Amy Cheng (Art) installed a 6-by-39.5-foot hand-painted ceramic-tile mural at the Howard St. El Station in Chicago, Ill., in July 2009. Commissioned by the Chicago Transit Authority, the piece, titled “Destination: Points Unknown,” had budget of $69,150. The mural was depicts a cosmic scene that aims to transport viewers on an imaginative journey. The mural was fabricated by Sherle Wagner International LLC in Falls River, Mass.
Donna Flayhan (Communication and Media) presented a paper, “Arab Professors and Academic Freedom Post 9/11,” at The American Association of University Professors Academic Conference in Washington, D.C., on June 12. The Chronicle of Higher Education reviewed the paper and Flayhan was later interviewed by The Chronicle about her scholarship on pejorative terms used for Arabs since 1991. Flayhan’s work in that area is summarized in the article “Beyond Henry Louis Gates: Many Scholars Find Inspiration in Discrimination,” which appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Aug. 4. Flayhan also presented as an invited expert in a Media Ecology Roundtable at the Congress of the Canadian Communication Association in Ottawa in May 2009, where the Canadian Congress is forming a media-ecology area of its own.