Fall Welcome Message from the Director
As the Texas summer cools and the campus comes alive with new and returning students and faculty, the Glasscock Center has been busy welcoming our 2018/19 research fellows, hosting Faculty and Graduate Colloquia, Glasscock Working Groups, and our Morning Coffee Hour series. We kicked off the fall semester with presentations showcasing the research projects of our undergraduate summer scholars, under two research themes: “Adaptations Then and Now: Medieval England and Contemporary Culture” and “Religion and Media: Religious (In)Tolerance and Diversity in Digital Media Culture.” In addition to our regular programming, highlights of Glasscock-supported Three-Year Seminars, and Co-Sponsored events, and Notable Lectures this fall include:
- “Poor People’s Campaign: 50 Years Later,” a symposium organized by our Latinx Identities and Civil Rights Three-Year Seminar
- “Mapping Medical Tokyo,” a lecture supported by our Notable Lecture Grant
- “Media Literacy and Civic Engagement in a Digital World,” a symposium supported by our Symposium and Small Conference Grant
- “The American Religious Sounds Project,” a lecture put on by our Sound Studies Working Group
- “‘It’s Alive!’: Frankenstein’s Monster 200 Years Later,” a symposium supported by our Symposium and Small Conference Grant
We welcome everyone to participate in our activities this fall!
After just a few months as Director, I have been struck by the welcoming and generous atmosphere of the TAMU campus and, in particular, how rewarding it has been to meet a range of people across disciplines in the College of Liberal Arts and other parts of the University. In learning about the rich, transformative research being carried out here, I’m reminded again what an honor it is to lead the Center and its mission of fostering and celebrating humanities research among the community of scholars at Texas A&M and beyond.
The Glasscock Center is creating a new vision which will emphasize our role in supporting and incubating world-leading research at TAMU in the humanities and social sciences; cultivating new collaborations between the humanities and other disciplines, as well as new external and international partnerships; and connecting the vibrant, critical work of the humanities to diverse communities, with the aim of enriching civic life. Two new initiatives are in the planning stages. Humanities: Land Sea Space: In a world of climate change and the Anthropocene, the critical methods of the humanities, as well as more scientific perspectives, are needed to address urgent issues relating to environmental and social justice, human-nature relationships, coastal and island communities, and more-than-human ethics, amongst many others. Land Sea Space will engage with the environmental humanities, blue/marine humanities, geohumanities, and energy humanities to catalyze interdisciplinary research across a variety of contexts. Global Health and the Humanities, led by our new Associate Director, Jessica Howell, and growing out of a Glasscock Three-Year Seminar will draw upon humanistic and cross-disciplinary perspectives to explore the lived experience of global health issues.
To mark our 15th anniversary and the impactful philanthropy of Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock, there will be a celebration event early next semester. As we move forward with this next, exciting phase of the Center’s work, I am eager to listen and learn from the campus community about their ideas, research priorities, and how they would like to be part of our future. We invite you to come and visit us on the third floor of the Glasscock Building.
Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock Director’s Chair
Professor of Philosophy