Wyatt Evans returned to academics following stints as a Peace Corps volunteer and U.S. Army civil affairs officer. Trained as an intellectual and cultural historian, his main areas of interest included collective memory and the interaction of the modern state and the individual. His first book, the Legend of John Wilkes Booth (Kansas, 2004) won the Organization of American Historians’ Avery O. Kraven Award in 2005 and Drew’s Beta Koritzer Prize in 2007. He is currently at work on a study of Civil War domestic security for Oxford University Press as well as a longer-range project on the “memory of the good” in American history. He is a distinguished lecturer from the OAH speaker series.
Cassandra Laity (PhD University of Michigan) is Associate Professor of English and Coeditor of the journal Modernism/Modernity. She specializes in Anglo-American Modernisms, modern poetry, feminist criticism/theory, critical theory, and late-Victorian poetry and fiction. She wrote H.D. and the Victorian Fin-de-Siecle: Gender, Modernism, Decadence (Cambridge University Press, 1996; reissue 2009), edited H.D., Paint it Today (New York University Press, 1992), and coedited (with Nancy Gish), Desire, Gender, and Sexuality in T.S. Eliot (Cambridge University Press, 2004). She was a cofounder and Vice President of the Modernist Studies Association, President of the H. D. International Society, and a member of the MLA Delegate Assembly. She has held an NEH Research Fellowship and a Mellon Assistant Professorship at Vanderbilt University.
Christine Kinealy is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she completed a Ph.D. on the introduction of the Poor Law to Ireland. She has published extensively on the impact of the Great Irish Famine and has lectured on the relationship between poverty, famine, and emigration in Ireland, India, Spain, Canada, France, Finland, the United States, and New Zealand. In 1997 she was invited to speak on the Irish Famine in both the United States Congress and the British Parliament. Her other areas of specialization are nineteenth-century Ireland, the 1848 revolutions, Daniel O’Connell, Young Ireland, Irish-American nationalism, and memory and commemoration in Irish history. Her book This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-52 (2nd ed. 2006) was named the Irish Post book of year in 1995. Her other publications include Lives of Victorian Politicians: Daniel O’Connell (Pickering and Chatto, 2008); A New History of Ireland (2nd ed. 2004); 1848: The Year the World Turned?, ed. with Kay Boardman (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007); Teaching and Learning History (with Geoff Timmins and Keith Vernon; Sage Publications, 2005); The Great Famine in Ireland: Impact, Ideology and Rebellion (Palgrave, 2002); Ireland: A Photohistory 1840-1940 (with Sean Sexton; Thames and Hudson, 2002); Memory, Silence and Commemoration: Ireland’s Great Hunger (ed. with David Valone; University Press of America, 2002); The Forgotten Famine: Hunger and Poverty in Belfast 1840-50 (with Gerard MacAtasney; Pluto Press, 2000); A Disunited Kingdom: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, 1800-1949 (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and A Death-Dealing Famine: The Great Hunger in Ireland (Pluto Press, 1997). Her latest book, Repeal and Revolution: The 1848 Uprising in Ireland, is forthcoming from Manchester University Press. Currently she is exploring the role played by the Irish nationalist Daniel O’Connell in the antislavery movement in Europe and North America.
I was an active member of the Caspersen School faculty from 1956 to 1991 when I retired and became an Adjunct Faculty member. I chaired several committees and supervised many Ph.D. dissertations. I have always enjoyed working with the graduate students. I was a member of the Drew-Harvard-McCormick Archeological Expedition to the ancient city of Schechem in Jordan (now the West Bank) during the summer of 1957. I have been doing research in Morristown, TN since 1951 on religion and cultural changes, and I am continuing to prepare that research for publication.
Fall 2008. This is my 40th year at Drew. I was one of the founding members of the M.Litt. program in the graduate school, specializing in “The Medieval Mind,” a rubric that allows me to teach a different topic each semester. Since 1968 I have been Adjunct Professor of Church History in the T.R. program and taught courses in the college in the Religion department. Dante’s Divine Comedy is a standard course taught in a cycle. My most recent course was “The Carolingian Renaissance.” I am a Benedictine monk at St. Mary’s Abbey, Morristown and this brings to Drew a monastic perspective, with a 1500 year tradition.
Frank Occhiogrosso, BA St. John’s U., MA and PhD Johns Hopkins U, is Professor of English at Drew University, where he has chaired the English Department and convened the English Graduate Area. He has won awards as scholar-teacher of the year twice at Drew. He has just recently returned from the International Shakespeare Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon where he ran a seminar on close reading of Shakespeare’s texts, written and performance. He has edited two books, Shakespeare in Performance: A Collection of Essays (U of Delaware Press, 2003) and Shakespearean Performance: New Studies (Fairleigh Dickinson U Press, 2008). His articles and reviews have appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Bulletin, Shakespeare Newsletter, Literature/Film Quarterly, The Dictionary of Literary Biography, the Journal of Popular Culture, The New York times, and The New Republic. In addition to teaching courses in Shakespeare, Elizabethan Poetry, Elizabethan Drama, the Renaissance, Modern Drama, and American Drama, he has also worked in the theater as, among other things, dramaturge for the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey.
Composer and church musician, Glen Olsen teaches musicology and music history for the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University. As adjunct assistant professor of music history, Glen has taught courses on Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Elizabethan Music, Choral music, and Film music. Holding an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College (IL) and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Rutgers University, he earned the Doctor of Letters, concentrating in the history of art and music, from Drew University and a second masters degree in liturgical studies. Dr. Olsen also serves churches as organist and choirmaster, presently serving Christ Church in New York City, an independent Anglican church, meeting at the church of the Advent Hope on East 87th Street.
James Pain has been affiliated with Drew University since the fall of 1951 when he enrolled in the Theological Schools Bachelor of Divinity program. Upon completion of that degree in 1954 he was appointed to the CLA Religion Department and as Director of Religious Life. In the intervening years he has held many posts on campus, including Chaplain, Chair of the Religion Department, Convenor of the Theological and Religious Studies Area in the Graduate School, holder of the Henry and Annie M. Pfeiffer Chair in Religion, and Dean of the Graduate, now the Caspersen, School.
The term Renaissance man is too often used these days, but he certainly qualifies. He is an ordained Methodist minister who can say the Latin Mass; his doctorate from Oxford is in Orthodox Theology, but he teaches courses in the early church fathers, St. Patrick, Charles Wesley, Chaucer, Charles Williams, and C.S. Lewis; he feels at home ordering wine at the finest restaurants and is the closest thing Drew has to a media star with his ads on WQXR for the Caspersen Schools programs. As one member of the community has said, If he found himself in Papua-New Guinea, not only would he know the marriage ceremony, but he has the license to perform it!
He was the first faculty member to be elected to the faculties of all three schools of the University, and continues to have students from all schools in his classes.
Jennifer Holly Wells is a Ph.D. candidate in Drew University’s Modern History and Literature program, with degree expected May 2009. She earned her B.A. in English literature from the College of Saint Benedict in 1998, her M.A. in Modern History and Literature from Drew in 2001, and her M.Phil. from Drew in 2003. Jennifer studies American 20th century literature in its historical context, focusing her research on Midwestern regionalism. Her work centers on the connections between early and late 20th century literary movements, using an interdisciplinary approach to examine the role of history, community, and even meteorology in literary texts. Prior to joining the Caspersen School faculty in 2006, she was a part-time lecturer for the English department at Drew, teaching both writing and literature courses. In 2005, Jennifer won the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies Teaching-Mentoring award.
Jo Ann Middleton is an Affiliate Associate Professor and the Founding Director of Medical Humanities in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Drew University. She also established and served as Director of the Medical Humanities Program at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, NJ, from 1990 to 2007. She received her BA from Manhattanville College, and her MA and PhD from Drew. Dr. Middleton is the author of Willa Cather’s Modernism: A Study of Style and Technique (FDU 1990). Her “Medical Ethics: A Curriculum for the Internal Medicine Residency” was published in Educational Clearinghouse in Internal Medicine (APDIM 1995), and her presentation, “Medical Ethics,” was included in the American College of Physicians Best of the Boards Series (Philadelphia 1995). Dr. Middleton has taught the clinical ethics segment for the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Board review Course since 1996 and the Stress/Ethical/ Legal Module of the Alliance for Healthcare Critical Care Course from 1997-2007. She has been invited to speak at Medical Grand Rounds, the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the American Literature Association, the Cather Spring Conference and the Cather International Seminar, and has been a scholar for library programs sponsored by the New Jersey Committee for the Humanities since 1986. Dr. Middleton has published essays on Willa Cather, clinical ethics, medical humanities training, ethics curricula for residents, and aging, death and dying in literature, and, for seven years, authored the chapter “Fiction: 1900 to the 1930s” in American Literary Scholarship (Duke 1992-1998). In the Drew Medical Humanities Program, she teaches Medical Narrative, Contemporary Ethical Issues in American Literature, and Literature and Medicine.
Jonathan Golden (Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 1998) teaches at Drew University, where he is Associate Director of the Caspersen Centers, working closely with Drew’s Center for Civic Engagement, while serving as Assoc. Director for the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict. Golden teaches in the Department of Religious Studies, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Theology School, specializing in the areas of Religion, Anthropology, and the Middle East – ancient and modern. He is the author of Ancient Canaan and Israel: New Perspectives and the forthcoming Dawn of the Metal Age. Golden offers courses and has written on such topics as religious conflict and terrorism, world archaeology, Jewish diaspora communities, ethnography of the Middle East and Latin America, and human evolution, with a special focus on the inter-face between science and religion. Golden is also Faculty Advisor to Drew Hillel and S.T.A.N.D. and is an active member of the Drew Disaster Relief Project; he also serves on the Religious Life Council and Diversity Committee. Golden lives in Florham Park, NJ, where he also enjoys playing soccer and performing/writing music.
Karen Hill McNamara is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Children’s Literature in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. McNamara is a contributing author in Critical Approaches to Food in Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2008); her chapter is entitled The Potato Eaters. She was a contributing author in Hungry Words (2006) and her chapter “’It was a life-changing book’: tracing Cecil Woodham-Smith’s impact on the canon of children’s literature of the Irish Famine” was positively reviewed in The Irish Times. Other publications include “From Fairies to Famine: How cultural identity is constructed through Irish and Irish American children’s literature”, in Children’s Folklore Review, and “Children’s Literature of the Great Irish Famine”, in Foilsiu: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies. McNamara graduated with distinction from Drew University in 2003 and her doctoral dissertation, “Telling Bridget’s Tale of Hunger: Children’s Literature of the Great Irish Famine,” won the University Prize. She has presented seventeen papers on children’s and young adult literature at national and international conferences.
Within the Arts and Letters program, Dr. Liana Piehler has often taught courses that have blended literature and the visual arts. Recent courses have included focus on the Victorian lnadscape as seen by novelists, poets and artists; Victorian women artists and their twentieth century descendants; Provincetown’s arts colony (1900-1950) as a reflection of American culture; and poets as observers of the natural world (from Emily Dickinson in the nineteenth century to Mary Oliver in the twentieth). Dr. Piehler has also frequently taught The Joy of Scholarly Writing to students in the Arts and Letters and Medical Humanities programs, guiding them on the dissertation journey.
In addition to Dr. DeJesse’s academic background, she brings extensive experience in nursing, healthcare communication/education, and as a trustee of a healthcare system to the Medical Humanities Program. In 2003, she earned her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew. Her doctoral research focused on graduate medical education and Medical Humanities. She served as Director of Medical Humanities at Raritan Bay Medical Center where Medical Humanities was an integral component of the three year internal medicine residency curriculum. Currently, she is Assistant Director of the Medical Humanities Program and an adjunct assistant professor. Courses include: The Art of Medicine, Hospital Governance, Medical Narrative, Biomedical Ethics, and the Clinical Practicum.
Robert Carnevale’s poems have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Alaska Quarterly Review, and other magazines, and several have been anthologized. He worked in various capacities on the Voices and Visions film series on American poets, which was broadcast nationally over PBS in 1988. Among his roles were Principal Literary Researcher, Coordinator of the Educational Advisory Committee, and Associate Editor and Contributor for the College Telecourse based on the series. He was Assistant Coordinator of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poetry Festival for six years, helping to mount four of its poetry festivals and to design and oversee poetry activities for high school students and teachers. In recent years he has been collaborating with Drew Professor Carol Ueland in translating the Russian poet Aleksandr Kushner. Their translations have been published in The Kenyon Review, Agni, World Literature Today, and The Anthology of Russian-Jewish Literature, and have been supported by a Literary Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Before joining the Arts & Letters Program, Carnevale taught as Visiting Assistant Professor of English in Drew’s College of Liberal Arts and as Assistant Professor of English at Upsala College.
Bob Ready is the Dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Donald R. and Winifred B. Baldwin Professor of Humanities and Professor of English. A member of the Drew faculty since 1970, he has been convener or co-convener of the Caspersen School’s Ph.D. programs and chair of the English Department in the College of Liberal Arts, where he was the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor 1996-2000. Since 1996 he has taught an Arts and Letters fiction workshop and organized the annual A & L student summer reading. He is currently convener of the Arts and Letters Program as it enters a new period of growth on campus and outreach to the community.
Rosemary McLaughlin, Associate Professor, theatre arts dept., is an award-winning playwright and poet whose current work, Paterson Falls, commissioned by Playwrights Theatre of NJ, is part of a trilogy spanning 1913 – 1920. Her paper on this research, From Paterson to P’town: How a Silk Strike in New Jersey Inspired the Provincetown Players, was published in the first issue of Laconics. The Chair, a dark comedy about global politics, recently premiered at the Provincetown Theatre Company. Her plays and poetry can be found in a number of anthologies, including Classroom Scenes and Monologues (Dramatic Publishing); Intimate Acts (Brito Lair); The X-Y Files and Written with a Spoon (Sherman Asher). At Drew, she has directed Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Bryony Lavery’s Last Easter. Her comedy, Voices Carry, was directed by Joe Patenaude at Drew as well as at New Jersey Repertory Theatre and the Win Atkins Theatre Project. A member of the Dramatists Guild, she received her M.F.A. in Theater Arts from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts.
After earning a Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) at Rutgers, Virginia Phelan taught at Rutgers, Monmouth and Princeton before coming to Drew. She joined the Caspersen School’s Arts and Letters Program in 1992, became its Director (part-time in 1997 and full-time in 1999), and presided over the institution and development of the Doctor of Letters. Her special interests include the links between ancient and modern literatures and mythology, especially in its contemporary manifestations, such as in “The Journey Back to Self.” She also created “Writing to Heal” for Medical Humanities and several courses for the Irish Studies Concentration, including ‘Joyce’s Journey,” and “The Importance of Being Witty.” Publications include her dissertation, Two Ways of Life and Death, (Garland, 1990), Praying in Your Own Voice through Writing (Liguori, 1994), and articles in journals such as the Yeats-Eliot Review, America, and The New York Times. Current projects include a manuscript of “Writing to Heal” and on-going research on mythology and the journey and Charles Williams.
William Rogers (Ph.D. Drew University) is Associate Dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. He teaches nineteenth-century American history (particularly antebellum reform movements and the Civil War), the impact of war on American society, and Irish/Irish-American history and literature. His publications include “The Great Hunger: Act of God or Acts of Man,” in Ireland’s Great Hunger: Silence, Memory and Commemoration (2002); “Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and the Prophetic Tradition in Nineteenth Century America,” in Let Justice Roll (1996); and “We Are All Together Now”: Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison and the Prophetic Tradition (1995).
Dr. Campbell is a Research Fellow at Drew University in Madison New Jersey, where he is also holds adjunct professorships in the Biology Department and in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. In addition, he holds adjunct professorships at the University of Pennsylvania and at New York Medical College.
As member or head of the parasitology team at Merck Research Laboratories, he contributed to the discovery of six drugs widely used in human and veterinary medicine. He played a key role in the development of ivermectin, a drug best known for its use in the prevention of River Blindness in humans.
Dr. Campbell holds a First Class Honors B.A. degree from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and a PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin. He has edited or co-authored four books, and is the author of more than 180 scholarly articles, including articles on the history of biomedical science — as well as poems, essays and paintings on scientific and non-scientific subjects. He is past president of the History of Medicine Society of New Jersey.
In 2002 Dr. Campbell was elected to the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Other honors include honorary Doctor of Science degree, University of Wisconsin; the Kitasato Medal (Tokyo, Japan); Honorary Doctor of Science degree, McGill University.
My education through undergraduate was in Japan. My graduate study has all been in the U.S.: MA, Scarritt College; M.Div. and D. Min., the Graduate School of Theology, Oberlin; Ph.D., Drew University. For five years before my marriage to an American, I taught at Seiwa College in Japan. Since my marriage, cultural comparison has been my daily life and the center of all my academic work. My teaching includes courses on Japanese literature, religion, and culture at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In 1995 I retired as Assistant Dean of the Graduate School after 17 years to teach again at Seiwa College for five years. The Tale of Genji was part of my education in Japan. We all had to study it. The year 2008 was set for observing the millennium of this work by a woman. The recent translation into modern Japanese by a woman has resulted in a “Genji Boom” with new interpretations and enthusiasm.