Muskingum University faculty have the unique opportunity to share their work in their professional fields with each other through a Brown Bag series each semester.
The series is organized by Professor of History William Kerrigan. “Coming out of the pandemic, we felt that we needed a place for regular community and sharing of our work that we do beyond the classroom, as scholars, performers, and practitioners,” he said. “It’s very meaningful to learn about our colleagues’ approaches from different perspectives and disciplines, and the brown bags have been very well-received and well-attended.”
Three Brown Bags are held each semester on Thursdays during common hour, with light refreshments. Each event starts with informal conversation, then the featured faculty member presents his or her work, followed by questions and discussion.
Spring 2024 presenters will be sharing their recent sabbatical research:
- Associate Professor of Political Science Richard Arnold on Europe in a Time of War: Reflections on his Fulbright sabbatical in Poland.
- Associate Professor of History Thomas McGrath on Conflict, Compromise, and Cooperation: The American Liaison Officer System and the Chinese Army in India during the Second World War.
- Associate Professor of Religion Melissa Conroy on Religion Embodied: Studying Monsters, Mythology, Medicine, and Mammals.
Previous presenters included:
- Associate Professor of Nursing Janelle Guentter and Associate Professor of Nursing Michelle Miller on their experiences working in hospitals during the early pandemic.
- Associate Professor of Music Erin Bauer on her recent book Flaco's Legacy: The Globalization of Conjunto.
- Assistant Professor of Sociology Michelle Oyakawa on her research into building effective community organizations with volunteers.
- Assistant Professor of Spanish Kathleen Cunniffe Pena on opportunities to collaborate with universities in Spain by pairing classes of students on a common project.
- Assistant Professor of Economics Arjun Sondhi on his macroeconomics research.