Our Major Scholar Seminar program is a Glenwood Center for Scholarship in the Humanities initiative to engage Graduate Humanities students in scholarly activity with major outside scholars and public intellectuals (i.e., individuals who have made important contributions to scholarship, teaching, and/or public life). Within the framework of small, intensive reading seminars, scholars meet with students over the course of a semester via electronic conference media (e.g., Skype) and at a face-to-face meeting during a campus visit.  Enrollment in these seminars is limited to 3 to 4 students, and registration is by permission only.  Each seminar is listed in our Schedule of Courses.

Spring 2016

Dr. Clyde Ellis – Professor of History & University Distinguished Scholar, Elon University.

More about Dr. Ellis is here.

Check out Dr. Ellis’s interview on his research and scholarship, here.

Major Scholar Seminar: “Native Identities in Contemporary America” More information is here.

Campus visit (sponsored by the Glenwood Center for Scholarship in the Humanities and Marshall University’s Graduate Humanities Program, College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of History):


Spring 2015

Dr. Lauren Onkey – Vice President of Education and Public Programs, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

More about Dr. Onkey is here.

Check out Dr. Onkey’s interview in the PBS documentary, “Women Who Rock,” here.

Major Scholar Seminar: “Fight the Power – Can Pop Music Foster Change?” More information is here.

Campus visits (sponsored by Marshall University’s Graduate Humanities Program, College of Liberal Arts, and the Departments of History, Political Science, and Psychology; West Virginia State University Cultural Affairs Committee; and the Glenwood Center for Scholarship in the Humanities):

Feb. 26:  “Stevie Wonder’s Social Vision.” WVSU, 122 Wallace Hall, 12:30 p.m. Reception by Blues BBQ.

Feb. 26, 7 p.m.: Seminar meeting of “Fight the Power.”

Feb. 27, 2015: “Dancing in the Street: Rock and Roll and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1964.” Marshall University Student Center, BE5, 2 p.m.

Fall 2014

Dr. Arijit Sen – Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee & Co-coordinator of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and -Milwaukee Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures collaborative doctoral program.

More about Dr. Sen is here.

Check out Dr. Sen’s award-winning “Picturing Milwaukee” project, here.

Major Scholar Seminar: Reading American Landscapes (details here).  Check out the course website, “Interpreting the American Scene,” here.

Campus visit (sponsored by the Glenwood Center for Scholarship in the Humanities, the Graduate Humanities Program, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Education and Professional Development):

October 2, 12 noon, GC 319: “Learning from Everyday Places: Teaching American Cultural Landscapes.” (This lecture is part of the COEPD Brown Bag Lunch Series.)

October 2, 7 p.m.: Seminar meeting of “Reading American Landscapes

October 3, 2 p.m., Shawkey Dining Room: “Recasting Placemaking: Ways of Seeing and Interpreting our Everyday World” (public talk)