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English Department lecture to showcase research by Schriber Scholars

April 12, 2016
Melissa Adams-Campbell

Melissa Adams-Campbell

Schriber Scholars Melissa Adams-Campbell, an assistant professor of English at Northern Illinois University, and Ashley Heiberger, a doctoral candidate in English, will present their research on women’s language and literature at a brown bag lecture from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Reavis 211.

Adams-Campbell and Heiberger are the inaugural recipients of the Schriber Scholars Award, which was established by professor emeritus Mary Suzanne Schriber.

The award advances studies in women’s literature and language from the perspective of feminist theory and analysis.

Schriber, who will attend the lecture, taught at NIU for 33 years and revised American literature courses to include works by forgotten women writers.

“Thanks to Mary Sue Schriber’s generous funding, I will have the opportunity to explore the work of several contemporary Native American women writers,” Adams-Campbell said. “Even more importantly, I have the resources to share my passion with students, future scholars and community members by introducing less familiar women writers to a local book club I hope to initiate in the fall.”

Mary Suzanne Schriber

Mary Suzanne Schriber

During the lecture, Adams-Campbell and Heiberger will discuss their research as part of their fellowship requirements.

Adams-Campbell will give a brief overview and a reading from her new book project titled “Reclaiming History: Native American Women and Historical Fiction.” The inaugural recipient of the Schriber Scholar Award joined NIU in 2011 as an assistant professor of English, teaching American literature, Native American oral traditions and American ethnic literature.

Heiberger will discuss her dissertation research, a project that focuses on exploring female Saudi English language learners’ perceptions of self and experiences learning English.

For more information, email [email protected].

Lindsey Crane, Department of English