Elizabeth A Duclos-Orsello
|Resume:||Elizabeth A Duclos-Orsello [DOC 132KB]|
|Cat. #||Term||Course #||Title|
|3462||01||IDS333||Topics in American Studies|
|3582||S1||IDS333||Topics in American Studies|
|3583||S1||IDS763||Topics in American Studies|
|4028||01||IDS461||Seminar in American Studies|
|4124||02||IDS401||Internship in Interdisciplinary Studies|
I am a publically-engaged scholar wedding social justice concerns with and to humanistic and social scientific inquiry. My life is a dymanic balance of these interests and approaches, begun in childhood, reaffirmed and strengthened during my year of full-time volunteer service in Kansas City with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and lived each day in my teaching, scholarship and admininstrative work.
I am currently an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Coordinator of the American Studies Concentration, and Faculty Fellow for Service-Learning here at Salem State. I hold a B.A. from Connecticut College in History and Sociology-Based Human Relations and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University where I studied and wrote on the complex cultural origins and reflections of the shifting concept of "community" in the US.
My research and teaching interests include the construction and experience of "community" in the US, ethnic and immigrant studies/literarature, gender studies, cultural geography, service-learning and social justice. Current projects include work on the relationship between public culture and public discourse of community in modernizing America, radical activism of the women's movement, women, social change and Catholicism in the 1970s, and the history and literary narratives of Franco-Americans --especially women -- in new England. I write for two blogs, one on the intersection of humanities and public policy (The Public Humanist) and the other on women, social change and Catholicism.
In addition to having taught at SSU, I have taught at Harvard and Boston University and at the University of Luxembourg , as a Fulbright Faculty Scholar in 2010. I have also worked as a social worker and museum educator in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Missouri. In the last decade I have also designed and/or directed three Teaching American History grants in Essex County and served as a scholar-in-residence and consultant for numerous Boston-area museums and K-12/university/museum collaborations. I sit on the Board of Trustees at the House of the Seven Gables and the NorthShore Community development Coalition and am an afiliated faculty member with the Salem State Univeristy Center for Economic Development and Sustainability (CEDS).
Currently I Co-Chair the University's Civic Engagement Committee and Co-Chair the President's Advisory Committee on the Core Curriculum. I am in my third year as Chair of the American Studies Association's Committe on Programs and Centers.
Some links to my publically-engaged work:
1) Invited testimony given regarding the value of the humanitites for civil society. Forum of the American Academy's Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. Testimony to inform US Congressional policy regarding humanities funding. Cambridge, MA. July 17, 2012. video available at t http://www.amacad.org/events/CommissionForum/
2) some of my writing for The Public Humanist, a blog linking public policy and humanistic inquiry
3) Franco-American Salem: http://lrc.salemstate.edu/blood/Salem_as_Little_Canada.htm
4) sample Service-Learning projects featured in local media
Theories of community
Memory and place
Civic engagement/social activism
19th and 20th c. U.S. social and cultural history
Catholic social activism
Regionalism (esp. New England, Midwest and West)
Material culture and photographs
Humanities and Public Policy
Immigrant and ethnic history and literature
Public Humanities & Humanities Education
Coordinator, American Studies Concentration
Faculty Fellow for Service-Learning
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Economic Development and Sustainability (2009- present)
Co-Chair, Presidential Advisory Committee on the Core Curriculum (2011- present)
Co-Chair, Civic Engagement Advisory Committee (2010-present)
Chair, School of Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning Committee (2010-11)
"The Den, The Dining Room and Saint Rose of Lima: Or, How My Conformation Came to Pass." In From the Pews in the Back: Young Women & Catholicism, edited by Kate Dugan and Jen Owens. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009.
"Viewing, Interpretation and Discussion Guide to Accompany Public Library Exhibitions of the ‘Picturing America' project of the National Endowment for the Humanities". Produced for Mass Humanities, Northampton, MA July, 2009.
"An Act of Translation: The Need to Understand Students' Understanding of Critical Thinking in the Undergraduate Classroom". The Journal of Effective Teaching Vol. 8, No.2, 2008, 5-20 (with Tiffany Chenault).
Invited, Founding Contributor to "The Public Humanist" a Humanities/Public Policy Blog (June 2007-present)
Blog sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. See http://www.valleyadvocate.com/blogs/profile.cfm?uid=46&auid=41 for essays to date.
"Putting ‘Humanities Capital" to Work" (June 6, 2007)
"The Uses of Second Wave Feminism: Lessons from the Takeover at 888 Memorial Drive" (August 6, 2007)
"Left-Leaning Religion and Politics: An American Tradition" (November 29, 2007)
"Historic House Museums: Sites of History and Sites of Conscience?" (February 7, 2008)
"Lessons from Looking Backward" (June 5, 2008)
"Seeing the US From Afar: How Foreign Observers Might Help Americans Understand Our Brave New World" (November 17, 2008)
"The History of the Meaning of Poverty in the US" (February 17, 2009)
"Are We Failing our 21st Century Students?: The Shape and Impact of Bilingual Education in Massachusetts" (June 11, 2009)
"Ruined for Life: Conscience and Convenience in a Liberal Arts Education" (October 8, 2009)
"When Art Was a Stimulus Package: My Argument for a Reprise" (May 18, 2010)
"Lessons from the Grand Duchy: Reflections on My Time in Luxembourg" (July 19, 2010)
"Food, Relationships and Morality: The Ethics of Eating "(November 10, 2010)
Guest Editor and author of Introduction. Special issue of The Journal of Museum Education. Issue title “Shared Authority: The Key to Museum Education as Social Change” [issue publication date July 2013]
Book Chapter: “Relevant Transformations: The Young Women of the Extension Lay Volunteers, 1961-1971.” In From Catholic Action to the People of God: American Lay Apostolates Before and After Vatican II, Eds., Jeremy Bonner, Mary Beth Fraser Connolly and Christopher Denny. [Forthcoming, Fordham University Press, 2013]
"Revival of Communes on Countercultural Principles" in The Encyclopedia of American Reform Movements. Edited by John R. McKivigan and Heather L. Kaufman. New York: Facts On File, Inc. [forthcoming 2013]
"Jane Addams Founds Hull House (1889) in The Encyclopedia of American Reform Movements. Edited by John R. McKivigan and Heather L. Kaufman. New York: Facts On File, Inc. [forthcoming 2013]
"Bonds of Fellowship: Imagining, Building and Negotiating Community in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1900-1920" (2003)
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS - SELECTED
Paper: Relevant Transformations: The Young Women of the Extension Lay Volunteers, 1961–71. Panel: “Outgrowing Catholic Action? .American Historical Association annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 6, 2013
Paper: Creating Franco-American Identity in the New Millennium: Norman Beaupré’s La Souillonne. Panel: “Franco-American Literature of New England: New Perspectives on Place, Memory, and Identity”. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Boston, MA, January 5, 2013.
Poster: “Introduction to American Studies, Community Development, Social Justice, and Voter Registration: Service-Learning Outcomes for Community Partner and Students”. Imagining America Annual Conference, New York, NY, October 5-7, 2012. (with Kristin Anderson, NorthShore Community Development Coalition)
Chair & Panel Organizer, "Finding the Fit and Leading the Way: Aligning Undergraduate American Studies Programs with Institutional Initiatives and Demonstrating Relevance at a Critical Time", American Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, November 6, 2009.
Conference Paper: "A Revolution Found(ed) and Lost in Song: Gender, Folk Songs, and Lyric Insertion in Two Works of American Proletarian Fiction." International Journal of Arts & Sciences Conference, Gottenheim, Germany. December l, 2008.
Presentation: "Historic House Museums: Sites of History, Sites of Conscience?" Panel Title: "Future Options for Historic House Museums". 2008 Mass History Conference: Sustaining the Future of Massachusetts History. College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA, June 9, 2008.
Paper: "Generous Indifference": Realism, Sociology, and the Experience of Urban Community in Sinclair Lewis' Main Street. Panel: Midwest Culture II: Artistic & Literary Depictions, Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, April, 2007.
Invited Discussant/Panelist: Presentation:"Some Thoughts on Memory, Place, Synergy, Communal Knowledge and Practice" For Putting Memory in Place conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, February 2007.
Paper: "Strategic Fundraising at the House of Seven Gables: Gender, the Colonial Revival and Settlement Work". New England Historical Association Spring Meeting, Bridgewater, MA, April, 2006.
Paper: "When Being a Woman Wasn't Enough: The Takeover of 888 Memorial Drive and the Evolution of Second Wave Feminism," Organization of American Historians annual conference, Boston, MA, March 2004.
Paper: "Imagining Ourselves: Photographs and the Formation of Community Identity in St. Paul Minnesota, 1900-1920." American Studies Association annual conference, Houston, TX, November 2002.
INVITED LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS - SELECTED - For complete list see C.V.
Invited to give formal testimony at the Forum of the American Academy's Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. Testimony to inform US Congressional policy regarding humanities funding. Cambridge, MA. July 17, 2012.
Presenter: "The Serendipity of Historical Research". Salem History Society, Salem, MA, November 10, 2009
Program developer and moderator: Traces of the Trade public film showing, discussion and historical investigation of slave trade in New England. Salem, MA, November 8, 2008.
Invited Facilitator: Panel Discussions on Religion/Faith Sponsored by the City of Salem's "No Place for Hate Committee."
"Invited Speaker: Panel on the Takeover of 888 Memorial Drive. Schlesinger Library Film Series (Harvard University), Cambridge, MA, 1 November, 2006.
Public Lecture: "Social Reform, Social Change and the Gables," The House of Seven Gables, Salem, MA. May 24, 2006.
Invited Lecture: "The History, Image and Meaning of Poverty in the US and Why It Matters Now: A Humanities Perspective on The Current Economic Crisis." Universität Trier, Trierer Centrum für Amerikastudien (Trier Center for American Studies) Trier, Germany, May 11, 2010.
Invited Lecture: "Cultural Responses to Political, Economic, & Social Change in the United States:
1880s - 1920." Université de Mulhouse, May 5, 2009 (joint invite from US Consulate, Strasbourg, France and Université de Mulhouse).
Presenter, Roundtable: "Race, Political Parties and the 2008 Election". Salem State College, October 20, 2008. (Co-sponsored by Dept. of Political Science, Dept. of Sociology and American Studies concentration)
Presentation: "Photo Theory, Literary and Cultural Geography Approaches to Delores Hayden's Field Guide to Sprawl." American Studies Methodology Panel. Sponsored by American Studies Program Connecticut College, New London, CT, December 2007.
Presenter/Scholar: US Immigration History 1870-1920: A Global Perspective.
Presenter: Navigating (Textual) Primary Sources of Early America, NEH Summer Institute
Presenter: How to Teach the Cherokee Removal: A Story of Antebellum America.
Presenter/Scholar: Caribbean Immigrant Literature.
Presenter/Scholar: ‘Second Wave' Feminism.
Presenter: Suffrage/"Second Wave" Feminism/ERA.
Co-Presenter: Chicano History and Literature.
Presenter: "Teaching 1930s America with Primary Sources.".
Running, all outdoor activities, cooking, reading literary nofiction & memoir, exploring museums and vinyards and new places the world over!