2012-2013 Events

In April 2013 the Humanities Council worked with the Office of Student Research to  sponsor its first student research panel for Appalachian State University's 16th Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors.

Humanities Council Sponsored Panel Celebrating Student Research and Creative Endeavors Beacon Heights Room (417) in Plemmons Student Union 1pm-4pm

List of Presenters:

1:00pm  Allyson Martino, "The Influence of Women in Candide by Voltaire and L'Autre Femme by Colette"
                  Faculty Mentor, Dr. Julin Everett, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

1:20pm  Emily Stewart Long, "Into the Abyss, Encountering the 'Inner Truth' of Martin Heidegger's Nazism"
                 Faculty Mentor, Dr. Michael Behrent, Department of History

1:40pm  Hugh Bowman, "A Viewshed Analysis of Prehistoric Stone Mound Sites in the Southeastern United States"
                 Faculty Mentor, Dr. Cheryl Claassen, Department of Anthropology

2:00pm  Mitchell Fryer, "Youth and the Vernacularization of Democracy in India"
                 Faculty Mentor, Dr. Diane Mines, Department of Anthropology

2:20pm  Susan Rigby, "Modern Family:  Progress, Regress, and the Influence of Contemporary Television"
                 Faculty Mentor, Dr. Kim Q. Hall, Department of Philosophy and Religion

2:40pm  Alexis Sabo, "A Branded Society: Facing the Challenges of Corporate Identity"
                 Faculty Mentor, Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee, Women's Studies Program

3:00pm  Danyelle Smith, "Silenced Voices: Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States"
                 Faculty Mentor, Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee, Women's Studies Program

3:20pm  Maryclaire McIlwain, "Religion and Genocide"
                 Faculty Mentor, Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee, Women's Studies Program

3:40pm  Amanda Moore, "Learning from the Immediate, Long-term, and Multigenerational Effects of Genocide
                 on the Perpetrators"
                Faculty Mentor, Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee, Women's Studies Program




Digital Humanities Symposium

Appalachian State University‚Äôs Humanities Council sponsored an all-day Digital Humanities Symposium on Friday, April 5, 2013.  Symposium events began at 9:30am in the Linville Falls room in Plemmons Student Union. This event was co-sponsored by Academic Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences.

A new and growing Humanities field that is experiencing increased employment opportunities, Digital Humanities explores how computer technologies and web-based communication platforms can transform scholarship in the Humanities and vice versa.  Digital Humanities provides a unique platform for interdisciplinary collaborations between technology, humanities and the arts, science, and social sciences. Through Digital Humanities, universities, museums, libraries and K-12 educators can form partnerships and provide increased access to the knowledge and skills that Humanities scholarship offers for creatively and constructively addressing issues of vital importance in our world today.



Make Hummus Not War is a humorous film journey though the hummus bars and kitchens of Beirut, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and New York. Along the way the filmmaker encounters Palestinian and Israeli hummus cooks, chickpea farmers, political leaders, activists, Jewish settlers, and others for whom hummus is a near religious obsession.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public



 "Revisiting of Mughal Miniature:  Traditional and Contemporary Practices in Pakistan."

                                            A Talk by Ali Raza
                                  Wednesday, March 20, 2013
                                            114 Belk Library

This event was sponsored by the Humanities Council and University Library as part of programming for the NEH Bridging Cultures, Muslim Journeys grant.





Faculty Reading Group: Debates in the Digital Humanities
March 18, 2013, Linville Falls Room, Plemmons Student Union

The Humanities Council sponsored a faculty reading group discussion of Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), edited by Matthew K. Gold. The Digital Humanities is an emerging area of importance in the Humanities. This event gave faculty the opportunity to learn more about, and discuss, issues within this new field.

Twenty-eight faculty, staff, and administrators from across campus have signed up to participate. All participants have received a copy of Debates in the Digital Humanities and were expected to participate in a discussion of the book Monday, March 18, at 4:30 PM in the Linville Falls room of the Plemmons Student Union. 




The Struggle Continues

Humanities Faculty Research Presentation: November 15, 2012

 The Humanities Council sponsored a panel recognizing and celebrating funded research in the Humanities.

Dr. Jeff Bortz, Professor of History and faculty affiliate in Interdisciplinary Studies at Appalachian, gave a scholarly presentation titled "Winning and Losing a Workers' Revolution in Mexico." Dr. Bortz was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009, and he is now working on a book on the Mexican Labor regime after the revolution.

Dr. William Hutchins, Professor of Religious Studies at Appalachian, gave a scholarly presentation titled "Literary Translation of the Sahara Desert." Dr. Hutchins was awarded his second National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship in 2012 to support the translation of "New Waw" by Ibrahim al-Koni.



 HIV/AIDS Lecture


Interdisciplinary Lecture on Representations of HIV/AIDS
September 27, 2012

Drs. Ann Fox and David Wessner gave a presentation titled "What Happens When Literary Critics and Scientists Converse? Teaching an Interdisciplinary Course on Representations of HIV/AIDS." Using a team-taught course in HIV/AIDS as a case study, this presentation provided insight into how the Humanities and the Sciences can inform each other in ways that trasform both. 

Dr. Ann Fox is an Associate Professor of English at Davidson College, and Dr. David Wessner is Professor of Biology at Davidson College. 

This event was sponsored by the Humanities Council, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health Sciences, General Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies, and it was free and open to the public.




Nancy Sue Love, Ph. D.
Humanities Council Coordinator
Department of Government & Justice Studies
2038 Anne Belk Hall
ASU Box #32107

Howell Keiser
Council Assistant
Humanities Council Office
106 I.G. Greer Hall


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