This cross-disciplinary panel discusses trends, issues, and challenges of doing research with material culture and material objects. Panelists also address the role of technology in facilitating their research process. Panelists include: Katie Lennard, PhD Candidate, Department of American Culture Archaeologists have long used artifacts to better understand life in ancient civilizations, but how can historians of the 19th and 20th century US use material goods to gain a new perspective on the more recent past? Katie's dissertation Made in America: Costume, Ritual, and the Ku Klux Klan 1905-1940 tracks the industrial production and national distribution of Ku Klux Klan robes in the early 20th century. This work draws significantly on data from examinations of extant Klan robes held in museum collections, but also relies on more traditional archival research to contextualize these artifacts. Katie's presentation will consider the value of material culture for historians, while also discussing what kind of information artifacts, particularly mass-produced goods, cannot provide. Tim Utter, Manager of the Clark Library Tim Utter is a Map Librarian and Manager of the Clark Library. Tim is very interested in how the variety of ways of seeing and representing place on maps affects our worldview, our shared experience as viewers, the map's story - its history and what it communicates to us, as well as map as cultural beacon. His research interests include Dutch maps of the 16th-17th centuries and pictorial maps. Daniel Fisher, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Earth and Environmental Sciences, Claude W. Hibbard Collegiate Professor of Paleontology, Curator and Director, Museum of Paleontology Professor Fisher's current research focuses on the paleobiology and extinction of mastodons and mammoths, elucidated by studies of growth increments and compositional time series (isotopic and elemental) sampled from their tusks and cheek teeth. Professor Fisher’s work on individual specimens and sites often involves construction of 3D models. While he typically works with these using specialized graphics software, he and his students are beginning to use formats that permit more general access, such as a "3D pdf." Another of Professor Fisher's research projects focuses on the baby woolly mammoth named Lyuba. At a recent annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, he and his colleagues (Shirley et al. 2011) presented results derived from CT scans of this specimen, some of which were used to create animations such as this: Lyuba CT Scan.
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A lecture by Timothy Eatman, co-director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars In Public Life at Syracuse University, where he teaches courses on American Colleges and Universities and Understanding Educational Research. Eatman joined Syracuse University after a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. At Michigan, Eatman worked with the IA Consortium, which has since moved to Syracuse University. IA, a national consortium of academic and community institutions designed to strengthen the public role and democratic purposes of the humanities, arts and design is involved in a national research and policy project called the Tenure Team Initiative on Public Scholarship under Eatman’s direction. The research focuses on improving the rewards system in academe for faculty who practice engaged scholarship in the cultural disciplines.
Former U-M undergraduate student and current U-M professor Brian Arbic describes his experience as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Liberia and Ghana, West Africa. He also describes a surprise reunion with his prize pupil from Ghana, Joseph Ansong, 20 years later, and how it led to Ansong's hiring by Arbic's lab in the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies. Ansong will add to the conversation.
Dr. Alon Tal, Associate Professor of Desert Ecology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and a visiting scholar at Michigan State University, talks about his 2013 book.
Israel’s woodlands carry the scars of past military invaders and conquests. But most of the trees in Israel’s forests are contemporary and represent an expression of recent national zeal to restore the woodlands of the Bible, making a harsh climate more hospitable.
Drawing on insider anecdotes, Tal describes how the trial and error process evolved that transformed drylands and degraded soils into flourishing parks, rangelands, and renewed ecosystems in a degraded countryside and how it might be relevant in the dozens of dryland countries suffering from deforestation and desertification.
Informationists Mark MacEachern and Whitney Townsend, Taubman Health Sciences Library, offer overview of the systematic review publication type and discuss appropriate literature search methodologies, while describing their experiences working on these project teams and teaching a grant-supported CE workshop for librarians on the topic.
A systematic review is a type of research publication that has become an integral part of the health sciences and other fields. As a publication that relies heavily on literature searches, systematic reviews provide information professionals with an opportunity to significantly contribute to and impact the resulting research. A special focus will be placed on the flow and management of information through the systematic review process, and on the role of librarians in the identification, production, and assessment of these research publications.
This is one in a series of panels on the practice of literary translation presented by the Department of Comparative Literature as part of its ongoing effort to promote translation in all its forms across the U-M campus. Students can come to meet people working with literature outside of academia and learn about potential alternatives to an academic career.
Panelists Include: Esther Allen, a distinguished translator and writer, teaches at Baruch College (CUNY) and serves on the board of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA). Laurence Marie is a culteral attaché at the Embassy of France in the United States and the Head of French Book Office in New York City. Jadranka Vrsalocic-Carevic, a translator and editor, is the director of the New York office of the Institut Ramon Lull, an agency responsible for the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad. Etienne Charriere moderates the discussion.
Francis X. Blouin Jr., U-M Professor of History and Professor in the School of Information talks about The Components of Reputation: Searching for a Bicentennial Narrative for the University of Michigan.
The University of Michigan was transformed in the late nineteenth century. Scholars at a handful of universities that would include the UM systematically reconsidered the relative importance of science and religion to how we understand the world around us. This discussion broadened the idea of and the application of science beyond an interest in natural phenomena. Out of these discussions came the very idea of the modern research university that persists today.
In honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, this open conversation examines the causes, and explores potential solutions, to the persistence of segregation in U.S. cities.
With a focus on Detroit, we welcome guest speakers from the Michigan Roundtable. Panelists include: Melba Joyce Boyd, Professor and Chair of Africana Studies, Wayne State University, Margaret Brown, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Center, Detroit, Alex Hill, Community Health Worker and Research Project Coordinator, Wayne State University, Harley Etienne, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan, and Stacey Stevens, Manager Racial Equity Community Engagement Round Table, Detroit.
To kick off a new digital exhibit, "Jell-O: America’s Most Famous Dessert At Home Everywhere", Dr. Nicole Tarulevicz of the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania provides some historical perspective on Jell-O brand gelatin in America and abroad.
Using materials drawn from the culinary ephemera holdings of the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive at U-M Library, the exhibit explores how the Jell-O company’s early 20th century advertising used depictions of the exotic to sell the product to Americans. The ads included lavishly illustrated scenes of imagined food preparation and consumption around the world, some created by noted contemporary artists.
Dr. Jeff Kutcher, Director of the Michigan NeuroSport Program and Associate Professor in the U-M Department of Neurology, talks about concussion research. Sponsored by the University Library and the LSA Theme Semester Sport and the University.