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112 Administration Bldg
851 Campus Drive

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College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
111 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 11111-3154

Phone: 111-111-6426

Fax: 111-111-8964

Email: [email protected]

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Magic Behind The Jazz

The memoir, “Hamp and Doc,” tells the story of an unparalleled friendship between two musicians who share a love for jazz.

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Interdisciplinary Research Lab Integrates Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences

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A Natural Philosopher

Biology had been Aleta Quinn’s primary focus, but she became interested in the philosophical side of the sciences after helping discover a new species.


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Frey Receives Evans Handcart Award

Rodney Frey, Professor Emeritus of Ethnography in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, won the 2018 Evans Handcart Award from Utah State University's Mountain West Center for Regional Studies for his book Carry Forth the Stories: An Ethnographer’s Journey into Native Oral Tradition. .

Book cover: Carry Forth the Stories

Hodwitz Takes Students to Prison

For the first time in Idaho, U of I students are participating in the Inside Out program, where the students go to a prison to study with a select group of incarcerated individuals. Assistant professor of sociology/criminology Omni Hodwitz leads the program. The prisoners get an opportunity to turn their lives around through academic studies, while the students get a perspective on the prison population. .

LGBT Cowboys’ Impact Shattered Stereotypes

History professor Rebecca Scofield presented an hour-long presentation on gay rodeos and their influence on the larger queer community. Her presentation reflected years of work put into her book, “Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West.” She highlighted the long history of the International Gay Rodeo Association and its effects on people across the country. .

Rebecca Scofield
Rebecca Scofield

Doc Skinner Writes Memoir about Lionel Hampton and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Lynn “Doc” Skinner compresses three decades of involvement with the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and jazz legend Lionel Hampton into the book Hamp and Doc. After performing at the festival in 1984, Hampton handed Skinner a check for $15,000 to support the festival. This act of generosity eventually resulted in the festival being named in honor of Hampton. Skinner was assisted in writing the book by CLASS graduate Alan Solan, who graduated in 1989 with a degree in journalism and a minor in history.
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Cover of Doc Skinner's book Hamp & Doc.
Cover of Doc Skinner's new book, Hamp & Doc.

Assistant Professor Performs at Center for New Music in San Francisco

Javier Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Bassoon in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, will perform work from the upcoming release, Donut Robot, with the Post-Haste Reed Duo at the Center for New Music in San Francisco on January 5, 2019. .

Scott Brown Hired as CLASS’s Director of Development

A warm welcome Scott Brown ‘05, a Moscow native and University of Idaho graduate, to the role of director of development for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences! Brown returns to the Palouse after 13 years of living in Portland, Oregon.  He utilized his anthropology degree to work for a small history museum in Portland before spending the last decade working for Nike, Under Armour and Adidas in multiple marketing and product creation roles.  Prior to accepting his development role at the University of Idaho, Scott was a director of footwear at Adidas.  He can be reached at [email protected] or 111-111-7111.

Gemberling Retires After 32 Years in School of Music

Professor Alan Gemberling is retiring on Dec. 31, 2018, from the University of Idaho after 32 wonderful years of service. Al has taught trombone, marching band, jazz bands, concert band, wind ensemble, conducting and brass techniques for the Lionel Hampton School of Music. He is a true cornerstone of the LHSOM faculty and will be sorely missed.

Al Gemberling
Alan Gemberling

U of I Theatre Arts Faculty Member Gives TED Talk

On November 3, 2018, Department of Theatre Arts faculty member, Craig Miller, traveled to the Sonoma County annual TEDx conference in California as an invited speaker and director of the first-ever TED Talk presented as a play.  This year's TED Talk theme was "Re Imagine", and over the last month, Miller and playwright Scott Lummer, reimagined how to develop and rehearse the 12-minute play in preparation of the presentation via ZOOM with Miller in Moscow, Idaho and the cast and crew in Santa Rosa, Calif.  Special permission had to be obtained by the National TED organization for this first-of-its-kind event in order to allow the staging of the play to break the norms and convention of the traditional TED Talk, and venture beyond the Red Dot - a true reimagining!

Dilshani Sarathchandra Presents on the Effects of Scientific Retractions at National Conference

Dilshani Sarathchandra, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, presented her research on the impact of scientific retractions in the media on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the 2018 Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sarathchandra and her co-author Aaron McCreight of Michigan State University discussed their study, "The Effects of Media Coverage of Scientific Retractions on Trust in Science," which examined how trust in scientists was shaped by exposure to news coverage of the retraction of a stem cell study. Preliminary findings show that being exposed to the news coverage does reduce trust and negative effects on trust are even larger for retractions due to "intentional misconduct."

The results suggest that journalists and publishers should be more aware of these effects when reporting on retractions and should clarify the reason for retraction (honest mistakes vs. intentional misconduct). Clarifying the reasoning can influence how journalists cover the stories, and how the public perceives the news. Making this distinction can also help destigmatize retractions due to honest mistakes which could increase trust in the scientific community.

The paper, originally published in May 2017, can be .

Weimar Retrospective Film Festival Receives Grant from Idaho Humanities Council

The Idaho Humanities Council has awarded Professors Sean Quinlan and Rachel Halverson a $5,000 grant to support “Weimar Germany: History, Film & Memory – 100 Years Later” a the film and lecture retrospective sponsored by the Department of History and the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Two U of I School of Music Employees Release New Album

Jazz Instructor Kate Skinner and Josh Skinner, manager of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, released their newest duo album, “Skinny Squared.” The album was funded in part by a grant from the university’s Fine Arts Committee. It features original compositions, along with arrangements of jazz standards and some pop tunes, including songs from the British rock band Genesis and Disney’s animated feature “Aladdin.” “You’ll hear layers of different influences in our compositions and arrangements,” Kate Skinner said. “This is a jazz album that has something for every listener.” More information on the album is available at .

Death By Selfie: Desire for Social Media Likes is Costing Lives

Death by selfie? Assistant Professor of Sociology Dilshani Sarathchandra explains why people take risks to get the perfect shot. .

Robert Caisley Plays Open in Montana & United Kingdom

Congratulations to Professor Robert Caisley who has two openings in October beyond U of I’s production of “The Open Hand” (opening Oct. 12 in Moscow, Idaho). His new play, “Kettlehouse” and “Happy” in the United Kingdom.

Graham Hubbs Receives National Award for TDI

The () – an NSF-sponsored initiative started at the University of Idaho - was named the recipient of the American Philosophical Association’s 2018 Prize for Excellence and Innovation. The TDI improves cross-disciplinary research projects by hosting workshops to prompt dialogue among collaborators about the philosophical dimensions of their work together. Congratulations to Associate Professor of Philosophy Graham Hubbs, who has been part of the TDI team since 2012 and continues as a member of the project’s senior personnel.

Ladino Publishes New Book on Environmental Humanities

Jennifer Ladino, an associate professor in the Department of English, has published a collection of essays, “Affective Ecocriticism: Emotion, Embodiment, Environment,” with the University of Nebraska Press. The book compiles fourteen original essays that take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of affect and emotion in regard to a variety of primary texts, including short story collections, films, poetry, curricular programs, and contentious sites such as Canada’s Tar Sands. . 

Whitefish Theatre Company Presents Caisley Play

The Whitefish Theatre Company (Montana) kicked off its 40th season with the premiere of Robert Caisley’s unpublished play “Kettlehouse.” Caisley is a professor of theatre and head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho. “Kettlehouse” is a comedy of errors about lasting love, broken homes, nosebleeds and the art of Feng Shui.

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College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
112 Administration Bldg
851 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
111 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 11111-3154

Phone: 111-111-6426

Fax: 111-111-8964

Email: [email protected]

Web: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences