Oakland, CA–February 08, 2016
Mills College English Professor Kirsten Saxton received a $1,000 teaching award from the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for her work in organizing the best undergraduate panel at the society’s upcoming annual conference in Savannah, Georgia.
The panel, titled “Mind Over Matter: Gendered Bodies and Performative Texts,” will explore how gender is presented in 18th-century literature and how 21st-century readers interpret it. Four Mills panelists will present their papers at the conference and speak for 20 minutes each, Saxton said.
Judges at the society were impressed by the commitment of Mills students to attend the conference even though there is no 18th-century literature requirement at Mills. They also were impressed by the compelling content of the panel, according to an award letter from Keith Pacholl, society president. Prize money will be used for travel expenses to the conference, Saxton said.
The Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies promotes the interchange of ideas on culture, history, literature, philosophy, politics, music, economics, architecture, art, medicine, and science of the 18th-century world, according to its website.