Marie-Therese C. Sulit, Mount Saint Mary College associate professor of English and director of the college’s Honors program, will kick off this semester’s Investigating Research on Campus (iROC) series with “Academic Freedom and the Humanities Post-9/11” on Thursday, September 5 at 12:45 p.m.
The talk will take place in the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center in the Dominican Center at the Mount, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh. It is free and open to the public.
Sulit’s talk will explore the parameters of academic freedom and the role of the humanities through the lens of a world shaped by the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. By offering a brief overview of academic freedom and the ways in which it has been molded after 9/11, this talk likewise reflects upon how humanities, particularly literary studies, play into our understanding of American culture, history, and society.
The goal of the college’s iROC is to “provide a forum for Mount faculty, staff, and students to showcase their research endeavors with both Mount Saint Mary College and the local community in a manner easily understood by attendees,” explained series coordinators Evan Merkhofer, assistant professor of Biology, and Jennifer Park, assistant librarian for Access and Outreach Services. Presentations include research proposals, initial data collection, and completed research projects.