Thursday, March 27, 2008

Q&A with Margaret Ezell

Q&A with Margaret Ezell

We asked Margaret Ezell (Department of English), who presents on Wednesday, 2 April on "Elizabeth Isham and the Technologies of Memory," a few questions about her work:

MGGCHR: What is your presentation's argument?

Margaret Ezell: I'm not sure :-) I'm hoping that will become clearer through the discussion--

MGGCHR: How did you hit on the focus of your current research and what interests you about it?

Margaret Ezell: I was invited to respond to two manuscript texts as part of a symposium held on them at Princeton in the fall. The aspect which most interested me was the ways in which the two manuscripts are so physically different, even though by the same person and about the same time period.

MGGCHR: What is the most interesting place your research has taken you?

Margaret Ezell: One of the prettiest was the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, which took me many, many hours by train to reach through gorgeous landscape. One of the strangest was the former coal hole at Christ Church College, Oxford, where at that time they kept their manuscript collection and was opened with an enormous iron key...

MGGCHR: What is your favorite course to teach, and what makes it your favorite?

Margaret Ezell: Hard to say--I really like teaching the Milton & his Contemporaries course because he was in the middle of such interesting times and so involved in the events of it, along with a lot of very interesting other people. And, of course, he is an amazing poet. The most fun course I have taught recently was called "Drama Queens" and was about women and the theatre in the early modern period, as writers, performers and patrons. I learned a lot putting that one together.

MGGCHR: If you had the opportunity to invite any living humanities scholar to come speak at the Glasscock Center, who would it be and why?

Margaret Ezell: Helene Cixous--because she is still amazing.

MGGCHR: If you were stranded on a desert island, what material would you want with you?

Margaret Ezell: Probably a good radio transmitter to get me off of it!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Next Week's Events at the Glasscock Center

The following is a list of next week’s events supported by the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research and/or its affiliated programs:

**Monday, 24 March**
Visiting Fellow: Michael Schudson (University of California, San Diego) will be in residence all week.

**Tuesday, 25 March**
Co-Sponsored Event: Gabriel Peveroni, “Territorios Ocupados,” 4:00 p.m., Academic Building, Room 128. For more information contact Sarah Misemer at

Glasscock Center Lecture Series “How Do We Keep Knowing?”: Michael Schudson (University of California, San Diego), presenting “Journalism in an Era of ‘Truthiness’,” 7:30 p.m., Glasscock Building, Room 311.

**Wednesday, 26 March**
Glasscock Coffee Come & Go: 8:30-9:30 a.m., Glasscock Building, Room 311. Featuring Michael Schudson, Visiting Fellow.

Visiting Fellow Colloquium: Michael Schudson (University of California, San Diego), 4:00 p.m., Glasscock Building, Room 311.

**Thursday, 27 March**
Graduate Colloquium: Jared Peatman (History), “Gettysburg Remembers the Address, 1913,” 4:00 p.m., Glasscock Building, Room 311.

**Friday, 28 March**
Women’s Studies Lunch Lecture: Eileen Cleere (Southwestern University), presenting “Intensive Culture: Aesthetics and Purity in the Eugenic Novels of Sarah Grand,” 12:30-1:30 p.m., Glasscock Building, Room 311.

**If you are interested in meeting with any of our visiting speakers contact Dr. Donnalee Dox at
**For further information consult the Glasscock Center website at http://
**For current events at the Glasscock Center consult our blog at

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships

FYI 2008 due dates will be posted soon, but the 2007 guildlines can be used as reference(

NEH Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, and other scholarly tools. Fellowships support continuous full-time work for a period of six to twelve months. NEH Fellowships may not be used for: curricular or pedagogical methods, theories, or surveys; preparation or revision of textbooks; projects that seek to promote a particular political, philosophical, religious, or ideological point of view; projects that advocate a particular program of social action; works in the creative and performing arts, e.g., painting, writing fiction or poetry, dance performance, etc.; or doctoral dissertations or theses.