UnCommon Achievements

John Black, assistant professor of English, participated in the 33rd annual Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, held on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina on October 4-6. In addition to attending plenary lectures and paper sessions featuring medievalists from across the country, professor Black presented “Formation and Transformation in the Cult of St. Mary of Egypt in Medieval England.” His paper analyzed textual and iconographic sources for Mary of Egypt, traced the reception of the saint across the course of the Middle Ages in England, and examined cultural contexts to explore the motivations for drastic changes in the way Mary of Egypt was conceptualized (from spiritual guide for monks to penitent harlot) c.500-c.1300. The paper, which is part of John’s ongoing work in medieval constructions of sanctity, will be submitted for consideration for publication in the journal Medieval Perspectives.

Theresa Dougal, associate professor of English, presented a paper titled "Mary Wollstonecraft: From Classroom to Screenplay" at the 31st annual Colloquium on Literature and Film, held October 4 – 6 at West Virginia University. The paper describes the screenplay professor Dougal is writing on 18th-century English writer and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, contextualizing the project within criticism on literary film adaptations and biographical film. It also addresses the challenges involved in mediating tensions between historical accuracy and aesthetic effect, and in presenting a historical feminist figure in a way that resonates with a contemporary audience.

Gary Olson, professor and chair of political science, gave a campus-wide lecture titled "Neuroscience and the Politics of Empathy" at Northampton Community College on October 4. Professor Olson was the inaugural speaker for the College's new Peace and Justice series.

Assistant professor of accounting John Rossi's article, "A Golden Opportunity to Own Gold," appeared in the September 20 edition of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants newsletter, Network News.

Michelle Schmidt, associate professor of psychology, is co-author of a paper titled "The Protective Role of Friendships in Overtly and Relationally Victimized Boys and Girls," which appears in a special issue of the developmental psychology journal Merrill-Palmer Quarterly focused on gender and friendships.  Co-authored with professor Catherine Bagwell of the University of Richmond, the paper is based on data collected from nearly 700 third, fourth, and fifth-graders in the Bethlehem Area School District.

Images by assistant professor of art Krista Steinke are included in a group show titled "Presence" to be held at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in New York City. The opening reception is October 21, 2:00-5:00 p.m. The show runs through November 30, will feature more than 40 works by 15 artists in a variety of media, and is intended to explore the sense of psychic presence in art.