Michelle Lyons-McFarland at Daniel Defoe Society Biennial Conference


Ph.D. candidate Michelle Lyons-McFarland presents her paper “Rising Up: Roxana and Social Mobility” at the Daniel Defoe Society Biennial Conference in New Haven, Connecticut, September 7-9 2017.

Image result for defoe societyThe Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Defoe Society is titled “Tolerance and Intolerance in the Age of Defoe.” The conference description from its website states, “In one light, late seventeenth-and early eighteenth-century Britain might be said to have been an age of tolerance: a degree of toleration of religious dissent became the law of the land; and in the world of letters, many authors sought to cultivate a posture of rhetorical moderation and urbane cosmopolitanism. At the same time, of course, the age was marked by bitter factionalism and biting satire. Social and political upheavals created new opportunities for confrontation as well as for incorporation, for hostility as well as for hospitality. Such tensions led writers like John Locke and Daniel Defoe to address questions of tolerance and toleration directly.”


Evan Chaloupka at Narrative 2017


Ph.D. Dean’s Fellow Evan Chaloupka presented “Writing on the Verge: Cognitive Disability and Its Implications for Storytelling in American Literary Naturalism” at the Narrative 2017 conference, held March 23 – 26 in Lexington, Kentucky.

The conference featured plenary speakers Judith Butler and Linda Williams, both of the University of California-Berkeley, and Kenneth Warren of the University of Chicago.

Chaloupka and Horton Take Part in “Demystifying the Archive” Roundtable


Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Location: Guilford Parlor 

learning_education_default_1Ph.D. students and Dean’s Fellows Evan Chaloupka and Ray Horton will discuss their recent and ongoing work with archival materials, as a means of illuminating the possibilities of research using primary sources.

They will be joined by representatives from three University Circle Institutions: Jennifer Nieves, Archivist & Registrar at the Dittrick Medical History Center; William Claspy, Humanities Research Services Librarian and Melissa Hubbard, Team Leader, Scholarly Resources & Special Collections, Kelvin Smith Library; and John Grabowski, Senior Vice President, Research & Publications and Krieger Mueller Historian, Western Reserve Historical Society.

Following brief descriptions of the collections and materials available for scholarly use, questions from the audience will explore the challenges and opportunities for humanities research with archival and special collections materials.