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To understand the changes that American prisons underwent in the 20th century, there is no better visual archive than that of Bruce Jackson, a photographer, filmmaker, writer, and professor who secured the kind of access that journalists today can only dream of. In the 1960s and 1970s, Jackson took thousands of pictures of southern prisons, mostly in Texas and Arkansas, capturing an intimacy of daily life that reveals how, despite all the talk of politics and policy, these institutions are as much products of culture and society. Now, a couple of generations later, Jackson’s work is getting another look.
Steven Miller, Associate Professor of English, is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, one of only three faculty at UB to receive the award this year. The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is based on syllabuses, letters from departmental colleagues, external letter writers, and students. Well-known and well-regarded as rigorous and highly engaging, Steven has been and continues to be an outstanding teacher and mentor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels since coming to UB as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2004.
Dave Alff, assistant professor of English, has been awarded a Summer NEH Fellowship for 2015, for his project entitled "The Wreckage of Intentions: Projects in British Culture, 1660-1730.” Dave will use the fellowships to undertake archival research for his current book project.
Walt Hakala has been awarded the Edward C. Dimock Prize in the Indian Humanities for his manuscript (currently under review), “Negotiating Terms: Urdu Dictionaries and the Definition of Modern South Asia.” The Dimock prize is awarded annually by the American Institute of Indian Studies.
Damien Keane, associate professor of English, was awarded the Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature from the American Conference for Irish Studies for his recent book Ireland and the Problem of Information Irish Writing, Radio, Late Modernist Communication, published by Penn State University Press in 2014.