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Humanities Day is April 15

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Humanities Program, Humanities Day highlights the work of this year’s interdisciplinary research clusters and will be held on Friday, April 15, from 9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., with a break for lunch.

Books written by Appalachian’s faculty members in the humanities disciplines will be on display and for sale.  All sessions will be in Plemmons Student Union’s Linville Falls Room. A wine and cheese reception will follow the talks in Price Lake Room.

The research clusters are composed of faculty from various departments who worked together during the year on a specific topic. This year, 26 faculty members participated from 17 different departments. Subjects include “Pre-Service Literature Groups in Health Professions and Teaching, Outdoors – the new APP!,” “Public Culture and Collective Memory” and “Designing the Future: Sustainable and Human-Centered Innovation.”

In addition to the faculty presentations, two invited speakers will give talks: Ron Messier, formerly of Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University and author of “Jesus: One Man, Two Faiths,” will speak at 11:30 a.m. and Kathryn M. Moncrief from Washington College, co-editor of “Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England” and editor of Performing Maternity in Early Modern England, will speak at 4:15 p.m.

Messier is the current president of the Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Seminar (SERMEISS) and president of the advisory board for the Society of Universal Dialogue.  His teaching and research focus on Islam and the history and archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa.  From 1987 to 1998, he directed the excavation of the ancient city of Sijilmasa in Morocco, famous for its gold trade and its contacts with Timbuktu. He is currently directing an archaeology project at Aghmat, near Marrakech, Morocco.

Moncrief is co-editor, with Kathryn McPherson, of “Performing Maternity in Early Modern England” and “Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England: Gender, Instruction, and Performance,” to be published this fall. Her recent work appears in “Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood” (forthcoming from Ashgate 2011) and “Masculinities, Childhood, Violence: Attending to Early Modern Women – and Men” (University of Delaware, 2011).  She is also the author of “Competitive Figure Skating for Girls.” She is currently at work on a book, “Unruly Bodies: Gender, Performance, and Spectacle on the Early Modern Stage.”