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About the Council of Endowed Chairs

The Council of Endowed Chairs (CEC) seeks to promote and advance recognition of Monmouth University as a center for excellence in teaching and research through heightened commitments to the scholarship of presentation, publication, and public engagement. Its members hope to serve as resources for other scholars at Monmouth, both students and faculty, as well as provide expertise to regional and national audiences. The ideal of interdisciplinary collaboration guides the activities of the Council of Endowed Chairs. Members of the Council represent and work across diverse majors and Schools in order to undertake the scholarship of discovery and the creation of new knowledge as they seek to strengthen communities of learners.

Founded in Fall 2018, the CEC highlights the work of its members through on-campus lectures, talks, and workshops scheduled at least once a semester. The founding Chair of the Council of Endowed Chairs Dr. Kristin Bluemel welcomes all inquiries at kbluemel@monmouth.edu.

Council Membership
In The News

Professor Bluemel Presents Leverhulme Lecture March 10

March 9, 2022

Kristin Bluemel, Ph.D., professor of English and Wayne D. McMurray Endowed Chair, will deliver a lecture, “Green worlds in black and white: women artists, children’s books, and the 1930s wood engraving revival,” on March 10 at 12 p.m. (Eastern Time). The lecture is part of the Stirling Maxwell Centre for the Study of Text/Image Cultures…

LISTEN: Professor Bluemel Interviewed for Podcast Stories from the Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945

October 28, 2021

Professor Kristen Bluemel’s audio interview about “Gwen Raverat and Interwar Wood Engraving” was released on Apple, Stitcher, and Spotify on 15 October 2021. You can hear Bluemel talk with Space Between scholar Michael McCluskey about her current research on Gwen Raverat and other women artists who led the wood engraving revival in 1920s and 1930s…

Professor Bluemel Delivers Invited Talk to University of East Anglia’s Twentieth-Century Research Seminar

October 27, 2021

Professor Kristin Bluemel was the featured speaker at the University of East Anglia’s Twentieth Century Research Seminar, presenting her paper “Theorizing Rural Modernity: New Modernist Encounters with Geography.” An intervention in the emerging interdisciplinary field of rural humanities, Bluemel’s paper called upon new modernist scholars of literature, art, and book history to enrich and correct…

WATCH: Professor Bluemel Interviewed by Handheld Press on Inez Holden and Blitz Writing

March 18, 2021

Kristin Bluemel, professor of English and Wayne D. McMurray Endowed Chair in the Humanities, was interviewed on March 8 about World War II-era writer, Inez Holden, a friend of George Orwell and H. G. Wells, whose forgotten literary work Bluemel has brought back into print. Bluemel served as editor for Holden's novella "Night Shift" and…

Professor Bluemel Wins Leverhulme Visiting Professorship

November 18, 2020

Kristin Bluemel, professor of English and the Wayne D. McMurray Endowed Chair in the Humanities, has won a position as Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Newcastle University in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in northern England. The seven-month professorship will begin in January 2022. The grant award goes to Newcastle University and is funded by…

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Recent Works from Council Members


Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources

By Randall S. Abate
Book Cover for Climate Change and the Voiceless
Future generations, wildlife, and natural resources – collectively referred to as ‘the voiceless’ in this work – are the most vulnerable and least equipped populations to protect themselves from the impacts of global climate change. While domestic and international law protections are beginning to recognize rights and responsibilities that apply to the voiceless community, these legal developments have yet to be pursued in a collective manner and have not been considered together in the context of climate change and climate justice. In Climate Change and the Voiceless, Randall S. Abate identifies the common vulnerabilities of the voiceless in the Anthropocene era and demonstrates how the law, by incorporating principles of sustainable development, can evolve to protect their interests more effectively. This work should be read by anyone interested in how the law can be employed to mitigate the effects of climate change on those who stand to lose the most.

Rural Modernity in Britain: A Critical Intervention

Edited by Kristin Bluemel and Michael McCluskey
Book Cover for Modernity in Rural Britain
Rural Modernity in Britain argues that the rural areas of Britain were impacted by modernisation just as much – if not more – than urban and suburban areas. It is the first study of modernity and modernism to focus on rural people and places that experienced economic depression, the expansion of transportation and communication networks, the roll out of electricity, the loss of land, and the erosion of local identities. Who celebrated these changes? Who resisted them? Who documented them? Essays in this collection investigate five main cultural areas: Networks, Landscapes, Communities, Heritage, and Wars. Together they make the case that the rural means more than just the often-studied countryside of southern England, a retreat from the consequences of modernity; rather, the rural emerges as a source for new versions of the modern, with an active role in the formation and development of British experiences and representations of modernity.

Women at the Wheel: A Century of Buying, Driving, and Fixing Cars

By Katherine J. Parkin
Book Cover for Women at the Wheel: A Century of Buying, Driving, and Fixing Cars
Ever since the Ford Model T became a vehicle for the masses, the automobile has served as a symbol of masculinity. The freedom of the open road, the muscle car’s horsepower, the technical know-how for tinkering: all of these experiences have largely been understood from the perspective of the male driver. Women, in contrast, were relegated to the passenger seat and have been the target of stereotypes that portray them as uninterested in automobiles and, more perniciously, as poor drivers. In Women at the Wheel, Katherine J. Parkin illuminates the social implications of these stereotypes and shows how they have little basis in historical reality.