The Academic Minute for 2020.09.14-2020.09.18


The Academic Minute from 09.14 – 09.18

Monday, September 14th
Matthew Boedy North Georgia University
Student Reactions to Kent State and COVID-19
Matthew Boedy is an associate professor of English at the University of North Georgia in Gainesville, Georgia. His longform article on the events of May 1970 can be found here.

Tuesday, September 15th
Ricia Anne Chansky – University of Puetro Rico Mayaguez
Community Responses After Disasters
Ricia Anne Chansky is professor of literature.  She is the co-editor of the scholarly journal, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, a member of the Routledge Literature Portfolio of journals, and editor of the Routledge Auto/Biography Studies book series. Her book publications include the co-edited volumes: The Routledge Auto/Biography Studies Reader, a Routledge Literary Theory Reader (2016); Life Writing Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas (Routledge, 2020); and, The Untied States: Unraveling National Identity in the Twenty-First Century (U of Wisconsin P, forthcoming). She has also edited two books: Auto/Biography across the Americas: Transnational Themes in Life Writing (Routledge, 2017) and Auto/Biography in the Americas: Relational Lives (Routledge, 2016). Currently, she is at work on an edited collection of oral histories of Hurricane María, which is under contract with Haymarket Books, and a single-author book on narrating disaster.

Wednesday, September 16th
Katrina Hoop – Saint Joseph’s College
The Sociological Imagination, Students’ Lives-As-Text, and Teaching During A Pandemic
Katrina Hoop was drawn to the field of Sociology because it offers a unique perspective on how people make sense of their lives, understand each other’s experiences, and change the world. Her many areas of interest include social movements and language, the immigrant experience, youth culture, and effective teaching strategies.

Thursday, September 17th
Richard Allington – Eastern New Mexico University
Spiritual Crusading
Richard Allington was born just north of London in the United Kingdom. He completed his B.A. in history from Christendom College in 2011 and his PhD in medieval history from Saint Louis University in 2018. He is currently Assistant Professor of History at Eastern New Mexico University where he teaches classes on Ancient Greece and Rome, the Crusades, and the Renaissance. He has published articles on the ways the crusades influenced medieval religious practice and culture in volumes published by Brepols and Brill.

Friday, September 18th
Ashley O’Connor – University of Alaska Anchorage
Veterans and Service Dogs
Ashley O’Connor is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). She teaches research and trauma interventions in the BSW program, and created and taught a course on human-animal interactions for BSW and MSW students. She received her MSW from Boston College in 2010, her Ph.D. from the University of Denver in 2018, and holds her clinical social work license.


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