College of Liberal Arts

2017 Humanities Research Symposium

Open to the public

8:30am  Coffee/Light Breakfast
8:45am  Welcome Remarks by Dean Randy Diehl and Senior Associate Dean Esther Raizen

Session 1
9:00am   Jennifer Graber    Gods "Really Present" and "Religious Doings:" Describing and Interpreting Kiowa Ritual Practice During American Expansion
9:30am   Juliet Hooker        Theorizing Race in the Americas: Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois and Vasconcelos
10:00am Benjamin Gregg    Genetic Engineering of Human Intelligence: Moral, Legal, and Political Issues
10:30am Joan Neuberger    Behind the Tower
11:00am Peter Hess            The Perils of Gluttonous Delights: Food and Globalization in Early Sixteenth-Century Germany

Session 2 
12:45pm Lisa Thompson     Making History: Dominique Morisseau's Revolutionary Theatre
1:15pm   Pascale Bos          "Pulping" the Holocaust: Marketing Ka-Tzetnik's House of Dolls to the Masses
1:45pm   Marc Pierce          German Linguistics, Generative Linguistics, and Historical Linguistics in the 1960s
2:15pm   Lars Hinrichs        Language Variation and Social Change in Texas

Session 3
3:00pm   Nancy Stalker      Budding Fortunes: Ikebana as Art, Industry, and Cold War Culture
3:30pm   Hannah Wojciehowski    Michel Foucault's 1968
4:00pm   Randy Lewis       A Mighty Fortress is Our God: Selling Surveillance in the Bible Belt


Note: After 2015, the Humanities Research Symposium changed from an annual to a biennial event.

2015 Humanities Research Award Symposium

Friday, February 27, 2015
CLA 1.302B
Open to the Public


Morning session begins at 11:00
Afternoon session begins at 1:00.
Faculty Presenters: 
Kristen Belgum, Department of Germanic Studies
Benjamin Brower, Department of History
Luis Cárcamo-Huechante, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Kirsten Cather, Department of Asian Studies
Tarek El-Ariss, Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Huaiyin Li, Department of History
Lynn Wilkinson, Department of Germanic Studies


The Humanities Research Award grants three years of funding to faculty to support the completion of a research project in the Humanities. Each Spring the College of Liberal Arts sponsors an all-day event where faculty at the end of the three-year grant cycle present their scholarship to the University community.

**The 2015 Humanities Research Award Symposium is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities.**

2014 Humanities Research Award Symposium

Friday, February 28, 2014
CLA 1.302B
Open to the Public

Morning Session, 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM

Julia L. Mickenberg, Associate Professor of American Studies: The New Woman Tries on Red: Russia in the American Feminist Imagination, 1905-1945
Arturo Arias, Tomas Rivera Regents Professor in Latin American Literature: Recovering Lost Footprints: The Emergence of Contemporary Indigenous Narratives in Abya Yala
Gabriela Polit Dueñas, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese: Narrating Narcos:Culiacán and Medellín
Janine Barchas, Professor of English: Jane Austen and Celebrity Culture

Lunch, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM in the Normandy Scholars Room (CLA 2.606)

Afternoon Session, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

John Hartigan, Professor of Anthropology, "Care of the Species: Cultivating Biodiversity in Mexico & Spain"
Erika M. Bsumek, Associate Professor of History, "Damming Zion: Mormons, Navajos, and Water in the American West, 1860-1980"
Mark Atwood Lawrence, Associate Professor of History, "Unraveling Liberalism: The United States and the Developing World in the 1960s"
Katherine Arens, Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies, "Squaring the Vienna Circle: Intellectual History Beyond the Cold War"
Martha G. Newman, Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies, "Narrating Faith: The Uncertain World of Engelhard of Langheim"

2013 Humanities Research Award Symposium Program