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. Due to the pandemic, the recent conferences have been online, and it’s been great to see how everyone has adapted to make it work. I’ve been accepted to present at a few conferences this fall, and I’m looking forward to speaking about such topics as Romeo and Juliet, bubblegum pop music, and natural disasters. My past presentations have been:

“Goodness vs. Greatness in Henry Fielding’s Jonathan Wild,” Northeast Conference on British Studies. Virtual. October 22-23, 2021.

“The Other Music of 1969: Bad Boys, Bubblegum Beats, and Bitches Brew,” Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference. Virtual. October 21-23, 2021.

“Forecasting Disaster in 1969: The Ohio Fireworks Derecho, Yangjiang Earthquake, and Hurricane Camille,” Midwest World History Association Conference. Lewis University. Romeoville, Illinois (virtual). September 24-25, 2021.

“History, Composition, and Interpretation of the Book of Daniel,” Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion Conference. Florida State University. Tallahassee, Florida (virtual). March 12-14, 2021.

“Manipulation of Words, Manipulation of Minds: Totalitarian Language in the Dystopias of Zamyatin and Orwell,” South Atlantic Modern Languages Association Conference. Jacksonville, Florida (virtual). November 13-15, 2020.

“Flames, Floods, and Fireworks: Lessons from Cleveland’s Disastrous Summer of 1969,” Southeast World History Association Conference. Arkansas Tech University. Russellville, Arkansas (virtual). October 24-25, 2020.

“Arguments for an Inclusive Baseball Hall of Fame,” Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference. Southern New Hampshire University. Manchester, New Hampshire (virtual). October 22-24, 2020.

“From Refrigerator Mothers to #ActuallyAutistic: Leo Kanner’s 1969 Awakening and the Neurodiversity Movement,” Connections: Humanities and Social Sciences Conference. University of Lethbridge. 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. University of Lethbridge. 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,” Research in Religious Studies Conference. University of Lethbridge. 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,” Research in Religious Studies Conference. University of Lethbridge. 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, British Columbia.  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. Carleton University. 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)