Posted: November 6, 2007
As part of the Office of Academic Development's series, A Known Way, A Safe Passage, associate professor of English and gender studies Elizabeth Young will talk about the role that academic achievement and excellence have played in her career and life journey. She will speak at 6:30 pm Monday, November 12, in the New York Room in Mary Woolley Hall.
Young, whose forthcoming book is Black Frankenstein: The Making of an American Metaphor, teaches courses in women writers, feminist theory, American literature, and film. Her scholarship analyzes intersections among gender, race, and sexuality in American culture.
For the series, the Office of Academic Development invites faculty, staff, and community leaders to deliver brief lectures, followed by Q&A sessions. The series contributes to the climate of high academic achievement through narratives that focus on the ways scholars and other professional have practiced and valued curiosity, passion, and the pursuit of excellence.
"The series is one among several initiatives that the president and deans have developed to enhance high-level learning at Mount Holyoke," Lucas Wilson, director of academic development and associate professor of African American studies and economics, has said regarding the series that began in fall 2006. "Our hope is that by hearing school stories--good and bad--from adults who do a variety of different jobs in our community, students will realize that the scholarship of discovery can guide them through the college years, and give them the confidence that whatever life work they end up doing, they can find contentment in it."
"We also hope students will find the series to be a space on campus where they can get good answers to probing questions about the self and the possibilities open to each of us," Wilson added. "Isaiah Berlin said it best, 'Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, how they came to be where they are, where they appear to be going, whether they wish to go there, and if so, why, and if not, why not.' This kind of opportunity is, in essence, what the series offers."
The series events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Office of the President at 413-538-2185.