Beloit College professors Diane Lichtenstein and Linda Sturtz will serve as Faculty Fellows for the fall 2011 ACM Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities. The semester-length program brings a select group of students to Chicago to conduct intensive, independent study and research at the Newberry Library, one of the world’s leading independent research libraries.
The Newberry’s collections span the history and culture of western Europe from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th century and the Americas from the time of first contact between Europeans and Native Americans.
The Faculty Fellows teach the seminar together, working closely with the students to provide context and guidance for their research and writing. The Newberry’s expert staff also helps the students explore the Library’s multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural collections. As the centerpiece of the seminar, participants write a substantial paper – often equivalent to a senior or honors thesis – on a topic of their choice.
With the theme of “Crossing Boundaries,” the fall 2011 seminar will focus on geographic, national, racial/ethnic, and gender role boundaries, and ways those boundaries were crossed and re-crossed in the course of European and American history from 1492 to 1900.
Professor of English Diane Lichtenstein teaches U.S. literature, literary theory, and post-colonial studies at Beloit College. She also serves on the Women’s and Gender Studies faculty, teaching African-American Women’s Novels and Introduction to Women’s Studies, which examines women’s experiences within institutions such as family, religion, media, economy, health, and the state. Lichtenstein has published a book, Writing Their Nations: The Tradition of Nineteenth-Century American Jewish Women Writers, and numerous articles and book reviews. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Linda Sturtz is the George Russell Corlis Professor of History at Beloit College and is on the faculty of Women’s and Gender Studies. The courses she has taught include Race, Class, and Gender in Early America; Comparative History of Slavery and Abolition; Equality, Rebellion, and Revolution: America from 1756 to 1820; and a senior research seminar on the History of the Atlantic World. In addition to many articles, she is author of the book Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia. As a student Carleton College she participated in the Newberry Seminar. She received her Ph.D. from Washington University-St. Louis.
See the Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities webpage for complete information about the program.