Dr. Douglas Murray spoke at the Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America, held in Washington, DC on October 22, 2016. This year’s conference theme was Austen’s novel Emma, and Murray’s talk combined archival research with a cultural geography approach to the text. The title of the presentation was “The True Story of Box Hill, or What’s a Nice Girl Like Emma Doing in a Place Like That?”
Former Belmont English major and Belmont University graduate Mary Gray (BA 2009) is now ABD in English at the University of Mississippi. She completed her comprehensive exams earlier this semester and is currently developing the prospectus for her dissertation. She is a graduate teaching assistant and has had a teaching assistantship during most of her time at Mississippi.
Dr. Jason Lovvorn, assistant professor of English, recently presented a paper at the Literacy Research Association’s 66th Annual Conference, held November 30 to December 3 in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference theme was “Mobilizing Literacy Research for Social Transformation,” and connected to this theme, Dr. Lovvorn’s talk, “Precarious Things: Service Literacies and Social Change,” examined ways in which the material and affective elements at service sites can benefit students by disrupting hierarchy, impelling embodied knowledge, inspiring co-relational thinking, and transforming perspective.
On December 7, at an English Department gathering, ten Belmont University students were recognized as Colloquium Scholars for their participation in the inaugural Humanities Symposium Colloquium. Honored participants were required to read a common text, attend at least three of the four talks in this year’s series, and submit a written reflection on their takeaways. The 2016 Colloquium focused on “Issues in Digital Humanities” and addressed Amy Earheart’s monograph, Traces of the Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of Digital Literary Studies.
(Front, L to R): Jamelia Hatchett, Lindsay Hunnicutt, Jackie Karneth, Breanne Lampert.
(Back, L to R): Brooke Massey, Andrew Cox, Joseph Dierkes, Anna Hayman.
(Not pictured, honored in absentia): Naomi Bartlett, Devin Bradbury.
Dr. Douglas Murray, Professor of English, recently exhibited his connection to music in more than one way. On October 2, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he participated in an international organ improvisation competition sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Music. Judges from the United States and Germany awarded Murray third place and a cash award. In addition, Murray published a review of the American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s opera Mansfield Park in JASNA News (the newsletter of the Jane Austen Society of North America).