VERMILLION, S.D. – Three University of South Dakota faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences’ humanities divisions will host a public discussion about their recently published books and the significance of humanities research and creative scholarship in academia. The panel will air on the USD College of Arts & Sciences Facebook page on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Moderating the discussion is Zoli Filotas, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, and coordinator of the college’s Humanities Research Forum.
Panelists include the following.
Benjamin Hagen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of English and author of "The Sensuous Pedagogies of Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence." Though the differences in style and politics between Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) and D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930) are many, they both had formative experiences as teachers. Between 1905 and 1907, Woolf taught history and composition courses at Morley College while Lawrence spent nearly a decade in the field of elementary education between 1902 and 1912. "The Sensuous Pedagogies of Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence" reframes Woolf’s and Lawrence’s later experiments in fiction, life-writing and literary criticism as the works of former teachers, of writers, that is, still preoccupied with pedagogy.
Sara Lampert, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history, coordinator of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and author of "Starring Women: Celebrity, Patriarchy, and American Theater 1790-1850." Star actresses and dancers were among the most publicly visible, celebrated and often polarizing female public figures in the early United States. In "Starring Women," Lampert examines the lives, careers and fame of overlooked figures from Europe and the U.S. whose work in melodrama, ballet and other stage shows shocked and excited early U.S. audiences. Their fame drove the growth and transformation of theater, yet even their unprecedented wealth and prominence failed to break the patriarchal family structures that governed their lives and careers. With "Starring Women," Lampert shows how the burgeoning celebrity culture of the time forced women stage stars to don the costumes of domestic femininity while the unsettled nature of life in the theater defied these ideals.
Marcella Remund, M.A., is an instructor of English and author of "The Book of Crooked Prayer." According to South Dakota Poet Laureate Christine Stewart, “Remund’s second book of poems, 'The Book of Crooked Prayer,' is the lovechild of Walt Whitman and Anne Waldman, the poetic offspring of Allen Ginsberg and Gwendolyn Brooks. These are American poems, heartland poems, full-of-love-and-grief-for-the-world poems. In lines so musical they’ll make you want to sing, Remund breaks it open and breaks it down. She brings us wings, bones, clay and light; she moves us from birth to death and beyond. These poems grip, sting and slice; these poems hush, inhale and salve.”