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School of Humanities and Social Sciences News

Date: Nov 7, 2016

Please join us for the The Glass Menagerie, directed by Ryan Clark (Theatre & Media Performance)

November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 7pm

November 13, 2pm

Tickets: $10 ($5 Students and Seniors)

Inscape Theatre, Greenspring

We know not to judge a book by its cover, but can we judget faculty members by their office doors? Whose door is this?  What kinds of courses does she/he teach?  What kind of research does he/she do? 

This is LRC 5 home to Dr. Jamie Goodall, Assistant Professor in the Public History department. Her research interests include piracy, smuggling, illicit trade, transmission of knowledge, slavery, and the economy in the early modern Atlantic-Caribbean world. She is currently revising her dissertation, titled “‘Navigating the Atlantic World: Piracy, Illicit Trade, and the Construction of Commercial Networks, 1650-1791,″ into a monograph that examines the development of informal commercial networks among pirates, smugglers, merchants, government officials, and residents of the seventeenth and eighteenth century Caribbean-Atlantic, with a transnational focus. Dr. Goodall has traveled to England, the Netherlands, Jamaica, and Bermuda to conduct research. Her work is multidisciplinary, infusing her archaeological, material culture, and public history background into her academic history research. Dr. Goodall incorporates her transnational, interdisciplinary, and Atlantic focus in her teaching, particularly in courses such as Early America (which has a historically Anglo-centric emphasis), African American history, and special topics courses like Piracy in the Caribbean. She loves to engage students with primary source and archaeological material as a means to shift their thinking about history, moving beyond the written word to tell the stories of historically underrepresented and marginalized groups.

This weekend, I had the opportunity to present my research at the North American Victorian Studies Association Conference (NAVSA).  More than 450 scholars in the field of Victorian Studies assembled to discuss topics including the changing nature of our field, the role of humanities in higher education, and the influence of digital archives, as well as a wide range of Victorian texts and topics. Presentation topics included parlor games, theatrical adaptations of Victorian novels, steampunk, and regional book clubs.  It was wonderful to reconnect with my colleagues and share my interdisciplinary work on Victorian literature and dance, and I'm looking forward to next year!

Interested in learning more about careers in Psychology and Human Services?  Join us for a Career Pathways event on Thursday 11/9, 6-8pm, Rockland.

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