Richard Raspa

Richard Raspa

5057 Woodward Avenue, Room #9204.3, Detroit, Michigan 48202

Curriculum Vitae

Richard Raspa

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • B.A. Saint Joseph’s College, Philadelphia, 1963
  • M.A. University of Notre Dame, 1965
  • Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 1971

Awards and Grants

    • Invited Lecture: James L. Stambaugh, Jr. Lectureship in Humanities in Medicine. University of Louisville, College of Medicine, October 2, 2009.
    • Botkin Folklore Prize, an international award from the American Folklore Society for the best first book in the field of folklore, 1987
    • Fulbright, Italy, 1974-75
    • Ellsworth Visiting Fellow, Barney School of Business and Public Administration, 1985
    • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005 and 1986
    • Wayne State University Summer Institute Award: Computer Technology, 2002
    • Wayne State University Global Grant: The China Project, 2002
    • Wayne State University Global Grant: Medical Humanities, 2005
    • Wayne State University Freshman Seminar Award 2003
    • WSU Summer Grant, 1991
    • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer, 1992

Selected Publications

Books Published

End-of-Life Stories: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries, co-authored, New York: Springer, 2005.

The Collaborative Imperative, co-authored. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2000.

Italian Folktales in America: The Verbal Art of an Immigrant Woman, co-authored,
Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1985. Reprinted 1997.

Keys to American English, co-authored. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975.

Discovery in Literature, co-authored. New York: Paulist Press, 1970.



Chapters Published

“Three Modern Entrepreneurs: Exploring the Limits of Carnival,” with Kenneth Khoury, MD, in Modern Organizations and Emerging Conundrums, ed. By Richard Goodman (London: Sage, 1999).

“The Broken Covenant: The Symbolic Impact of Organizational Transition,” an invited contribution to a festschrift in honor of Wolfram Burisch in Wider die Regel, ed. By Francesca Vidal (Tubingen: Talheimer Verlag, 1991.

“Dominos, Pizza, and Entrepreneurial Success: Corporate Mythology in a Fast-Food Chain,” in Symbols and Artifacts: views of the Corporate Landscape, ed. By Pasquale Gagliardi (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1990).

“Exotic Foods among Italian-Americans in Mormon, Utah: Food as Nostalgic Enactment of Identity,” in Ethnic and Regional Foodways in the United States: The Performance of Group Identity, edited by Linda Keller Brown and Kay Mussell (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1984). 

 

Journal Articles Published

2016: Facing Death: Palliative Care, Erik Erikson, and the Final Stage of Life, Robert Joseph Zalenski, Richard Raspa, Journal of Palliative Medicine. Aug 2016: 804-805.


2016: “Facing Death: Palliative Care, Erik Erikson, and the Final Stage of Life,” co-authored with Robert Zalenski, MD., in The Journal of Palliative Medicine [Epub ahead of print]

2012: "The Winter's Tale: The Function of Folklore in Shakespeare's Construction Central Europe and the Mediterranean," in Squardi sul Mediterraneo, ed. by Paola Valenti, 143-54. Genoa, Italy: University of Genoa Press). (Book was printed in Italy in October 2013 but bears the publication date of 2012.) [Year 3]

2012: "Civilization and its Discontents in the 21st century: Freud, Shakespeare, and Romantic Love, " Psychoanalytic Inquiry vol.32. Issue 6, (2012): 596-606. DOI:10.1080/07351690.2012.703904


2012: “Virtue Ethics and End-of-Life Care,” co-authored with Robert Zalenski, MD, in Proceedings of the British Pain Society Special Interest Group for Philosophy and Ethics. Eds. Peter Wemyss-Gorman, MD, and Ken Obbard, MD. Launde Abby, England: British Pain Society Special Interest Group for Philosophy and Ethics: 32-37.

“The Athlete, the Doctor, and the Patient: Framing the Game against the Odds,” Western Folklore: Essays in Honor of Jay Mechling, ed. Simon Bronner, vol. 69, nos. 3 - 4 (fall 2010): 324-40. Print. Special edition, Festschrift in Honor of Jay Mechling.

"Encouraging Whistle-berries: Paradoxical Intervention in The Taming of the Shrew," The Journal of Mediterranean Studies 19 (2010): 102-112

"Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries in End-of-Life Education" in the Journal of Professional Nursing with Stephanie Schim (2007), Volume 23, Issue 4, 201-207

“Root metaphors in Five Health Care Systems: US, Poland, Brazil, Scotland, and China,” co-authored with Ken Khoury, MD, at the World Psychiatric Congress, in Melbourne, Australia, November 28, 2007, in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2007, Vol. 41, Issue S2, 445.

“Organization,” in the “Encyclopedia of American Folklife, “edited by Simon Broner. New York: ME Sharp, 924-27 (2006).

“Detroit,” in the “Encyclopedia of American Folklife,” co-authored and edited by Simon Broner New York: ME Sharp 297-304 (2006).

"A Framework for Achieving Human Potential in Hospice and Palliative Care: Applying Maslow's Theory of Hierarchy of Needs to End-of-Life Care,” co-authored with Rob Zalenski, MD, The Journal of Palliative Medicine, no.5 (2006) , 1120-27.

“Carnivalized Bodies in Portugal: Laughing at Death in the House of God,” in The Journal of Mediterranean Studies, ed. Ben Taggie (Kirksville: Thomas Jefferson University, 2005).

“The Legend of St. James at Santiago de Campostela: Pilgrims and Tourists Crossing Boundaries into Liminal States,” in Midwestern Folklore. Vol.27. No.1 (Spring 2001).

“Organizational Storytelling,” entry in The Storytelling Encyclopedia, edited by Margaret Macdonald (Garland Press, 1999).

“The Psychology of Change,” with Kenneth Khoury, M.D., in Executive Excellence. Provo: Utah (August 1998).

“Information Literacy: The Collaborative Imperative,” co-authored, in Change (summer 1998).

“The Edge of Chaos: Sicily through the Writer’s Pen and the Cinematographer’s Lens,” in Italy and the Mediterranean, ed. Ben Taggie (Kirksville: Thomas Jefferson University, 1996).

“Italian-Americans,” encyclopedia entry in American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, edited by Jan Harold Brunvand (Garland Press, 1996).

“A Short History of Giglio’s: Occupational Roles as Play Frames,” in Western Folklore (April 1992).


“Sacred Space, Time, and the Invention of a Saint in a Venetian Mountain Community,” co-authored, in Spain and the Mediterranean, ed. Ben Taggie, Richard Clement, and James Caraway (Kirksville: Thomas Jefferson University Press, 1992).


“Decision-Making in an Ethnic Organization: The Role of Aesthetic and Old World Values in a New World Setting,” Ethnicity: Conflict and Cooperation: International Colloquium Reader (Detroit: Michigan Ethnic Heritage Studies Center, 1991), 430-38.


Folkloric Expression in the Automobile Industry: QWL Stories at GM,” in Southern Folklore I, No.2 (December 1988), 83-87.

“The Funeral Director as Cultural Engineer: Transforming Traditions in an American Institution,” Dragon, II. No.2 (1987).

“Creating Fictions in the Committee: the Emergence of the Saturn Corporation at General Motors,” Dragon. I. No.4 (1986).

“The Italian Community in Helper, Utah: Its Historic and Folkloric Past and Present,” co-authored, The Family and Community Life of Italian Americans (Italian American Historical Association, 1983), 22-33.

“Thomas Dekker and Seventeenth Century Allegory,” English Studies, IV. No.1 (December 1974), 67-76.

“The Wandering Rocks of Ulysses,” The Literary Half-Yearly, XVI., No.1 (January 1975), 131-52.

“Proposal for an Experimental Freshman Reading and Writing Seminar,” co-authored, The Journal of English Studies, VI. Nos. 1&2 (April 1975), 375-82.

 

Conference Papers Presented

Invited and/or Refereed Internationally or Nationally

“Language and Leadership: Names, Nicknames, Name-Calling, and other speech acts in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Palermo, Italy, May 25-29, 2016. 

“Inside the Hermeneutic Circle: Brutus and Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar,” at the Folger Shakespeare Library First Folio Conference: Shakespeare and His Culture on Stage and on the Page, Wayne State University, March 11, 2016.

 

“Taste in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Athens, Greece,” May 27 -31, 2015.

“Inside the Hermeneutic Circle: Brutus and Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Malaga, Spain,” 28 May-1 June, 2014.

“Misreading the Text: The Limits of Honor and Service in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Azores, May 28-June 2, 2013.

“The Politics of Memory in Shakespeare’s Richard III,” at the Mediterranean Studies Association, University of Pula, Croatia, May 30-June 3, 2012

“Romantic Love in Romeo and Juliet: Reviewing Shakespeare through Freud,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Corfu, Greece, May 25-29, 2011.

“Restoration Narratives and Pain Medicine ,” with Robert Zaleneski, MD, at the British Pain Society International Meeting, Launde Abbey, England, May 16-19, 2011

“Encouraging Whistle-berries: Paradoxical Intervention in The Taming of the Shrew,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Salamanca, Spain, May 28-30, 2010.

“Narrative Therapy in Hospice,” co-authored with Robert Zalenski, MD, ,” at the 16th Annual Hong Kong International Cancer Congress, Hong Kong, October 5, 2009.

”The Final Stage of Living: Negotiating Erikson’s Crisis of Death,” co-authored with Robert Zalenski, MD, at the 16th Annual Hong Kong International Cancer Congress, Hong Kong, October 4, 2009.

“Falstaff and the Anthropology of Comedy: Bateson’s Framing in Shakespeare’s 1 Henry IV,” at the International Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Cagliari, Italy, May 27-31, 2009.

“Addictive Gambling: Cultural and Psychiatric Dimensions,” co-authored with Kenneth Khoury, MD, at the 13 th Pacific Rim Psychiatric Conference, Tokyo, Japan, October 27-31, 2008.

“The Embodied Self in Shakespeare’s Othello,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Luneburg, Germany, 28 May-1 June, 2008.

“Root Metaphors and Cultural Constructions of Health-Care Systems: USA, China, Poland, Scotland, Brazil,” co-authored with Ken Khoury, MD, at the World Psychiatric Conference Annual Meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 30 November 2007.

“Visible Whispering, Audible Noise, Enacted Signs: The Making of Meaning in Macbeth,” at the University of Evora, Portugal, 29 May 2007.

“The Constructions of Madness in Euripides’ Medea and in Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Dissolving States of Mind and Identity,” co-authored with Ken Khoury, MD., at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Genoa, Italy, May 28, 2006.

“Derrida’s Hospitality and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, “at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Messina, Italy, May 29, 2005.

“The Power of Narrative: The Construction of Death in Shakespeare’s King Lear,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Barcelona, Spain, May 28, 2004.

“A Colloquy among the Faculty of the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies Program,” at the Association for Integrative Studies, Detroit, October 9-12, 2003.

“Construction of the Self and Other in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice,” at the Association for Integrative Studies, Detroit, October 9-12, 2003.

“Redux: A Master’s Program 10 Years Later,” at the Association for Integrative Studies, Detroit, October 9-12, 2003.

“The Winter’s Tale: Shakespeare and the Uses of Folklore,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Budapest, Hungary, May 25-29, 2003.

“The Stones that Speak: Frescoes as Visual Narratives,” co-authored, at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Granada, Spain, May 24-28, 2002.

“And then Dante Swooned: Paolo and Francesca in the Inferno,” at the international Mediterranean Studies Conference, Aix-en-provenance, France, May 23-27,2001.

“On Collaboration in the Information Age,” co-authored, at the national meeting of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Denver, March 15,18, 2001

“Representations of Death in Fourteenth-Century Italy,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, October 26-30, 2000.

“Pilgrims and Tourists Crossing Boundaries: Santiago di Campostela,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Bahia, Brazil, May 23-27, 2000.

“The Black Death: Boccaccio and Literary Constructions of Health and Illness,” at the University of Messina, Italy, March 16-20, 2000,

“Liminality and Sacred Space,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Memphis, October 20-24, 1999.

“Giving Voice to Narratives of Violence,” at the national meeting of the Oral History Association, Anchorage, Alaska, October 6-10, 1999.

“Empurrar com a barriga: [Push with the Belly] Taking Liberties with Brazilian Health Care,” co-athored with Ken Khoury, M.D. at the International Conference on Corporate Symbolism, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 7-10, 1999.

“The Gaze of Death: the Folklore of Ossuary Representations,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Coimbra, Portugal, May 27-31, 1999.

“Eroticized Space and the Image from the Runway,” at the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Williamsburg, Virginia, July 30, 1998.

“Doctor, Priest, Jester: Poland Emerging Health-Care System,” co-authored with Kenneth Khoury, MD, at SCOS International Conference, Garuja, Brazil, 5 July 1998.

“Taking Learning Seriously,” at the American Association of Higher Education national meeting, co-authored, Atlanta, March 21, 1998.

“The Eye Made Desperate by the Gaze: The Evil Eye in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Pittsburgh, October 1997.

“The Business of Media: Organizing Carnival by the New Entrepreneurs,” co-authored with Ken Khoury, MD, at the International Conference on Symbolism, Anderson School of Business, UCLA, June 30-July 5, 1996.

“The Miller’s Inquisition: Creolization in Sixteenth-Century Italy,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Lafayette, Louisiana, October 12-15, 1995.

“The Organizational Self: Negotiating the Boundary of Continuity and Change,” co-authored, with Ken Khoury, MD, at the International Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Turku School of Economics, Turku, Finland, June 29-July 2, 1995.

“Shakespeare and France: Rhetorical Drama and the French Troubadour Tradition in Shakespeare’s Henry V, at the international Mediterranean XVI Conference, Pau, France, July 6 –10, 1994.

“Folkloric Elements in the Fiction of Luigi Pirandello,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Eugene, Oregon, October 27-30, 1993.

“The Vision: an Organizational Process,” an invited presentation at the second DSE Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 11-13, 1993.

“Institutionalization of Managerial Knowledge,” at the 11th International EGOS Colloquium on the Production and Diffusion of Managerial and Organizational Knowledge, Paris, France, July 6-8, 1993.

“Vital Attraction: Work in a Boundary-less Age,” co-authored with Ken Khoury, MD, at the SCOS International Conference on Organizations and Symbols, Barcelona, Spain, June 27-30, 1993.

“Ethnographic Listening: Making a Difference with Gangs,” as the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Jacksonville, Florida, October 12-15, 1992.

“War and other Sports in the Play and in the Theater Company: Metaphors of Organization as Theater and in Theater Productions,” at SCOS international conference on Organizations and Symbols and Theater, University of Lancaster, England, July 2, 1992.

“Decision-Making in an Ethnic Organization: The Role of Aesthetics and Old World Values in a New World setting,” at the international meeting on Ethnicity: Conflict and Cooperation, Detroit, 24 October 1991.

“The Discourse of Change in a California organization,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, St. John, Newfoundland, 19 October 1991.

“The Ocean World Paradox: Managing Nature as Carnival or the Symbiosis of Works,” at The Valhalla, an international Conference on Organizational Culture, Copenhagen, Denmark, 24 June 1991.

“Computers as Symbols of Corporate Structure,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, San Francisco, 18 October 1990.

“Sacred Space, Time, and the Invention of a Saint in a Venetian Mountain Community,” co-authored, at the Mediterranean XIII Conference Studies, Murcia, Spain, July 9, 1990.

“The Allegory of Size, the Culture of Space,” at the international conference on the Symbolics of Technological Innovation, Saarbruchen, Germany, 24, June 1990.

“Hear with your Eyes and See with Your Ears: Folkloric Performance at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Philadelphia, October 20, 1989.

“Foodways in an Immigrant Community: Paradox and Pleasures,” at the Fleisher Museum section of the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Philadelphia, October 19, 1989.

“The Broken Covenant: Loyalty at General Motors,” at E.G.O.S. World Conference, Berlin, Germany, July 11, 1989.

“Inventing the Organization of the 21st Century,” at the International Conference, SCOS, Paris, France, June 25, 1989.

“The Authoritative Text: Fieldwork inside the Organization,” presentation at international research initiative on organizational life, sponsored by the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 24 May 1989.

“The Manager as Storyteller: Implementing a new Style of Leadership in the Telecommunication Industry” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 25, 1988.

“Bureaucratic Identity at the Title Insurance Company,” at the SCOS International Conference on Corporate Culture, Istanbul, Turkey, July 5, 1988.

“The Custody Industry: The Sanctions of Legal and Family Folklore,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 22, 1987.

“Folk Narratives from West Virginia: Immigration and Acculturation in a Mining Community,” at the International Conference, Immigrazione e il Sud, Campobasso, Italy June 28, 1987.

“A Study of the Play Element at Work,” at the SCOS Conference on the Symbolics of Skill, Milan, Italy, June 27, 1987.

“Rituals of Separation and Transition in a Manufacturing Context: the Folklore of Change,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, October 23, 1986, Baltimore.

“The Funeral Director as Cultural Engineer: Transforming Traditions in an American Institution, “at the international SCOS World Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Universite du Quebec, Montreal, July 25, 1986.

“Rhetorical Models Implicit in Management Consultant Books: Communication for Success,” at the national meeting of the Conference on Composition and Communication, New Orleans, March 15, 1986.

“Creativity in the Board Room: Language and Action in an Organizational Environment,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Cincinnati, October 18, 1985.

“Creating Fictions in the Committee: the Emergence of the Saturn Corporation at General Motors,” at the SCOS World Conference on Symbolism, Antibes, France, June 27, 1985.

“Decision-making Rituals in an Ethnic Organization: Managing the Culture of Paradox,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, San Diego, October 11, 1984.

“Quality of Work-life Stories in an Automobile Plant,” at the international Conference on Organizational Symbolism and Corporate Culture, Lund, Sweden, June 27, 1984.

“Writing in the Corporate Context: the Demands of World-of-Work Writing,” at the national Conference on College Composition and Communication, Detroit, March 19, 1983.

“Discovering and Folk and the Japanese among the Managers at General Motors,” at the international Conference on Myth, Symbol, and Folklore, University of California, Los Angeles, March 11, 1983.

“Studying Up the Organization: the Convergence of Folklore and Occupation,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Minneapolis, October 15, 1982.

“The Immigrant Experience in the Intermountain West,” co-authored at the national meeting of the American Italian Historical Association, Chicago, October 24, 1980.

“Vernacular Architecture and the Ethnic Landscape,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Pittsburgh, October 19, 1980.

“Familial and Analytic Determinants of Folk Behavior in Fictional and Institutional Contexts,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Los Angeles, October 27, 1979.

“Paulo Freire, Conscientizacao, and the Teaching of Composition,” at the national meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Minneapolis, April 6, 1979.

“Exotic Foods and Their Perceptions among Utah Italians,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore, Salt Lake City, October 12, 1978.

“A Model of Invention for Teaching Business English,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Detroit, November 4, 1977.

“Italian Folk Cookery in the Festive Context,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Detroit, November 4, 1977.

“The Limits of Contractual Pedagogy: Teaching Composition at a U.A.W. Local in Detroit,” at the national meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Denver, March 30, 1978.

“Venetian Story Telling Tradition,” co-authored at the national meeting of American Folklore Society, Philadelphia, November 11, 1976.

“Thomas Dekker and the Ulenspiegel Cycle of the 16th Century,” at the national meeting of the Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, May 1, 1972.

Courses taught

Sabbatical, Winter 2016

ENG 2200 Shakespeare: Making Sense of the Text, 3 credits, Fall 2015

HON 4200 Art of Medicine, 3 credits, Fall 2015