Summer Research Symposium — Last week the Charlotte Research Scholars Program (CRS) culminated in an event called the Summer Research Symposium. English faculty and students made their presence known at this symposium. The purpose of the CRS is to have undergraduate students become involved in faculty members’ research projects. This year the following five CRS projects came out of the English Department:
Janaka Lewis worked with a student named Ashley Burch on a project titled “Images and Perceptions of Happiness and Success by African American Female Authors.”
Greg Wickliff worked with Christopher Burton on a project titled “John William Draper’s Contribution: Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution at Oxford, 1860.”
Alan Rauch worked with Melanie Carty on a project titled “Private Subscription Libraries in Nineteenth-Century England: Manchester, Leeds, and Newcastle.”
Kirk Melnikoff and Alan Rauch worked with Nadia Clifton on a project titled “A Study of the Princess Augusta Sophia (1768-1840) Collection at the Atkins Library.”
Sarah Minslow worked with Katherine Galindo on a project titled “Using Children’s Literature to Teach the Holocaust in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Middle Schools.”
All of the students who participated in the CRS Program prepared detailed posters about their research projects, and these posters were put on display during the symposium. The students then gave presentations related to their posters. The posters and presentations were judged, and awards were presented at the end of the event. Three of the students who worked with our faculty received awards. In the category of Education, Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Work, the Best Poster Award went to Nadia Clifton. Both Katherine Galindo and Melanie Carty received Honorable Mentions.
Of the nine awards presented, one third of them went to the students who worked with English faculty members. Plans are afoot to put all five of the posters tied to English on display in our faculty lounge in the near future.
My congratulations go to all of the English faculty and students who participated in this year’s Charlotte Research Scholars Program.
Kudos— As you know, I like to use my Monday Missives to share news about recent accomplishments by members of our department. Here is the latest news:
Paula Connolly has been recently conducting research on nineteenth-century children’s literature as an Invited Visiting Scholar at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Paula Eckard recently published an article titled “Thomas Wolfe and ‘the great engine’ of Johns Hopkins Hospital” published in the Thomas Wolfe Review.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines— Here are some dates to keep in mind:
August 5 — The last day of class for the second summer term.
Quirky Quiz Question — The students who participated in the Summer Research Symposium created posters. Those of us in English are not used to creating posters, but in other fields posters are well established. In fact, some artists are famous for their posters. What is the name of the French painter who became famous for posters related to the cabaret scene in Paris?