Join several faculty members of Shawnee State University as they share, through presentation, their various scholastic achievements, from research in academia to publishing in academia and more.
Presenters include Professor Shannon Lawson, Professor Neil Carpathios, Dr. Marc Scott, Dr. Janet Holtman, Dr. Anthony Dzik, Dr. Jim Simmons, Dr. Lavanya Vemsani, Dr. Daniel M. Johnson, and Rebekah Kilzner, Clark Memorial Library Director.
Members of the university community, (including students, staff, administrators and faculty) as well as the general public are all invited to attend. For more information, please contact the Teaching and Learning Center.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Session 1 A
Location: UC 214 Time: 9 a.m.—10 a.m.
The West and Rest: Framing the 'Other' in National Geographic Photographs
Presented by Shannon Lawson, Assistant Professor of English and Communication
National Geographic photographs, according to Lutz and Collins, "become signs in a story the West is telling about its relationship to the non-Western world" (p.275). The hegemony of the West in telling the story is troublesome because it often goes unnoticed and unexamined and is considered fairly fixed and unchanging because it is perceived as natural. Photographs confound this confusion unless they are deliberately created in a manner so as represent multiple meanings. I conducted a content analysis of 167 photographs from the People and Culture category on National Geographic's website guided by the following research question: How do National Geographic photos frame the West and the Rest? I invite participants to join me in my session as I explore the stories that a sample of the photographs in my study tell.
The Women Question in India
Presented by Lavanya Vemsani, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History
The women question in India is of larger consequence than it appears in scattered issues of violence against women every couple of decades. Historically women of India faced negligence and death as a result of a new issue of violence. It is a cultural undercurrent of India. Every decade has seen some type of issue that has claimed thousands of lives of women, and necessitated the creation of an urgent law. When one thinks seriously about the recurrence of violence against women, it does not seem isolated, or unusual that a new issue of violence against women erupts, which may be linked to the social, cultural and political nature of the way in which gender is understood and normalized in India. As Johan Galtung has theorized several decades ago about violence ("Violence, peace and peace research", Journal of Peace Research 6 (3), Aug. 69: 167-191), violence exists in two forms, structural as well as physical. To these two categories of violence, Galtung had recently added another category of violence under the name cultural violence (Galtung, Johan, "Cultural Violence," Journal of Peace Research; Aug. 90, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p291 -305). Women of India are trapped in a web of structural, physical, and cultural violence. Unless a complete systemic overhaul is undertaken with the help of strong central legislation, a solution to women's issues cannot be found. Systematic denial of rights and discrimination of women is compounded by the physical abuse a female is subjected to since her birth in domestic and public settings. I will discuss a number of issues of women's suffering in India and propose prospective steps to address some of the current problems.
Location: UC 214 Time: 10 a.m.—11 a.m.
We Weren't Making this up: Beliefs and Attitudes about Writing Amongst Faculty at Shawnee State University
Presented by Marc Scott, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English
During this presentation, I'll report results from a survey about writing that was administered in the Spring of 2013 to faculty at Shawnee State University.
"White Trash" in the 1930's South: The Social Interventions of Erskine Caldwell and James Agee
Presented by Janet Holtman, Ph.D., Professor of English, American Literature
This presentation will be a summary of, and brief commentary on, an essay I recently had accepted for publication (and will be forthcoming in the spring) in the academic journal American Studies. It will examine the ways in which interdisciplinary study and critical theory can provide significant ways of understanding literature as social discourse, ways that differ from traditional aesthetic literary scholarship. By examining in its historical context non-canonical literature that overtly takes up social issues, as part of a synchronic network of social commentary, we are no longer blind to the ways in which it contributed to understandings of social class, poverty, and authority--in its own time and in ours.
Location: UC 214 Time: 11 a.m.—12 p.m.
KANGERLUSSUAQ: Gateway to Greenland
Presented by Anthony J. Dzik, Ph.D., Professor of Geography
Kangerlussuaq is the site of Greenland's largest airport. The "town" of 500 residents is situated at the end of a 100 mile long fjord and is about 25 kilometers from the inland ice. Dr. Dzik visited Kangerlussuaq in July 2013 and will present an overview of the physical and cultural geography of this fascinating region located just north of the Arctic Circle.
Isaac Newton and his Design Argument
Presented by Jim Simmons, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics
In the last decade, manuscripts of Newton's theological essays have become easily accessible. Some of these give us a clearer picture of his natural theology and its relation to his more conventionally scientific work.
Location: UC 215 Time: 9 a.m.—10 a.m.
Presented by Neil Carpathios, Professor of English, Creative Writing
A reading of original poems from published books and new works.
Athletic Glory, Divine Glory, and Vainglory
Presented by Daniel M. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy
The thesis of my essay is this: the purpose of sports and other games, when done rightly, is, in a special way, glory. Games are at once a special way in which we imitate God (in his seeking after his own glory) and a special way in which we contribute to God's glory. Because games are specially concerned with glory, the special way in which sin distorts our game-playing – the sin which cuts closest to the core of the purpose of games – is vainglory.
Location: UC 215 Time: 11 a.m.—Noon
Faculty Perspectives on Library Research: Understanding Scholarly Practice through User Study
Presented by , Rebekah Kilzer, Director, Clark Memorial Library, SSU
As a part of the participatory design process in support of the eXtensible Catalog development at the University of Rochester, a multi-site study was developed to understand the scholarly practices of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. Although not limited to library resources, library research was a significant component of this process and project teams interviewed faculty members at four universities to build an understanding of faculty processes to develop and track their research projects. Findings helped inform development of the eXtensible Catalog, as well as chapters in the edited volume, Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design, and the eXtensible Catalog, citation below.
Nancy Foster, Katie Clark, Kornelia Tancheva & Rebekah Kilzer (Eds.). (2011). Scholarly practice, participatory design and the eXtensible Catalog. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.