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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

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

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 and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, 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
    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