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Spotlight on the Liberal Arts


Spotlight on the Liberal Arts

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Jordan LDr. Jordan Loveridge has been awarded the 2017 Research Fellowship from the International Society for the History of Rhetoric. This prestigious honor was awarded to four recipients, only two of whom were from the United States.
 
The International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) was founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1970 to promote the study of both the theory and practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics, literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, religion, law, and other aspects of the cultural context. The ISHR Research Fellowships support individuals engaged in advanced research related to the theory and practice of rhetoric.
 
ISHRDr. Loveridge's Fellowship will support research on a book project titled A Probable Logic: Emotion, Sensation, and Persuasion in Medieval Rhetoric and Poetic. His study describes a major shift in the rhetorical theory of the middle ages that occurred when authors began to move away from strict rules of logical argumentation in order to construct texts their audiences found more realistic and probable. To do so, they began to consider arguments based on less logical modes of thinking such as sensation, emotion and authority. Interestingly, this change also has a contemporary feel, as scholars today are focusing on the relationship between rhetoric, sensation, and the history of the emotions.
 
Dr. Loveridge joined the Mount in 2017. Prior to joining our English and Communication Departments, he taught classes in first-year writing, public argument, professional communications, and other courses at Arizona State University, where he had earned his Ph.D.
 
“Dr. Loveridge is elevating Mount St. Mary’s University banner of rhetoric on the global stage!” -Dr. Carl Glover, Department of Communication Professor and Chair
Jessica Huhn

Jessica Huhn, C'17, presented at the regional undergraduate literature conference hosted by Shepherd University's Alpha Gamma Kappa Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. The conference drew approximately 25 participants from 11 colleges and universities. This year’s conference was focused on addressing themes of shifting identities, negotiating new worlds, and facing prejudices.

Shepard UniversityJessica’s presented a public reading of her paper, “Dream on Monkey Mountain: Straddling vs. Syncretism in the Quest for Liberation and Identity.” In her paper, she utilizes Derek Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain to illustrate the individual and social struggle for identity in a multicultural society. In particular, Walcott’s work references Caribbean people with the combination of African and white European cultures, which included violent colonialism and nativist reactions. Jessica writes, “Walcott maintains that Caribbean people of color must not buy into the aggressive dichotomy of colonialism and black nativism…For true liberation and establishment of identity, such people must syncretically blend elements of African and white civilization.”

SigmataudeltaJessica graduated in May 2017 with a B.A. in English, and minors in Education and Latin. She is a member of the Mount’s Alpha Phi Iota Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. Jessica hopes that more Sigma Tau Delta members will take advantage of the opportunity to attend the conference, and to submit their works for next year’s call for papers.

 

Kara Monahan

I graduated from the Mount in 2002 with a major in English and a minor in History. To this day, a well-worn copy of my freshman seminar book, Choices, sits on my bookshelf. That anthology represents for me the essence of my Mount experience—thoughtful engagement with a variety of sources about the important choices that shape our lives: education, values, and work. The Mount professors who facilitated discussions of these important choices through their various disciplines made a lasting impression on how I saw myself and my place in the world. After graduating in 2002, I embarked on a number of adventures, including teaching public school in a remote farming village in the north of Japan and earning a Masters degree in English from the University of Delaware. But, it was my college internship at Fort Detrick’s Office of the Judge Advocate General, which I found through the Mount’s Career Center, that ultimately inspired me to pursue a legal career. After graduating from Rutgers School of Law in 2010, I served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas in the District of New Jersey.

Currently, I am the Acting Deputy Assistant Director of the Health Care Division of the United States Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition in Washington D.C. In this capacity, I assist in the day-to-day management of the Division, which comprises more than thirty attorneys, paralegals, and support staff. The Health Care Division investigates potentially anticompetitive conduct involving physicians and other health professionals, hospitals and institutional providers, and pharmaceutical companies. I have also been involved with the FTC’s major pharmaceutical initiatives, including federal court litigation challenging anticompetitive pay-for-delay agreements, which delay access to lower-cost generic drugs.

I live in Takoma Park, Maryland with my husband Dan, who is also an English major turned antitrust attorney, and my two daughters, Maeve and Molly. -Kara Monahan, C'02

Lighted Corners, the Mount's student literary magazine, earned the Gold Medal in this year's Columbia Scholastic Press Association competition. It is the Mount's first gold since 2008. A special thanks goes to Mount students Karolina Gajdeczka, C'13, editor, and Teresa Fredericks, C'13, art editor, for their commitment to the success of this publication. Karolina, who received the William Heath Award for outstanding achievement last spring, recently had a short story accepted by a major literary magazine. Look for her story in the Susquehanna Review next spring.

 
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