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Professors Plan Productive Summer of Research and Study

June 01, 2016

Chip Underhill
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Professor Sarah Hardin in Senegal

Professor Sarah Hardin sitting in the shade with Diame Signate (photo courtesy of Professor Hardin)

Faculty of Saint Anselm College plan a richly productive summer of research and study, both at home and abroad.

Professor Sarah Hardin of the history department will travel to Senegal for a month, where she will interview Muslim cotton farmers to update field research she compiled there earlier for her dissertation on pesticides, imperialism and slavery. Hardin's work determined the significant social, economic, and environmental changes brought by the introduction of pesticides to cotton farmers in a rural part of Senegal in the mid to late 20th century.

The farmers interviewed by Hardin (or their descendants) are still alive, allowing her to garner first- and second-person accounts that provide important data. She also combs the area's archives for corroborating documents, noting that at times "questions of ancestry are quite delicate" as slavery was in place into the late 19th or early 20th century in Senegal.

While in the field, Hardin wears a headscarf and follows gender segregation rules. She speaks two African languages "well enough," which assists with her interactions with subjects, but uses a translator to assure that nuances from interviews are not lost.

Hardin teaches all Saint Anselm regional courses in African history (Southern Africa, Eastern and Northern Africa, Western and Central Africa), and has also developed several of her own, including African Health and Healing, which provides students with a closer look at the relationship of medicine and culture.

Elsewhere this summer for Saint Anselm faculty:

Dr. Mark Cronin, dean of Faculty, and Dr. Meoghan Cronin, professor of English, will deliver papers on Charles Dickens at the International Dickens Symposium in Reykjavik, Iceland. Professor Cronin will also present a paper at the British Women Writers Association Conference at the University of Georgia and, in her additional role as director of College Writing, will work on the College Writing Program.

Sarah Glenn, associate professor of philosophy, will continue her regular role at the college's ongoing archeological "dig" in Orvieto, Italy with the Classics department.

Professor Katherine Hoffmann, chairperson of the fine arts department, will chair a session at the annual international conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Professor Hoffmann also plans to continue work on a book for Yale University Press: "Fighting for the Light: Female Photographic Pioneers in the Alfred Stieglitz Collection and Circle." She has written two books for Yale University: "Stieglitz: A Beginning Light" (dealing with the early work of Stieglitz) and "Alfred Stieglitz: A Legacy of Light" (outlining later work).

Elsewhere in fine arts, Professor Kate Bentz will travel on a grant to Tel Aviv University in Israel to participate in the international symposium she has co-organized, titled, "Rivalries, Social Networks, and Cultural Production in Early Modern Italy." The grant also supports book research in Rome, Florence, and Mantua, Italy in June.

Professors Jonathan Lupo and Carmen McLish, both of the English department, will participate in the Symposium on Media, Communication, and Film Studies Programs at Liberal Arts Colleges at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. Their accepted proposal is "Capital-C, No S: Opportunities & Challenges in Building a Communication Major." It offers perspectives on the rhetorical, administrative, and pedagogical challenges of launching a Communication major within the liberal arts project.

Professor Ian Durham, physics department chair, will work on a book for a class he'll teach in the fall on the nature of time. Robert Anderson, professor of philosophy, "will work Anselm's Ontological Argument."

Aubrey Scheopner Torres, assistant professor of education and Bede Bidlack, assistant professor of theology, are preparing for a new course with a working title of "Catholic Schools in Today's Society."

Professor Beth Salerno, chair of the history department, will explore the national park on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands as a link to her Environmental History class. She comments that "coral bleaching is a major impact from climate change," and notes that St. John further connects to her Citizenship class, since U.S. territories do not have the same citizenship rights as U.S. states.

And finally, very close to home, Elizabeth Ossoff, chair of the psychology department, and Professor Jenn Lucas, associate professor of politics, will run the 9th annual Women's Leadership Summit at Saint Anselm College from June 5-10. Ossoff also plans to work with data about voter impressions in a joint project with Lucas and Tauna Sisco, chair of the sociology & social work department.

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