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Message from the Dean, Tamara Jhashi

Welcome to the School of Liberal Arts at Mercy College! As Dean, I am excited to share with you the exceptional opportunities in the Arts and Humanities, Mathematics and Computer Science, as well as in our cutting-edge programs in Cybersecurity.

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“Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past. . . .

”Time past and time future
Allow but a little consciousness.
To be conscious is not to be in time
But only in time can the moment in the rose-garden,
The moment in the arbour where the rain beat,
The moment in the draughty church at smokefall
Be remembered; involved with past and future.
Only through time time is conquered."

― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Kentucky Historical Society Research Fellowship

Robert P. Murray, assistant professor of history, has received a Kentucky Historical Society Research Fellowship for his work on “Slavery Times in Kentucky Redux.” Murray receives monetary support to conduct research in the KHS collections for a period of from one to four weeks.

The Research Fellowship Program is funded by the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation. The program encourages and promotes advanced research on all aspects of Kentucky-related local, regional, national, transnational and comparative history using KHS collections. More information is at history.ky.gov/research-fellowships/.

The School of Liberal Arts teaches students how to think and become lifelong learners. And this benefit alone makes such an education more practical and useful than any job-specific training ever could.

The Mercy Cybersecurity Education Center, seeks to inform the public about potential threats and create new technicians to combat potential threats.

Faculty Spotlight

Miriam S. Gogol, Professor of Literature, has a book, American Realisms: New Essays on Genders and Literature, 1865 – 1950, going to press. This collection of critical essays on working women in American literature focuses on images of the American working woman and how she has been represented and underrepresented in American realistic and naturalistic literature during this period. The book explores the limited kinds of positions available for women during this time (factory workers, seamstresses, maids, teachers, writers, prostitutes, etc.); the ways in which literary representations of female labor have been distorted; the approaches taken in the analyses of working women today; and ways in which the genders of working women are portrayed, including queer theory analyses. These essays will relate to current feminist thought and take into account the historicity of the context. Authors discussed include Theodore Dreiser, Kate Chopin, Henry James, William Dean Howells, Anzia Yezierska, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edith Wharton, and Willa Cather.

 

“I was puzzled by the dearth of critical texts focusing on working women in the naturalistic and realistic fiction of late nineteenth and early twentieth century,” says Miriam Gogol, speaking about the study of American literature in her years as a doctoral degree student at Columbia University.  A resident of Dobbs Ferry and the former Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Miriam will be presenting at the Annual Conference of the Modern Language Association in January 2018.  Along with participants such as noted award-winning author Jane Gaines, Professor in the Film Program at Columbia, she will be discussing the newly restored, groundbreaking silent film, Shoes (1916), in relation to American naturalism, early-twentieth-century consumer culture, the working girl, and sexual mores.  One contemporary of Lois Weber (the film’s director and script writer), from Motion Picture News, disdainfully comments on its realism: “There is such a thing as being too realistic.” Intriguing to Miriam, and highly suspect—“I have yet to see a film or read a naturalistic novel that is ‘too realistic.’”  Her contention is that “working” women, no less prostitutes, are not presented realistically.