2/26/2009

Melissa Stein ’99 Returns as Emerging Scholar

  • Melissa Stein ’99  

Franklin & Marshall welcomes one of its own alumnae, and three other up-and-comers, for the inaugural Symposium for Emerging Scholars, on March 6 and 7, in the Bonchek Lecture Hall in the Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building.

Melissa Stein ’99, a postdoctoral fellow in gender studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, will speak on Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. on “‘Nature is the Author of Such Restrictions’: Science, Medicine, and Segregation, 1877-1915.”

The symposium, which focuses on the theme of “Resonance,” is sponsored by The Center for Liberal Arts and Society and Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.

Stein said she is looking forward to returning to her academic roots.

“It is because F&M treats its students as scholars that I saw academia as a path for me in the first place,” Stein said. “My undergraduate experience was so positive that I’ve visited regularly, and my F&M professors have been invaluable mentors at every stage.”

The symposium begins with a keynote address by Michael Billig, professor of anthropology at Franklin & Marshall, on Friday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m.

“Resonance is a term that has emerged as central to new interpretive models of science, humanities and the social sciences,’’ said Eliza Reilly, director of CLAS. “The symposium aims to engage the concept of resonance as it applies to texts, ideas, events and objects that are transformed, enhanced and enlarged as they travel and reverberate through space, matter and time.”

The four fellows were chosen on the basis of their research, which embodies the ideals of liberal arts scholarship, including inter- and trans-disciplinary practice, critical thinking and broad relevance to fundamental human questions, Reilly said.

While at F&M, Stein studied history and earned her Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University, where she focused on African-American and gender history.

Also attending the symposium as fellows are Timothy D. Earner, assistant professor of English at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa; Devon Powers, assistant professor of culture and communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia; and Sonja Trent-Brown, assistant professor of psychology at Hope College in Holland, Mich.

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