Graduate Humanities, our Program newsletter, has been published bi-annually without interruption since 1977. Click on the links below for an Adobe PDF version of the more recent publications:
“I’m Afraid of That Water: A Collaborative Ethnography of a West Virginia Water Crisis,” lead article comprised of excerpts from the newly published book of the same name. Co-authored by academics and community members for three audiences: academics, local West Virginians, and a larger public interested in issues of disaster and its aftermath. / "Shifts in Perspective: The Workings of the Duck/Metaphor," excerpts from work produced for the seminar, "Philosophy’s Practices and Engagements––American Pragmatism.” / "Legal Derivation for West ‘By God’ Virginia," by Dr. Eric Waggoner, Executive Director, West Virginia Humanities Council." / And more . . .
"Yours Affectionately: The Intimate Letters of Lucy Woodbridge and Lewis Summers," lead article comprised of excerpts from graduate Angela Holley’s final project regarding letters written by former residents of the Glenwood Estate in Charleston, West Virginia, during the Civil War. / "Processes of Preserving and Transcribing," a description of Holley’s methodology and learnings. / "Building from the Ground Up: West Virginia’s Cultural & Creative Economy," interview with Dr. Eric Waggoner, Executive Director, West Virginia Humanities Council. / New Book: Fearless: Women’s Journeys to Self-Empowerment, edited by Cat Pleska (’98), author, editor, publisher, storyteller, and faculty member, Graduate Humanities Program. / And more . . .
"Finding Billy Dunn," lead article comprised of excerpts from graduate Carolyn Quinlan’s final project regarding Little League Baseball in St. Albans, West Virginia. / "Work in Non-Profits: Appreciating the Charitable Sector Seminar (Part One)," with excerpts from student papers. / "Appreciating The Charitable Sector Seminar (Part Two)," a brief explanation of an organizational process, Appreciative Inquiry, and how it was used in the non-profit seminar. / And more . . .
"Visual Metaphor: The Graduate Humanities Program as Kaleidoscope," lead article explores the similarities between a liberal arts program and an optical instrument. / "Elevating ‘Evaluation’ to ‘Valuation,’" sets up the survey, "Asking ‘What Do You Value About the Program?’" / "Word Wide Web." / And more . . .
"Environmental Humanities," lead article including interviews with a Major Scholar Seminar instructor, Dr. Susan Crate, Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University and student Mikhaela Young. / "Climate Science Needs Anthropology," excerpts from a paper by student Kaitlyn Rhodes. / "Building Energy-Efficient Houses: Life After Grad School," interview with graduate James Straight (’15) about his vision for his construction company. / New Book: Voices on Unity: Coming Together, Falling Apart, an anthology compiled and edited by Cat Pleska (’98), author, editor, publisher, storyteller, and faculty member, Graduate Humanities Program. / And more . . .
"Learning Together: Academic & Community Partnerships," lead article interview with Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter, Director of the Graduate Humanities Program. / "Recent Graduates & Their Community Partners," excerpts from student projects with community groups. / And more . . .
"Digital Humanities: What is it and Why Care?" excerpts from a discussion by students and instructor in our Digital Humanities seminar. / "Setting Sail for New Opportunities: Life After Grad School, article by Josh Mills (’16). / "We Dump Humanities Education at Our Own Peril" by Dan Foster, retired Charleston surgeon, former state senator, and a Gazette contributing columnist. / New Book: One Foot in the Gravy—Hooked on the Sauce: Recipes You’ll Relish, compiled and edited by Cat Pleska (’98), author, editor, publisher, storyteller, and faculty member, Graduate Humanities Program. / And more . . .
"Choice, Along with Confidence," reflection by student, Rhonda Marrone." / "Passages from Final Projects and Thesis," excerpts from student projects. / Visual: "MU Graduate Humanities Program: What Attracts Our Students and Where They Work." / And more . . .
"Humanities Puts a Human Face on Public Policy," interview with Dr. Renate Pore, Director, Health Care Policy for West Virginians for Affordable Health Care. / "Looking at Activism in West Virginia, Past and Present," reprint from Charleston Gazette-Mail regarding the West Virginia Activist Archive. / Visual: "Public Humanities"—partnerships between our program and community groups. / And more . . .
"Communicating A Different Way, A Better Way," interview with student Ashley Dennison, Staff member of Heritage Farm Museum and Village, Huntington, West Virginia. / "A Deeper, Wider View of the World," interview with Larry Groce, Musician and Arts Producer, Host of live radio show, Mountain Stage, and Director of FestivALL, an annual celebration of arts and entertainment in Charleston, West Virginia. / "How I Think About the Humanities," exposition by student Josh Mills. / And more . . .
"Always Taking Risks," interview with Dr. Bob Maslowski, Faculty, Archaeologist (retired) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. / "Go to the Music to Figure Things Out," interview with Dr. Lauren Onkey, Vice President of Education & Public Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland Ohio, visiting Major Scholar faculty. / New Book: Riding on Comets: A Memoir, by Cat Pleska, Faculty and Editor-in-Chief, Mountain State Press. / New Book: Doing Ethnography Today: Theories, Methods, Exercises by Dr. Beth Campbell, Faculty, Assistant Professor of Education and Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter, Director, Professor of Humanities and Anthropology. / And more . . .
"Connecting Past and Present," interview with Dr. Billy Joe Peyton, Faculty, Co-Director of the Glenwood Center for Scholarship. / "Answering the ‘So What?’ Question," interview with Dr. Arijit Sen, architect and vernacular architecture historian at the University of Wisconsin, and a visiting Major Scholar faculty, about reading American architectural landscapes. / Images from "Glenwood / History of Charleston Seminar & Public Presentation." / New Book: Dark Wine Waters: My Husband of a Thousand Joys and Sorrows, by former faculty member, Dr. Fran Simone. / And more . . .
"Something’s Going to Happen," interview with student Jay Thomas regarding the juxtaposition between being a businessman (Blues BBQ) and a graduate student in the Humanities program. / "We Had to Make Up our Own Mind," interview with student Brenna Craig about her learning experience in the program and in particular, in a seminar about the life, work, and culture of coal mining in West Virginia. / And more . . .
"Its All There on the Page: A Life in Writing and Teaching," by Cat Pleska (’98), Faculty. / "Living and Teaching," by Anne McConnell, Faculty, and Associate Professor in the English Department, West Virginia State University. / Glenwood Estate Memories & Histories. / And more . . .
"Living in Music (Part II): Singing & Songwriting," interview with Michael Tierney, Director, Step By Step, Inc. / "Singing & Songwriting," interview with Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter, Director, Graduate Humanities. / New Book: Missing: Mrs. Cornblossom, by Colleen Anderson (’03). / New Book: Fed From The Blade: Tales and Poems From the Mountains, selected and edited by Cat Pleska (’98), faculty, Senior Editor at Mountain State Press. / And more . . .
"Living In Music: Singing & Songwriting," interview with educator Pete Kosky (’04). / "Singing & Songwriting," interview with owner of Mother Wit Writing and Design, Colleen Anderson (’03). / And more . . .
"Science and Art," interview with artist, Angelica Tovar (’08). / "The Problem with Humanities," essay by Renae Bonnett (’11). / And more . . .
"So What Can You Do With A Humanities Degree?" by Trish Hatfield (’08), Program Assistant. "What’s Happened Elsewhere?" / "What’s Been Happening?" / New Documentary: "Secrets of the Valley: Prehistory of the Kanawha," produced by Dr. Robert Maslowski, Faculty of Cultural Studies. / New Book: Explorations in Cultural Anthropology," co-edited by Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter, Director, Marshall University Graduate Humanities Program. / And more . . .