gainesville
crew organized by Keith Muller, who poured the
In a statement about the piece, Young wrote
that he "intended the work to create a gateway to
be walked through, welcoming the pedestrian to
the Physics Building." A gravel pathway leads
up to and through the sculpture to entice those
interested to "interact" with the artwork, and
Young carefully welded smooth all cable-ends to
make 'Moses' safe to touch.

Five of Florida's best-
known popular writers
appeared at the University
of Florida on March 20-21,
in a program funded by the
Florida Humanities Council
and the National Endow-
ment for the Humanities.
Carl Hiaasen, James W. Hall,
Barbara Parker, Paul Levine,
and Les Standiford gave
readings, participated in
panel discussions, and spoke
individually on the role of
Florida in their work.

Barbara Parker addresses questions about her
work during the Florida Writer's Conference
Friday morning session in Powell Hall.

Tri-Conference at UF Successful

The Third Annual Women's Health and Research Conference, the
Second Annual International Festival of Women Composers and the 21st
Annual Conference for the Southeastern Women's Studies Association
joined forces (March 13 15) to create an interactive "Tri-conference,"
cross-listing speakers and events. UF alumna Byllye Avery (MEd), co-
founder of the Gainesville Women's Health Center and founder of the
National Black Women's Health Project in Atlanta (pictured above with
Sue Rosser (Women's Studies), left and Leilani Doti (Neurology)), right
was the opening Keynote Speaker.

1998 CLAS Dissertation Fellowship Winners

Every year CLAS invites students pursuing PhDs to apply for dissertation fellowships for the spring and summer terms.
The following students received these awards and will be given tuition waivers and a stipend of $3,150 for one term.

Gary & Niety Gerson Presidential I I
Marcus Harvey, History
Lisa Gregory, Zoology

Robin & Jean Gibson Fellows
Piotr Rozyczko, Chemistry
Tamara Olaivar, English
Jennifer Slawinski, Psychology
Lincoln Lambeth, Romance
Languages & Literatures

W. W. Massey, Sr. Presidential Fellow
David Hill, Political Sdence

Charles Vincent & Heidi Cole
McLaughlin Fellows
James G. Ellison, Anthropology
Charina D. Paras, Chemistry
Marcel O'Gorman, English
James Meier, History
Leslie Jo Tyler, Linguistics 1998 CLAS Dissertation Fellowship Winners:
Scott Chastain, Mathematics (bottom row left right:) Jennifer Slawinsky, Lisa Gregory, Susan Swales, Charina Paras, Lincoln Lambel
Fiona M. Wright, Political Science (top row left right:) Scott Chastain, Fiona Wright, Gang Lee, Piotr Rozyczko, Karen Weinstein, Marci
Marnie G. Shanbhag, Psychology Harvey, Leslie Jo Tyler, Thomas Cohen, Ankila Hiremath, Bradley Dilger, Tamara Olivair
Daniela Hurezanu, Romance
Languages & Literatures
Gang Lee, Sociology

McGinty Family Fellow
Barry Mauer, English

Hazen E. Nutter Fellow
Karen J. Weinstein, Anthropology

Vanda & Albert C. O'Neill, Jr. Fellow
Ankila Hiremath, Botany

Russell Corporation Fellows
Thomas Cohen, English
Susan E. Swales, Geography

Threadgill Family Fellows
Kendall B. Fountain, Geology
Paul Lokken, History Lincoln Lambeth (left), a Gibson Fellow in Romance Languages and Literatures, discusses his

Herb & Catherine Yardley Fellow dissertation entitled "Science and Spanish Tradition Fused: Centripetal Discourse in Santiago
Kearsley Stewart, Anthropology Roman y Cajal's Los Tonicos de la Voluntad." Charina Paras (right), a McLaughlin Fellow in
Chemistry, describes her research in "Spatially and Temporally Resolved Measurements from
Single Neuroendocrine Cells."

CLAS Teaching/Advising
Awardees Named

A nine-person committee
consisting of faculty, stu-
dents and administrative staff
recently announced the 1997
CLAS Teaching/Advising
award-winners. Awardees
(listed, right), who will be hon-
ored at a dinner hosted by the
Lombardis, will also receive a
one-time $2,000 stipend and
recognition at Baccalaureate.


Lisa Brown
Richard Hollinger*
Richard Shoaf*
Alistair Duckworth
Alice Freifeld
Michael Martinez
Renee Johnson


Political Science

Marc Branch
Mike Radelet
Ira Clark
Ira Clark
Robert McMahon
Leslie Thiele
Leslie Thiele

*Entered in University-wide Competition


CLAS Teaching and Advising Awards

Award Department Chair

A Bridge to the Future

In the following interview, Nora Alter discusses her unusual position
in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies

Cn: Your PhD is in Comparative
Literature, but you are a professor in
Germanic and Slavic Studies. Did you do
a BA or MA in German?

NA: No. My mother's Austrian, so
I grew up speaking German, and my
father is Belgian, which is why my
other language is French. That's why
comparative literature made a lot of
sense for me.

Cn: Do the courses you teach reflect your
cross-disciplinary affiliation ?

NA: Yes. I teach a wide variety of
courses-the whole spectrum of
German film courses, film theory and
criticism, feminist theory, women
film makers and non-fiction cinema.
I teach a course on the Frankfurt
School, and right now I'm co-teaching
a course with visiting writer Herta
Muller, who is a very interesting
person. We're working with minority
literature, or when one chooses to
write in a language that is not the
dominant language of the country
in which one is writing. Muller is a
Romanian German who writes in
German, so we cover her writing,
and we do a lot of Kafka (Kafka also
being part of the German minority in

Cn: So you teach students in several

NA: I work with students from
German, women's studies and
English, and I'm actively involved in
the IDS major (many IDS students are
headed to film or art grad study-they
can construct their own majors). I'm
also involved right now helping the
art department interview for a new
position. It's really important to me
to work with departments across
campus and to support links with
other departments and programs...I
am trying to promote visibility of the
German department on campus-that
was what my position was all about
when I was hired because I'm not a
straight Germanist.

Cn: Have you found it difficult to teach

cross-listed courses and to
negotiate the ins-and outs
ofso many departments?

NA: The biggest
problem is economic,
particularly with the
new banking system
that UF is now on where
department chairs need
to count FTEs-it's
unfortunate that
finances get in the way.
Actually, in terms of the
communication between
departments, things ..
have been very positive,
and everybody seems
to be very committed
towards working that
way. The only set
back-and there haven't Germani
really been any in my
case-seems to be with
negotiating FTEs.

Cn: Your first book, Vietnam Protest
Theatre: The Television War on Stage,
a comparative study which examines the
viability of theatre as a form for political
protest in an age dominated by mass media,
came out in 1996. What are you working
on now?

NA: I'm making some new forays into
contemporary German art [Alter gave
a lecture on this subject at the Harn on
April 2], but most of my recent work
revolves around nonfiction cinema.
Films that move back and forth
between fiction and documentary-
"essay" films that blur traditional
genre distinctions. That's where my
next book is going. In it, I plan to focus
more on the physical aurality that a
film's sound can create against just the
work's visual appeal.
Sometimes film sound tracks
are used in direct contradiction to what
you're seeing on the visual track, so
I'm interested in how music will often
function on a very unconscious level
to affect meaning. For example, in a
recent article I wrote for Film Qiui tci hl,
I focus on a film about German
reunification [November Days by Marcel


Ophiils] and
argue that
it creates an
view to the
Berlin Wall's

ora Alter
and Slavic Studies

dismantlement... which was made to
be very much a visual phenomenon
by the media, simplified into a few
visual images. Ophtils critiques
the mass media version with his
elaborate soundtrack. In doing so, he
problematizes the event and shows
that it was not quite as simple as it
was made to appear by the mass

Cn: So you're working with films that
break down our assumptions of the way
sound should be or has been traditionally
used in film?

NA: Right, I look at more avant-garde
productions. Films that are really
pushing the genre limits of what one
traditionally expects in film. Films that
are more experimental. What I argue
is that those experiments or certain
genre-pushing things will eventually
enter into mainstream cinema, maybe
in 20 or 25 years. For example, fifteen
years ago it was considered avant-
garde for someone to look at the
camera, to step out of the role of the
character they were playing out to
address the audience, but now that's
become almost a standard Hollywood
gimmick-it has come into the

-See Alter, page 11

USPS Employees Honored for Service to the University

USPS employees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences were honored for their commitment and years of service to the university at a
reception in the 0. Ruth McQuown Room, March 3 (attendees pictured below). President John Lombardi, Dean Harrison, John Heidler
(Director of Personnel Services) and Robert Willits (Associate Director of Personnel Services) each offered words of gratitude and encour-
agement. The employees received a CLAS mug and pin, and a certificate signed by the Dean.

USPS Awardees

Thirty Years Service: Doris T. Thames, Accountant

Twenty Years Service: Jeanne B. Karably, Program
Assistant (Chemistry); Fay D. Rench, Coordinator,
Accounting (Chemistry)

Fifteen Years Service: Elizabeth F. Cox, Office Man-
ager (Chemistry); Loretta L. Dampier, Fiscal Assistant
(English); Jack D. McNair, Lab Manager (Chemistry);
Mary S. Robinson, Word Processing Operator (Sociol-
ogy); Julie S. Smith, Program Assistant (Physics)
Ten Years Service: Donna F. Balkcom, Program As-
sistant (Chemistry); Carla L. Blount, Senior Secretary
(English); Joan E. Boone, Program Assistant (Physics);
Jo Evelyn Butler, Executive Secretary (Office of the President Lombardi congratulates Cynthia K. Flagg, Senior Secretary
Dean); Joan K. Crawford, Program Assistant (Eng- (Academic Advising)for ten years of service to the University.
lish); Cynthia K. Flagg, Senior Secretary (Academic
Advising); Patricia A. Gaither, Senior Secretary (An-
thropology); Linda F. Lancaster, Senior Word Process-
ing Operator (Statistics); Marc D. Link, Engineer (Physics); Tangelyn M. Mitchell, Word Processing Operator (Zo-
ology); Joan M. Raudenbush, Administrative Assistant (Physics); Kimberly B. Yocum, Office Manager (History)

Five Years Service: Renee Akins, Program Assistant (Office of the Dean); Andrew Boyd, Administrative Assis-
tant (Statistics); Toni L. Carter, Senior Secretary (Zoology); Lori H. Clark, Senior Secretary (Chemistry); Allen A.
Dinsmore, Maintenance Mechanic (Zoology); Karen N. Jones, Program Assistant (Anthropolgy); Paul S. Kubilis,
Statistics Research Coordinator (Statistics); Jennie S. Ollmann, Office Assistant (Romance Languages and Litera-
tures); Sandra L. Weakland, Senior Secretary (Chemistry); Marie Y. Zombory, Senior Fiscal Assistant (Chemistry)

Exploring Medieval Culture

Germanist Will Hasty Discusses His Latest Projects

I'd like first to mention my
involvement in a recent development
in CLAS that might be regarded
as an important offshoot of my
interdisciplinary interests within
German Studies. Thanks to the
combined effort of faculty in
numerous departments in CLAS
and also in the College of Fine Arts,
we have recently put together an
Interdisciplinary Studies Major in
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
(MEMS), and we are also currently
in the process of building a minor in
MEMS at UF. This interdisciplinary
major is designed to address the
distinctive forms of cultural, political,
and social organization in the middle
ages and early modern period, the
study of which crosses departmental
boundaries. There is a great amount
of current interest in the Middle Ages,
from medieval fairs in local schools,
to the annual Hoggetowne Medieval
Faire, to the myriad of more or less
distorted representations of the
Middle Ages in popular culture. Pat
Geary, the director of Medieval and
Renaissance Studies at UCLA and a
former professor of history here at UF,
has observed that we run into signs
of the Middle Ages in contemporary
culture at every turn. I think our
challenge as a program of study will
be to tap into this current interest
by presenting a picture of medieval
and early modern culture that is both
historically accurate and relevant to

that will be published
later this year by
Boydell and Brewer.
These essays are about
the most significant
German narrative
produced in the Middle
Ages: Wolfram von
Eschenbach's Parzival.
Parzival is a story about
the legendary quest
for the Grail, but in
the case of Wolfram's
version, which was
composed in the first
decade of the thirteenth
century, the Grail
story is as profane
as it is holy. One of Will Hast
the recurring themes for
in the essays is that
Wolfram's portrayal
of the world in
general is very complex, and that
of his characters very "human," in
comparison to the conventional and
idealized portrayals one often finds
in medieval literature. Wolfram's
ideal figures have their weaknesses
and flaws, they make mistakes
- like people in the real world do.
But Wolfram's text accepts and even
embraces people in all their sometimes
troubling complexity. The essays also
demonstrate that Wolfram's Parzival is
a case in point for the necessity of an
interdisciplinary kind of approach to
medieval literature, because this work

, A

"There is a great amount of current interest in the Middle Ages, f
fairs in local schools, to the annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire,
of more or less distorted representations of the Middle Ages in p

contemporary experience.
With respect to research: besides
a couple of articles that are in press
(on Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan
and on the Nibelungenlied), I have
been involved in two major projects.
First, I am editing a collection of
essays by myself and about a dozen
other scholars in the US and Europe

fills out the narrative conventions of
stories about King Arthur and the
Grail with large amounts of medieval
theology, philosophy, and science.
There is also a lot of "material culture"
in Parzival: Wolfram's depictions
of battle scenes, for example, reveal
much about the way war was actually
waged in Wolfram's day. Although

it's supposedly
the story of how
the hero Parzival
wins the grail,
SParzival actually
presents us with
a fascinating
and diverse
picture of the
medieval cosmos
around 1200, and
probably the most
one prior to
Dante. The title
of the volume
is A Companion
to Wolfram von
associatee Professor Eschenbach's
duate Coordinator
mate Crdiear 'Parzival', and the
essays it contains
significant aspects
of this fascinating work to readers
who may not be very familiar with
Wolfram and who may not know
The other research project, which
is in progress, is a monograph
that I'm tentatively calling "The
Underside of Courtliness: Figurations
of Aggression in Medieval German
Court Literature." This is a study of
several different vernacular narratives
produced in German-speaking
regions around 1200 that focuses
on "courtliness," or courtoisie, a
cultural and etymological ancestor
of "courtesy."
rom medieval tend to view
to the myriad courtliness as a
popular culture." relatively pacific
kind of social
interaction that
is qualitatively
different from the more direct
expression of violent aggression
characteristic of the early Middle
Ages, as a significant step in the
"civilizing process" of western
societies, as the influential social-
historian Norbert Elias might put it.
I'm differing from this to the extent
that I think that the literary narratives
-See Hasty, page 10


A Socialist Utopia in
the New South
The Ruskin Colonies
in Tennessee and
Georgia, 1894-1901
W. Fitzhugh Brundage
University of Illinois

(review taken from book
This first book-length
study of the Ruskin colonies shows how
several hundred utopian socialists gath-
ered as a cooperative community in Ten-
nessee and Georgia in the late nineteenth
century. The communitarians' noble
but fatally flawed act of social endeavor
revealed the courage and desperation
they felt as they searched for alternatives
to the chaotic and competitive individual-
ism of the age of robber barons and for
a viable model for a just and humane
society at a time of profound uncertainty
about public life in the United States.

Utopians drawn to the South differed
little from northern tourists who sought
relief from the climate and the acquisi-
tive, atomistic urban culture of the North
in the exotic, curative landscape of the
South. As advancing technology made
the South more accessible, increasing
numbers of Americans saw in it an
escape from the angst of modern indus-
trial society. For tourists, the escape was
brief and exhilarating; for the utopians,
it was intended to be both permanent and

Advances in Quantum
Chemistry Volume 27
Editor-in-Chief Per-Olov
Lowdin (QTP) and Editors
John R. Sabin and
Michael C. Zerner (QTP)
Academic Press

(excerpt taken from
Quantum chemistry is..
. a rapidly developingfield
which falls between the


historically established areas of
mathematics, physics, ci h.mi-ti !
and biology. As a result there is
a wide diversity of backgrounds
among those interested in
quantum chemistry. Since
the results of the research are
reported in periodicals of many
different types, it has become
increasingly difficult for both
the expert and the nonexpert to
follow the rapid development in
this new multidisciplinary area.

The purpose of this serial publication
is to present a survey of the current
development of quantum chemistry as
it is seen by a number of internationally
leading research workers in various
countries. The authors have been invited
to give their personal points of view of
the subject freely and without severe
space limitations. No attempts have been
made to avoid overlap-on the contrary, it
seems desirable to have certain important
research areas reviewed from different
points of view.


Auden and Documentary in the
Marsha Bryant (English)
University Press of Virginia

(review taken from book jacket)
Auden's first-hand experience
with the British documentary
film movement, along with his
status as a gay man, prompted
him to interrogate the politics of
documentary representation.
His work with the G.P.O. Film
Unit reveals ways in which
the act of men filming men
can blur boundaries of class
and homoerotic voyeurism.
n Letters from Iceland
Auden juxtaposes poetry,
prose, and photographs,
using modernist collage to
question documentary ideas
of order. The famous poem
Spain challenges the artist's
role as observer by rejecting
- journalistic techniques such as
interviews and reportage and

obscuring distinctions between civilian
and soldier, reader and text. In Journey
to a War, another collaboration between
photographs and words, Auden and
Christopher Isherwood use their position
as gay Englishmen in China to expose the
heterosexism and imperialism inherent
in traditional British documentary

More than any other image-making
practice, documentary exposes the
contest of meanings within the word
"representation." Because it carries
a legislative as well as a signifying
sense, "to represent" implies that in
portraying an underemployed laborer
or war refugee, one also speaks or acts
on behalf of that person. This double
meaning has proved problematic for
documentary's practitioners and critics,
fueling debates about whether it can
provide social advocacy across class lines
or national boundaries. In her recent
account of American documentary,
Paula Rabinowitz
speaks urgently of the
Seed to understand


UMNTARY and then rework
UN THE 1'S.. the power relations
of traditional
practice: "Without a
radical break from the
regimes of vision and
narrative we will only
see and write with
the eyes and hands
trilm BrSyn of those who have
already looked us over
and described what
they've seen of themselves." And in his
reassessment of the British documentary
film tradition, Brian Winston calls for a
"rescue" of the genre that would launch
a "Post-Griersonian Documentary."
Auden's vexed engagement with
documentary representation shows
that some of the tools for reinventing
the genre might lie within alternative
models from the 1930s. By initiating
a generative recovery from the decade
that continues to provide our dominant
models of socially engaged art, we might
carryforward their experiments in ways
we have yet to imagine.


Unifying Biology
The Evolutionary
Synthesis and
Evolutionary Biol-
Vassiliki Betty
Smocovitis (His-

(review taken from
book jacket)
Unifying Biology of-
fers a historical reconstruction of one of
the most important yet elusive episodes
in the history of modern science: the
evolutionary synthesis of the 1930s and
1940s. For more than seventy years after
Darwin proposed his theory of evolu-
tion, it was hotly debated by biological
scientists. It was not until the 1930s that
opposing theories were finally refuted
and a unified Darwinian evolutionary
theory came to be widely accepted by
biologists, using methods gleaned from
a variety of disciplines, Vassiliki Betty
Smocovitis argues that the evolutionary
synthesis was part of the larger process
of unifying the biological sciences.

Crime, Deviance and the Computer
Edited by Richard Hollinger (Sociology)

(excerpt taken
from Introduc-
The written
record about the
crime and devi-
ance committed
by means of
computers can
be divided into at
least four distinct
focal periods.
The first interval
can be called the
discovery period. During this era (roughly
from 1946 to 1976), scholarly writing about
this subject focused on describing the nature
of the phenomenon. The second period can be
characterized as the criminalization period.
The principal focus of the written material

produced during this time (1977-
88) was concentrated on 'correcting'
through legislation the numerous
deficiencies in the criminal law related
to computer-related abuse.
I wish to call the third period the
demonization of the hacker. Beginning
in the late 1980s, this period (roughly
1988 to 1983) was characterized by
several less-than-successful law en-
forcement efforts to identify and sanc-
tion the computer deviant, especially
those often perjoratively referred to as
'hackers'and 'crackers'. The fourth period,
which we are presently in, can be labelled
the censorship period. With the advent of
the so-called 'information superhighway,
the current focus of criminal justice concern
has been directed towards limiting the
access of computer users to both classi-
fied information and various dangerous'
collections of material such as the sexually
deviant and pornographic pictures currently
available on the internet.

A History
of Roman
- Volume 2:
from Livius
Andronicus to
Michael von
by Gareth
(Classics) and
the author)
E.J. Brill

(summary adapted from book jacket)
A History of Roman Literature, originally
published in German, can rightly be seen
as the long awaited counterpart to Albin
Lesky's Geschichte der greichischen
Literatur. In what will probably be the
last survey made by a single scholar the
whole of Latin literature from Livius
Andronicus up to Boethius comes to
the fore. It is the fourth handbook in
E.J. Brill's series The Classical Tradition.
The series started in 1995 with Nicholas

Horsfall's A Companion to the Study of
Virgil and forms part of the Supplements
to Mnemosyne series. The aim is in
each case to produce a work which is
informative and useful to scholars and
accessible to students. Each volume will
describe the current state of knowledge
of the subject, outline recent literature
and discussion, indicate the main
controversial points, and suggest fruitful
lines for future inquiry.

Lighthouses of Ireland
Kevin McCarthy (History)
by William

(review taken
from book
Since the
time when
lit fires on
tops for the use of mariners at sea,
lighthouses have aided the navigation
of sailors on European waters. Those
crude fires have been replaced by state
of the art towers equipped with satel-
lite technology, and lighthouses remain
indispensable navigational aids. For
Ireland, the lights are important not only
to mariners, but to the livelihood of the
entire island.
Eighty navigational aids under the
authority of the Commissioners of
Irish Lights dot the 2000 miles of Irish
coastline. Each is addressed here, and
thirty of the most interesting ones are
featured with detailed histories and
full-color paintings by noted maritime
artist William Trotter. From the sink-
ing of the Lusitania to the burial of a
shipwrecked elephant, Kevin McCarthy
outlines the significance of Irish lights to
the maritime history of Ireland and the
world while painting a vivid picture of
the life led by the keepers and inhabit-
ants of the rocks, islands, and shores of
the Emerald Isle.

Grant Awards through Division of Sponsored Research

February 1998 Total $1,469,687

Investigator Dept.




Katritzky, A.
Katritzky, A.
Katritzky, A.
Katritzky, A.
Katritzky, A.
Katritzky, A.
Winefordner, J.
Thomas, C.



Magnarella, P.
Campins, H.
Elston, R.
Telesco, C.
Ewel, J.
Jones, D.
Mulkey, S.
Butler, G.
Dolbier, W.
Duran, R.
Tan, W.
Benner, S.
Mingo, G.
Gerhardt, K.
Ohrn, Y.
Hager, W.
Ipser, J.
Detweiler, S.
Meisel, M.
Sharifi, F.
Obukhov, S.
Vanhaaren, E
Hollinger, R.

Other...$ 18,150
Brown, W.
Scicchitano, M.



Dow Elanco
Mult comp
Mult comp
Mult comp
Mult comp
Mult comp
Texaco, Inc.
BRG, Inc.


US Navy
US Army




CPD Mult Sources




Dow Elanco compounds agreement.
Software research support.
Miles compound contract.
Miles compound contract.
Miles compound contract.
Software research support.
Texaco fellowship.
Private corrections project.

Islam, science, and modernity: a multi-sited ethnography.
Comets: A coordinated ground & space based infrared study.
Flamingos: A near-IR multi-object spectrometer.
A mid-IR study of the disks & envelopes of pre-main-sequence.

Sustainability of soil fertility in reconstructed tropical ecosystems.
SGER: Branch carbon balance & allocation during an extreme El Nino.
Dispersion, agglomeration & consolidation.
Reactivity & stereoelectric effects in fluorinated & charged systems.
Engineered particulates.
Nanometer scale imaging and sensing.
Novel biopolymers based on an expanded genetic alphabet.
Summer food service program.
Central auditory function in deafened fetuses.
Partial financial support of the 1998 Sanibel symposium.
Discrete approximations in variational problems.

55,500 Relativistic and gravitational physics.


Development of a variable temperature, high frequency NMR system.
Dispersion, agglomeration and consolidation.
Gender difference in alcohol-seeking behavior.
Security research project.

2,200 Miscellaneous donors account.
15,950 Attitudes of Florida residents about dental specialists.

Foundation ...$ 25,113
Stevenson, D. ADM
Channel, J. GLY
Siegmund, S. HIS
Nordlie, E, Person, W.ZOO
Szczepaniak, K. CHE

Texas A&M
Littauer Found
UF Found


Florida writer's conference.
Ocean drilling project leg 178-Antarctic peninsula.
From Tuscan villa to Florentine ghetto.
Zoology presidential research graduate fellowship program.
Hydrogen bonding and proton transfer: A cooperative AB initio quantum.

-Hasty, continued from page 7
as well as the socio-cultural situation in which they were
written support an understanding of courtliness in terms
of a more efficient management of aggression. The self-
control implied by courtliness means both that people can
be peaceful, when they need to be, but it also means they
can bring force to bear with greater organization and focus,
if circumstances warrant. I think that viewing courtliness

as a "sophisticated relative" of non-courtly, feudal forms
of aggression, rather than as a mode of interaction that is
opposed to them, helps to explain some of the otherwise
puzzling hops, skips, and jumps in the medieval narratives
I'm looking at. Down the road I will be writing a chapter on
the romances of Hartmann von Aue, Wolfram, and Gottfried
von Strassburg for a volume about medieval German
literature that will be published by Brill.k

-G o rh a m continued from page 1

times of flux. "The Russian intelligentsia through history
and even the contemporary period-unlike intellectuals in
the US-are listened to all across society. Within different
groups of leading cultural figures there are different ideas
as to what traditions ought to be kept and to what degree
democratic structures should be adopted."
Gorham points out that in ordinary times-even in the
US-most people recognize the link between language
and power and ideology, but only act on this knowledge
in veiled ways. In periods of fundamental, social and
cultural change, however, as has been the case in Russia,
Gorham says that "language becomes an open subject of
debate and negotiation, and more often than not there is a
direct link between discussions of language and issues of
identity of nationhood of citizenship."
One of the most obvious areas that language and
identity overlap is in the naming and re-naming of
places. In the 1920s, many Russian cities named before
the Revolution were given new titles that reflected Soviet
ideals (St. Petersburg, for example, eventually became
'Leningrad'). The last ten years have brought a reversal
of this trend. Monuments raised for Soviet leaders have
been torn down, and cities have resumed using their pre-
Revolutionary designations.
Not only have the meanings of existing Russian words
changed, but a host of new words (many of them English,
like 'broker') have made their way into the Russian
vocabulary. Since, under Soviet rule, land was owned by
the state and there was no stock market, these additions
to the Russian lexicon are, according to Gorham, "purely a
reflection of the capitalist influence."
"All these things are
appearing for the first time in
Russia," he continues, "and the "There's a lot of
most logical thing is to borrow
terminology from the West, questioning going
which makes sense to some on [now, whereas
degree, but sometimes it gets five years ago
excessive. We see English all
over the place where there are there was almost
decent Russian equivalents." knee jerk reaction
Gorham cites examples
like 'rieltor,' 'marketing,' to grab anything
consultingg,' consensuss,' and that smelled of
even 'sendvich' and 'killer.' democracy and o
Despite this trend, Gorham
asserts that Russia is now capital lism."
rethinking the verbatim adoption
of Western values. "There's
a lot of questioning going on
[now, whereas] five years ago there was almost a knee jerk
reaction to grab anything that smelled of democracy and
of capitalism. At this point, most everyone has come to
see that a lot of bad comes along with the obviously good
aspects of democratic institutions."
"The Soviet Union was around for 70-plus years,
and I think-with the exception of the Communists-
most political parties would largely dismiss the Soviet
experiment as a failure." Gorham is quick to point out,

-A lter, continued from page 5

Cn: How does what you dofit in with the rest of the GSS
NA: I think the department's new name, "Germanic
and Slavic Studies" [the department was previously
called Germanic and Slavic Literatures and Languages] is
significant in showing the shift from a more traditional type
of department (which there used to be many of in the 70s) to
following some of the top ranked departments in the country
like Berkeley or Cornell...where they're moving toward
more of a "studies" program which is receptive to film, art
and politics-not just literature and languages. For better
or worse we are entering a post-literate phase; in the 21st
Century, less and less is going to be literature based and more
and more is going to be sound or video or electronic media.

Cn: So you're the bridge.
NA: I'm the bridge [laughs]...it's a new kind of position.
And it's nice being in a small department. It's easier to
feel effective, and it's easier to meet on an informal basis
to discuss things and throw around ideas. This job has
given me the flexibility to teach my interests while allowing
me the opportunity to work within a national literature
Gorham, continued
however, that Russians will, at times, praise aspects of
Soviet history and tradition. For example, in a period
that has been marked by sharp rise in crime and Mafia
presence, it's easy to become nostalgic for the law and
order of the Soviet period. Still, says Gorham, "in terms
of reestablishing new legitimate structures and
traditions, I think more often than not people
look back to pre-Revolutionary Russian history,
philosophy and religion (Orthodoxy) for the
g answers. Most documentary television programs
;] and films that have come out in the past eight or
nine years have to do either with rewriting pre-
Revolutionary Russian history -to counter the
a Soviet interpretation which people grew up with-
n/ or unearthing the darker side of Soviet history."
The struggle to create a post-Soviet identity,
Gorham claims, makes this "an exciting time to be
studying Russia." And Gorham isn't the only one
S excited about Russian studies. Russian is becoming
increasingly viable in the academic and corporate
marketplaces, and more and more UF students are
teaming minors or double majors in Russian studies
with majors in disciplines as diverse as journalism,
engineering, law, finance and business. "Before, all
you could do with a Russian concentration was work for
the CIA or the state department or teach," Gorham notes,
"but nowadays your profile is pretty darn good if you
have Russian combined with one of the many traditional
fields. Experience in a language still generally considered a
little exotic and impossible to learn-even though it isn't-
looks very impressive to graduate programs and future

Musings, continued from page 1

process that has inescapable limitations.
But peer review is not without its own
set of problems, so chairs and faculty
review teams are faced with making
best judgments of teaching ability using
the collective information available to
In tenure and promotion decisions,
teaching evaluations are considered
by both departmental and college
level committees. Junior faculty, in
particular, may worry about the effect
that 18 year old students can have on
their careers. Some national reports
suggest that students who are savvy to
the process may try to intimidate junior
faculty to lighten up their grading scale.
And even if it is not this blatant, such
considerations have to cross a faculty
member's mind.
Let me try to reassure faculty that
while teaching scores are carefully
considered, evaluation committees do
not plug these mindlessly into some
up-or-out formula. In fact, each case
is considered individually to take into
account level of the course, size of the
class, required vs. nonrequired nature,
etc. Many factors contribute to the
scores faculty receive from students,
and the committees understand that. So
does the dean.
No one is ever satisfied with
the evaluation form used to solicit
student opinions of teaching. The
generic SUS questions simply do not
fit all courses equally well. We invite
suggestions for future returning of the
instrument that may better capture a
picture of classroom teaching. And
with the transition to more computer
involvement in our teaching, we may
need to adapt our queries to take this
into account, or at least to give credit to
those faculty who do this so well.
In summary, we do take CLAS
teaching evaluations quite seriously,
but we also recognize the associated
imperfections. The main purpose of
the evaluations should not be to weed
out the incompetent, which are so few
in number, but rather to help the rest
of the faculty be better teachers. That's
a goal for which faculty, students, and
administrators should find common

Will Harrison,

Note from the Chair

Keith Bullivant, Chair of the Department of Germanic
and Slavic Studies

Like a considerable number of
language and literature departments
across the country, we recently
changed the name of our department
to Germanic and Slavic Studies to reflect
the wide range of cultural studies
that we have introduced into our
curricula. This includes cinema, the
writings of ethnic minorities, the
popular culture of the contemporary
youth scene, the languages of
business, banking, and commerce, etc.
This change also reflects the diverse
research interests of the GSS faculty,
which has maintained an outstanding
research record, publishing many
books, editions, and
articles over the past
few years. We have also "Thi
been integrating the broa,
vast European resources
available on the World to in
Wide Web into our Upper CultU
Division courses, and we from
are currently working
them into the language begit
sequences. This is part to li
of a broader endeavor
to include more cultural leari
materials from the very meal
beginning and thus to the a
link language learning in
a meaningful way to the 'cult
acquisition of "cultural
We also offer a range of General
Education courses in English
translation that introduces students
throughout the University to the
vibrant and fascinating cultures of
Germany and Russia. In recent years
we have added further courses taught
in English that have been successful
in the Honors Program and across the
College at the undergraduate and-in
the case of German, which has MA
and PhD programs-graduate levels.
The teaching by faculty and graduate
assistants in GSS has been recognized
on numerous occasions by the
College, the Graduate School, and the
University. Outside of the classroom,
students have the opportunity to be
involved in our flourishing German
and Russian Clubs and to participate

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in extracurricular cultural excursions.
Our summer courses in Mannheim
and Moscow have recently been very
successful in terms of student interest.
Besides informing students about
the cultures and languages of other
significant peoples in the world, the
courses offered by our department
prepare students for a wealth of
employment opportunities that are
currently available in Florida in
particular and in the US in general,
as well as in the new global market
place, in which the knowledge of a
foreign language and culture provides a
"competitive edge." It is for this reason
that other major
universities, such
S part of a as UC Berkeley,
r endeavor require the
study of foreign
ide more languages and
I materials cultures as part of
e vernumerous majors
y in the humanities,
ing and thus sciences, and
language business. We
are working
Sin a hard to make
rgful way to students aware
uisition of of the general
al literacy.' and job-related
benefits of
studying German
and Russian in the late 90s. Given the
growing importance of Germany and
Russia to the political, cultural, and
economic future of Europe and the
world, we should have a crucial role to
play in the University and the state as
we move into the 21st century.%


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