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Spring 2022

Message from the Director

The Glasscock Center has been hosting and supporting a range of research activities this semester, and I’d like to update everyone on our news and upcoming events.

Earlier this month, we held the Twenty-Second Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship event. Dr. Nicole Fleetwood delivered a public lecture about her winning book, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration and participated in a community event hosted by the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute. Dr. Fleetwood is a MacArthur Fellow and the James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. We were honored to celebrate this deeply important book and to play a role in showcasing the impact of Dr. Fleetwood’s research.

Joined by the College of Liberal Arts, we recently co-hosted an NEH Regional Grant-Writing Workshop webinar, presented by Dr. Judith Adkins, NEH Senior Program Officer. On our Media webpage, you can find the webinar recording and presentation slides which provide information and tips for writing competitive NEH grant applications.

Every Tuesday afternoon, Glasscock faculty residential fellows, faculty fellows, affiliated ACES fellows, and graduate fellows meet in our colloquium series to present and discuss their research and work-in-progress. Please join us to learn about their work! Glasscock Working Groups have been busy hosting speakers and holding other interdisciplinary research activities this semester. An upcoming event is the Latinx Studies Working Group’s Second Annual Latinx Scholarship & Creativity Symposium which will take place across the month of April. Check out our web calendar for other exciting events!

Our Global Health Humanities and Humanities: Land Sea Space initiatives are collaborating to hold the “Planetary Health and the Humanities” conference on March 31 & April 1 at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center. This is among the first international conferences to bring humanistic perspectives to bear on “planetary health,” a new concept and cross-disciplinary field emerging from growing concerns over the direct impacts of environmental degradation and decline on the interdependent health of humans and ecology. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Nancy Tuana, DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Founding Director of the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State University. Panel topics at the conference include: Indigenous & Decolonial Approaches to Planetary Health; Pandemics, Ecology, & Wellbeing; and Climate Change & Planetary Health.

We’re delighted to have recently welcomed Leigh Goyco, our new Program Assistant, who is assisting our Program Coordinator, Amanda Dusek. In June, Dr. Ana Baginski is joining the team as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Dr. Baginski’s research and teaching interests focus on contemporary literature and environment of the U.S.-Mexico border. Through these two appointments, we’ve been able to build support that is more sustainable for the Glasscock Center and its programs.

We’re so grateful for the generosity of Melbern and Susanne Glasscock and the commitment of Texas A&M faculty, students, and staff, which enable the Center to continue its work in supporting the university community in creative, flexible, and safe ways during the ongoing pandemic. I, and the Glasscock team, send along our very best wishes for a safe and rewarding rest of the semester.

Emily Brady
Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock Director and Chair
Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Nicole Fleetwood, winner of the Twenty-Second Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship.