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Strings at Southern Chamber Music Festival

Dr. Larisa Elisha and Dr. Steven Elisha

Georgia Southern University’s Strings at Southern Chamber Music Festival, for high school and university students, will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, on the Georgia Southern University – Statesboro campus. This four-day festival includes a String Quartet Competition, string master classes, chamber ensemble coaching, workshops, chamber/symphony orchestra rehearsals, and student performances. String players have the opportunity to study with the internationally acclaimed Elaris Duo (Dr. Larisa Elisha, violin and Dr. Steven Elisha, cello), directors of the festival and faculty members at Georgia Southern University. Pre-formed groups as well as individual applicants are encouraged to apply.

For more information, or to register for the competition, visit https://cah.georgiasouthern.edu/music/areas/strings/strings-at-southern/


Costello to present at inaugural Comicana Conference

Dr. Lisa A. Costello, a longtime scholar of rhetoric, gender, and the Holocaust and was recently invited to present at the Inaugural Comicana Conference at Ole Miss University in Oxford, MS in October 2019. As part of a group of invited scholars chosen to punctuate this week long, cutting edge interdisciplinary conference on comics and graphic novels with keynote talks, Dr. Costello presented her work on the Holocaust and Maus in “Why Comics Matter: History and Memory in Art Spiegelman’s Maus,” in which she described the intersections of genre in this work and illuminated the ways in which Holocaust memory and history rely on a continual re-engagement of audiences with historical artifacts and multiple perspectives in new forms. Books like Maus use a combination of autobiography, comics, and oral testimony to engage Holocaust on a new level, and to allow broader audiences to connect with the history and memories of this collective trauma. 

Dr. Lisa A. Costello is a Professor in the Department of Writing and Linguistics and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Director at Georgia Southern University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who has published on rhetoric, gender and representation in Holocaust museums, memoirs, and new media, on First Year Writing and new media, and on feminist mentoring and university administrative structures. She has been a teaching fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She has been awarded several grants to further LGBTQ issues on campus, and has been honored with college and university level awards in both teaching and service. Her new book, American Public Memory: Performing Gender, Shifting Orientations was released October 2019.


Professor’s new book explores next generation Holocaust survivors

The recent, explosive rise of global antisemitism, Holocaust denial, and American white nationalism has created a dangerous challenge to Holocaust public memory on a scale without precedent. Dr. Lisa A. Costello’s new book, American Public Memory and the Holocaust, Performing Gender, Shifting Orientations, is a timely exploration of how next generation Holocaust survivors combine old and new media to bring newer generations of audiences into active engagement with Holocaust histories. Readers have been socialized to expect memorialization artifacts about the Holocaust to come in the form of established diaries, memoirs, photos, or documentaries in which gender is often absent or marginalized. This book shows a complex process of remembering the past that can positively shift our orientations toward others with greater affect. Using gender, performance, and rhetoric as a frame, Dr. Costello questions public memory as gender neutral while showing how new forms of memorialization, like digital archives, YouTube posts, hybrid memoirs, and small films build emotional connections that bring us closer to the past than ever before.

Dr. Lisa A. Costello is a Professor in the Department of Writing and Linguistics and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Director at Georgia Southern University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who has published on rhetoric, gender and representation in Holocaust museums, memoirs, and new media, on First Year Writing and new media, and on feminist mentoring and university administrative structures. She has been a teaching fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She has been awarded several grants to further LGBTQ issues on campus, and has been honored with college and university level awards in both teaching and service. American Public Memory is her first monograph.


Department of Communication Arts recognized for providing students with a grounding in media history

Photo from the American Journalism Historians Association report

The Georgia Southern Department of Communication Arts recently received an “A” grade for its commitment to providing its students with coursework in mass communication history. In a just-completed national study of more than 200 colleges and universities – conducted by the American Journalism Historians Association – Communication Arts has been named one of the top schools in the nation for educating its students in Journalism and Multimedia Film and Production in the comprehension of the historic foundations of their areas of study. At a time when some communication schools no longer provide students with a course in media history, Communication Arts believes it is critical for students to comprehend the basis on which current media practices are grounded in historic precedence. Georgia Southern Communication Arts joins such noteworthy universities as Northwestern, Michigan State and Missouri in achieving its ranking of excellence.      

Read the full report here. 


Georgia Southern Alumna Makes Book Tour Stop at The University Store

Georgia food writer and author Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser will make a book signing tour stop at The University Store, 91 Georgia Ave., on the Statesboro campus of Georgia Southern University this Thursday, Oct. 17, from 4 – 6 p.m. 

Lingenfelser earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University in 2005. She also attended the Culinary Institute of Savannah. A top 10 finalist on Season 14 of Food Network Star and Season 2 of ABC’s The Taste, she is the longtime Statesboro Herald food columnist and a regular contributor for Southern Soil and Discovering Bulloch magazines.

Her debut memoir is titled “Some Kinda Good, Good Food and Good Company, That’s What It’s All About.” The 283-page book features 23 Southern, coastal recipes, 26 restaurant reviews and more than 100 color photographs. A compilation of short stories highlighting Lingenfelser’s national TV cooking competitions, her journey through culinary school, family traditions and hard-won life lessons, the book combines her Southern, coastal cooking style with a focus on Georgia grown, in-season ingredients. 

“Told with heart and mouthwatering detail, Rebekah Lingenfelser’s Some Kinda Good is like sharing a meal with your most knowledgeable food friend (who also sends you home with the best leftovers ever),” said Food Network Star Jessica Tom, author of Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit. “From the personal essays and restaurant reviews to the recipes, this is a book to savor.”

Some Kinda Good is available globally in hardback and eBook with major retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more information, including media opportunities and Lingenfelser’s book signing tour dates, visit RebekahLingenfelser.com or email RebekahFLingenfelser@gmail.com.