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In the Fall 2001 semester, we began to sponsor a series of talks by faculty members about their current research and interests, in the hopes that students and other faculty may make connections with that research and those interests.

These discussion sessions have been quite successful, giving students and faculty a valuable opportunity to discuss literature and research outside of the classroom.

We also serve refreshments after each discussion to promote a relaxed, social atmosphere for further conversation.

If you are interested in giving a faculty research talk, please send an e-mail to Rachel Chlebowski at chlebor1.

Spring 2013 Faculty Research Talks

*All talks will be held in Bliss 228.

Dr. Lisa Ortiz Thursday, March 7, 11:30am
on her book about women’s autobiographic literature in Latin American dictatorships
Prof. Michael Robertson Thursday, March 28, 11:30am
on The Last Utopians, his book about four late-19th century writers
Dr. Cassandra Jackson Thursday, April 4, 11:30am
on Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig and a controversial memorial sculpture honoring the book


Previous Faculty Research Talks

Fall 2006

Prof. Mary Lynn Hopps “Gendered Violence”
Prof. Donna Shaw “Essential New Technology in Journalism”

Spring 2005

Dr. Robert Cole “Bob Cole’s 3-Dot Column”
Dr. Cassandra Jackson “Body Language: Reading Race in American Photography”
Dr. Lisa Ortiz “There Seems to be a Genre Missing: When Anthropology Meets Autobiography”

Fall 2004

Dr. Emily Meixner “(Why) Are we still playing ‘Smear the Queer’?: Sexuality, Safety and the English Classroom”
Dr. Ellen Friedman “Kathy Acker and the Art of Plagiarism”
Dr. Lawrence McCauley “Tales of Empire, Spectacles of Savagery: Victorian Constructions of East and West”

Fall 2003

Prof. Michael Robertson “Reading Walt Whitman with an English Accent”
Dr. Felicia Steele “Tolkien and Old English: The Language of The Lord of the Rings”

Spring 2003

Prof. Kim Pearson The Souls of Black Folk at 100″
Dr. Glenn Steinberg “Towards an Aesthetics of Literary Influence”

Fall 2002

Dr. David Venturo “The Rise of Augustanism in Restoration England”
Dr. David Blake “On Poetry and Celebrity: The Case of Walt Whitman”

Spring 2002

Dr. Juda Bennett “Passing in Literature”
Dr. Jo Carney “Renaissance Chicks Go to Hollywood”

Fall 2001

Dr. Harriet Hustis “Male Hysteria”
Dr. Michele Tarter “Entering the Red Zone:  Women in Prison who Connect through Literature”