Humanities Symposia includes author, student presenter

Trine University’s Department of Humanities and Communication will begin its Humanities Symposia on Oct. 7.

The Humanities Symposia are a series of presentations and discussions developed to provide a university outlet for professors to present their humanities-related research. Each session involves an approximately 30-minute presentation followed by a discussion and question forum.

This semester, the series has expanded to include a visiting author and a student presentation.

“I’m excited a student will be presenting as a part of this year’s symposia. It’s neat to see students sharing their original work with the campus and community, and I hope to see more presentations from them in the future,” said Sarah Young, coordinator of the series.

The following presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Taylor Hall’s Wells Theater on the specified dates.

Oct. 7 – “Big Stuff with Big Data: Data Mining & Visualization in the Humanities,” presented by Dan Matthews, associate professor. Matthews will discuss how data mining is becoming a core skill that can be applied to a number of fields, and especially the humanities.

Oct. 16 – “Amaro Drom/Our Road: An Author’s Encounter with Her Ancestors & Their History,” presented by Glenda Bailey-Mershon, an American poet, essayist, novelist, cultural historian and human rights activist. Bailey-Mershon, author of “Eve’s Garden,” will take the audience on a visual journey through the Romani people’s 10 centuries of diaspora from India and her experiences recovering her family’s history. A book signing will follow.

Oct. 21 – “Game Not Over: Preserving the History of Video Games,” presented by Justin Young, assistant professor. Young will look into the strange world of video game preservation as the gaming industry, hackers and others attempt to stop video game history from crumbling.

Oct. 28 – “Evermore: Edgar Allan Poe, Carlos Fuentes & Latin American Literature,” presented by Ana Boman, an adjunct professor. Boman will reflect on Poe’s writing strategies and on the relationship between Poe’s use of the Gothic and the influence of Magical Realism in Fuentes’ works.

Nov. 4 – “Resting Away Sanity: A Classic Short Story Meets Current Health Science,” presented by Allison Everetts, a senior exercise science/pre-physical therapy major from Kokomo, Ind. Everetts will discuss the history of the rest cure, a stifling and mentally taxing confinement, in the context of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Everetts will also explain what might happen if Gilman’s character were treated according to standards of modern-day health science.

These talks are free and open to everyone.