The Academic Minute for 2019.12.09-12.13

The Academic Minute from 12.09 – 12.13

Monday, December 9th
Pablo Palomino Oxford College of Emory University
Latin American Music
Pablo Palomino is a cultural historian of modern Latin America. He is Licenciado from the University of Buenos Aires and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and was postdoctoral lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Center for Latin American Studies and History Department. His research, teaching, and publications include the transnational cultural history of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. He is a Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities (2017-2020), part of a group of faculty fostering interdisciplinary connections across Emory’s different academic units.

Tuesday, December 10th
Kenneth Carter – Oxford College of Emory University
Thrill-Seeking Behavior
Dr. Ken Carter is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology at Oxford College of Emory University, where he teaches introductory courses in psychology as well as advanced courses in clinical psychopharmacology, research methods, and personality.

Before joining the Oxford College faculty in 1994, Carter served as a senior assistant research scientist in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s prestigious Epidemic Intelligence Service, with a research focus on smoking as a risk marker for suicidal behaviors in adolescents.

Wednesday, December 11th
Nick Fesette – Oxford College of Emory University
Imprisonment and the Theater
Dr. Fesette is a theatre artist and scholar. He has directed or performed in over 50 productions in professional, academic, and community-based settings. At Oxford he has directed productions of Jaclyn Backhaus’ Men On Boats, Lauren Gunderson’s Ada and the Engine, and Max Frisch’s The Arsonists.

He’s currently revising his dissertation into a monograph for publication, titled Cagecraft: Performance, Race, and Trauma in Carceral America. This project studies modern and contemporary performances made with, by, and about incarcerated people in order to understand how the carceral state itself is a performance structure continually staging racist and classist violence. In part, this book project draws upon his five years experience working with the Phoenix Players Theatre Group, a company of incarcerated writers and performers located in Auburn Correctional Facility in Upstate New York.

Thursday, December 12th
Alix Olson – Oxford College of Emory University
The Rise of Resilience
Dr. Olson is thrilled to begin her first year teaching Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Oxford College. Her research interests include contemporary social and political thought, critical theory, feminist and queer politics, and social movements. Dr. Olson’s book manuscript The Promise(s) of Resilience: Governance and Resistance in Complex Times offers a critical examination of the rise and circulation of the concept of “resilience” within 21stCentury political life and the ways it is fundamentally re-ordering peoples’ understanding of themselves, the world, and possibilities of action. Grounding her analysis in a wide breadth of empirical case studies—from the United Nation’s refugee policies and post-Katrina “regeneration” programs to self-help literature and social movements—she shows how resilience discourses work to produce a sustainable human infrastructure capable of upholding the crisis conditions of late capitalism.

Friday, December 13th
Margaret McGehee – Oxford College of Emory University
LGBTQ+ History
Margaret T. (“Molly”) McGehee is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Oxford College of Emory University and currently serves as President of the Southern American Studies Association. She regularly offers Introduction to American Studies (AMST 201) and Critical Reading and Writing (English 185) but also teaches interdisciplinary courses on topics within African American Studies, Southern Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. McGehee’s current book project focuses on the Atlanta imaginary in modern and contemporary fiction, and her scholarly work has appeared in Cinema Journal, Studies in American Culture, Southern Spaces, North Carolina Literary Review, and Gale’s American Writers series.


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