Anthony Ellis Scholarly Speakers Series

The Anthony Ellis Scholarly Speakers Series sponsored by the Department of English at Western Michigan University offers the following schedule:

Spring 2019

WMU Faculty Keynote Lecture: Maria Gigante

"Science, Images, and Public Engagement" (rescheduled)

Wednesday, February 6, 2500 Knauss Hall-Center for the Humanities, 4 p.m.

Dr. Maria Gigante is an associate professor in the rhetoric and writing studies program in the Department of English at Western Michigan University. Her research concerns both current and historical cases of visual communication between scientific communities and non-expert public audiences. Her work on this subject is published in Rhetoric Review and the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, and she is the author of the newly published book, Introducing Science Through Images: Cases of Visual Popularization (University of South Carolina Press, 2018). Gigante is interested in pursuing the practical applications of her research as well as collaborative projects between STEM fields and the humanities. Her work on science writing pedagogy appears in The Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society as well as in Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Teacher Education. She has developed and taught courses in visual rhetoric, writing in the sciences, and writing for social media.

Todd Kuchta

Travel and Teaching Discussion forum on India

Wednesday, February 27, 2500 Knauss Hall-Center for the Humanities, 4 p.m.

Dr. Todd Kuchta is an associate professor of English and affiliated faculty in global and international studies at WMU, where he teaches courses in modern British and postcolonial literature, literary theory, and the novel. He is the author of Semi-Detached Empire: Suburbia and the Colonization of Britain, 1880 to the Present (University of Virginia Press, 2010), as well as essays on 9/11 fiction and teaching Virginia Woolf in virtual reality. He is currently working on the relation between capitalism and ecology in contemporary South Asian fiction. In 2017 he traveled to India as part of the Southwest Michigan Educational Initiative on the East Indian Ocean.

Priya Jha (U of Redlands)

"Feral Citizenship and Gender in Humanimal: Girls Without Borders"

Wednesday, March 27, 2500 Knauss Hall-Center for the Humanities, 5 p.m.

Dr. Priya Jha is chair of the department of English and chair of the Hunsaker Teaching Program at the University of Redlands in Southern California. She has been affiliated with women's, gender, and sexuality studies, race and ethnic studies, and visual and media studies. Her many grants and awards include a Senior Research Scholar Fulbright Award to work in film archives in India, as well as an National Endowment for the Humanities summer fellowship and an Outstanding Teaching Award. She has published essays on representations of gender, sexualities and Indian nationalism in Hindi cinema, and is currently working on a memoir that draws upon her immigrant experience as part of the 1.5 generation, an exploration of feral feminism, and a monograph on (post)colonialism and design in South Asia. Her newly edited special issue of South Asian Popular Culture, "Designing (Post)Colonial Knowledge: Imagining South Asia," is forthcoming this spring.