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2015 First Book Institute

The 2015 First Book Institute was co-directed by CALS Director Sean X. Goudie and Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women's Studies at Duke University. Institute faculty included Penn State professors Michael Bérubé, Hester Blum, Chris Castiglia, Tina Chen, Jonathan Eburne, John Marsh, Shirley Moody-Turner, Ben Schreier, Linda Selzer, Shuang Shen, and Scott Smith.

2015 First Book Institute Participants and Projects

Back Row: Doug Guerra, Shaundra Myers, Phil Maciak, Jenny Rhee, Sean GoudieFront Row: Andrew Rippeon, Jesus Constantino, Sarah Ensor, Priscilla Wald, Tara Fickle

  • Jesus Constantino, Assistant Professor of English, Notre Dame University
    Project Title: Fighting Form: Boxing and the Violence of Aesthetic Formalism, 1880-1950
  • Sarah Ensor, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Portland State University
    Project Title: Spinster Ecology: Rethinking Relation in the American Literary Environment
  • Tara Fickle, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Oregon
    Project Title: Serious Play: Race, Game, Asian American Literature
  • Doug Guerra, Assistant Professor of Literature and Technology, State University of New York at Oswego
    Project Title: On the Move: Games and Gaming Figures in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature
  • Phil Maciak, Assistant Professor of English, Louisiana State University
    Project Title: The Disappearing Christ: Secularism in the Silent Era
  • Shaundra Myers, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Northwestern University
    Project Title: Worlds beyond Brown: Race, Embodiment, and the Remapping of Integration in African American Literature
  • Jenny Rhee, Assistant Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Project Title: Anthropomorphic Attachments: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Literature, Art, Technology, and War
  • Andrew Rippeon, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing, Hamilton College
    Project Title: Lyric Resource: Sound Technologies and Lyric Criticality

Photos from the 2015 First Book Institute

Co-Director Priscilla Wald offers advice to Phil Maciak and Tara Fickle during an afternoon workshop.

Co-Director Priscilla Wald offers advice to Phil Maciak and Tara Fickle during an afternoon workshop.

Shaundra Myers leads a discussion on an influential book chapter.

Shaundra Myers leads a discussion on an influential book chapter.

Doug Guerra explains the origins of his book project to the group.

Doug Guerra explains the origins of his book project to the group.