News & Announcements

New IGE Faculty Member Finds Historical Threads in Everyday Objects

To most people, a wig isn’t anything special. But to new faculty member Jason Petrulis, it’s a window to the past.

“I love to think about things that are forgotten or hidden in plain sight,” he says. “These sorts of everyday objects, and the people who use them, are fantastic lenses on capitalism, politics, culture and migration.”
Read more about his research on the CEIS news page

Professors Give American Women Their Own Historic Focus 

There’s a proverb that says “women hold up half the sky,” a centuries-old homage to the vital role women play.

Cal Poly Pomona Professors Roseanne Welch and Peg Lamphier have compiled those historic feats in a new encyclopedia titled “Women in American History.”

“It’s women in American history and culture, so we thought about what kind of women don’t normally get into encyclopedias to ensure there was a great diversity expressed,” says Welch, who holds a doctorate in American social history of the 21st century.

Read the full story: Professors Give American Women Their Own Historic Focus.

Students Show Off Capstone Projects at Annual IGE Fair

For Cal Poly Pomona students who completed their interdisciplinary general education capstone project, it was time to do a little boasting.

Nearly 80 colorful and detailed projects paired with a written abstract and essay were on display at the Department of Interdisciplinary General Education’s (IGE) 13th Annual Projects Fair on March 8.

Enthusiastic students stood by their projects in the Bronco Student Center’s Ursa Major suite to discuss their displays and share their experiences in the IGE program at the College of Education & Integrative Studies. Members of the IGE faculty and staff and members of the campus community helped students celebrate their achievements.

Read the full article: Students Show Off Capstone Projects at Annual IGE Fair.

Published article from Dr. Dennis Quinn

Dr. Dennis Quinn, Chair of the IGE Department, published an article this year entitled, “Genuine Pagans: A Foray into Lovecraftian Religions,” in the peer reviewed collection of essays, Lovecraftian Proceedings.

This article was based on a paper read at NecronomiCon Providence 2013, which examines some occult writers, religious leaders, and esoteric religious groups who use H. P. Lovecraft’s fiction as a sacred text and the Cthulhu Mythos (Lovecraft's fictional mythology) as the basis for their theology and rituals. This year, the Lovecraft Arts and Science Council invited Dr. Quinn to help organize and moderate this year’s conference of Lovecraft scholars, called the The Dr. Henry Armitage Memorial Scholarship Symposium at NecronomiCon Providence 2015.

Nearly forty academics from around the world participated in what was the largest gathering to date examining the works of H.P. Lovecraft, his admirers and imitators, and other authors of weird fiction. Dr. Quinn also chaired and participated in a panel on the influence of Roman literature and history on the author’s works and thought at this Symposium. This year, Dr. Quinn was asked to be editor of the second volume of Lovecraftian Proceedings. This collection of select, peer-reviewed papers from the Armitage Symposium presented at NecronomiCon 2015 is expected to be published by Hippocampus Press before the next NecronomiCon Providence 2017.

Publications from Dr. Gwen D'Arcangelis 

D’Arcangelis, Gwen. “Defending White Scientific Masculinity: The FBI, the Media and Profiling Tactics During the Post-9/11 Anthrax Investigation,” International Feminist Journal of Politics, June 15, 2015, 1–20. doi:10.1080/14616742.2015.1051330.

In this article, I argue that although the implication of an elite white male scientist as the perpetrator of the 2001 U.S. anthrax mailings should have posed a threat to the white patriarchal authority of the national security state, instead the way the FBI and news media handled the case served to shore up this very authority.

D’Arcangelis, Gwen, and Brinda Sarathy. “Enacting Environmental Justice through the Undergraduate Classroom: the Transformative Potential of Community Engaged Partnerships,” Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship 8, no. 2 (2015): 97-106.

In this paper, we document our efforts, as activist scholars, to cultivate among our liberal arts students a critical environmental justice consciousness through engaging with community organizations.

“Doctor Who Regenerated” with Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is back by popular demand with a new lecture on Doctor Who and Television!

This time, the Doctor will focus on a deeper look of the themes of the writers behind “Doctor Who.” Above and beyond race and gender, they include social justice and the power of childhood.



"Doctor Who and Culture" with Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch discusses Doctor Who and how the show has changed television writing. She further discusses how society looks at culture and gender roles with the use of the Doctor and his companions’ adventures.

“Natalie Lopez at the Cal Poly University Library invited me to do a presentation for National Libraries Week on Doctor Who and Culture so that’s why a group of Whovians from both CalPoly and CSUF gathered in the Special Events room on April 16th.  It was wonderful to look out over a sea of t-shirts and other Doctor paraphernalia present among the crowd as I pontificated about what makes Who great – mostly giving me a chance to present a case for the fact that writers make Doctor Who and therefore writers make culture.”



IGE professor Dr. Rosanne Welch publishes essay "When White Boys Write Black"

If there are any Doctor Who fans among the Cal Poly Pomona community, they may want to add Doctor Who and Race: an Anthology (Intellect) to their summer reading list as it contains an essay by Dr. Rosanne Welch of the Cal Poly Pomona IGE Department. Her essay "When White Boys Write Black", discusses the different ways show runners Russell T. Davies and his successor, Steven Moffat, handle race in the writing the program. It concludes that while Davies characters of color (Mickey, Martha and Rosita) are all three-dimensional, sexualized human beings, Moffat’s (Liz Ten, Mels and Rita) tended toward more one-dimensional, Talented Tenth types. The rest of the anthology looks at the representation of other peoples of color across the 50 life of the iconic British science-fiction program.

Dr. Welch has delivered several papers on the subject of Who and its spin-off, Torchwood. On August 1st a paper co-written with Dr. Martin Griffin (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) -- "Crisis of Authority / Authoring Crisis: Decision and Power in Torchwood: Children of Earth” will be published as a chapter in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I.B.Tauris). Based on a paper co-presented at the Torchwood Symposium, University of Glamorgan in Wales, UK in July 2010 it focuses on the way both personal and political authority was presented in the third season of the program.

Dr. Welch will be presenting papers based on these works at the UFVA (University Film and Video Association) Conference at Chapman University this July and the SRN (Screenwriting Research Network) International Conference at the U of Madison this August. She is currently contracted to write The Monkees: A Metatextual Menagerie of Critical Studies for McFarland Publishing.