Rebecca Nisetich, Ph.D
Director, Honors Program
Studying abroad was one of the most influential aspects of my undergraduate experience, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support international learning experiences for USM Honors students. For our Iceland course, I’m excited to explore the social, cultural, and economic connections between Portland and Reykjavik, Maine and Iceland. Fishing communities are vital to both our communities, and it seems like a perfect subject for interdisciplinary engagement. As the program grows, I look forward to bringing together students, faculty, and staff with different perspectives and areas of expertise. In Iceland, I’m looking forward to exploring the physical landscape–the glaciers, the waterfalls, the mountains. And of course, I can’t wait to see the Northern Lights!
Erin Kane, ’09
Project Coordinator, Honors Program
Libby Bischof, Ph.D
Associate Professor of History & Chair of the History Department
I believe in the importance of undergraduate students doing the work of historians both in and outside of the classroom—working with primary sources in Special Collections and the Osher Map Library, putting together exhibits, participating in USM’s annual student research symposium—Thinking Matters, gaining internship experience at local museums and historical societies, and going on field trips and site visits to local landmarks, trails, and monuments.
John Muthyala, Ph.D
Professor of English
Professor John Muthyala has been at the University of Southern Maine for fifteen years, and leads USM’s Digital Humanities Initiative. He served as Chair of the English department and was Principal Investigator of Digital Maine, a collaborative, interdisciplinary digital humanities project.
Currently, he is Principal Investigator for “Culture, Commerce, and the Environment: Maine, Iceland, and the North Atlantic,” a digital humanities research endeavor that creatively uses digital technologies to examine the nexus of art, culture, and commerce in the North Atlantic. He is also finishing a scholarly monograph on the impact of drones and surveillance on American foreign policy, society, and culture.
His teaching and research areas are the Digital Humanities, Globalization, and International American Studies. His scholarship includes two books, Reworlding America: Myth, History, and Narrative, and Dwelling in American: Dissent, Empire, and Globalization, and articles in New Global Studies, Cultural Critique, Comparative American Studies: an International Journal, and American Quarterly, among others. His recent article “Whither the Digital Humanities?” in the online journal Hybrid Pedagogy studies the impact of the digital on reading and writing, and on higher education.
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