The Glasscock Center hosts an informal coffee hour every other Wednesday morning during the semester. All are welcome to join us for coffee, tea, pastries, and conversation.
2017-2018 Academic Year
September 13, 2017
Dr. Adam Seipp | Professor, Department of History
“Wild Horses in Hanau: Demilitarizing Germany, 1989-95”
This discussion, based on research Dr. Seipp has been doing for the past two summers, will focus on the end of the Cold War, the withdrawal of most of the 250,000 American troops then stationed in Germany, and the evolution of planning for the conversion of American military bases for civilian use. In six years, the Federal Republic of Germany gained control over bases previously occupied by seven different armies. Many of these facilities were in need of environmental clean-up and extensive rehabilitation.
September 27, 2017
Dr. Albert Broussard | Professor, Department of History
“Migration, Civil Rights and Racial Activism in the Far West, 1945-1980”
The World War II era sparked the largest migration of African Americans out of the southern states in the history of the United States. Yet southern migrants, who had flocked largely to northern urban industrial centers during World War I, moved instead to western cities and territories during World War II in pursuit of employment in the burgeoning wartime defense industries. Dr. Broussard’s research examines the aftermath of this migration during the postwar years from approximately 1945 to 1980, a time of rising expectations among African Americans and tumult and civil disobedience throughout the nation. Dr. Broussard attempted to ascertain the degree to which black migrants and their families achieved their expectations when they moved to western cities, identify areas of conflict between black migrants and non-white residents, explain how racial activism addressed a multitude of issues such as housing, education, and employment opportunities, and note areas where African American leaders collaborated with other racial, ethnic, and marginalized groups such as Hispanics and the LGTBQ community.
October 11, 2017
Dr. Nandra Perry | Associate Professor, Department of English
Dr. Perry will be discussing early results of an open-access database she is piloting that will enable researchers, students, and the general public to visualize how English readers interpreted their Bibles in the early print era. With the help of grants from the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research and the Initiative for Digital Humanities and Culture, Dr. Perry and her technical collaborator, Bryan Tarpley, are transcribing the notes early readers made in a large collection of devotional books and entering them into a database designed to help them read for affect. The resulting interactive database will open up new questions about the role of the Reformation, particularly the Book of Common Prayer, in shaping modern-day habits of reading in English. Dr. Perry will be discussing what she and Tarpley have learned as they have practiced their technique on a single, Elizabethan Book of Common Prayer and Psalter.
October 25, 2017
Dr. Anat Geva | Professor, Department of Architecture
“Book proposals: American Sacred Architecture”
Following War World II, sacred architecture demonstrated observable indicators of re-conceptualization in the construction and design of houses of worship in America. These changes reflect perceptions of religious freedom and tolerance as well as influences of the modern architecture movement and innovation in building technology. As a result of the Glasscock fellowship, Dr. Geva prepared two book proposals and received two contracts with publishers. The first is an edited volume on Mid 20th Century American Modern Sacred Architecture that includes 14 chapters and is based in part on a conference panel Dr. Geva has organized. The second book is her own manuscript entitled Pushing the Envelope: Modern American Synagogues (1950s-1960s). This book exemplifies how prominent architects of the era expressed American values of that time and ventured to bridge modernism and Judaism in their design of the American synagogue.
In the discussion, Dr. Geva will focus on the process of writing book proposals and answer questions about how to prepare publishers’ questionnaires.
November 8, 2017
Dr. Jun Lei | Assistant Professor, Department of International Studies
“Violent China and Its Antidotes: Negotiating Cosmopolitan Masculinities in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture”
Jun Lei will talk about her book manuscript in progress titled Violent China and Its Antidotes: Negotiating Cosmopolitan Masculinities in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. This book explores the formation of modern Chinese intellectual masculinities as constituted in racial, gender, and class discourses in both national and international contexts at the height of Western and Japanese imperialism in China in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The crisis of intellectual masculinity surfaced and converged with the crisis of the nation in semi-colonial China. Chinese male intellectuals, who lost upward mobility in social and political upheavals, were compelled to reassemble and reorient the fragmented xin (heart-mind) and shen (body-person). When the military elites occupied the hegemonic position that used to belong to the literati, and when the power of carrying out violence overshadowed literary attainments to become a new imperative of male honor, a modern generation of male intellectuals strategically distanced themselves from the old literati class and repositioned themselves to violence in visual and textual representations. In literary and cultural spheres, this repositioning is manifested in a blood-mixed-ink manner and displayed most conspicuously in the reoccurring image of a literary overman. Dr. Lei’s study focuses on the various incarnations of the literary overman in the early 20th century as a self-fashioning process in which male writers and artists deploy textual violence to dictate gender codes and assert male subjectivity. This book draws particular attention to the literary overman’s torturous collisions and negotiations with a few significant Others in this self-fashioning process, namely, the wenren (literati) and the wushi (warrior) in the Chinese past; the imperial masculinities in semi-colonial China; the hegemonic martial masculinity; and the New Woman, his female mentee cum love interest. Indeed, dynamic negotiations with these Others become the very definition of what the book proposes of a cosmopolitan intellectual masculinity amidst the increasing textual and actual violence in the 20th-century China.
January 24, 2018
Dr. Carlos Blanton | Professor, Department of History
“The Chicana/o in the American Mind: An Exploration of Early 19th Century Thought”
In recent decades Chicana/o people, whether Mexican Americans or Mexican immigrants, have become the subject of intense debate in U.S. society. The belief that Chicanas/os are deficient or dangerous, though derided by most scholars today, has motivated a wave of policies that negatively impact both immigrant and citizen alike. Racial ideas about Chicana/o people, however, are not new. They have a long history and have always been a mainstream element of U.S. intellectual thought. In my larger project, I seek to create a new genealogy of race for the Chicana/o in U.S. history. In this paper I will briefly explore some of the earliest discourses that affected Chicana/o people by prominent U.S. thinkers and policymakers during the first half of 19th century.
January 31, 2018
Liberal Arts Caucus of the Faculty Senate
February 7, 2018
Dr. Katherine Unterman | Assistant Professor, Department of History
“Constitutional Rights in the U.S. Territories: The Insular Cases and the Question of Trial by Jury”
In the early 20th century, the Supreme Court handed down a series of decisions known as the Insular Cases. These ruled that residents of the U.S. territories—including Puerto Rico, Guam, Hawaii, and the Philippines—did not have the same constitutional rights as mainland citizens. This talk will focus on one particular right that territorial residents lacked: trial by jury. It will explore how the Supreme Court justified this decision and how different territorial residents engaged in activism to reform their criminal justice systems.
February 14, 2018
Claye Epperson | Undergraduate, Department of History; Rising Candidate for Doctor of Jurisprudence, George Washington University School of Law
“Litigating Women: The Path to Intermediate Scrutiny in American Law”
Claye was selected to pilot a new program through Undergraduate Research that matches students with an advisor in their home department (Dr. Katherine Unterman) as well as one at the TAMU School of Law (Dr. Randy Gordon) to develop an interdisciplinary thesis. Her research centers on women’s changing legal roles with respect to discrimination.
In the 1970s, the Supreme Court pronounced a new test for laws that treated the two sexes differently. This test, known as “intermediate scrutiny,” was stricter than the Court’s usual standard (the “rational basis” test), but not as stringent as the test used for cases involving racial distinction (the “strict scrutiny” test.) This work tracks and analyzes the jurisprudence in the Supreme Court that led to the implementation of intermediate scrutiny, particularly as the test applies to sex-based challenges in equal protection litigation, through examining different cases and a key litigator. These are Muller v. Oregon; Goesaert v. Cleary; and multiple of (now-Justice) Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s cases for the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, including Craig v. Boren. Muller and Goesaert demonstrate how the Court employed the rational basis test in sex-based discrimination cases during the first half of the Twentieth century. The barrage of cases brought to the high Court by the Women’s Rights Project detail activist and litigator Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s efforts to persuade the Court to establish a test specifically for evaluating these cases. Craig explains the monumental case that finally convinced the Court to pronounce intermediate scrutiny. Together, these cases provide a cohesive narrative of the jurisprudence and socio-cultural history that clearly articulated the path to intermediate scrutiny.
February 21, 2018
Dr. Randall Sumpter | Associate Professor, Department of Communication
“Before Journalism Schools: How Gilded Age Reporters Learned the Rules”
Dr. Sumpter will discuss material from his in press book, Before Journalism Schools: How Gilded Age Reporters Learned the Rules. Funded in part by a Glasscock Center for Humanities Research fellowship, the book explores how a variety of knowledge brokers codified and spread new rules for journalism during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The book is part of the University of Missouri Press’s new Journalism in Perspective series. Sumpter is a former newspaper reporter and editor.
March 7, 2018
Dr. Nancy Warren | Professor, Department of English
“Hemispheric Medievalisms: The ‘Old Religion’ in the New World, 1550-1850.”
This discussion will focus on the research Dr. Warren did for two book chapters during her Glasscock Fellowship: one on Marie of the Incarnation and the Ursulines of Quebec and one of Spanish Missions in Florida. Her focus will be on the roles of medieval spirituality in New World colonization projects, especially medieval female spirituality in the case of Marie and discourses of martyrdom and hagiography in the case of the Spanish Missions.
March 21, 2018
Dr. Larry Reynolds | Distinguished Professor, Department of English
“Hawthorne, Slavery, and the Civil War”
Dr. Reynolds will discuss a current research effort that builds upon his previous scholarship and work begun during a Glasscock Center Internal Faculty Fellowship. This effort, which will appear as a chapter in a forthcoming Cambridge UP volume Hawthorne in Context, seeks to illuminate the distinctiveness of Hawthorne’s attitudes towards slavery and the Civil War. For decades scholars have misidentified Hawthorne’s politics as the same as those of his friend Franklin Pierce, one of the country’s worst presidents. While Reynolds’ book Devils and Rebels: The Making of Hawthorne’s Damned Politics (Michigan UP, 2008), challenges that identification in passing, the current project focuses upon it, pointing out that while both men detested radical abolitionists, they differed on the Fugitive Slave Act, on Lincoln’s war policies, and on the value of the South to the nation. Though a committed pacifist, Hawthorne by 1860 recognized slavery as a “foul scurf” upon the nation that required a war to remove.
April 4, 2018
Dr. Nathan Bracher | Professor, Department of International Studies
“Learning the Lessons of the Past from the Stories of History and Literature: The Case of Éric Vuillard’s L’Ordre du jour.”
Within the immense conglomerate of interrelated socio-cultural issues and phenomena surrounding France’s well-known, longstanding, and intense preoccupation with its past, the overlaps, interminglings, confusions, tensions, and conflicts between history and literature are by no means the least significant. Ivan Jablonka points out that, albeit fraught with rivalries, arguments, and contradictions, history has exchanged ideas, themes, techniques, and methods with literature throughout its entire existence, not only going all the way back to its emergence from the works of Herodotus and Thucydides in ancient Greece but also amid the tremendous popularity of the historical novel (Walter Scott, Stendahl, Chateaubriand, Balzac) in the nineteenth century. At the same time, however, the debate over the legitimacy, value, and pertinence of literature as opposed to history has continued, with the pendulum swinging back and forth from the quarrels of antiquity up until the present, where it reappears in a revealing way with the attribution of France’s most prestigious literary award, the Prix Goncourt, to Éric Vuillard’s L’Ordre du jour, a novel focusing on a few select “behind the scenes” aspects of the Anschluss., and claiming to offer nothing less to divulge the “real truth” of the Nazis’ rise to power.
April 18, 2018
Dr. Daniel Conway | Professor, Department of Philosophy
“Visualizing the Alien Other: Science Fiction and Genocide Studies”
The important task of preventing the rise and spread of genocide presupposes an understanding of how the unthinkable eventually becomes tolerable. To address this challenge, Dr. Conway has focused his research on the normalization of genocide, by which he means the complex of social, political, and legal processes through which a populace or citizenry is groomed to accept incremental measures (e.g., restrictions, laws, quotas, bans, internments, etc.) that pave the way to genocide. In his efforts to account for the normalization of genocide, Conway is particularly concerned to explain how a populace or citizenry that abhors genocide may be nudged toward an understanding of genocide either as a fait accompli (e.g., as an inevitable consequence of escalating political tensions) or as an acceptable course of action.
2016-2017 Academic Year
September 21, 2016
Dr. Kevin Crisman | Professor, Nautical Archaeology Graduate Program, Department of Anthropology, 2015-16 Glasscock Internal Faculty Residential Fellow
“A Heroine, a Water Witch, and Two Phoenixes: The Archaeology of Early American Steamboats”
Over the past quarter-century faculty and students in Texas A&M’s Nautical Archaeology Program (Department of Anthropology) have explored numerous wrecks of early North American steamboats. Re-assembly of the bits and pieces is revealing previously-obscure patterns of emulation and innovation in the development of this revolutionary transportation technology. The research is also highlighting the many ways that steamboats captured both the business and the imagination of the U.S. and Canadian public.
September 28, 2016
Dr. Evan Haefeli |Associate Professor, Department of History
“Rage against the Truth:” Religious Toleration in the Cromwellian Empire
Americans like to think that their country began as a refuge from religious persecution in Europe, however, the story is much more complicated than that. There was no guarantee that colonial America would become as religiously diverse as it did. There were many twists and turns along the way. For example, Oliver Cromwell’s revolutionary regime has a reputation for religious tolerance, but it did not look the same everywhere, as the contrasting experiences of Quakers in Massachusetts — which otherwise promoted the myth of itself as a religious refuge, but now was part of the persecuting establishment — Barbados, and Suriname in the 1650s reveals.
October 12, 2016
Dr. Andrew Bacevich | Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History, Boston University Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
Andrew J. Bacevich is a Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, and received his PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins. Bacevich is the author of Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War (2010). His previous books include The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008); The Long War: A New History of US National Security Policy since World War II (2007) (editor); The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005); and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U. S. Diplomacy (2002). His essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications including The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, and The New Republic. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times, among other newspapers. He is also the editor of a volume entitled The Short American Century: A Postmortem (2012). His newest book is Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country (2013). In 2004, Dr. Bacevich was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He has also held fellowships at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created rapid change in the political-economic environment of hospitals and, also, a unique opportunity for researchers to study how political-economic change affects hospitals and the relationships in hospitals between healthcare clinicians and patients. Using interview and observational data collected over a 2.5 year period, I explore the relationship between nurses and patients in the obstetrical unit of a New England non-profit community hospital that has undergone swift organizational change, including two acquisition attempts by for-profit hospital systems—one unsuccessful attempt and that closed on October 1, 2016.
November 30, 2016
Dr. Chaitanya Lakkimsetti | Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Texas A&M University
In 2014, the Indian Supreme Court responding to a petition filed by NGOs and transgender individuals delivered a groundbreaking judgment that recognizes gender identity of transgender individuals as an important aspect of personhood. In addition to the recognition of gender identity, it also recommended the Indian state to implement affirmative action in education and employment to address marginalization of transgender individuals. Subsequent to the Supreme Court’s judgment, various Bills have been presented before the parliament including a Bill drafted by the India government to transform the judgment into concrete legislative action. This sudden recognition and legislative and judicial support for transgender rights is in sharp contrast to the national-level resistance sparked by the legal campaigns to decriminalize adult consensual homosexuality. In this book chapter, I examine the salience of transgender rights in the India public sphere since the mid-2000s, and discuss the implications of this legal and political visibility for gender identity politics in India. Drawing on ethnographic and qualitative research I show that these developments have led to a sharp distinction between gender identity and sexuality in the policy and legal realms. As a result, trans individuals and groups are able to make claim to civil rights based on their gender identity, but their sexuality remains imperiled as non-heterosexual sexual acts continue to be criminalized through the continued presence of the anti-sodomy law (a colonial law introduced by the British colonial state). Existing at the nexus of this contradiction, transgender subjects remain as fractured citizens.
“Dress and the Performance of Political Legitimacy in Independence Ghana”
In 1957 Ghana’s new Prime Minister Dr. Kwame Nkrumah wore a cotton smock, called batakari, to declare Ghana’s independence from British colonial rule. Scholars have recognized the Premier’s dressing on that day as a performance of political legitimacy—an attempt to demonstrate the rightfulness of his rule by (1) expressing an autochthonous African identity, (2) showing affinity with the laboring poor and (3) signifying inter-ethnic unity. Beyond their recognitions I will trace the history of the batakari in a pre/colonial spiritual economy to show another dimension to the Premier’s expression of legitimacy—that he wore the batakari to surround himself with the aura and eminence of a spiritually ordained leader.
“Raising Vietnamese: Shaping Youth Identities in North and South Vietnam During the War (1965-1975)”
As part of my Glasscock fellowship I worked on youth in South Vietnam (Republic of Vietnam) and North Vietnam (Democratic Republic of Vietnam) during the war from 1965 to 1975. I explored the creation of youth identities in the North and the South based on texts written by adults for youth and by young people themselves, published in newspapers, magazines, other literary productions, and textbooks at the time. Concentrating on texts, I also consider the educational and organizational systems there that facilitated the transmissions of these texts and/or helped to socialize young people, shaping (or not shaping) them into a certain mold. The time at the Center was instrumental for me to build up foundations for 4 articles that have been published or accepted for publication and my manuscript project.
“Wilson’s Curse: The Postwar ‘Federal Moment’ and the Global South’s Path to Political Modernity”
The Glasscock Faculty Research Fellowship enabled Dr. Parker to spend the past academic year working on his (third) book project, “Wilson’s Curse: The United States, Third World Nationalism, and Modernization in the Postwar Federal Moment.” The two decades after World War II saw a worldwide vogue for federations as vehicles for late- and post-colonial sovereignty. His project studies the rise and fall of federations as a historical phenomenon of the era of post-World War II decolonization. In what Parker, Michael Collins, and other scholars have taken to calling the ‘federal moment,” a multitude of decolonizing and postcolonial states– and even Europe itself– embarked on the experiment of federalizing their polities. Dr. Parker’s is a comparative study of postwar Third World federations as virtually all of them shrank or imploded in very short order, and the role– or lack thereof– of the Cold War superpowers in their appearance and trajectory on the world stage.
March 8, 2017
Dr. Heidi Campbell | Associate Professor, Department of Communication
“Considering Religion’s New Interpreters and Authority in Digital Culture”
As digital media empowers users with new opportunities to discuss and perform their religiosity online, new categories of religious leaders, structures and discourse have arisen online. We will discuss these new forms of religious authority, their influence, and the tensions they create when they are perceived to act as competitors to established religious institutions.
March 23, 2017
Richard Russo | Novelist, screenwriter, short-story writer
Pulitzer Prize-winner for Empire Falls and author of the recent memoir Elsewhere, Richard Russo chronicles life in the gritty industrial towns of the American Northeast, from their gossip and resentments to their rich characters and cafes. Russo’s previous works include seven novels and one collection of short stories, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls, which was also adapted into an HBO miniseries starring Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Helen Hunt. Russo earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s in fine arts, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He has two daughters and lives with his wife in Camden, Maine.
Novelist and journalist Philip Caputo has written 15 books, including two memoirs, five books of general nonfiction, and eight novels. His acclaimed memoir of Vietnam, A Rumor of War (1997), has been published in 15 languages, has sold two million copies since its publication, and is widely regarded as a classic in the literature of war. His novel, Crossers (2009), is set against a backdrop of drug and illegal-immigrant smuggling on the Mexican border. His most recent book, The Longest Road (2013), is a travel and adventure book. In addition to books, Caputo has published dozens of major magazine articles, reviews, and op-ed pieces in publications ranging from the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post to Esquire, National Geographic, and the Virginia Quarterly Review.
Dr. Sweet will be discussing her current book project on Kant’s Critique of Judgment. In this project, she seeks to understand what unifies the seemingly disparate parts of the text under the auspices of the place this text holds in Kant’s critical system. Sweet focuses on the transitional role the text is meant to play, and how each of the judgments described in the text fulfills this promise. In this, we can see the deep kinship between arts and sciences, and theory and practice.
2015-2016 Academic Year
September 30, 2015
Dr. Alberto Moreiras | Professor, Hispanic Studies
October 14, 2015
Dr. Susan Egenolf | Associate Professor, Department of English
As a fellow at the Glasscock Center last fall, professor Egenolf continued working on her study of the eighteenth-century potter Josiah Wedgwood. “To Serve and to Conquer: Josiah Wedgwood and Cultural Empire” explores Wedgwood’s relationship to literature, aesthetics, and global politics in the second-half of the eighteenth century. During the fellowship, she developed a chapter on Wedgwood’s global ventures in New South Wales, in Sierra Leone, and with the Cherokee in the Carolinas. She also explored the technologies and productions of British Ceramic transferware as a bookish trade, completely enmeshed in print culture.
Please join us for coffee, tea, pastries, and casual conversation with featured guest Dr. Linda Radzik. Professor Razik will discuss her continuing work on the moral decisions facing bystanders to wrongdoing, and specifically an analysis of the practicing organizing or participating in boycotts. Professor Radzik works on moral issues that arise in the aftermath of wrongdoing. Her book, Making Amends: Atonement in Morality, Law, and Politics, was published by Oxford University Press in 2009. Radzik has also written about the ethics of forgiveness, criminal punishment and collective moral responsibility. She is interested in the intersection of Kantian moral theory and feminist thought. Her work in metaethics focuses on the problem of justifying the authority of normative claims, including claims about epistemic justification.
Shelley Wachsmann will discuss the results of his three field seasons at Tantura Lagoon, Israel, during which his team revealed seven shipwrecks dating primarily from Late Antiquity to the medieval period. Tantura Lagoon is one of the few naturally protected anchorages along Israel’s Mediterranean coast. The site is located on the Carmel Coast adjacent to Tel Dor: this site and its surroundings have been inhabited almost continually for the past 4,000 years. The cove is shallow and covered with a heavy blanket of constantly shifting sandbanks that tend to quickly bury shipwrecks and their cargoes, protecting them from biogenic attack, storms and currents. Thus, Tantura Lagoon has proven to be an ideal environment for shipwreck archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world.
February 10, 2016
Dr. Emily Johansen| Assistant Professor, Department of English
As a Glasscock Research Fellow in 2014-15, Dr. Emily Johansen continued work on a book project that considers cultural representations of global risk and how they shape how we understand what it means to be cosmopolitan in the contemporary moment. Over her time as a Research Fellow, Dr. Johansen particularly focused on a chapter that considered depictions of climate change in contemporary novels and photography, as well as popular movements like the People’s Climate March, and the different ways global connections are imagined, mobilized, and rejected in order to envision responses to environmental crises.
“How do you know when it’s ready to go?” A history of technology maturity assessment. How do you build a spacecraft a decade in the future using technologies that do not exist? Specifically, how do managers and engineers make decisions about the maturity of technologies still under development? To try to make assessing technology readiness more objective, open and comparable, NASA and the Department of Defense developed the Technology Readiness Level in the 1980s-2000s.
March 9, 2016
Dr. James Rosenheim | Professor, Department of History
How far does the concept of multiple masculinities help to illuminate the lives of men in the historical past? Does it mask a binary reality of “hegemonic” and subordinate masculinities, does it risk dissolving masculinity into nothing more than its manifestation in particular individuals, or does it offer a means to unpack a complicated but nonetheless analyzable gender status? The life of a specific individual, the English civil servant Edmund Herbert (c. 1685-1769), reveals the complicated negotiation of manhood by a man who achieved some of the landmarks associated with full male adulthood (vocation, status as a sort of householder) while lacking others (marriage, children).
Does a transnational spiritual community embedded in West African Religions have a shared vision of “the good”? Dr. Fadeke Castor will discuss her new project, “Black Spirits Matter” that arose out of findings during her Glasscock funded research to Nigeria. In this project she explores the intersection of African-based religions and social justice activism, with a close look at tensions of identity, authority and authenticity and comparative ideas of freedom and rights. Her research on this project has broadened to include sites in the U.S., Caribbean and West Africa.
March 30, 2016
Dr. Kristan Poirot | Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Women’s and Gender Studies Program
“Forgetting Sex: Rhetorical Geographies of Black Freedom Commemoration”
Women have yet to consistently emerge as agents of history in American public memory practices and environments, and this “woman problem” seems particularly pronounced in commemorations of black freedom movements of the 1950s and 60s. Arguably, the paucity of women in “civil rights” museums and memorials is an inheritance of the “Great Man” perspective that has pervaded contemporary historiography for some time. Professor Poirot explores the “Great Man” perspective of public memory as a rhetorical tradition that emboldens the very textual practices on which it relies. More specifically, she examines a variety of heritage tourist sites, museums, and memorials devoted to black freedom movements, postulating the ways that place (location of sites and the place-ness constructed therein), personae, and purpose (of the constructed environments and the remembered goals of movements) function as textual strategies that constitute the context of black freedom memory and the conditions through which women are so easily forgotten.
April 6, 2016
Dr. Timothy Snyder | Bird White Housum Professor of History, Yale University
Timothy Snyder is the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the history of central and eastern Europe. He has published five award-winning books, including Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010) which won ten awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Leipzig Award for European Understanding. His most recent book Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning is a “brilliant, haunting, and profoundly original portrait of the defining tragedy of our time.”
Professor Snyder will present a public lecture sponsored by the Glasscock Center and the Scowcroft Institute titled “The Holocaust as History and Warning” on on Wednesday, 6 April 2016 at 6 p.m. in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. RSVP required →
“Unrepentant Women: Gender, Judaism, and the Limits of Forgiveness”
The themes of forgiveness, reconciliation, collective responsibility, and repair are prominent in humanities disciplines ranging from political theory and philosophy to literature and performance studies. Not limited to only the humanities, these themes have also been examined in the social sciences when considering practical approaches to communities moving forward after trauma. Yet even with the considerable attention of multiple humanities disciplines, the current literature, especially in philosophy, remains myopic in its approach to theories of justice. Noticeably absent is a perspective from scholarship in Jewish Studies and Gender Studies. Utilizing material from popular media and a range of academic disciplines—literature, film, philosophy, religion, gender studies, and Jewish studies—I examine several cases (fictional and historical) of justice, forgiveness, and revenge, focusing on how women frequently have the exceptional expectation to grant and receive forgiveness.
2014-2015 Academic Year
September 24, 2014
Philip Shenon | Bestselling author and reporter
Philip Shenon is the bestselling author of The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation. He is the recipient of 57th annual Francis Parkman Prize for his most recent book A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination, published by Henry Holt. Shenon was a reporter for The New York Times for more than twenty years. As a Washington correspondent for The Times, he covered the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the State Department. As a foreign correspondent for the paper, he reported from more than sixty countries and several war zones.
October 8, 2014
Dr. Pamela A. Matthews | Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Pamela R. Matthews joined the English faculty of Texas A&M University in 1989. She has served as associate head of the Department of English, director of Women’s and Gender Studies, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts, and associate provost for undergraduate studies. Dr. Matthews was appointed vice provost for academic affairs in 2011, where she was responsible for overseeing academic effectiveness, high-impact learning experiences, new program development, and institutional assessment. She also facilitated global support services, academic program reviews, and the Aggie Honor System.
After completing her B.A. in English from the University of Houston and her M.A. in English from Texas A&M University, Dr. Matthews earned her Ph.D. in English from Duke University, with an emphasis on American literature. She has received a Center for Teaching Excellence-Montague Scholars Award, a college-level Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching, and a Robert M. Gates Inspiration Award in recognition of her work with undergraduate Regents Scholars. Her scholarly publications include Ellen Glasgow and a Woman’s Traditions, Aesthetic Subjects (1995), and Perfect Companionship: Ellen Glasgow’s Selected Correspondence with Women (2005). Dr. Matthews also co-founded Brazos Valley Reads in 2005.
October 15, 2014
Dr. Ruth Larson | Associate Professor, Department of International Studies
Ruth Larson, was a Glasscock Faculty Research Fellow in 2013-14. She worked on producing an article analyzing the literature of Michel de Montaigne, a sixteenth century French humanist and writer. In this article she interprets Michel de Montaigne’s essay “D’un enfant mostruex” as an interrogation into what it is to be human in the early-modern period in the context of Montaigne’s writings on cultural difference and relativity. With particular emphasis on Montaigne’s attempt to understand the role of physical difference in relation to religion and nature, Larson relates her research back to the consideration of physical alterity.
October 22, 2014
Dr. Brian Linn | Professor of History and Ralph R. Thomas Professor in Liberal Arts
Please join us on Wednesday morning for coffee, tea, pastries, and casual conversation with featured guest Dr. Brian Linn. Professor Linn was a Glasscock Internal Faculty Residential Fellow in 2013-14. He will discuss research completed during his fellowship.
Brian Linn is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and an Olin Fellowship at Yale University. He has been a visiting professor at the Army War College and the National University of Singapore. He is the past president of the Society for Military History and has given numerous papers and lectures in the United States and internationally. His current research project is Elvis’s Army: Transformation and the Atomic-Era Solider, 1946-1965.
November 5, 2014
Dr. Wendy Moore | Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Please join us on Wednesday morning for coffee, tea, pastries, and casual conversation with featured guest Dr. Wendy Moore. Professor Moore was a Glasscock Internal Faculty Residential Fellow in 2013-14. She will discuss research completed during her fellowship.
Wendy Leo Moore is associate professor in the Department of Anthropology. As a sociologist, critical race theorist, and lawyer, Professor Moore engages the provocative intersections of race and the law. Her research examines racial inequality and racism in the law, legal institutions and the broader social structure. She is author of Reproducing Racism: White Space, Elite Law Schools and Racial Inequality which examines the way in which elite law schools operate as white institutional spaces, reproducing white racial norms and values, and the tacit justification of white power, privilege, and wealth.
December 3, 2014
Dr. Mark A. Hussey | Interim President, Texas A&M University
Dr. Mark A. Hussey was named vice chancellor and dean for agriculture and life sciences in 2008. He joined Texas A&M’s agriculture program after earning his Ph.D. in plant breeding from Texas A&M in 1983, and has served as a faculty member, head of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and administrator with Texas A&M AgriLife Research. As vice chancellor and dean, Dr. Hussey oversees the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Texas A&M University System’s four agricultural agencies: Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Texas A&M Forest Service, and the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. He is a native of Illinois and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and master’s degree from Texas A&M.
January 28, 2015
Dr. Nancy Klein | Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Texas A&M University
Dr. Nancy Klein was a Glasscock Internal Faculty Residential Fellow in 2013-14. Her research project examined the pre-classical architecture of the Acropolis of Athens, Greece, and its role in defining religious identity and constructed memory both in the past and present.
February 11, 2015
Dr. Adam Seipp | Associate Professor, Department of History, Texas A&M University
Dr. Adam Seipp was a Glassock Faculty Research Fellow in 2013-14. In his research project, titled “From the Ashes: Occupation, Urban Life, and West Germany’s ‘Democratic Miracle,’ 1945-1950,” he examined the postwar experience of Rosenheim, Germany, a mid-sized industrial city east of Munich in Bavaria. As an industrial center that was heavily damaged in the war and a prime example of the family firm-dominated model of industrial development, Rosenheim witnessed the structural transformation of the postwar economy. This project situates the roots of West Germany’s “democratic miracle” in the experience of the occupation following World War II.
February 25, 2015
Dr. Felipe Hinojosa | Assistant Professor, Department of History, Texas A&M University
Professor Hinojosa was a Glasscock Faculty Research Fellow in 2013-14. His research examines the relationship between ethnic nationalist movements (Chicano and Puerto Rican) and mainline Protestant denominations during the late 1960s and 1970s. He begins in 1969 when Chicano and Puerto Rican activists started disrupting church services in major urban areas such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and New York City. From a violent confrontation in front of St. Basil’s Catholic Church in LA to the takeover of a Presbyterian Seminary in Chicago, these little known cases reveal the tight and often conflicted relationship that brown power activists had with religious institutions. During the morning coffee hour, professor Hinojosa will discuss the archives he visited, the oral history interviews he has conducted, and some preliminary ideas about how ethnic nationalist movements unwittingly gave rise to Latino religious politics that today have become a moral force in the immigrant rights movement.
March 11, 2015
Rick Atkinson | Best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Military Historian
Rick Atkinson is among the most celebrated historians of the Second World War, and his Liberation Trilogy—nearly 15 years in the making—has achieved both critical and popular success. The Liberation Trilogy is a narrative history of the liberation of Europe in World War II. The third volume of the series, The Guns at Last Light, quickly became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller. It was also named one of Washington Post’s “Top 10 Books of 2013.” The paper said, Atkinson weaves “a multitude of tiny details into a tapestry of sublime prose.” Journalist George Will praised the book as “history written at the level of literature,” and David Ignatius said it, “teaches the greatest lesson of all for the present, which is the need for patience and perseverance against obstacles.”
March 25, 2015
Dr. Tasha Dubriwny | Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Texas A&M University
Dr. Dubriwny will be talking about her research on feminism and public memory. She will discuss her progress on two different projects, one about contemporary news coverage about Betty Friedan and a second concerning public memory of the second wave of feminism as exhbited in art museums.
April 8, 2015
Dr. Stefanie Harris | Associate Professor, Department of International Studies, Texas A&M University
In Professor Harris’ recent project, “Developing Stories: Photography in Postwar German Fiction,” she examines the use of photographic images and allusions to photography in German and Austrian fiction after 1945 to show the interrelation of media practices, literary aesthetics, and the representation of social and individual memory and experience after World War II. She argues that the image-text relationship is informed by distinct political, social, cultural, and generational contexts, as well as changing articulations of the role and place of photography in a constantly shifting media landscape in the second half of the twentieth century. During the fellowship, Professor Harris focused her research particularly on the work of Alexander Kluge, and the use of photographic series, photographic repetition, and serial photography, both within Kluge’s literary/prose work, as well as in other artists’ photographic projects. This includes research into photography exhibitions, as well as photo-essays in specialty journals and mass-circulation magazines during the 1950s and 1960s.
April 13, 2015
Dr. Gilbert Achcar | Professor of Development Studies, University of London School of Oriental and African Studies
Gilbert Achcar is a renowned expert in Middle Eastern social history,cultural structures, and political thought. He has written 12 books, and his 2002 Clash of Barbarisms has been translated into 10 languages including Taiwanese, Swedish, Turkish, and Persian. His most recent book, The People Want (2013), reconsiders the Arab Spring, eschewing the standard journalistic accounts of Islamic radicalism and jihad, as well as the standard social scientific tropes concerning unemployment and hunger for democracy. Instead, he traces the economic history, the exact format of rentier states that were developed, and how this has shaped the class structures of Middle Eastern elites and popular classes, and how these formations vary by nation. Dr. Achcar will be giving a public lecture entitled “Non-Islamic Determinants of Arab Protest” at 7 p.m. on Monday, 13 April in 601 Rudder. For more information, please visit http://glasscock.tamu.edu/programs/co-sponsored-events/achcar.
2013-2014 Academic Year
September 11, 2013
Angela Pulley Hudson | Associate Professor, Department of History
Professor Hudson will discuss research completed on the topic of “Okah Tubbee, Laah Ceil, and the Limits of Antebellum Indianness.” Her project is a historical study of two extraordinary individuals who fashioned “Indian” personas for themselves during the mid-nineteenth century. By employing methods and theories from cultural and social history to use these individuals’ lives as an optic for understanding race, gender, religion, and class in the antebellum era, her project contributes to our understanding of self-fashioning in the antebellum United States. Additionally, she offers a corrective to scholarship on race and representation that has tended to overlook the participation of women and people of color in shaping popular notions of ethnic identity, particularly “Indianness.”
September 25, 2013
Judith Hamera | Professor, Department of Performance Studies
Professor Hamera’s will discuss research completed on the topic of “‘Never Can Say Goodbye’: Michael Jackson, Tyree Guyton, and the Ruins of American Deindustrialization.” Professor Hamera conducted field and archival research for her forthcoming book “(De)Industrial Actions: Performance and Social Change in the 1980s.” Her project argues that key American performers provided structures of feeling through which the economic upheavals of this pivotal decade could be understood, embraced, or resisted. She used archival and interview methods to collect data in order to finish chapters from key sections of the project. Please join us for coffee, tea, pastries, and casual conversation.
October 9, 2013
Carlos Blanton | Associate Professor, Department of History
Professor Blanton will discuss the recent conference hosted entitled “Breaking Free, Breaking Down: The New Chicana/o History in the Twenty-First Century.” Please join us for coffee, tea, pastries, and casual conversation.
October 23, 2013
Robert S. Levine | TIAS 2013-2014 Eminent Scholar; Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar, University of Maryland
Robert S. Levine is professor of English and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and as the general editor of the five-volume Norton Anthology of American Literature. Professor Levine is a 2013-14 TIAS Eminent Scholar at Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study.
Professor Levine’s prominent publications, including Dislocating Race and Nation (2008), Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity (1997), and Conspiracy and Romance: Studies in Brockden Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Melville (1989), cover an array of themes critical to an understanding of nineteenth-century American literature. Levine is a highly visible figure in literary circles, sitting on the editorial boards of American Literary History, Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, and J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, serving as general editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature, and as editor of numerous volumes of collected criticism, including Hemispheric American Studies (co-edited with Caroline Levander) and The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville.
November 6, 2013
Joseph Jewell | Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Joseph Jewell was a Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellow in 2012-13. Professor Jewell’s research topic was “Troubling Gentility: Race, Social Reproduction and the Middle Class, 1870-1920.” He conducted archival research for his forthcoming book of the same name. Looking at the cases of Mexican Americans in San Antonio, African Americans in New Orleans and both Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans in San Francisco, his project argues that racial minorities’ pursuit of middle class mobility during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries made those spaces devoted to reproducing middle class mobility crucial sites where links between whiteness and urban middle class identity were constructed, contested and defended. He used collective biographical data and cultural analysis of documentary sources to write articles that form the basis of key sections of the book project.
November 20, 2013
Hoi-eun Kim | Assistant Professor, Department of History
Hoi-eun Kim was a Glasscock Faculty Research Fellow in 2012-2013. He will discuss research completed during his fellowship during this coffee hour. During his Glasscock fellowship, Professor Kim wrote a paper “Healing Hands? Reassessing Richard Wunsch, a German Physician to the Korean Court, 1901-5.” In his research, Kim analyzed the historical factors that contributed to the arrival of German medicine in Korea at the turn of the twentieth century to highlight the convoluted coexistence of both ingenuity and inaptitude on the part of German diplomatic personnel in East Asia. Furthermore, using hitherto unused archival documents on Richard Wunsch, a German court physician to the Korean emperor of Kojong, Kim drew a more balanced picture of Wunsch’s motivation and legacy. His paper will ultimately be a part of the project, “Between Racial Purity and Assimilation: The Politics of Intermarriage in Colonial Korea,” which traces the peregrination of ideas such as eugenic marriages to racial purity from Germany to imperial Japan to colonial Korea.
January 22, 2014
Federica Ciccolella | Professor, Department of International Studies
Federica Ciccolella, Professor of Classics and Italian at the Department of International Studies, is currently analyzing the Greek revival in the Renaissance, paying attention to the grammars, lexica, and readers that humanists used to acquire their knowledge of the Greek language. In 2012, she received a Glasscock Faculty Research Fellowship to conduct research at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, which preserves most of the manuscripts from the library of Andreas Donos. Donos taught Greek in Crete in the sixteenth century, while the island was under the Venetian rule. Since his students included native Greek speakers as well as members of the Venetian ruling class, Donos’ manuscripts represent a privileged source to reconstruct contents and methodologies of the teaching of Greek in an area of intense interaction between Eastern and Western cultures. Presently, Professor Ciccolella is coediting a volume (due to be published by Brill in 2015), which collects essays on various aspects of the teaching and learning of Greek during the Renaissance, and will certainly encourage new enquiries on this relatively new field of research.
February 5, 2014
Nathan Bracher | Professor, Department of International Studies
Professor Bracher’s topic of research during his fellowship was “Portrait of the Artist as a Political Pundit: The Case of François Mauriac.” He examined the work of Mauriac in order to highlight Mauriac’s distinctive role in the turmoil of political and cultural controversy heating up the debate in the Parisian press throughout the interwar years, the Occupation, the postwar upheavals, Cold War polarization, and the decolonization period.
February 19, 2014
Daniel Conway | Professor, Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Please join us for coffee, tea, pastries, and casual conversation on Wednesday morning with featured guest Dr. Daniel Conway. Professor Conway was a Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellow in 2012-2013. He will discuss research completed during his fellowship in this coffee hour.
Professor Conway examined the ways in which the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard critiques modernity in his book Fear and Trembling. This book was published under the pseudonym “Johannes de silentio,” and Professor Conway shows that Johannes embodies a psychological type that Kierkegaard associates with a bourgeois culture (that is, the limiting of spiritual flourishing to attain an advantage over others), while he claims to lead a spiritually rewarding existence. The dual role of Johannes allows him to embody the limitations of any attempt to mount a rational or systematic response to the spiritual crisis that impends late modern European culture. Conway investigated this through the use of archival materials, journal articles, and scholarly books, with the goal to present his findings in book form. His research explains Kirkegaard’s reason for the use of a pseudonym as well as the first comprehensive account of the structure of Fear and Trembling, and interpretation of the religious, psychological, and social facets of Kierkegaard’s critique of modernity. Conway held his fellowship during the spring 2013 semester.
March 5, 2014
Harland Prechel | Professor, Department of Sociology
Professor Prechel was a Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellow in 2012-2013. He will discuss research completed during his fellowship in this coffee hour. During his fellowship, Professor Prechel conducted research on “Political Capitalism: The 2008 Financial Crisis and the Great Recession” and was in residency in the spring of 2013. He used historical documents, such as Congressional Records and public and corporate documents allowing him to pursue his topics through three interrelated questions. He used these documents to determine if elected officials acted autonomously in order to change public policies, or if they were pressured by groups outside of the government to change their policies. Professor Prechel considered whether these changes permitted corporate cultures and structures to emerge allowing managers to manipulate finances, deceive agencies, and mislead the public, and to what extent the action of these corporations were legal. His research contributes to the field of economic sociology, and his examination of how the economy is embedded in cultural and political arrangements that vary over time will allow scholars and political activists to understand the underlying causes of the economic crisis.
March 19, 2014
Susan Heuck Allen | Visiting Scholar in the Department of Classics, Brown University
Susan Heuck Allen is Visiting Scholar in the Department of Classics at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in Classics and Classical Archaeology from Brown University, after earning degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Smith College. Her areas of expertise – Troy and the history of archaeology – were combined in her book, Finding the Walls of Troy: Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik (University of California Press – Berkley, 1999). She is also the author of Excavating Our Past: Perspectives on the History of the Archaeological Institute of America, which is a part of the 2002 AIA Monograph Series, and recently published Classical Spies: American Archaeologists with the OSS in World War II Greece (University of Michigan Press, 2011). Professor Allen has held positions at Smith College, and Clark and Yale Universities, and has done fieldwork in Cyprus, Israel, and Knossos. She was named a Mellon Fellow in 2008, and has held a number of other fellowships.
April 2, 2014
Anne Morey | Associate Professor, Department of English
During her Glasscock Faculty Research Fellowship, Professor Morey conducted research for a book entitled “Women and the Silent Screen” (forthcoming, 2015), that assesses the full scope of women’s engagement with movies from the beginnings of cinema until the late nineteenth century. The book offers a comprehensive account of women’s contributions to silent film culture in the United States and will help us rethink conventional ideas about authorship and the archive, emphasizing the hand women had in building movie culture.
April 16, 2014
Donnalee Dox | Associate Professor and Interim Head, Department of Performance Studies
Donnalee Dox is an associate professor in the Department of Performance Studies. Professor Dox’s research contributes to the fields of lived religion and contemplative studies. During her fellowship, Dox wrote an article entitled “Visions of an Inner Life,” in which she analyzes visual images that depict the life of the mind. An article completed during the fellowship, entitled “Performing an Inner Life,” which investigates interiority as a source for action, has been accepted for publication. Also during the fellowship semester, she completed a book manuscript, Reckoning with Spirit in the Paradigm of Performance, under contract with the University of Michigan Press. She received a CLLA successful seed grant to further her work on the ways in which people cultivate a sense of an inner life through the adaptation of biological processes begun during the fellowship semester.
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