Showcasing Pamplin's research, scholarship, and creative activity

Hosted by the Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, “The Life of the Mind” is a showcase for the breadth and depth of research, scholarship, and creative activity of Pamplin’s faculty. Faculty are chosen to present by their peers on the Pamplin Faculty Research and Development Committee. Chosen faculty members will present their work for 15 minutes before opening the floor to audience questions.

The dates for the 2022-2023 Life of the Mind presentations are:

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2022
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023
  • Thursday, March 16, 2023

All presentations are from 1-2 p.m.  


Past Presentations

  • "Discerning the Relationships Between Disclosure and Responsiveness on Depression, Anxiety, and Compassion Fatigue Among Veterinarians" Presented by Dr. Carrie Reif-Stice, Department of Communication
  • "Confrontational Homicide & Publishing Textbooks" Presented by Dr. Kim Davies, Dean of Pamplin and faculty member in the Department of Social Sciences
  • “Cinéma Verité Documentary Production on Underrepresented People" Presented by Professor Sangsun Choi, Department of Communication
  • “Novel Application in Machine Learning: Predicting the Issuance of COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders in Africa.” Presented by Dr. Gregg Murray, Department of Social Sciences
  • Decolonizing Biology? UNESCO, International Scientific Collaboration, and the Legacy of Empire in Indonesia” Presented by Dr. Andrew Goss, Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy
  • "Emerging Technologies // Integrative Media // Environments" Presented by Professor Marianna Williams, Department of Art and Design
  • "The art songs of José Siqueira (1907-1985): An Introduction" Presented by Dr. Marcel Ramalho, Department of Music
  • "Appraisal Analysis of Literature Review Section in Published Journal Articles in Applied Linguistics" Presented by Dr. Jun Zhao, Department of English and World Languages
  • “Administrative Burden in TANF: An Assessment of Welfare Rules” Presented by Dr. Rhucha Samudra, Department of Social Sciences
  • “The Recent Performance of Cuba’s External Sector”  Presented by Dr. Paolo Spadoni, Department of Social Sciences
  • “Expertise on the Internet: The Construction of Authority and Difference” Presented by Dr. Trent M. Kays, Department of English and World Languages
  • “Unnatural Disasters in the Autobiographical Narratives of Nathalie Sarraute and Marguerite Duras” Presented by Dr. E. Nicole Meyer, Department of English and World Languages
  • "Perfect Timing? Exploring how learners of Spanish perceive and benefit from immediate vs. delayed grammar feedback in face-to-face vs. online chat environments"
    Presented by Dr. Carly Carver, Department of English and World Languages
  • "Bringing a Transnational Research Project to Fruition: Politics, Culture, and the Irish-American Press" Presented by Dr. Debra van Tuyll, Department of Communication
  • "Understanding Cyberthreats through the lens of Young Adults" Presented by Dr. Candace Griffith, Department of Social Sciences
  • "Israel and South Sudan: A Convergence of Interests" Presented by Dr. Michael Bishku, Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy
  • “Tocqueville’s Theologico-Political Predicament: Leo Strauss, Religion, and Democracy” Presented by Dr. Craig Albert, Department of Social Sciences
  • “Elasticity in the Photograph ‘Scherzo di Follia’” Presented by Dr. Melanie O’Meara, Department of Art and Design
  • "Those 'Dam' Indians: Water, Power & Protest in Guatemala, 1920-2020" Presented by Dr. Heather Chiero, Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy
  • "Blue Lives Matter: Relinquishing and Reclaiming Narrative Control in the 'Post-Ferguson' Era" Presented by Dr. Melissa Powell-Williams, Department of Social Sciences
  • "U.S.-Cuba Economic Relations under the Trump Administration" Presented by Dr. Paolo Spadoni, Department of Social Sciences
  • "Dostoevsky's 'The Idiot' at 150: Textual Transactions" Presented by Dr. Brian Armstrong, Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy
  • "Meet in the Middle: Terrorism and Centrist Party Vote Shares in Legislative Elections" Presented by Dr. Lance Hunter, Department of Social Sciences
  • "Women to the Rescue of Mythical Female Figures: Catalina de los Ríos y Lisperguer and Malinalli" Presented by Dr. Giada Biasetti, Department of English and Foreign Languages 
  • "'Moments of Wholeness': Reading Marie Howe's and Mary Jo Bang's Elegiac Verse" Presented by Anna Harris-Parker, Department of English and Foreign Languages
  • "Women Writing Pain: Faïza Guene's 'Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow'" Presented by Dr. Liana Babayan, Department of English and Foreign Languages
  • "Lincoln, Douglass, and Freedom" Presented by Dr. David Bulla, Department of Communication
  • "A Not So Native Son: Richard Wright, 'Black Power,' and the African Postcolonial State" Presented by Dr. Guirdex Massé, Department of English and Foreign Languages
  • "Occupations as Status Hierarchies: Evidence from Workplaces in Sweden" Presented by Dr. Dustin Avent-Holt, Department of Social Sciences
  • "From Ox-Pens to Re-education Camps and the Erasure of Uyghur Identity" Presented by Dr. Sandrine E. Catris, Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy

An Experience Like No Other