Wide Range of Faculty Research Presented
The Psychoeconometrics of Happiness, emerging transnational identities and artistic videos are the topics explored at this semester’s Faculty Research Series in Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
The series, organized by Prof. Bridget Marshall, invites three faculty members to present their research each semester. Presentations from the English, Cultural Studies and Art departments are on the schedule for this round.
“One of our main goals is to show the kind of new research being done by faculty in the Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences,” says Marshall.
The series also aims to build community among the faculty; presenting their papers to peers often leads the speakers to alter or expand their research in response to questions posed at the talks.
“There are many connections we can make across disciplinary lines,” says Marshall. “Also, it's nice to support our colleagues and learn about the great work going on everywhere on campus."
While faculty members often make up the core audience of the series, students, staff and community members are always welcome to participate in the talks and question and answer sessions that follow.
“It's a great opportunity for students to hear about the newest research and projects-in-process that our faculty members are developing,” Marshall says. “We also occasionally get local community members, which we also really like.”
Past research presentations have ranged from King Kong to factory farming’s effects on the food system and to Francophone populations in Lowell.
“It's amazing to see the range of work being done on this campus,” says Marshall, “and it’s a nice collegial gathering.”
Fall 2011 Faculty Research Series in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Oct. 5: English Prof. Michael Millner presents “The Psychoeconometrics of Happiness; Or, Depressed? Perhaps it's . . .," 3:30 - 5 p.m. in O’Leary 478
Nov. 2: Cultural Studies Prof. John Christ presents “Artistic Institutions and Cultural Democracy in 1930s America: Three Case Studies,” 3:30 – 5 p.m. in O’Leary 478
Dec. 7: Art Prof. Ellen Wetmore presents “Seven in Bed and Other Videos," 3:30 - 5 p.m. in McGauvran 410