Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes presented a paper titled “Harnessing Religion in the Service of Empire: French Laicite v. British Laissez-Faire?” at a colloquium on “Translating Secularism/Traduire la laicite,” hosted by the University of Southampton and the Insitut Francais Du Royaume Uni in London on September 18. She also chaired a panel on “Laicite and Religion.”
Kimberly Smith, professor of art history, edited a critical anthology titled, “The Expressionist Turn in Art History,” published by Ashgate in December 2014. Smith’s anthology includes a cross-section of art history texts from the early 20th century that have been described as expressionist, along with critical commentaries by an international group of scholars. Translated here from the German for the first time, these examples of an expressionist turn in art history, along with their secondary analyses and Smith’s substantial introduction, offer a productive lens through which to re-examine the practice and theory of art history in the early 20th century. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409449997
Senior Colin Berr has received an $8,000 scholarship through the Sumners Scholarship Program to participate in a program in Washington, D.C., this summer. Berr will attend an Institute on Economics and International Affairs and intern with the Department of Commerce through a program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies.
Laura Senio Blair, associate professor of Spanish, has earned a place in the 2014 NEH Summer Seminar on Jewish Buenos Aires, to be held in Buenos Aires between July 7-24. The seminar will focus on major texts in 20th century Jewish culture as it has played out in the context of immigration and assimilation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the major center of Jewish culture in Latin America. Through a detailed examination of these works as literary texts that interpret the Jewish experience in Buenos Aires, the seminar will provide participants with an important grounding in this important dimension of ethnic culture in Argentina and, by implication, in other Latin American societies.
Graduating senior Alejandra Benitez has been selected to spend the 2013-2014 academic year teaching in France through the Teaching Assistant Program in France, a cultural exchange program administered by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Benitez will be teaching at the secondary level in the Academy of Reims. Read more here.