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Humanities Authors to Talk about New Books

Sara Lampert, Benjamin Hagen and Marcella Remund each holding their respective books. The USD College of Arts & Sciences will host a public discussion with USD faculty and published authors Sara Lampert, Benjamin Hagen and Marcella Remund.

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.”


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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