For this series, we reach out to a member of the department who has a very particular obsession and ask them to share it with the world. In this edition, Distinguished University Professor, Director of Medical Humanities and Director of Project Narrative James Phelan writes about his fervent obsession with getting buckets.
My family was never in such need for a story than in August 2014. That month, my mother was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma—i.e. a disease with relatively little research, little funding and little press. Our instinctive coping method was intense inquiry: Googling any blog, support group page, research website and Facebook group that may have some or any words to lessen our uncertainty.
This past September in Kyoto, Japan, Professor Elizabeth Weiser was elected to the Executive Board of the International Committee for Museology (ICOFOM). Weiser is one of 14 Executive Board members, who hail from nine different countries and represent approximately 1,000 scholar-members from six continents. ICOFOM conducts research, organizes multiple annual forums around the world and produces a regular series of monographs in three languages.
Each month, the Communications Team reaches out to members of the Department of English faculty and asks them to elaborate on a current research or creative project they are working on or have recently completed. For this month, we asked Professor Brian McHale about his project on theorizing narrative in poetry.