I love sharing my research and the stories I have collected. There’s something exhilarating about standing in front of a group of interested peers and discussing my passions, whether it be literature, history, religion, or popular culture. I took a break for a while, but I have really enjoyed getting back into presenting my research. My past presentations have been:


“From Refrigerator Mothers to #ActuallyAutistic: Leo Kanner’s 1969 Awakening and the Neurodiversity Movement,” Connections: Humanities and Social Sciences Conference. Lethbridge, Alberta. May 3-5, 2019.

The complex in Jerusalem containing the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, site of arson in 1969.


“Jerusalem, Three Faiths, and the 1969 Al-Aqsa Mosque Arson,” Connections: Humanities and Social Sciences Conference. Lethbridge, Alberta. May 3-5, 2019.


‘People Like You Don’t Deserve It’: Professional Wrestling as a Reflection of Domestic Racial Tensions,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois. January 3-6, 2019.


“Discovery or Deception?: Fernand Navarra’s 1969 Expedition and the Search for Noah’s Ark,” University of Lethbridge Research in Religious Studies Conference. Lethbridge, Alberta. May 5-6, 2018.


“1968-1969: Major League Baseball’s Rock Bottom and Rebound,” Far West Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada. February 23-25, 2018.

Swami Vivekananda, a Hindu monk, journeyed to Chicago in 1893 to promote respect and peaceful relations between religions.


“The Legacy of Swami Vivekananda’s 1893 Address to the World’s Parliament of Religions,” University of Lethbridge Research in Religious Studies Conference. Lethbridge, Alberta. April 28-29, 2006.


“A Sociological History of the British Fashion System, 1846-1945,” guest lecture for Sociology 102: Social Institutions and Processes.  College of the Rockies, Cranbrook, BC.  January 19-20, 2006.


“Liberation through Alteration: Rereading the Wife of Bath’s Rewriting of the Bible,” Carleton University-University of Ottawa Medieval and Renaissance Studies Society Conference. Ottawa, Ontario. April 16, 2005.

The site of the “Tyburn Tree,” the gallows that attracted thousands of eager spectators.


“From Tyburn to Room 101: Fielding, Thackeray, and Orwell on Capital Punishment,” English Graduate Student Colloquium, Carleton University. Ottawa, Ontario. April 14, 2005.


“Exodus to the Promised Land: Soviet Mennonites and World War II,” Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium, Carleton University. Ottawa, Ontario. March 3-4, 2005.


“Cultural Values Reflected in Medieval Literature: Beowulf, The Song of Roland, and The Canterbury Tales,” Medieval and Renaissance Cultural Studies Graduate Conference, University of Calgary. Calgary, Alberta. April 16-17, 2004.


Jerusalem picture (cropped) courtesy of Andrew Shiva (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International). Vivekananda picture courtesy of Manjappabg (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported).Tyburn picture courtesy of John D. Smith of Cwmbran, Wales (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)