David Boe (English) gave a presentation titled “Chomsky’s Linguistic Historiography” at the annual North American Association for the History of Language Science meeting in January in Anaheim, Calif. The presentation discussed various responses to Chomsky’s longstanding argument that his work in linguistics was influenced by Cartesian rationalism.
Peter Goodrich (English) presented a paper at the annual Medieval Association of the Midwest. His paper, titled What Were the Middle Ages, Really?, reviewed definitions of the Middle Ages and demonstrated the problems associated with those definitions. Previous definitions limited the period to Europe and so require redefinition in a global context.
Rita Schultz Gordon (Auxiliary Services) was selected to present “Congrats…You’re in charge of the card office!” at the 14th annual National Association of Campus Card Users conference in Atlanta, Ga. The presentation focused on operational aspects of the campus card program, implementing new technologies and selection of a banking partner.
Beverly Matherne (English) did a Cave de Poésie performance of blues and free-verse poetry at the Brasserie du Théâtre, in Montauban, France.
Jamie Kuehnl, Brianna Reckeweg, Elizabeth Grbavcich and student Kyle Bladow (English) presented research at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters’ annual conference in March. The conference was held at Ferris State University. Reckeweg’s paper compared the thoughts, speech and actions of characters in Macbeth to citizens living in capitalism as a result of the influence masculinity has in both medieval Scotland and modern America. Grbavcich presented a paper titled The Silent Killer: Sylvia Plath’s Use of Carbon Monoxide in her Poetry and her Death, which analyzed Plath’s repetition of death images to convey her suicidal fantasies.
Heidi Stevenson (English) presented a paper at the Qualitative Research Network in New York City. Her paper, titled Finding Our Places, Defining our Places, represents her preliminary findings for her dissertation research.