Glasscock Undergraduate Summer Scholars Presentations 2017

Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 9:00am – 11:00am & 2:45pm-4:00pm
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building

The undergraduate students who participated in the Glasscock Undergraduate Summer Scholars program during summer 2017 will present their research on 5 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.

The Trials of History

Dr. Richard J. Golsan
| Distinguished Professor, Department of International Studies

This course will focus on several historical trials from the post-World War II era that deal with the crimes perpetrated by Nazi Germany and its Allies and Collaborators during World War II. To use a somewhat dated term, these trials are “world-historical” in their implications for several reasons. First they either introduced or deployed in both national and international contexts the newly minted concepts of “genocide” and “Crimes against humanity.”  Today, these concepts shape international prosecutions in places as far flung as Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, as well as in Latin America. They also inform efforts to explore the outer reaches of human cruelty and human evil, and they impact as well international politics and interventions and also international human rights and aid efforts around the globe.

Undergraduate Scholars:
Sarah Kilpatrick
Trey Dietz
Matthew Kiihne

Adaptations Then and Now: Medieval England and Contemporary Culture

Dr. Britt Mize
| Associate Professor, Department of English

This advanced undergraduate seminar is a special engagement with “adaptation studies”: an interdisciplinary field that has mainly focused on novels turned into films, but whose theoretical features can offer us powerful tools for analyzing relations among cultural objects in any medium or mode, so long as they are connected by lines of influence.

We will explore a paradox that is central to my current research, and which unites present-day popular culture with medieval forms of cultural production: namely, the fact that most adaptations rely on the source’s authoritative, canonical status while simultaneously offering audiences something different in place of it.  We will work together to test the usefulness of a completely new application of adaptation theory: while the theory has often been used to examine instances of medievalism (that is, modern adaptations of medieval sources), never before has it been applied to acts of adaptation happening within the Middle Ages.  Because our culture and medieval culture share a similar attitude to canonical works, wishing simultaneously to reassert their importance and change them, the benefits of adaptation theory for the analysis of film versions of novels, for instance, may prove equally informative for the analysis of medieval acts of appropriation and transformation.

The outcome of this course will be your presentation of a viable proposal for an original research project to be carried out over the next academic year.  What will you notice or figure out about adaptations of medieval literature—whether within the Middle Ages or in modern culture—that no one has noticed or figured out before?

Undergraduate Scholars:
Meghan Collier
Cody Ellis


[9:00-11:00am The Trials of History]

9:00-9:15 | Glasscock Center Introduction
9:15-9:30 | Dr. Richard J. Golsan | Faculty Director
9:30-9:45 | Matthew Kiihne
9:45-10:00 | Q&A
10:00-10:15 | Trey Dietz
10:15-10:30 | Q&A
10:30-10:45 | Sarah Kilpatrick
10:45-11:00 | Q&A

[2:45-4:00pm Adaptations Then and Now]

2:45-3:00 | Dr. Britt Mize | Faculty Director
3:00-3:15 | Meghan Collier
3:15-3:30 | Q&A
3:30-3:45 | Cody Ellis
3:45-4:00 | Q&A