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2019 News and Events 

  • STUDENT SUCCESS: Lindenwood International Relations major Hollie Force has been accepted to serve as a Peace Corps Community Youth Worker. Hollie will graduate in May 2019, and her service in Ukraine will begin in August. Peace Corps Community Youth Worker volunteers provide a wide variety of services in Ukraine, including conducting English clubs to practice English as a second language and assisting with the organization and planning of youth activities. The selection process for the Peace Corps is highly selective, and the Lindenwood School of Humanities congratulates Hollie both for achieving a key milestone in her career and working to encourage individual flourishing and respect for human rights globally.
  • THINKING ABOUT GRADUATE SCHOOL? Then join the March 27th information session at 3:00 p.m. in MAB 301. In this informal information session, Ted Cohen (history), Stephanie Afful (psychology), Melissa Elmes (English), and Christina Pomianek (anthropology) will discuss what it is like to be in graduate school in the humanities and social sciences.
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  • ENGLISH MAJOR PUBLISHES POEM: Erica Holmes, a junior English Literature major, published another of her poems. "Life of an Ophelian Girl" in the online Crab Fat Magazine. Congratulations, Erica!

  • HISTORY STUDENTS ATTEND PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE: Over winter break, Drs. Steve Gietschier and Ted Cohen took Katie Centini, Christine Bryant, and Solveig Klarin to Chicago for the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association. Katie was one of ten undergraduates from across the country to present her research at the conference. In addition to attending lots of panels, the group made trips to the Bean, the Art Institute of Chicago, and numerous deep dish pizza establishments.
  • GIETSCHIER PRESENTS AWARDS TO LINDENWOOD ALUMNI: At their sixty-first annual dinner on January 20, the St. Louis chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America honored Lindenwood graduates Nicole Hensley and Josh Pauls with the John E. Wray/Myron Holtzman Award for Achievement in Sports Other than Professional Baseball.

    Hockey player Hensley and sled hockey player Pauls were cited for their gold-medal performances in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and the 2018 Winter Paralympics, respectively, in PyeongChang, Korea.

    Hensley, who played goal for Lindenwood for four years before joining the U.S. Women’s National Team, backstopped the Americans to a 5-0 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia as the United States made its way to its second Olympic gold medal.

    Pauls captained the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. He tallied eight assists in five games as the U.S. outscored its opponents, forty goals to two, and captured its third straight Paralympics gold medal with a 2-1 overtime win over Canada.

    Steve Gietschier, associate professor of history and a member of the BBWAA since 1986, presented the awards. He said, “The writers are pleased to honor outstanding achievement in sports other than baseball. Nicole and Josh are terrific athletes and fine representatives of Lindenwood.”

  • HURST TO READ POETRY: Join Spencer Hurst, Associate Professor of English, on Wednesday, February 13 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7) at The Focal Point for "A Poetry Reading with the Salonistas." Professor Spencer's poetry and stories have appeared in journals such as Untamed Ink, Natural Bridge, River King Poetry Supplement, and Salamander Magazine. His awards include several prizes sponsored by the St. Louis Poetry Center, an organization he has belonged to since 1997. The Focal Point, a nonprofit venue for music and poetry, is located at 2720 Sutton Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63143.
  • ELMES TO PUBLISH COLLECTED ESSAYS: Melissa Ridley Elmes, Assistant Professor of English, has signed a contract with Routledge to publish a co-edited volume (with Dr. Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, University of Northern Colorado) titled Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales. The collection brings together twelve original essays that span the medieval period through the seventeenth century and cover the Middle English and French literary traditions in romance, chronicle, ballad, courtesy books, cookbooks, and drama. Ranging from Beowulf to the works of John Fletcher, from the French Arthurian prose romances to The Apparition of Master Jean de Meun, the essays showcase the widespread presence and importance, and critical potential, of food and feasting scenes in premodern outlaw narratives. In addition to co-authoring the introduction and editing the volume’s other contributions, Elmes contributes a chapter to this volume titled “Acting Out(law): Feasts, Outlawry, and Identity Constructions in Two Shakespearean Comedies.” The book is scheduled for publication in early 2020.

2018 News and Events

  • WANT TO POLISH UP YOUR FINAL ESSAY? NEED HELP STARTING AN OUTLINE? Sigma Tau Delta, Lindenwood's International English Honor Society, is hosting a two-part writing bootcamp with the help of the Writing Center staff and Resource Librarian! Join us for our first session on Thursday, November 8 from 4-6 in LARC 309 and the follow-up session on Thursday, November 29 from 4-6, also in LARC 309. Come get some tips to make this semester's essays your best yet!
  • NaNoWriMo: November is NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. If you’ve never heard of NaNoWriMo, it’s a celebration of creative writing every November in which participants attempt to produce a 50,000-word novel over the course of the month. It’s a fun challenge—whether you actually make it to 50,000 words or not! The organization provides an online platform for writers to encourage each other and share their progress. Lindenwood’s Creative Writing Club is organizing NaNoWriMo participants who attend Lindenwood to share their progress with each other and to attend some “write-in” events (group writing sessions) on campus. To be part of Lindenwood’s group, create your profile on the NaNoWriMo website, then search for “Missouri” in the Regions Directory and select the St. Louis region as your home region, and make a post in the Lindenwood discussion thread announcing your participation. We’ll use that discussion thread to chat with each other and keep track of how everyone’s writing is coming along.

    The write-in events will take place in the LARC:

    • Thurs. Nov 8th, Room #333 (Writing Center) from 7:00pm-9:00pm
    • Thurs. Nov. 15th, Room #319 from 4:00pm-6:00pm
    • Thurs. Nov. 29th, Room #319 from 4:00pm-6:00pm

     If you have any questions, please direct them to Dan Plate (the Creative Writing Club advisor) at

  • ENGLISH MAJOR PUBLISHES POEMS: Two poems by Erica Holmes, a junior English Literature major, were accepted for publication by the Eunoia Review, a Singapore-based online literary journal. Congratulations, Erica!
  • SMITH PUBLISHES AN OP-ED: October 24, 2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured an op-ed article by Jeffrey Smith, Professor of History, titled “Dead Confederates and Living History.”  
  • FACULTY & STAFF BAND: Check out this Lindenlink article about Lindenwood University's faculty-staff band. Elaine Ragland, the School of Humanities administrative assistant, is one of the band members. Most recently, Borrowed Notes performed on Homecoming Saturday.
  • HUMANITIES STUDENT-FACULTY OPEN HOUSE: The School of Humanities has moved its faculty offices from Butler Hall to McCluer Hall. Join us on October 18th anytime between 3pm and 5pm in McCluer Lounge to help us celebrate our new space!
  • COHEN'S TALK: This semester's meeting of the History & Geography Forum will feature Dr. Ted Cohen (Assistant Professor of History) discussing his research on race in Latin America in a talk entitled: "'La Bamba' and the Politics of Race." The talk will take place on Oct. 30 at 4:00 p.m. in the Spellmann Center 4105. Lindenwood's History & Geography Forum is an interdisciplinary venue for students, faculty, and visitors to discuss both current research and the methodological nuts and bolts that underpin the academic study of History and Geography.
  • COOPER BOOK READING AND SIGNING: Professor Cooper will be discussing and signing his book, Veteran Americans: Literature and Citizenship from Revolution to Reconstruction, at Left Bank Books on Monday, November 12 at 7pm. Get more details

  • CERNIK PUBLISHES ARTICLES: Professor Cernik recently published two articles.  “Communist Infiltration and Donald Trump: The Movies Meet Reality” is available in The Artifice, an online magazine. Cernik’s second piece, “Watching TV News Coverage of Middle East Affairs:  Sunni-Shia Differences Matter and a Public not Knowing this will affect how the United States Plans for any Future Involvement in that Region,” came out in The Social Science Research Network (SSRN). A previous piece Cernik published with SSRN, “Guns, Campus, and the Courts,” received national attention and was referred to in a Utah State Senate race.
  • COHEN PUBLISHES WITH CAMBRIDGE: Professor Cohen's monograph, Making Mexico Black: Race and Nation after the Revolution, is under contract with Cambridge University Press (forthcoming spring 2020). Making Mexico Black is the first book to tell the intellectual and cultural history of how African-descended Mexicans gained cultural, social, and demographic visibility after the Revolution of 1910. Congratulations, Professor Cohen, on this amazing achievement! 

  • GIETSCHIER PUBLISHES COSTAS INTERVIEW: Steve Gietschier, associate professor of history, has published "National Voice, Adopted Son," an interview with sportscaster Bob Costas in the St. Louis Cardinals Gameday Magazine. In July, the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) honored Costas with the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting. Gameday Magazine is available in print and digitally, but only to subscribers. Get more information.

  • Graduate School Information Session: In this informal information session, Ted Cohen (history), Stephanie Afful (psychology), Melissa Elmes (English), and Christina Pomianek (anthropology) will discuss factors to consider in choosing a graduate program, applying to the program, and finding ways to fund your graduate education. Join us on September 26 at 2:30pm in LARC 207. Contact Professor Cohen if you need more information
  • Andy Thomason, Associate Professor of English, will present a paper titled "The Psychology in Greek Lit" at the Faculty Colloquium on September 24th in Harmon Hall's Dunseth Auditorium. The event begins at 3:00pm. Faculty, students, and staff are welcome! Read more information about the event and speakers.
  • Practice LSAT session:  Are you interested in applying to law school? Joseph Cernik, Professor of Political Science & Public Administration, will administer a practice Law School Entrance Test (LSAT) on Wednesday, October 10th at 4:30pm in Spellmann 4190.  While the exam usually requires 4-5 hours, this practice LSAT will consist of two sections out of the usual four and will take about 90 minutes to complete. Once the practice test is graded, Professor Cernik will hold another session to help you improve your scores! 
  • July 19 - Student Presentation - Congratulations to recent Lindenwood University graduate Katherine Wiesehan on her presentation at the Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) User Conference!  Katie’s project was a collaboration between Lindenwood University’s GIS Lab, Biology Department and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Katie is the 3rd Lindenwood undergraduate student to attend the conference and the 2nd to be a presenter.
  • July 11 - Article Feature - Steve Gietschier, associate professor of history, is featured in the current issue of Memories and Dreams, the official magazine of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. John Rosengren quotes Gietschier several times in "Baseball's Newspaper: The Sporting News Reigned as the Bible of Baseball for Almost a Century." Gietschier worked as the archivist for the Sporting News from 1986 to 2008.
  • June 25 - Hurst Wins Honorable Mention for Poetry - Spencer Hurst, Associate Professor of English, was recently honored by the St. Louis Poetry Center that his poem, "Blind Justice," won an Honorable Mention in the Center’s 59th Annual Writing Contest.
  • June 5 - The Confluence at the Arch - In partnership with the National Park Service and the Gateway Arch National Park, Lindenwood's The Confluence published a commemorative issue for the opening of the new Arch museum. View The Confluence.
  • May 29 - Teacher Conference - There are still seats left for the “Teaching Through Missouri Documents” workshop sponsored by Lindenwood University on June 29! You’ll get a day filled with ideas, teaching strategies, lesson plans, and documents that are ready for your classrooms. 
  • May 28 - Elmes Publishes Articles - Dr. Elmes's “A Reassessment of the Relationship Between Canacee and the Falcon in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale” will appear in Medieval Feminist Forum. “Women’s Wounds in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur" will appear in Modern Philology. Her article “The Overlooked Importance of the Feast in Medieval Robin Hood Tales” appeared in Medieval Perspectives.
  • May 2 - Laney Receives Peter Griffin Award for Historical Research - On May 1, the Peter Griffin Award, given annually for the essay that exemplifies the best historical research by a Lindenwood undergraduate, was presented to Kristin Laney. Professor Emeritus Griffin was on hand to present the award, and all three finalists received prizes.
  • May 2 - Humanities Professors Publish Books - Humanities professors who have published books recently were honored at a book launch on 5/2.  Geremy Carnes (English), Ben Cooper (English), Melle Elmes (English), Steven Gietschier (History), W. Travis McMaken (Religion), Patrick O’Banion (History), and Jeffrey Smith (History) have all published books in the past year.
  • April 27 - Freshman Seminars Offered Fall 2018 - Freshman seminars are one-credit hour classes that allow incoming students to learn about interesting topics and professors that can help make their freshman experience a real success. Eight faculty members from the School of Humanities are teaching exciting sections!
  • April 27 - Humanities Professors Nominated for Professor of the Year - Students have nominated three School of Humanities faculty for Professor of the Year: Travis McMaken, Dale Walton, and Justine Pas, were recognized for their professionalism, sense of humor, and commitment to undergraduate education.
  • April 25 - Board Gaming Club - Join Dan Plate, Associate Professor of English, and fellow gaming peers for an evening of board games. Held weekly at 5:00 PM on Wednesdays, in the Archives Research Room (bottom floor, LARC).
  • April 24 - Centini Presents Paper - Humanities student and administrative assistant, Kaitlyn Centini (Religion, History, and Art History, ‘19), presented at the Fourth Annual Jesuit Research Student Symposium at the Jesuit Archives & Research Center (co-sponsored by St. Louis University) on April 24th, 2018, presenting on Matteo Ricci.
  • April 24 - Humanities Students Win Awards - School of Humanities’ undergraduate students were recognized with prestigious awards at Lindenwood University’s Honors Convocation on April 22, 2018. Congratulations to all of the winners!
  • April 24 - Carnes Publishes Article in Edited Collection - Geremy Carnes, Assistant Professor of English, published an essay titled "Eloisa to Abelard to Eloisa: English Catholics and the Development of Gothic Fiction" in The Ways of Fiction. New Essays on the Literary Cultures of the Eighteenth Century, a volume focused on how the culture of the 18th Century shaped literature and how literature, in turn, influenced it. 
  • April 16 - Philosophy Department Screening of "Social Animals" Documentary - The documentary "Social Animals" will be shown on Monday, 4/16 at 7 p.m. in the LARC's Lindenwood Theater, with panel discussion and Q&A following. Filmmaker Jonathan Ignatius Green will speak, alongside Professors Foushee, Hafer, Scholle, and Steinenger.
  • April 16 - Philosophy Club - Join Dr. Joseph Steineger, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, and fellow philosophy enthusiasts this semester for an investigative discussion into the nature of friendship.  Everyone is welcome, especially non-philosophy majors and philosophy-naysayers!  Meetings are held bi-weekly from 4:30-5:30 PM in the Butler Hall parlor on: 2/19, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, & 4/16.
  • April 5 - History Student and Professor Present at 21st Century Fest - Kristin Laney, a Historical Studies major, and Professor Jeffrey Smith presented “Voices of the Past: Using Documents and Articles in U.S. Social Studies Classes” at the St. Charles Public Schools’ “21st Century Fest” professional development day.
  • April 3 - Lindenwood Game Day to Be Held April 3 - On Tuesday, 4/3, Lindenwood will host its first Game Day, in which students are invited to play board and card games such as Sushi Go, Pandemic, Settlers of Catan, and others. The event will be held in the LARC's 3rd floor atrium from 10-6; students may drop in/out as schedules allow. Food and beverages will be available starting at noon.
  • April 3 - Dr. Brian Matz to Speak on Social Ethics of Healthcare - Dr. Brian Matz, Associate Professor at Fontbonne U, will present on "Does Loving Your Neighbor Mean Providing Them Healthcare? A Christian Social Ethic of Healthcare in America" at 4 p.m. in the Hyland Arena VIP Room on April 3.
  • March 28 - Dale Walton Publishes Article - C. Dale Walton, Associate Professor of International Relations, published an op-ed in Arc Digital (  In “There Is No Intelligence Community. There Are Only State Intelligence Organs” recommends the creation of new, non-hierarchically organized oversight entity to guard against abuses by intelligence agencies.
  • March 27 - Dr. Marc Becker to Speak on FBI in Latin America - Dr. Marc Becker, Professor of History at Truman State, will present his research on the FBI in Latin America on Tuesday, 3/27 at 4 pm in Dunseth Auditorium, Harmon Hall.
  • March 24 - Harris, Qualls, and Gietschier Throw Pitches - Dr. Shenika Harris and Melissa Qualls, faculty in the School of Humanities, will throw out the first pitch for a softball double header at the Lou Brock Sports Complex on 3/9 at 2:00 pm. Dr. Steve Gietschier will be throwing the first pitch against Washburn on 3/24. Come cheer them on and show your school spirit!
  • March 22 - Smith Elected Vice President of MO Conference on History - History Professor Jeffrey Smith was elected vice president of the Missouri Conference on History; he will be president March 2019-2020. At the conference, Smith presented a paper on his current research, “‘Every Soldier’s Grave a Shrine’: Confederate Monuments, Cemeteries, and the Lost Cause.”
  • March 8 - Jeff Smith to Speak at History & Geography Forum - The Spring 2018 History and Geography Forum will feature Jeff Smith, Professor of History, discussing his research "What Do We Do About Jeff Davis? Confederate Monuments, Cemeteries, and Southern Memory." Dr. Smith will present his talk on Thursday, 3/8 in Spellmann 3015 at 3:30 PM.
  • March 5 - Patrick O'Banion Faculty Colloquium Lecture - Patrick O'Banion, Associate Professor of History, will be giving a talk titled "Relativity and Roman Ramirez: What Can We Know About the Past?" as part of the biannual Faculty Colloquium. The event will be held in LARC 343 (New Theatre) from 3:00-4:30 PM on Monday, March 5.
  • February 28 - Phi Alpha Theta To Induct New Members - Five students will be inducted in the LU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, on 2/28. The event will be held at 3:30 in the Sibley Chapel for the induction ceremony with a reception following in the Butler Hall Parlor.
  • February 25 - Arrow Rock Literary Journal Accepting Work - Arrow Rock is now accepting creative writing and art submissions through 2/25. View Flier.
  • February 15 - Submissions Now Accepted for English Awards - Student submissions are now being accepted for the annual English Department writing awards. Awards are offered in three categories: Academic, Creative, and First-Year Writing. Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 15. View Flier.
  • February 14 - Thurman Lecture for Diversity Week - Nichole Torbitzky, Assistant Professor of Religion, will be giving the Thurman Lecture during Diversity Week at Lindenwood. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, February 14 at 4pm in Multipurpose Room 3020, Evans Commons. View Flier.
  • February 14 - Drs. Jeff & Kris Smith Featured in Legacy - History professors Drs. Jeff and Kris Smith have been featured in the current Lindenwood Legacy issue.
  • February 13 - A Lion in York - Drew Strohecker, Lindenwood history major, will present his semester abroad experience in York, England, the United Kingdom last fall. He will speak on 2/13 at 3:00 in the LARC, room 3. View Flier.
  • February 10 - Dr. Romero Ghiretti Interviewed by Lindenwood Alumnus - Dr. Romero Ghiretti, Associate Professor of Spanish, was interviewed by Lindenwood alum Alex Moraes, founder of MOLA Leadership, a company which advises international students to study in the US. Dr. Romero Ghiretti shared her experience and journey from international student to college professor. Watch Interview.
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