Special Collections Research Fellows Speaker Series

 Special Collections Research Fellows Speaker Series

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is pleased to host an ongoing series of lectures by traveling fellows whose research and expertise include feminist science fiction, Oregon lesbian intentional communities, the novelist Ken Kesey, conservative and libertarian political movements, as well as print and print culture. Talks are free, open to the public and held virtually on Zoom. More information, including applications for future fellowships, is available on SCUA’s website here.

January's discussion features Marissa Greenberg, 2023 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellow, Ariel Goldberg, 2023 Tee A. Corinne Memorial Travel Fellow, and Micah Wright, 2023 James Ingebretsen Memorial Travel Fellow.

Dr. Marissa Greenberg is an Associate Professor of English at the University of New Mexico, a majority-minority public university in the American Southwest. Marissa’s research and teaching focus on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature. Her early publications take a historicist approach to the spaces and bodies in the works of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries, but her more recent work takes a more phenomenological approach to their adaptations in diverse media. Marissa is also committed to making premodern literatures engaging and accessible through justice-oriented teaching and public-facing scholarship. These interests and commitments come together in Marissa’s current project, “Revolutionary Adaptation: Miltonic Radicalism in Contemporary U.S. Literature, the Arts, and Activism.” This is a book-length study of how the radical writings of seventeenth-century English poet and polemicist John Milton have been brought into the service of today’s movements for gender equity, racial justice, disability rights, and religious freedom. It focuses on Miltonic adaptations by contemporary US-based women authors and artists, most notably Ursula K. Le Guin, who take up Milton’s embodied representations of revolution and mobilize them to depict the experiences of minoritized bodies. Marissa conducted her research in UO-SPCO’s collection of Le Guin papers in August 2023.

Ariel Goldberg is a writer, curator, and photographer working with trans and queer lineages in photography. Goldberg’s books include The Estrangement Principle (Nightboat Books, 2016) and The Photographer (Roof Books, 2015), and their short-form writing has most recently appeared in Lucid Knowledge: On the Currency of the Photographic Image, Afterimage Journal, e-flux, Jewish Currents, Artforum, and Art in America. Goldberg is a 2023-2024 Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellow at the New York Public Library. Their exhibition on photography’s relationship to spaces for learning, Images on which to build, 1970s-1990s was on view in 2023 at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati as part of the FotoFocus Biennial and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in NYC.

Micah Wright is an assistant professor of history at Lincoln University of Missouri and earned his PhD from Texas A&M University in 2020. His dissertation, “Puerto Rico and US Empire in the Caribbean, 1898-1935,” was awarded an Oxford University Press USA International History Dissertation Prize honorable mention. His research focuses on inter-American relations, US military occupations, and the influence of colonial peoples on US politics in the twentieth century. His articles appear in Gender & History, Diplomacy & Statecraft, Caribbean Studies, The Black Scholar, The Latin Americanist and Clio (Dominican Republic).

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