Sharon Espeland is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, with a degree in Social Studies education. She holds a master’s degree from Minnesota State, Moorhead, in Counseling and Student Development and an administrative credential from the University of Mary. Currently she is an assistant principal at Century High School in Bismarck. Prior to this position, she taught Advanced Placement Government using the “We The People” curriculum and team teaches a U.S. History and American Literature course at Century HS. She has also worked in higher education administration and as a teacher in Brooklyn Center, MN.
Chris Cavanaugh received a BA in Journalism in 1984 from Indiana University, Bloomington. He was a James Madison Memorial Senior Fellow in 1994 and earned his MA in History from Butler University. He taught social studies in Indiana for 28 years, focusing on the Cultural Heritage of the American People (CHAP) program which utilizes the humanities (American literature and American History) as well as teaching the We The People curriculum. His classes participated in several mock congressional hearings.
Cavanaugh currently teaches Global Studies and AP US History at Bismarck High School. He has received the American Civic Educator Teaching Award--sponsored by the Center on Congress, the Center for Civic Education, and the National Education Association (2006); the Plainfield Community Teacher of the Year (2008); and the American Lawyers Alliance Law Related Education Teacher of the Year (2018).
CALL THE ALEWIFE: Women, Beer, and Social Change*
Few industries demonstrate shifting social attitudes towards "women's work" as well as the brewing industry does.
For thousands of years and across a variety of cultures, ale production was considered the exclusive purview of women, crafted in small batches inside homes or small businesses. Only relatively recently--with the widespread use of hops as a preservative--beer has become a lucrative, tightly-regulated, and male-dominated industry. In this talk, medieval historian Amy Nelson will lead us through a discussion about women in brewing, focusing upon the period of social change in the late medieval and early modern eras that experienced pronounced gendered shifts in beer production.
Together we will consider broader misogynistic attitudes regarding women and work that may still be present in our own communities and professional fields, and take a look at some present-day trends in craft brewing and beer consumption that may be signalling a more inclusive future for the brewing industry.
Amy Nelson was born and raised in Bismarck, ND. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, majoring in Religion and Classical Studies. Her graduate work was at Harvard Divinity School and at the University of Notre Dame, where she pursued degrees in Theological Studies and Medieval Studies, respectively.
In 2014 she received a Fulbright scholarship to Austria to conduct research on women's religious communities in medieval Central Europe. Over the years she has taught incredible undergraduate students at Notre Dame and Indiana Wesleyan University, and has worked in the non-profit sector educating and mentoring at-risk youth. She recently returned to North Dakota, where she enjoys spending time with her family and Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Suso.
PLAINS CANVAS: Art and the Environment*
One of the great gifts America has given the world is writing about nature.
Authors such as Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, and Annie Dillard highlight the beauty and complexities of the world around us. North Dakota is one of the most biologically interesting places, yet it is also the least-visited state in the country.
This discussion will focus on nature and environmental thinking from Thoreau to the present, what a society stands to lose when little is written about it, and how communities might develop and support writing in and about place.
Taylor Brorby is the author of a poetry collection, Crude, and editor of Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America.
He teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York and is contributing editor at North American Review and grew-up in Center, ND.
HEY. HO. LET'S GO! The Story of Punk*
Addressing the themes in discussion leader Brian Schill's literary history of punk rock, Lusty Scripts, (Indiana University Press, 2017), this conversation will connect punk to not only philosophers like Hegel, Nietzsche, and Freud, but novelists as varied as Dostoevsky, Henry Miller, Kafka, and Philip K. Dick.
Punk’s literary and intellectual interests can be traced to the sense of shame its advocates feel in the face of a shameless market economy that preoccupied many of punks’ favorite writers and, in turn, generated the entire punk identity.
North Dakota native BrianSchill is a researcher and writer at the University of North Dakota. A long-time participant in the North American punk scene, his writing has appeared in Clamor, Punk Planet, Anarchist Studies,Prairie Schooner, FifthEstate, and other trade and academic publications. He is the founder and editor of agricouture.org and the co-host of the “Amos and Ex: Living in the End Times” podcast.
*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations presented or expressed during these programs do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities North Dakota or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This series invites you to participate in a facilitated public conversation with scholars who have expertise on a certain subject. The idea isn't to create consensus, but to foster an environment open to the discussion of varying viewpoints, ideas, and perspectives.