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College of Humanities and Social
Sciences announces Brown Bag Lecture Series
Oct. 18, 2007 --
Gloria Gibson, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at
Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, announces the launch of the
college’s Brown Bag Lecture Series. This series of lectures provides a
congenial atmosphere for learning about current academic work in the
humanities being done by faculty and graduate students at ASU. The
series also offers a look inside the profession of academia. All
lectures are free, and the public is invited.
lecture in the Brown Bag Lecture Series will be held Thursday,
Oct. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 206.
Western Life: The Challenging Biography of Granville Stuart,” will be
delivered by Dr. Clyde Milner II and Dr. Carol O’Connor, of the
department of history at ASU. The two historians spent
nine months as visiting scholars at Yale in 2006-07 preparing a draft of
their book, "A Big Western Life: The Challenging Biography of Granville
Stuart," to be published in spring 2008 by Oxford University Press. The
couple also jointly presented the 2007 Frederick W. Beinecke Senior
Fellow's Lecture at Yale University in March. That lecture discussed the
challenges Dr. Milner and Dr. O'Connor faced while writing about a man
whose life intersected with so many themes in the history of the North
American West. Dr. Milner was Yale’s 2006-07 Frederick W. Beinecke
Senior Research Fellow and is currently director of ASU’s Heritage
Studies PhD program. Dr. O’Connor was Yale’s 2006-07 Visiting Fellow in
History and is currently associate dean of the College of Humanities and
Social Sciences at ASU.
On Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m., in Wilson Hall, Room 217b,
the Brown Bag Lecture Series will feature Dr. Erik Gilbert, professor of
history at ASU, who will give a lecture, “The Dhow as Cultural Icon.”
Dr. Gilbert’s lecture is an examination of the process that transformed
dhows, the traditional sailing ships of the western Indian Ocean, from
hated symbols of the slave trade to romanticized icons of cultural
The final lecture in the Brown Bag series will be Thursday, Nov. 29, at
3:30 p.m. in the International Education Center, Room 251. That lecture,
“Hardcore Dance: A Ritual,” will feature Mr. Thurel George, with Dr. J.
Patrick Williams, professor of sociology. Mr. George will discuss his
research on hardcore dancing and what hardcore dancing means to the
people who perform it.
For more information, contact the College of Humanities and Social
Sciences at (870) 972-3973.
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