Achievements

(for a complete updated account, see also my c.v.)

DISTINCTIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND AWARDS:
Delegate for Teacher Exchange Program, Hadera, Israel, Winter Recess 2008
Nominated Teacher of the Year, The University of the South, 2007
Red Ribbon Society (University of the South), inducted Advent Term 2006
Phi Sigma Tau, Philosophy Honor Society (University of the South), Easter 2005
Israeli Teachers' Union, Tel Aviv/Jerusalem (Traveling/Research Fellow), May 2000
US Olympic Coaches College, Colorado Springs, CO (Level One Foil), August 1999
Leonard Bernstein Center for Education Through the Arts (Fellow), 1997-99
NEH Council for Basic Education; Humanities Seminar (Team Leader), Summer 1998
NEH Folger Shakespeare Institute seminars; Washington, D.C., Fall 1994 and 1995
Ernest A. Jones Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, Vanderbilt University, 1992
Newberry Library, Chicago, IL (Short Term Consortium Research Fellow), 1989-96
Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, TN (Resident Fellow), 1989-90
William R. Hearst Fellow at the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, Summers 1988-89
Exxon Fellow for Advanced Study (Huntington Library), Spring Term 1987
Phi Beta Kappa (Trinity College, Hartford; Beta of Connecticut) 1980
President's Fellow, Department of Education, Trinity College, 1979 and 1980

INVITED LECTURES AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (short titles):
(a) international
“Poe and ‘the grandeur of old Rome,’” Conversazioni in Italia, Florence, Italy, June 9, 2012
"Locative Memory in The Winter's Tale," Société Française Shakespeare, Paris, Mar 23, 2012
"Imagining Memory Machines: Platt & Willis," Sixteenth Century Studies, Montreal, Oct 15, 2010
"Renaissance Commodification of Information," Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany, Jan 16, 2010

"Classroom Mnemonics," Academy for Creative Teaching, Munich, Germany, Jan 5, 2008
"The Aesthetic of Chiasmus" Philosophy and Literature, Helsinki, Finland, May 30, 2005
"Sites and Sounds of Arcadia" Symposium on Iconicity, Krakow, Poland, March 17, 2005
"Bonds of Service," seminar paper, Shakespeare Association, Victoria, BC, April 12, 2003
"Handling Memory as Merchandise," University of Calgary, Alberta, April 3, 2003
"Faust" in Noelle Lawson's translation of Goethe, Univ of Calgary, Alberta, April 2, 2003
"The Performance of Memory," Staff Seminar, Univ of Auckland, NZ, March 20, 2003
"Hidden Design in Sidney's Arcadia," 314 Lecture, Univ of Auckland, NZ, March 19, 2003
"Mapping Legacies of Learning," WACRA, Mannheim, Germany, June 30, 2002
"Teaching the Holocaust," Academy for Creative Teaching, Vienna, Austria, Jan 2002
"Ralegh's cunning terminus," Thomas Harriot Society, Univ of Durham, UK, Dec 17, 2000
"The Way of the Sword," WACRA, Lucerne, CH, Jan 6, 2000
"Alexander Ross & Oswald Spengler," Seventeenth-Century, Durham, UK, July 26, 1999
"Can Ethics Be Taught," Academy for Creative Teaching, Lucerne, CH, January 6, 1999
"The Breath of Death," Sixteenth Century Conference, Toronto, ON, Oct 25, 1998
"Space of Translation," Society for Literary Studies, Johannesburg, RSA June 4, 1998
"Implementing Classroom Mnemonics," WACRA, Lucerne, Jan 10, 1998
"Sampling the Silent in the Renaissance," MLA, Toronto, Dec 28, 1997
"Applied Mnemonics," Innovations in Higher Education, Vancouver, BC, Nov 5, 1996
"Mnemonics that Work," Humanist Curricula, Concordia Univ, Montreal, Feb 22, 1996
"Robert Dudley & Emblems," International Emblem, Glasgow Univ, UK, Aug 14, 1990
"Alexander Ross," European National Traditions, Glasgow Univ, UK, Aug 10, 1990
"Death at the Margins," Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, ON April 6, 1990
"Cataloging a Collection," Emblem Conference, Univ of Strathclyde, UK, Aug 13, 1987
"Living with Death," Seventeenth Century Studies, Univ of Durham, UK, July 7, 1987
"Political Portraiture in Stuart England," National Portrait Gallery, UK, April 1983
"Floral Iconography," The Warburg Institute, London, UK, March 23, 1983

(b) national
"Renaissance Drama & Applied Emblematics," Renaissance Society of America, San Diego, April 6, 2013
“Blazing through the Gothic: ‘Metzengerstein’ Reconsidered,” Poe panel at MLA, Boston, Jan 4, 2013

Circulation of Mnemic Energy in Renaissance Drama, Sixteenth Cen Studies, Cincinnati, Oct 25, 2012
"Quarles's Emblemes and Poe's 'Eldorado,'" American Literature Assoc, San Francisco, May 25, 2012
"Milton in Melville's Moby Dick," Conference on John Milton, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN Oct 14, 2011
"Jupiter's dialect in 'The Gold Bug," American Literature Association, Boston, May 28, 2011

"Melville's Miltonic notion of Providence," American Literature Assoc, San Francisco May 27, 2010
"Chaucer's Garrulous Crow," 45th Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 13, 2010
"Adventures in Chiasmus," Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Tempe, Feb 16, 2010
"Milton's Anglo-Saxon," Conference on John Milton, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN Oct 15, 2009
"Poe's debt to Francis Quarels," The Poe Bicentennial, Philadelphia, PA, Oct 8, 2009
"The Stuff of Allegory in Chaucer," RSA, Los Angeles, CA, Mar 20, 2009
"Lovers' Time in Chaucer," Medieval/Renaissance Colloquium, NYC, Dec 6, 2008
"Death's Dance, Lydgate to Holbein," Sixteenth Century Studies, St. Louis, Oct 25, 2008
"Chaucer's debt to Boethius, 42nd Medieval Colloquium, Kalamazoo, MI, May 8, 2008
"Alciato and Cassirer," 41st Medieval Colloquium, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10, 2007
"Milton's use of Anglo-Saxon," Renaissance Society of America, Miami, FL, March 22, 2007
"Dramatic Symmetry in Pericles," RSA, San Francisco, CA, Mar 23, 2006
"Philip Roth's Historical Turn," American Literature at MLA, Washington, DC, Dec 27, 2005
"Memory's Return," National Coalition of Independent Scholars," NYC, Oct 16, 2004
"Shakespeare's Use of Diana," Renaissance Society of America, NYC, April 2004
"Spenser's 'Goodly Cabinet,'" Spenser Panel at MLA, San Diego, CA Dec 27, 2003
"Performativity," Early Modern Cultural Studies, Newport Beach, CA, Oct 25, 2003
"The Legacy of Louis Martz," South Central RSA, New Orleans, March 6, 2003
"Theurgic Elements," Medieval Drama at MLA, New York, Dec 29, 2002
"David in Protestant Poetics," Medieval/Renaissance Colloquium, NYC, Dec 6, 2002
"Gibberish and Forgetting," Early Modern Cultural Studies, Tampa, FL, Nov 20, 2002
"Mapping Learning," Samford Education Symposium, Birmingham, AL Oct 14-16, 2002
"Education & Anarchy," Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN, Oct 11-13, 2002
"Poe's Poetic Puzzles," International Poe Society, Baltimore, MD, October 5, 2002
"Rhetorical Mnemonics," Renaissance Society of America, Tempe, AZ, April 11, 2002
"Kinetic Emblems," Conference on Literature, The Citadel, Charleston, SC, Feb 7, 2002
"The Voice of the Voyageur," Early Modern Studies, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 18, 2001
"Performing Death," Medieval/Renaissance Colloquium, NYC, Dec 2, 2000
"Exemplars," National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Durham, NC, Oct 27, 2000
"Teaching Mercator'" Early Modern Studies, Vanderbilt Univ, Nashville, TN, Jan 7, 2000
"Pallida Mors," Early Modern Studies, Vanderbilt Univ, Nashville, TN, Nov 29, 1999
"Pragmatic Aesthetics," Philosophy of Education, Loyola Univ, Chicago, IL Nov, 6, 1999
"The Emblem in Descartes," Philosophy and Literature, Hartford, CT, May 12, 1999
"Teaching Masterworks," Association for Core Texts, New Orleans, LA, April, 8, 1999
"Letting Learning Happen," Innovations in Education, Costa Mesa, CA, Nov 4, 1998
"Let No One Serve Another," NCIS, St. Paul Historical Society, MN Oct, 3, 1998
"Aesthetic Core of Teaching," Philosophy of Education, Chicago, Nov 15, 1997
"Aesthetic Issues," The Renaissance Center, Univ of Mass at Amherst, Nov 12, 1997
"Speaking through Job," Sixteenth Century Conference, Atlanta, Oct 24,1997
"Moriskors," Shakespeare Association, Washington, DC., March 29, 1997
"Digesting History" South Central Renaissance Conf, Austin, TX, March 21, 1997
"Slips of Thought," Early Modern Studies, Vanderbilt Univ, Nashville, TN, Feb 17, 1997
"Preparing to Travel," Italian 17th century at MLA, Washington, DC, Dec 27, 1996
"Living with Symbols," Harvard Philosophy of Education, Cambridge, MA, Nov 18, 1996
"Mnemonic Itineraries," Sixteenth Century Studies, St. Louis, MO, October 25, 1996
"Moors in the Morris Dance?" Renaissance Conf, San Marino, CA May 11, 1996
"Manual Mnemonics," RSA, Bloomington, IN, March, 23, 1996
"Blackamoors," Sixteenth Century Studies, San Francisco, CA, October 25, 1995
"Reforming Oneself," Cultural Emblematics, Minneapolis, MN, April 27, 1995
"Rhetorically Charmed Space," seminar, Shakespeare Association, March 25, 1995
"Monstrous Prodigies," Comparative Literature Association, Atlanta, March 17, 1995
"Melancholy Memory Theatres," NEH-Folger seminar, Washington, DC, Nov 10, 1994
"Figuring Opposition: Mors & Moors," RSA, Dallas, TX, April 22, 1994
"Touring Mnemonic Tableaux," Sixteenth Century Studies, St. Louis, Dec 9, 1993
"Early modern printing," Southwest Renaissance Conf, San Marino, CA, May 9, 1993
"Mnemonics in Renaissance Literature," Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, May 1, 1993
"Masculine Parturition," Renaissance Society of America, Kansas City, MO, April 12, 1993
"Imagining Places," Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, Dec 16, 1992
"Reading the World from the Margins," Barnard Medieval Conference, NYC, Dec 8, 1992
"Bacchus's Place," Montaigne Colloquium, Univ of Mass at Amherst, MA, Oct 16, 1992
"The Ars Memorativa," Emblem Conference, Chattanooga, TN, May 1, 1992
"Discourses of Knowledge," Southwest Renaissance, San Marino, CA, May 8, 1992
"Montaigne's Body, Foreign Language Conf, Lexington, KY, April 25, 1992
"Digesting Montaigne's Life," Sixteenth Century Studies, Philadelphia, PA, Oct 19, 1991
"Rabelais in Renaissance England," Rabelais Symposium, Nashville, TN, Sept 19, 1991
"Foreign Bodies in Montaigne's Essais," South Atlantic MLA, Tampa, FL, Nov 15, 1990
"'Tria Sunt Omnia,'" Sixteenth Century Studies, St. Louis, MO, Oct 30, 1990
"Checking Difference and Death," Southwest Renaissance, San Marino, CA, May 11, 1990
"The Body in Memory Theatres," Philosophy and Literature, UC Irvine, CA, April 22, 1990
"Dumb-Shows & Emblems," Shakespeare Association of America, April 13, 1990
"Milton's 'Other Shape,'" South Atlantic MLA, Atlanta, GA, November 9, 1989
"Patrons of Emblems," Sixteenth Century Conf, Minneapolis, MN, Oct 16, 1989
"Laws of Heraldry," Medieval Colloquium, Univ of the South, Sewanee, TN, April 14, 1989
"Portraying Death," Southwest Renaissance Conference, San Marino, CA, April 6, 1989
"Mnemonic Criticism," Modern Language Association, New Orleans, LA, Dec 29, 1988
"The Politics of Virtue," Modern Language Association, New Orleans, LA, Dec 30, 1988
"Burton's Portrait," English Renaissance Prose, Purdue, West Lafayette, IN, Oct 15, 1988
"Montaigne's Scene of Writing," Montaigne, Univ of Mass, Amherst, MA October 9, 1988
"The Drama of Emblems," Southwest Renaissance, San Marino, CA, April 16, 1988
"Persistence of Heraldry," Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conf, Eugene, OR, April 9, 1988
"Internal City-Planning: Applying Mnemonics," RSA, New York, NY, March 17, 1988
"Dances of Death," Sixteenth Century Studies, Univ of Arizona, Tempe, AZ, Oct 31, 1987
"The Recreation of Burton," Southwest Renaissance, San Marino, CA, May 2, 1987
"The Decorum of late-Medieval Hieroglyphics," RSA, Tempe, AZ, March 13, 1987
"Ruined Structures," Southwest Renaissance Conf, San Marino, CA, April 5, 1986