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  • "Reading (and Writing) Toni Morrison's HOME"

    Assoc. Prof. of English Shawn Christian presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk on Tues., March 18th at 12:30 in PDR. All are welcome to attend. Read more…

    In this talk, Professor Christian will discuss Toni Morrison's recent novel Home. Building from the ways that Home positions readers to experience representations of the individual and collective challenges facing African Americans throughout the twentieth century. Professor Christian will consider Frank Money, the novel's protagonist, as a convention that Morrison employs to collapse the binary between reader and writer.

    Associate Professor of English Shawn Christian presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm in President's Dining Room.  All are welcome to attend.

    Click here to download a list of all Faculty Luncheon Talks scheduled for Spring 2014.

     

     

  • An Obeast Walks into a Museum:

    The Politics of Fat Oppression, Performing the Other and Museum Display in Rachel Herrick’s Museum for Obeast Conservation Studies. Assist. Visiting Prof. of Art History Stefanie Snider presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Thurs., March 6th at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    The Politics of Fat Oppression, Performing the Other and Museum Display in Rachel Herrick's Museum for Obeast Conservation Studies

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Art/Art History Stefanie Snider presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk. The talk is scheduled for Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm in President's Dining Room.  All are welcome.

    Click here for the list of Faculty Luncheon Talks scheduled for Spring 2014.

  • A Businesswoman in 16th-Century Catalonia: Hipòlita Roís de Liori and the (Text)tile

    Montse Pérez-Toribio, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies presents her Faculty Lunch Talk on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    When the young Hipòlita Roís de Liori (1479-1546), Countess of Palamós, married the Catalonian widower Lluis de Requesens i Joan de Soler (1435-1509), she became part of one of the most prestigious and powerful families of the Catalonia of the time. From the moment she widowed, the Countess dedicated her life to negotiating and augmenting the family’s power and assets, future inheritance of her only daughter, Estefania de Requesens (1504-1549). The Countess of Palamós, was a woman who held and used power. She understood her public role in the household and its patrimony as an extension of her role as a mother, and she acted accordingly. Not only did the new political, economic, and technological changes brought by the arrival of modernity shape her life but, at the same time, she had a key role in shaping the future of her own family. Two examples of her business savvy and alertness to technical advances in the world of textiles are her probable introduction of silkworms to Molins de Rei (Barcelona), and the development of fabric making machinery documented in detail in her letters.

    Montse Pérez-Toribio, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies presents her talk on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm in the President's Dining Room.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Spring 2014 Faculty Luncheon Talks

    The Office of the Provost announces the Spring 2014 Faculty Luncheon Talks schedule. Read more…

    The Spring 2014 Faculty Luncheon Talk schedule and list of faculty presenters is now complete. Titles and descriptions will be added to the schedule as they are received. Speakers receive a free lunch courtesy of the Provost and a chance to present work in progress. All faculty are encouraged to attend and learn what their colleagues are up to.

    Click here for a list of recent faculty lunch talks, descriptions, and to find links to luncheon talks from previous semesters.

    Spring 2014 Faculty Lunch Talk Schedule

     

     

  • Community at the International Level: Exploring the Nexus of Politics and International Law

    Will continued talks between the U.S. and Iran yield a lasting agreement on Iran’s nuclear program? Adam Irish, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in International Relations, presents the final Faculty Lunch Talk of the semester. Thurs., Dec. 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    • Will continued talks between the U.S. and Iran yield a lasting agreement on Iran's nuclear program?
    • If they reach a lasting agreement, will it be written as a hard law (a treaty) or a soft law (a memorandum of understanding?)
    • How do international and domestic politics affect which type of law is used to address international dilemmas?

    This talk will review the tradeoffs that states face in deciding whether to use hard or soft law to address international dilemmas. Professor Irish will present an argument for incorporating process concerns when researching the nexus of politics and international law. He will also share his recent work on the politics and timing of treaty ratifications. We will then discuss when states are better off forging hard or soft law, and other policy implications of this research.

    Adam Irish, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Political Science and International Relations, presents the final Faculty Lunch Talk of the semester on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room. All are welcome to attend.

     

  • Humiliation: An Understudied Self-Conscious Emotion

    The next Faculty Lunch Talk will be presented by Peony Fhagen-Smith, Associate Professor of Psychology. All are welcome. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    The Adolescent Self Portrait Project was launched in the summer of 2010. The overall goal of this project was to study self-development with the aim of better understanding vulnerabilities during adolescence. Research findings on developmental changes and individual differences in number of conflicts in self-attributes identified opposites will be presented. A secondary goal was to explore the self-conscious emotion humiliation. The importance of and future directions for investigating this understudied self-conscious emotion will be discussed.

    This Faculty Lunch Talk will be presented by Peony Fhagen-Smith, Associate Professor of Psychology and is scheduled for Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm in PDR. All are welcome.

    For the complete schedule of Fall, 2013 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

  • The Surprising History of Household Electric Refrigeration

    Betsey Dyer, Prof. of Biology and Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, Prof. of Religion present this week’s Faculty Lunch Talk on Wed., Nov. 13, 2013 in PDR. All are welcome.

    How did the electric refrigerator become an essential kitchen appliance? How was it decided what foods ought to be refrigerated? What were some unexpected outcomes, not predicted by either home economists or refrigerator manufacturers? These and other questions that you may never have considered before will be considered in this presentation by Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, Professor of Religion, and Betsey Dyer, Professor of Biology. Be prepared to explain why you choose to keep your butter either in the refrigerator or on the counter.

    The talk is scheduled to be held in PDR on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 12:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.

    For the complete schedule of Fall, 2013 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

  • Languages, Linguists, and Labeling: The Case of the 'Future' in Cherokee

    Presented by Sylvia Schreiner, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Applied Linguistics. Thurs., Nov. 7 at 12:30 pm in PDR. All are welcome.

    Most linguists have to make use of another researcher's language data at one point or another, including that researcher's glosses into English or another common language. While this data-sharing is crucial for broadening our understanding of how language works, we must be cautious: even seemingly simple decisions about how to translate a word or label a morpheme are deceivingly complex, and are not, in fact, ever fully atheoretical. This talk explores the limits of this approach by looking at the case of Cherokee. Several different constructions in Cherokee have traditionally been called "future tense".

    Sylvia Schreiner, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Applied Linguistics, presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room. All are welcome to attend.

    For the complete schedule of Fall, 2013 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

  • Developing Global Perspectives on Rape in Marriage

    Prof. Gabriela Torres, Anthr., and Prof. Kersti Yllo, Soc., will provide an overview of their efforts to advance research on marital rape in the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Tues., Oct. 29, 2013, 12:30 pm in PDR.
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    Professors Torres and Yllo recently brought together an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars to begin to address rape in marriage. Marital rape is a widespread form of violence that remains legal in many countries and culturally condoned in most. Yet, it is the most understudied form of violence against women. The high rates of sexual violence against wives constitute a significant human rights and public health crisis. The continuing legal sanctioning of this form of violence, combined with serious social suffering and health consequences (including its role in the HIV/AIDS pandemic), make marital rape a topic that demands urgent attention. In bringing together social scientists, public health and human rights advocates, and legal scholars for the first international meeting on this issue, we began to address legal and theoretical questions about the complex legal and cultural meanings of marital rape, its consequences for women's health, and the challenges posed by international efforts to criminalize this form of violence and insure justice for perpetrators and victims.

    Professors Torres and Yllo will provide an overview of the issues and detail their efforts to advance research on marital rape. There will be an open discussion following the talk and your particpation is welcome.

    The talk is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room.
    Click here for the Fall, 2013 Faculty Lunch Talks schedule.

     

  • The Rite of Spring: Roerich (and Stravinsky's) Russian Pagan Past

    Françoise Rosset, Assoc. Prof. of Russian, presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk. All are welcome. Wed., Oct. 23rd at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    A return look at the infamous 1913 premiere of the Ballets russes' Rite of Spring, this presentation focuses on the conceptual framework shared by Stravinsky, Nijinsky and Roerich. It discusses how their implemented vision of "scenes of pagan Russia," particularly in sets and costumes, produced a "barbaric" whole that drove the Paris audience to riot.

    Françoise Rosset, Associate Professor of Russian, presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room. All are welcome to attend.

    Click here for the Faculty Lunch Talks schedule for Fall 2013 .