Dr. Cori Gabbard, Visiting Professor of English, discussed her ongoing research of gender roles and their portrayals in different eras of literature with the Lyon College community. At the March 13 faculty colloquium, she questioned the beliefs and prejudices commonly held by both modern day scholars and anti-intellectual people.
Gabbard’s presentation, titled Reversing the Implications: Women & War in Medieval and Post-1900 British Literature, was the third and final lecture of Lyon’s Spring 2020 Faculty Colloquium series because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Gabbard focused on the differences between war and women's identities in medieval and 20th century British literature.
Gabbard based her topic on her graduate dissertation at the Graduate Center University of New York, focusing on a chapter studying the Welsh myth “Math, son of Mathonwy.”
Gabbard noted that for many people the implications behind humanities research are not always as obvious as research in the sciences. To combat that, she said her project had three primary goals.
She first wanted to emphasize the different nationalities represented in the broad title of British literature, noting that many people tend to equate British with English, so her research includes Welsh, Irish, and Scottish writing.
Gabbard also calls into question the common assumption that the 20th century is inherently more progressive in its portrayal of gender roles than the portrayals of previous time periods. She argues that medieval literature is more progressive than 20th century literature in their respective analyses of gender roles during wartime.
She also wanted to break down the way many scholars view medieval as synonymous with outdated or flawed.
“My work responds to tensions between the medieval and the modern within academia, i.e. the idea that the medieval is backwards and irrelevant,” said Gabbard.
She noted the often strict divides between those who study modern literature and those who study medieval literature. She hopes to help bridge this gap with her research.
Her final goal is to emphasize the importance of studying the humanities in modern day, contrasting how many people view the humanities as useless. She argued that the study of humanities can help contribute to positive social change.
In her talk, she argued that femininity is often associated with domesticity and masculinity is often associated with conflict. By altering which characters are aligned with this divide--for instance, by associating a female character with conflict-- “Math, son of Mathonwy” illustrates characters as isolated from society itself.
She used this divide to illustrate the strict binaries held in other aspects of society, particularly the segregation of men and women within the aspects of war and peace.
As a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Lyon College will not allow visitors on campus until further notice. It is intended to protect Lyon community members remaining on campus. There are no confirmed cases on campus at this time, and no campus members have been tested or hospitalized for symptoms.
Vendors are allowed by appointment only. For deliveries, contact Lyon Campus Safety at (870) 307-7233.
The College is still accepting mail by dropoff only. Contact Brian Hardin at (870) 307-7059.
Students remaining on campus have also been advised of the College’s “no visitor” policy. Students are to contact Student Life for approval of any visitor on campus.
For additional updates, visit lyon.edu/coronavirus.
Lyon College is launching the Student Emergency Fund to support students with financial needs during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Lyon took the unprecedented step March 16 of dismissing students from campus and preparing to convert the remainder of the spring semester to remote instruction. Vice President for Advancement Dr. David Hutchison said the coronavirus outbreak and its consequences will lead to unexpected challenges for many students.
“Within hours of President Joey King’s announcement on Monday, we heard from many alumni and friends who just wanted to say ‘let me know what I can do.’”
In that spirit, the Student Emergency Fund was established to help the most vulnerable students in their time of need. Hutchison said 100 percent of every dollar given to the emergency fund will be used to aid individual students’ needs. Lyon is establishing an online form for students to request aid.
A committee, led by Vice President for Student Life Dr. Patrick Mulick, will review each case submitted and determine the level of funding on a case by case basis. Payments will be made directly to the student’s account.
“We are navigating uncharted waters,” Hutchison said, “yet I am confident that when we come together as one Scots community, we will persevere.”
To give a gift to the Emergency Student Fund, visit www.lyon.edu/student-fund.
Lyon College is postponing the 41st Annual Arkansas Scottish Festival until later in 2020.
Due to the continuing spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the College is exercising caution for the safety and health of the entire community. The Scottish Festival was originally scheduled for April 3-5. Patrons are encouraged to continue to watch the Lyon College and Arkansas Scottish Festival pages for updates on when the festival will be rescheduled.
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In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Lyon College has formed a response team to determine the best course of action to ensure the health and safety of the college community. The College is sharing all updates on https://www.lyon.edu/coronavirus.
Presbytery of Arkansas visits Lyon College, talks Matthew 25 initiative
The Presbytery of Arkansas visited Lyon’s campus for its annual meeting and challenged students and its members to embrace the mission of the Matthew 25 initiative.
The Presbytery, or church elders, visited the College on March 6 and 7, to hold its spring meeting and hosting workshops and worship services. Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, the President and Executive Director of Prebysterian Mission Agency, also led a workshop on Friday. College Chaplain Rev. Margaret Alsup said they discussed the Matthew 25 initiative and how to be “a Matthew 25 church” during the visit.
According to PresbyterianMission.org, a Matthew 25 church embodies the mission of Matthew 25:31-46, which calls on church members to actively engage in the world around them. The initiative encourages churches to “act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.”
“We had a small group discussion on that and then talked about what that would look like on a larger scale in the church and in the world,” Alsup said.
On Saturday, Lyon students Emma Gillaspy, Allison Mundy, Geneva McCaulley, and Elizabeth Daniel shared their experiences during a service learning trip to the Mexican border with the Presbytery.
“It was well-received, and many people were moved by hearing that from a college perspective,” Alsup said.
One church has even invited the students to do a presentation or program for its congregation.
“I hope more will grow from that,” Alsup said. “I think the students really enjoyed being able to share their experiences.”
“It is powerful to know that our voices were heard and our experiences were shared,” McCaulley said. “The crisis at the border is a humanitarian one, and it’s always powerful to share that with others and tell our story.”
“It was wonderful to get to share our experience with the people who shaped the person I am today,” Mundy said.
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