Fall Faculty Colloquium: November 4, 2015 (3:30-4:30)

Join us at 3:30 PM in Donovan Lounge on Wednesday, November 4, for informal talks and Q&A with Patrick O'Neill, Jordynn Jack, and Jane Thrailkill. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. Graduate students are warmly invited as well.

Patrick P. O’Neill (Pádraig P. Ó Néill), who has been at UNC since 1980, is currently James Gordon Hanes Distinguished Professor of the Humanities. His research interests lie in the literatures and languages of Britain and Ireland, especially in their interactions with each other during the medieval period.  Within those broad parameters he focuses on religious literature, glossing, Psalter studies, the editing of Latin and vernacular texts, and (more recently) Anglo-Irish literature of the 13/14th century.

Jordynn Jack: I locate my scholarship at the intersection of two sub-fields within the interdisciplinary field of rhetorical scholarship: feminist rhetorics and the rhetoric of science. My research extends work by Charles Bazerman, Alan Gross, and others, who have examined the persuasive dimension in scientific genres such as the research article, and work by feminist scholars such as Andrea Lunsford and Nan Johnson, who have argued that any definition of rhetoric involves gendered notions of who is authorized to write or speak, using which rhetorical devices, and in which contexts.

Jane Thrailkill: My primary area of expertise is pre-1900 American literature and culture, with an emphasis on the ways authors responded to the political, social, and technological disruptions following the Civil War. From my days as a pre-med student at Amherst College, I have strong interest in the interdisciplinary field of medical humanities. At UNC, I've collaborated with the Honors Program and with colleagues across campus to create an undergraduate minor and a new graduate program in Literature, Medicine, and Culture.