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CELIA is a major force for continuing the development of a highly engaged, inspired, and enthusiastic community of scholars and creatives on the Wright State campus. Through the CELIA Fellows Program, arts, humanities, and social science faculty from the College of Liberal Arts develop innovative projects in a multidisciplinary think-tank atmosphere. The mission of each semester’s team of Fellows is to collaborate as a whole or in small groups to produce original compositions, performances, presentations, courses, and/or scholarly writings focused on fresh approaches and/or solutions for any of a myriad of topical issues. Outcomes are developed by team members in consultation with the CELIA director and other faculty mentors (many of them faculty emeriti), who will act as moderators of weekly brainstorming and project development sessions.
Fellows are encouraged to share ideas with colleagues, and to engender the idea of community and conversation campus-wide among faculty and students.
Tangible creative outcomes are required at the end of each semester, and are presented in print, performance or exhibit, and/or at the annual CELIA conference.
2015/2016 Fellowship Guidelines and Application now available.
Application deadline is April 3, 2015.
Dr. Andrew Strombeck, Associate Professor of English Language and Literatures
Andrew Strombeck began teaching courses in American literature, history, and culture in Wright State's Department of English in 2007, after earning his PhD in English at the University of California, Davis. He has taught courses on topics ranging from the literature of the network society, to outlaw American masculinity, to the literature of the popular television series Mad Men. He has published articles on twentieth and twenty-first century American literature and culture in journals ranging from Cultural Critique to African American Review, and is currently at work on a monograph about the literature and art of New York’s Lower East Side, 1974-1990.
CELIA Fellows for Spring 2014
Dr. Paul Lockhart, Professor of History
A native of Poughkeepsie, New York, Paul Lockhart has been teaching European and military history at Wright State for twenty-four years. During that time, his research interests have changed somewhat. After writing four academic books on the political and religious history of Scandinavia in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, he returned to his “roots” in the history of war, broadly defined. Lockhart also turned to a different calling and a new audience. Believing strongly that historians should try to reach beyond the tightly-circumscribed limits of their own profession to engage a larger lay public, in 2006 Lockhart started to write for a general audience, combining archival research with the strong narrative tradition of “popular history.” The result: his two most recent books, one on the man who trained Washington’s Continental Army in the Revolution (The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army, HarperCollins, 2008), and another on the first major engagement of the Revolution (The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington, HarperCollins, 2011).
In the past year, though, Lockhart has turned his attentions to the First World War, and specifically the American experience in the great European tragedy. He is currently working on his seventh book, which tells the story of the Great War – on the home front and in the trenches – through the lives of Teddy Roosevelt and his children.
And that, in turn, led to Lockhart’s CELIA project: “A Long, Long Way: Echoes of the Great War.
Barry Milligan, Professor of English Languages & Literatures
Barry Milligan began teaching courses in British literature, history, and culture in Wright State's Department of English in 1994 after earning his PhD in English at Duke and serving as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell. He has co-taught courses with Professor Carol Herringer of Wright State's History Department about the British experience of "The Great War" and its aftermath, and in 2006 they led high school teachers from all over the United States in an NEH-sponsored seminar based in London and traveling the war's western front in France and Belgium. Barry's publications include books and articles on nineteenth-century British literature and culture and the Penguin Classics edition of De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings.
Christopher Oldstone-Moore, Senior Lecturer of History
A native of Wisconsin, Christopher Oldstone-Moore earned his PhD in British history at the University of Chicago, and has been teaching the history of Europe and the British Empire at Wright State since 2001. As an amateur musician, Chris has long incorporated music and songs into these courses, and has conducted a workshop for high school teachers on the use of music in American history classes. His initial research focus was the interaction of religion and politics, and his first book was a biography of Hugh Price Hughes, a leading British Methodist minister and political activist. More recently he has directed his research towards European and American cultural and gender history, publishing articles in Victorian Studies and the Journal of Social History on the historic relation between facial hair and changing ideals of masculinity. He is presently completing a book, A Brave Face: Beards, Shaving and the History of Manliness.
CELIA Fellow for Spring 2013
Dr. Crystal Lake, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literatures
Crystal completed her PhD at the University of Missouri in 2008, specializing in eighteenth-century and Romantic British literature. From 2008-2011, Crystal was a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Crystal’s research examines the relationships between literary texts and material culture in Britain from 1660-1840. Crystal is currently completing two major projects: a study of eighteenth-century archaeology and a history of Regency parties. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in English Literary History (ELH), The Review of English Studies (RES), Modern Philology, The Eighteenth Century, and The Cambridge Companion to Romantic Women Writers. Her research has been supported by fellowships from The Lewis Walpole Library, The Yale Center for British Art, and The Chawton House Library, and she has been recognized with awards from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Writers. Crystal joined the faculty in the English Department at Wright State University in Fall of 2011.
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