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Global Lunchbox: A Conversation with the Woody Guthrie Teaching & Research Collective

When: Friday, March 10, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Online
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Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Cindy Pingry  


Category: Academic


Please join us for the Global Lunchbox, a weekly conversation convened by the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies at Northwestern University featuring conversations with scholars about their current research on a range of global issues.

Woody Guthrie Teaching & Research Collective: A group of teacher-scholars, activists, and musicians who are dedicated to illustrating Woody's relevance today in scholarship, teaching, and learning. The exhibit tells Guthrie’s story through his own lyrics, poetry, artwork, prose, musical instruments, photographs and correspondence. 

About the Speakers:

Aimee Zoeller was born and resides on the eastside of Indianapolis.  She has been the director of sociology at Indiana University Columbus since 2008 and the coordinator of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program since 2012. She relishes teaching across the discipline – from Protest Music in the U.S. to Sociology of Happiness to Gender and Society. Her research centers transformative pedagogy anchored in the work of bell hooks. Through the generous efforts of Aimee’s colleagues, she has been the recipient of numerous teaching and service awards, including Excellence in Diversity, Outstanding Faculty Service, Veteran Faculty Women’s Leadership, Service-Learning Vice Chancellor’s Award, Community Engagement Vice Chancellor’s Award, and is a three time recipient of the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award. She has served as the faculty advisor for the Spectrum and Ukulele Clubs. She is a member of many community organizations, including Arts for AIDS and the Woodruff Place Civic League Board. Her mother is her working-class hero.  

Michele Fazio is the director of the Mellon R.E.A.C.H. program and Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She teaches courses on contemporary U.S. ethnic literature, service-learning, and working-class studies. In 2020, she was awarded the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching–the highest post-secondary award in the state. She co-edited the Routledge International Handbook of Working-Class Studies and has served as past-president of the Working-Class Studies Association. Her research on family history and labor radicalism has been exhibited at the Harvard Law School Library and the American Labor Museum. A recipient of a Woody Guthrie Fellowship awarded by the Woody Guthrie Foundation and BMI Music Publishers, she is currently working on a book project exploring the cultural legacy of Sacco and Vanzetti. 

Mark F. Fernandez is the Patricia Carlin O’Keefe Distinguished Professor of History at Loyola. He teaches courses on early America, the South, the West, the American hero, and American folk culture. The Loyola Student Alumni Association has twice recognized Dr. Fernandez for meritorious teaching. He is past president of the Louisiana Historical Association and a member of the Board of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. In 2012, he was named the Seventh Annual Woody Guthrie Fellow by the Woody Guthrie Foundation and BMI Music Publishers.

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