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May 1, 2006

Faculty News

 

Dan Corts had his manuscript, Characterizing bursts of figurative language and gesture, published in the journal, Discourse Studies.

 

Jan Keessen has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a six week Summer Institute study called "The American Maritime People." The presenters include a group of Moby-Dick scholars, historians, sailors, novelists, poets, and social activists--and we will be gathering at the Munson Institute in Mystic, CT. The study will undoubtedly help with what she teaches here, and also with the writing she does for WVIK. Her project will be to work on some of the etymology that influenced us during that historical period.

 

Marsha Smith recently presented the following paper, "Creating a Niche for Indigenous NGOs in the Pearl River Delta," at the Midwest Sociological Society meetings in Omaha, NE on April 2, 2006. In addition, Marsha is the newly appointed chair of the Endowment Committee of the Midwest Sociological Society starting from 2006 and lasting until 2008.

 

Marsha Smith, along with Zhang Hong of Colby College, presented the paper: "The Emergence of NGOs in the Fast Industrializing Pear River Delta of South China: Two Case Studies" at ASIANetwork Conference in Lisle, IL on April 22, 2006. This was part of a panel of distinguished scholars who participated in the Pearl River Delta Faculty Development Program" sponsored by ASIANetwork and the Hong Kong-America Center and
funded by the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program. Other scholars on the panel incuded: Wellington Chan of Occidental College; Jih-Un Kim of Webster University; and Robert Eng of the University of Redlands.

 

On Friday, April 21, Stephen Warren presented his paper, “Region, Alliance, and the Fate of Tribalism in the Colonial Era at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. This paper was part of a larger panel devoted to explaining the problem of tribalism in the Eastern Woodlands as part of the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians. Warren argued that migrations across the Eastern Woodlands illustrate two essential points about American Indians during the early colonial period. First, as "new" peoples, their attachment to place was limited. These tribes had become transient. Diplomatic considerations, rather than long-standing attachments to homeland, informed their migration patterns. This subtle nuance is significant because many anthropologists and historians have argued that American Indian identities derive from the land itself. The early colonial Woodland context disproves this argument, suggesting an alternative vision of Indian identities. Second, the “composite” community paradigm, wherein small numbers of devastated tribes amalgamated into larger, linguistically-related groups, fails to account for those Woodland tribes that preferred to remain in small societies. Rather than amalgamate, “tribes” such as the Shawnee created a series of multi-ethnic and colonial alliances that enabled them to resist both Euro-American assimilation and tribal amalgamation.

 

This Saturday, April 29, Stephen Warren has been invited to a Quaker Genealogical Conference in Dayton, Ohio. This particular conference is devoted to the long-standing relationship between American Indians and Quakers in Ohio and Kansas. Warren has been asked to describe Quaker mission to the Shawnee Indians located in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Quaker missionaries, and the accommodationist chiefs allied with them, struggled to resist Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830. Finally, in 1832 and 1833, this joint resistance movement failed, signaling the end of the American Indian presence in Ohio.