Tea Hour series speakers for 2012-13
The Women's & Gender Studies department's annual Tea Hour series features faculty and guest speakers on a range of topics.
Lectures are free and open to the public as well as the campus community. Lectures take place at 4 p.m. in Carlsson Evald Hall. For more information about the series, contact organizer Dr. Leslie-Kirsten Day, assistant professor in classics, (309) 794-7240.
Here is the 2012-13 schedule:
Sept. 5: Umme Al-Wazedi
Dangerous Memories, Powerful Women and 'Velvet Jihad': South Asian Muslim Women Writers Waging a Narrative War"
Umme Al-Wazedi, assistant professor of English, received a B.A. from Rajshahi University in Bangladesh. She holds M.A. degrees in English from both Rajshahi University and Eastern Illinois University, and she received her Ph.D. in English from Purdue University with a Women's Studies Graduate Minor Certificate. Her teaching and research interests include postcolonial literatures (Asian, African, Caribbean, Polynesian, and Irish), British and Black British literature, Asian-American literature, feminism ("Third World," Black British, and American), trauma theory, women and the "Third World," "Third World" films and cultural studies, and translation theory.
Oct. 3: Margaret France
"Who Wants to Marry a Hundredaire? Some Responses to an 18th-Century Personal Ad"
Margaret France is a fellowship instructor in English. She received a Ph.D. in English from the University of California Davis in 2010.
Nov. 28: A.J. Juskewycz
"Social Conflict Around Religious Freedom and Sexuality"
A.J. Juskewycz is a teaching fellow in sociology completing her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her dissertation looks at how minority religious and social communities are engaged in contemporary public discourse about religious freedom. At Augustana she will teach classes in political sociology, the sociology of religion, contemporary social issues, and introductory sociology.
Jan. 16, 2013: Brian Leech
"Macho Miners in an Underground Heaven and an Above-Ground Hell"
Environmental historian Brian Leech teaches history and liberal studies classes.
March 20: Wendy Hilton-Morrow
"Sexual Identities and the Media: What to Make of Today's 24/7 Visibility"
Wendy Hilton-Morrow is associate professor of communication studies. She teaches courses on the cultural history of broadcasting, issues in broadcasting, mass communication theory, broadcast production, media and identity, and gender and sexuality. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, and the media and media history. She has two books forthcoming, Sexual Identities and the Media: An Introduction (Routledge) and War of the Worlds to Social Media: Mediated Communication in Times of Crisis (Peter Lang). Dr. Hilton-Morrow is also a former award-winning television journalist.
April 17: Jennifer Popple
"Extinguishing the Fire in the Head: An Exploration into Feminist Theatre Directing"
Jennifer Popple is an adjunct instructor of English and liberal studies.