2013 Sabbatical Reports Announced

Reports to be held at Knight Auditorium during the month of April.

ADRIAN, MI—The schedule of events for this year’s sabbatical reports has been posted for review. All reports are scheduled to take place at 3:00 p.m. in Knight Auditorium. To RSVP, please contact Heather Schuyler at hschuyler@adrian.edu


The Office of the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs sponsors these reports.



April 11


Michael Claus

Artisan Distilling in Michigan

“Cherry and pear brandy tastings available at the conclusion of speakers.”


Terry Jackson

Science, Medicine, and Women in Japan, 1868-1945 “I will discuss my research on how modern science and medicine impacted Japanese women at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. In particular, I will discuss the ways in which the rhetoric of science shaped view of women as mothers and wives, and changed their duties in the home.”


April 12


Stephanie Jass

From Sojourner Truth to Winston Churchill: My Ongoing Adventures in Reacting to the Past

“During my sabbatical (and beyond), I have become ever more immersed in the Reacting to the Past community. I helped create the first conference solely for game development, which is now an annual event sponsored by RTTP. I became the co-author of a game on the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the development editor for a game on Frederick Douglass. In addition, I have played various games in Reacting workshops and conferences, with such parts as Sojourner Truth, Andrew Jackson, Chief Justice Roger Taney, Patriot smuggler Alexander McDougall, a Delaware Indian, a Hawaiian Nationalist, a TV Journalist, and Winston Churchill. Come hear about this amazing pedagogy that inspired me to change up my classroom completely, and could change yours, too!”


Beth Myers

Perspectives on the Changing Landscape of Publishing Fiction


“After some study—including a survey of literary journal publishers and then interviews with an agent, an on-line editor, and two acquisition editors of publishing houses—I am better prepared to speak to my students about publishing fiction these days. The pace of change has already moved it past my conclusions, however, so hang on, and I will fill you in on what I know so far.”


April 19


James Spence

Empathy and Empiricism: the moral science of David Hume and Adam Smith

“My sabbatical project involved researching how British moral philosophers responded to the scientific revolution initiated by Galileo’s rejection of Aristotelian metaphysics. I trace the history of two new (for the period) strategies for developing a science of morality, one analogous to mathematics, the other (inspired by Newton) relying upon empirical evidence. My emphasis will be on the latter strategy, specifically the moral philosophies of David Hume and Adam Smith, who attempt to understand morality and the requirements of justice as a function of human psychology and social interaction.


Phil Howe

Well-tempered Discontent: Democratic Institutions and Inter-Ethnic Cooperation in a Multinational Empire

“I spent my 2012-2013 sabbatical year as a European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Institute for the Human Sciences) in Vienna, Austria. My primary project involved completing a draft manuscript for a monograph about ethnic group politics, nationalism, and electoral and legislative behavior in the Western half of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. I plan to begin my presentation by providing background about the IWM itself and the unique role it has played in East-West relations both during and after the Cold War. For the remainder of my presentation I will discuss my manuscript, a number of related publication and conference projects, and more generally the challenges of pursuing interdisciplinary research.”