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.
2015-2016 Academic Year
Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 9-10 a.m.
Dr. Alberto Moreiras | Professor, Hispanic Studies
Wednesday, 14 October, 9-10 a.m.
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.
Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 9-10 a.m.
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.
Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 9-10 a.m.
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.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016, 9-10 a.m.
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.
Wednesday, 6 April, 2016, 9-10 a.m.
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
24 September 2014, 9-10 a.m.
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.
8 October 2014, 9-10 a.m.
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.
15 October 2014, 9-10 a.m.
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.
22 October 2014, 9-10 a.m.
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.
5 November 2014, 9-10 a.m.
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.
3 December 2014, 9-10 a.m.
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.
28 January 2015, 9-10 a.m.
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.
11 February 2015, 9-10 a.m.
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.
25 February 2015, 9-10 a.m.
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.
11 March 2015, 9-10 a.m.
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.”
Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 9-10 a.m.
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.
Wednesday, 8 April 2015, 9-10 a.m.
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.
Monday, 13 April 2015, 9-10 a.m.
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
11 September 2013, 9-10 a.m.
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.”
25 September 2103, 9-10 a.m.
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.
9 October 2013, 9-10 a.m.
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.
23 October 2013, 9-10 a.m.
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.
6 November 2013, 9-10 a.m.
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.
20 November 2013, 9-10 a.m.
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.
16 April 2014, 9-10 a.m.
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.
22 January 2014, 9-10 a.m.
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.
5 February 2014, 9-10 a.m.
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.
19 February 2014, 9-10 a.m.
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.
5 March 2014, 9-10 a.m.
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.
19 March 2014, 9-10 a.m.
Susan Heuck Allen | Visiting Scholar in the Department of Classics, Brown University
Professor Susan Heuck Allen will give a lecture on Tuesday, 18 March at 6:30 p.m. in the J. Wayne Stark Galleries at the Memorial Student Center entitled “Archaeologist Spies: the Truth behind the Myth.”
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.
2 April 2014, 9-10 a.m.
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.
2012-2013 Academic Year
3 October 2012, 9-10 a.m.
Informal gathering for converstation about current humanities topics.
17 October 2012, 9-10 a.m.
Violet M. Showers Johnson | Director of Africana Studies Program and Professor of History, Texas A&M University
31 October 2012, 9-10 a.m.
José Luis Bermúdez | Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
14 November 2012, 9-10 a.m.
Michael Benedik | Interim Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost, Texas A&M University
23 January 2013, 9-10 a.m. First coffee hour of the semester. Please join us for coffee, tea, pastries, and conversation.
6 February 2013, 9-10 a.m.
Kirsten Pullen | Director of the Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts; Associate Professor in the Department of Performance Studies and Ray A. Rothrick ’77 Research Fellow, Texas A&M University.
20 February 2013, 9-10 a.m.
Dr. John Junkins | Founding Director of the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study; Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor, and holder of the Royce Wisenbaker Chair in the Department of Aerospace Engineering
6 March 2013, 9-10 a.m.
Dr. Duncan MacKenzie | Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
Dr. Sumana Datta | Executive Director, Honors and Undergraduate Research
3 April 2013, 9-10 a.m.
17 April 2013, 9-10 a.m.
Dr. Jason Parker | Associate Professor, Department of History
Dr. Joseph Ura | Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Parker and Dr. Ura will moderate a conversation about the forthcoming University-wide initiative on “Strengthening Democracy.”
2011-2012 Academic Year
28 September 2011
Laura Mandell | Professor of English, Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture
Come learn about digital humanities and how the initiative will support scholars in a wide range of academic disciplines.
5 October 2011
Terry H. Anderson | Professor and Cornerstone Faculty Fellow, Department of History
Professor Anderson recently published the book Bush’s Wars (Oxford University Press, 2011)
12 October 2011, 9-10:30 a.m.
Jessica Powers | Curator of Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World, San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)
Dr. Jessica Powers holds a bachelor’s degree in art and archaeology from Princeton University and a doctorate in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on Roman collecting and display practices, as evidenced by the ensembles of sculptures and wall paintings that decorated houses in Pompeii and other sites in Campania. She is preparing a catalogue of SAMA’s Roman sculpture collection.
On Tuesday, October 11, Dr. Powers will give a lecture (7:00pm in ARCC 105) entitled “From Brewery to Bacchus: Revisiting the Ancient Mediterranean in the San Antonio Museum of Art.”
2 November 2011
Graduate students from the Department of Hispanic Studies will present recent book publications.
16 November 2011
Richard Morgiève | French writer and actor
Please join us for coffee, tea, pastries, and conversation with award-winning author Richard Morgiève. His most notable works include Un petit homme de dos (Short Man, Seen from the Back; 1998), a fictionalized account of the death of his parents set in World War II France, and Full of Love (2004). Morgiève has also acted in movies, including The Mozart of Pickpockets (2008), which received an Oscar and César for Best Short Movie.
On Wednesday, 16 November from 5:30-7 p.m., there will be a screening of The Mozart of Pickpockets in 130 Academic Building. Prior to the screening, Morgiève will read an excerpt from his forthcoming novel United Colors of Crime (Paris: Carnets Nord, forthcoming January 2012). There will also be a Q&A with Morgiève after the film.
30 November 2011
Adam Seipp | Department of History, Texas A&M University
Please join us for coffee, tea, pastries, and conversation with featured guest Adam Seipp, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Texas A&M University. Professor Seipp will discuss the upcoming 1914 Centennial Conference. On 6 December 2011, Seipp will host a planning conference, which will include meetings and public presentations in anticipation of the major conference in fall 2013.
8 February 2012
15 February 2012
22 February 2012
Karan Watson | Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
29 February 2012, 9-10 a.m.
7 March 2012, 9-10 a.m.
21 March 2012, 9-10 a.m.
Harland Prechel | Professor, Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University
Professor Prechel’s primary areas of specialization are economic and political sociology. His recent research projects examine the relationship between the corporation and the state. Read about his recent research in corporate malfeasance in an interview by the College of Liberal Arts.
28 March 2012, 10-11 a.m.
Frank Stahnisch | Associate Professor at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada
As a historian of medicine and health care, Professor Stahnisch’s interests span the development of experimental physiology and laboratory medicine since the late eighteenth century (particularly France and Germany), the historical relationship between neurology/the neurosciences and the philosophy of the mind. He also studies the relationship between clinical neuroscience and public mental health (particularly Canada and the United States), the historical epistemology of the life sciences in the eighteenth to twenty-first centuries, and the longer history of visualization practices in medicine and health care.
4 April 2012, 9-10 a.m.
11 April 2012, 9-10 a.m.
18 April 2012, 9-10 a.m.
Hongfeng Deng | Director, Confucius Institute, Texas A&M University
Hongfeng Deng received an M.A. in history in 1982, from Shandong Normal University in Jinan China. He has since served as lecturer (1982-1992) and associate professor (1992-1995) at Shandong University, Jinan, China, associate professor(1995-1997) and professor (1995-) at Ocean University of China. From 1986-1987 he was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University, and from 2000-2001, a visiting scholar at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. His research areas are world history, linguistics and comparative studies of Chinese and English. Currently he is a visiting scholar and the Chinese director of the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University.
25 April 2012, 9-10 a.m.
R. Bowen Loftin | President, Texas A&M University
Dr. R. Bowen Loftin was named the 24th president of Texas A&M University in February 2010. He served as interim president since June 2009. Loftin is a 1970 physics graduate of Texas A&M. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Rice University. Prior to becoming interim president, he spent four years as vice president and chief executive officer of the university’s marine-oriented branch campus, Texas A&M University at Galveston, where he also was professor of maritime systems engineering.
2010-2011 Academic Year
26 January 2011
Andrew Kirkendall | Associate Professor, Department of History
Professor Kirkendall recently published Paulo Freire & the Cold War Politics of Literacy (University of North Carolina Press)
2 February 2011, 9-10 a.m.
Jennifer Mercieca | Associate Professor, Department of Communication
Professor Mercieca recently published Founding Fictions (The University of Alabama Press)
9 February 2011
Matt Cohen | Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin
Recipient of the Twelfth Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship for The Networked Wilderness: Communicating in Early New England (University of Minnesota Press)
16 February 2011
Patrick Burkart | Associate Professor, Department of Communication
Professor Burkart recently published Music and Cyberliberties (Wesleyan University Press)
23 February 2011
Glasscock Center Director’s search committee
Lisa Ellis | Political Science
Claudia Nelson (chair) | English
Mary Ann O’Farrell | English
Clare Palmer | Philosophy
Linda Radzik | Philosophy
2 March 2011
No guest. Join us for pastries, hot beverages, and casual conversation.
8 March 2011
Lawrence Buell | Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University
Lawrence Buell is presenting as part of the “Sustenance” Lecture Series. He will present “Enough is Enough? Challenges of Sustainability from the Perspective of Environmental Humanities” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 8 March 2011.Professor Buell is one of the pioneers of Ecocriticism. He is the 2007 recipient of the Jay Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies and has published extensively in the fields of Ecocriticism and American Literary Studies.
23 March 2011
Angela Pulley Hudson | Assistant Professor, Department of History
Professor Hudson recently published Creek Paths and Federal Roads: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves and the Making of the American South (University of North Carolina Press).
Wednesday, 30 March 2011, 9-10 a.m.
Mohammad Yaghan | German Jordanian University
Mohammad Yaghan is presenting the Notable Lecture “Art of Analysis and Decoding Historical Element” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 29 March in Langford Architecture, Room C105.
Wednesday, 6 April 2011, 9-10 a.m.
Cynthia Bouton | Associate Professor, Department of History
Professor Bouton recently published Interpreting Social Violence in French Culture: Resonances and Renditions of Buzançais, 1847-2008 (Louisiana State University Press).
Wednesday, 13 April 2011, 9-10 a.m.
Joan Wolf | Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Professor Wolf recently published Is Breast Best? Taking on the Breastfeeding Experts and the New High Stakes of Motherhood (New York University Press).
Wednesday, 20 April 2011, 9-10 a.m.
Anthony Mora | Assistant Professor of History, American Culture, and Latina/o Studies at the University of Michigan
Anthony Mora recently published Border Dilemmas, Racial and National Uncertainties in New Mexico, 1848-1912 (Duke University Press). Professor Mora is also presenting a Co-sponsored Lecture at 3 p.m. in the History Department Library.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 9-10 a.m.
Karan Watson | Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Thursday, 5 May 2011, 9-10:30 a.m.
Final Morning Coffee Hour
James Rosenheim | Glasscock Center Director, Professor, Department of History
A final morning coffee hour in celebration of James Rosenheim’s thirteen years of service as director of the Glasscock Center as he returns as faculty in the Department of History.
15 September 2010
Claire Katz | Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Associate Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University
22 September 2010
K. David Harrison | Associate Professor and Chair, Linguistics Department, Swarthmore College
29 September 2010
Jeffrey R. Seemann | Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University
6 October 2010
Donnalee Dox | Director, Religious Studies Program and Associate Professor of Performance Studies, Texas A&M University
13 October 2010
Karen Butler-Purry | Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University
20 October 2010
David Riddle | Executive Director of Dining Services, Texas A&M University
27 October 2010
José Luis Bermúdez | Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
3 November 2010
Alberto Moreiras | Head, Department of Hispanic Studies, Texas A&M University
10 November 2010
17 November 2010
Mark D. Klemm | Senior Director of Development, College of Liberal Arts
Larry Walker | Director of Development, College of Liberal Arts
Jennifer Newsom | Development Relations Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts
1 December 2010
Martyn Gunn | Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Texas A&M University
8 December 2010
Hispanic Studies new publications
- Hilaire Kallendorf | Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies
A New Companion to Hispanic Mysticism (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2010)
Presented by Eduardo Urbina | Professor, Hispanic Studies
- Sarah Misemer | Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies
Moving Forward, Looking Back. Trains, Literature, and the Arts in the River Plate (Bucknell, 2010)
Presented by Steve Miller | Professor, Hispanic Studies
- Alain Lawo-Sukam | Assistant Professor, Hispanic Studies
Hacia una poética afro-colombiana: El caso del Pacífico (Colombia: Universidad del Valle, 2010)
Presented by Esther Quintana | Assistant Professor, Hispanic Studies
2009-2010 Academic Year
3 February 2010
Karan L. Watson | Interim Executive Vice President and Provost, Texas A&M University
10 February 2010
Christine A. Stanley | Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity, Texas A&M University
17 February 2010
Christopher S. Wood | Professor of the History of Art, Yale University and recipient of the 2009 Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship
24 February 2010
Roger Norton | Executive Director, Office of Latin American Programs, Texas A&M University
3 March 2010
10 March 2010
Pamela Matthews | Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, Texas A&M University
24 March 2010
Roxanne L. Euben | Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor and Chair of Political Science, Wellesley College
31 March 2010
M. Jimmie Killingsworth | Department Head of English, Texas A&M University
Judith Hamera | Department Head of Performance Studies, Texas A&M University
7 April 2010
Michael T. Stephenson | Acting Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
14 April 2010
Marian Eide | Associate Professor of English and Interim Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Texas A&M University
21 April 2010
R. Bowen Loftin | President, Texas A&M University
28 April 2010
Verna M. Keith | Professor of Sociology and Director of Race and Ethnic Studies Institute, Texas A&M University