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2016 First Book Institute

The 2016 First Book Institute was co-directed by CALS Director Sean X. Goudie and Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and Women's Studies at Duke University. Institute faculty included Penn State professors Jessamyn Abel, Hester Blum, Chris Castiglia, Tina Chen, Ariane Cruz, Jonathan Eburne, Debra Hawhee, John Marsh, Janet Lyon, Carla Mulford, Chris Reed, and Ben Schreier.

2016 First Book Institute Participants and Projects

Front Row: Priscilla Wald, Hsia-Ting Chang (Graduate Research Assistant)
Middle Row: Kelly Bezio, Danielle Christmas, Brianna Burke, Kya Mangrum, Matthew Schilleman
Back Row: Joseph Darda, Gordon Fraser, Sean Goudie, Lindsay Thomas

Kelly L. Bezio, Assistant Professor of English, Texas A & M—Corpus Christi
  • Project Title: Communicable Disease in the American Literary Imagination
Brianna Burke, Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities and American Indian Studies, Department of English, Iowa State University
  • Project Title: Becoming Beast: The Humanimal in Climate Justice Literatures
Danielle Christmas, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Project Title: Auschwitz and the Plantation: Labor and Social Death in American Holocaust and Slavery Fiction
Joseph Darda, Assistant Professor of English, Texas Christian University
  • Project Title: Empire of Defense: Race and the Cultural Politics of Permanent War
Gordon Fraser,  Assistant Professor of English, North Dakota State University
  • Project Title: Nationalist Cosmologies: Revolution, Astronomy, and the Limits of the Universal in Nineteenth-Century America
Kya Mangrum, Mellon Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, Cornell University
  • Project Title: How Deep and Dark: Photography, Slavery, and the Limits of Narrative
Matthew Schilleman, Fellow, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Amherst College
  1. Project Title: Typewriter Psyche: Office Media and the Techno-Inscriptive Origins of Modernism
Lindsay Thomas, Assistant Professor of English, Clemson University
  • Project Title: Training for Catastrophe: Preparedness Media, Speculative Fiction, and the Management of the Future

 

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