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Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference Presentations for Fiss, Kasson-Fiss, and Van Kooy

Andrew Fiss
Andrew Fiss
Laura Kasson-Fiss
Laura Kasson-Fiss
Dana VanKooy
Dana VanKooy







Three members of the Humanities Department each presented papers at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. Andrew Fiss presented “Studying Objects, Objectifying Students: Natural History at Women’s Colleges in New York State: 1861-1875;” Laura Kasson-Fiss presented “The Unnatural Club in Late-Victorian Light Humor: The Diogenes Club and Beyond;” and Dana VanKooy presented “The Aesthetics of Atlantic History.”


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STC Student Rachel Nankervis Awarded the Carnahan Enterprise Scholarship

The Enterprise Program at Michigan Technological University has awarded its Carnahan Enterprise Scholarship to STC major Rachel Nankervis.

The scholarship for students pursuing undergraduate degrees in Scientific and Technical Communications (STC) or Business and Economics is funded by Dr. Robert D. Carnahan, class of 1953. Key responsibilities of a scholarship-winning STC major include public relations and reporting for her enterprise team.

Congratulations, Rachel!

Drawing Freely Exhibition

The Department of Humanities and the Van Pelt and Opie Library are hosting a cartoon exhibition, Drawing Freely, in the library entrance. The Institut Français and Courrier International present this exhibition on freedom of expression as embodied by fifty press cartoonists from all around the world. Some of the themes treated by the cartoonists are: women’s voices, racism, corruption, dangers online, the new rebels, Charlie Hebdo, etc.

Photos: Audrey Viguier
Photos: Audrey Viguier

Still Room in Survival ESL Class

A few spaces are still open for spouses of international faculty and scholars wishing to attend a basic English class starting Monday, February 1. Participants will meet from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays through February 25 in Walker 138.

The course, also known as Survival English, will help beginners feel more confident and relaxed around Americans. Lessons will offer simple words and phrases for greeting people and shopping in Houghton.

The class is limited to eight participants. Besides faculty and scholars, spouses of graduate students are also welcome, space permitting. The course fee is $10.

To register, email


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North Woods Kids Reception and Awards Ceremony

Kids and their families and friends are invited to the North Woods Kids reception and awards ceremony from 6:30 to 7:30 p.mThursday at the Community Arts Center located at 126 Quincy Street, Hancock.

Nearly 200 submissions of art and writing composed by North Woods kids (ages 5 to 19) from nine Western Upper Peninsula schools will be displayed and celebrated. Judges are busy selecting first place, honorable mention and best in show winners (winners will be notified by tomorrow–maybe sooner!).

A special honor and surprise: Aimee Bissonette, author of picture book “Northwoods Girl,” will be an honored guest; and children will have the chance to visit with Aimee once again during the reception. Aimee wants all the children to know how very excited she is to reconnect with Copper Country children after visiting with them earlier this fall.

Live dulcimer music performed by Clare Zuraw performed and kid-friendly treats will be served. This ceremony is co-sponsored by the Copper Country Reading Council, the CC Arts Council and Michigan Tech’s English Education Program.
For more information please contact Evelyn Johnson at
(This article originally appeared in Tech Today.)