The Academic Minute for 2020.07.13-2020.07.17


The Academic Minute from 07.13 – 07.17

Monday, July 13th
Suzanne Marchand Louisiana State University
Suzanne Marchand received her BA from UC Berkeley in 1984 and her PHD from the University of Chicago in 1992.  She was assistant and associate professor at Princeton University between 1992 and 1999, at which time she moved to LSU, Baton Rouge, where she is now Boyd (University) Professor (LSU’s highest honor; she is only the 4th woman to be so honored).  Her special field is European intellectual history since 1700.  She is the author of two previous monographs, Down from Olympus: Archaeology and Philhellenism in Germany, 1750-1970 (Princeton UP, 1996) and German Orientalism in the Age of Empire: Religion, Race, and Scholarship (Cambridge UP, 2009), as well as the co-author of two textbooks and the author of many essays.  She served as President of the German Studies Association between 2012 and 2014, and has been awarded several major fellowships.  She has just published a book on the history of tableware: Porcelain: A History from the Heart of Europe (Princeton UP, 2020).

Tuesday, July 14th
Leah Wasburn-Moses – Miami University
Campus Mentors
Leah Wasburn-Moses is Professor of Educational Psychology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is the author of numerous books and articles on innovation in teacher education. Her Campus Mentors model has gained recognition from American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Association for Career and Technical Education, and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Wednesday, July 15th
Ilaria Scaglia – Aston University
International Cooperation During A Pandemic
Ilaria Scaglia studied at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice and at the State University of New York at Buffalo where she earned her Ph.D. in History.  She joined Aston as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Modern History in May 2018. Before this, she was Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Geography at Columbus State University, USA (2013-2018) and a Volkswagen-Mellon post-doctoral research fellow in Germany (2016–17).

Scaglia’s main fields of interest include the history of internationalism and the history of emotions. She has recently published a monograph: The Emotions of Internationalism: Feeling International Cooperation in the Alps in the Interwar Period (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020).

Thursday, July 16th
Brianne Gilbert – Loyola Marymount University
COVID-19 Opinions
Brianne Gilbert is the associate director for the Center for the Study of Los Angeles, where she has led numerous studies involving voter polls, public opinion research, and leaders/elite surveys. She is a principal investigator on many of Los Angeles’ largest survey research projects, notably the annual Los Angeles Public Opinion Survey of LA residents and the LA Votes Election Study of LA voters. She also is a senior lecturer at LMU in the departments of political science and urban and environmental studies, teaching courses on political internships, GIS, and geospatial research. Brianne also has served as a consultant in the fields of sociology, anthropology, GIS (geographic information systems), methodology, and public opinion research.

Friday, July 17th
Krista Aronson – Bates College
Diverse BookFinder
My work focuses on illuminating how people come to understand complex social constructs like race and ethnicity, including how children process and understand race as well as appropriate, effective and productive ways to discuss this topic with them; specifically, the effective use of picture books to enhance intercultural relationships and self-understanding during childhood.

This work draws heavily on the Diverse Book Collection. Founded by myself in collaboration with Anne Sibley O’Brien, children’s book creator, and Brenna Callahan (’15), this circulating collection is comprised of fiction and narrative non-fiction picture books (grades K-3) depicting characters of color published in the United States between 2002-and the present. This is the only circulating collection of its kind.


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