Glasscock Undergraduate Summer Scholars Presentations 2014

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 1-5 p.m.
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building

The undergraduate students who participated in the Glasscock Undergraduate Summer Scholars program during summer 2014 will present their research on 9 September.

The objective of the program is to expand undergraduate research in the humanities by providing an intensive summer research experience in which students are introduced to important research questions, trained in methods of research and analysis, and guided in the development of critical thinking, independent learning, and communications skills.

The students enrolled in a two-week intensive seminar taught by faculty directors. In the seminar the students were immersed in a focused topic and developed a research question that they continued to investigate under the mentorship of the faculty member for the remaining eight weeks of the summer. Students attended writing studios created especially for this program through the Writing Center.

1:00-1:45 p.m.
“Mission on the Rhine: The American Occupation of Germany, 1945-9”
FACULTY DIRECTOR: Dr. Adam Seipp, Associate Professor, Department of History
Isabella Martin
Matthew Lee Greeson

This two-week seminar focused on the history of Germany under occupation from 1945-1949 in order to understand the dramatic transformation the country made after the fall of Hitler’s Reich in Spring 1945. Surveying a range of topics including American military history, history of the Holocaust, democratization, gender and sexuality, modern German history, and the Cold War, students traced the emergence of a new and durable political and social order from the turmoil of the Second World War.

1:45-3:00 p.m.
“The World of the Ballad”
FACULTY DIRECTOR: Dr. Jennifer Goodman WollocK, Professor, Department of English
Grace Kelly
Brock West
Casey Robertson
Amy Arndt

This two-week seminar was an intensive introduction to the study of the ballad, with the goal of familiarizing a new generation of student-scholars with this fundamental and too often neglected genre. Students assessed the impact of the ballad on English and American literature, international connections, and important as an ongoing vehicle of cultural transmission across time, space, gender and classes from the Middle Ages to the present.

3:00-4:15 p.m. 
“Faces of Evil in Philosophy, Religion, and Literature”
FACULTY DIRECTOR: Dr. Daniel Conway, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Katherine Parada
Humberto Gonzalez Nunez
Steven Haug
Laura Reid

This two-week seminar was an interdisciplinary investigation of several depictions and personifications of evil that has been influential in philosophy, religion, and literature. Over the course of this investigation, Professor Conway introduced students to his own interpretation of evil as the “unfamiliar familiar.” The seminar was designed to explain why attributions of evil tend to be minimal, remote, tentative, and ultimately unrealistic.

4:15-5:00 p.m.
“Golden Age Theory Laboratory: Reading Spanish Renaissance Classics through a Postmodern Lens”
FACULTY DIRECTOR: Dr. Hilaire Kallendorf, Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies
Maci Greene
Jackie Marcheschi

This two-week seminar was devoted to creating a “theory laboratory” where students could experiment with applying a variety of postmodern literary theories (feminism, Marxism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, New Historicism, biopolitics, book history, etc.) to Renaissance Spanish literary texts. This involved teaching the basic principles of each of these theories as well as introducing the students, often for the first time, to primary texts by Cervantes, Quevedo, Calderon, Zayas, and other classic authors of the Spanish Golden Age. The process was cumulative in the sense that each primary text could potentially be analyzed in light of any and all theories we had discussed so far, in order to see which theory or theories might be most applicable in each case (our motto was Cinderella’s: “if the shoe fits, wear it”). The course thus sought to address the frequent disconnect between theory and practice by integrating theoretical abstractions with a hands-on, get-messy willingness to experiment in the literary realm.

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