Undergraduate Experience and Current Scholarly Trajectory: A Panel Honoring Mary Beth Norton

AHA Session 27
Friday, January 2, 2015: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Regent Parlor (New York Hilton, Second Floor)
Max Edelson, University of Virginia (Cornell University '92)
What Did Early American Religious Liberty Mean for American Women?
Chris Beneke, Bentley University (Cornell University 94)
From Witches to Whales; or, The Prescient Professor and the Unlikely Undergraduate
Lisa A. Norling, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Cornell University 85)
Making Sense of the Passions: A Tribute to Mary Beth Norton
Jason Opal, McGill University (Cornell University 98)
From Salem to Sri Lanka: Learning to Follow a Lead
Molly A. Warsh, University of Pittsburgh (Cornell University '99)
The Audience

Session Abstract

Traditionally, when we look back upon an historian’s career, it is a mentor’s graduate students, rather than undergraduate students, who are most often seen as a scholar’s teaching legacy.  But what about undergraduate students who have been part of mentor-mentee dialogues, enriched by collaborative critical thinking, encouraged in their research, and motivated to pursue graduate studies in history? Are they not also part of an historian’s teaching legacy comparable with the mentorship of graduate students?

This session proposes to underscore the importance of the undergraduate mentor-mentee relationship in the study of history. Panel participants are former Cornell undergraduate students of Mary Beth Norton’s who have pursued graduate studies in history.  Panel participants will discuss the significance of their undergraduate experiences as history majors under the tutelage of Professor Norton. In addition, each panelist will present a short synopsis of their current work in progress, demonstrating the influence of one particular historian’s impact across numerous fields of history.

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