Dr Eloise Grathwohl Presents Faculty Distinguished Lecture; The Glacier Stands Open’ fiiikriPR 'Iwi Imi w% 1# I iiii IHi image via randomhouse.org “The lecture is connected to a proj ect that began when she read Hall- dor Laxness’ book Under the Gla cier and found allusions to the Tao te Ching, one of the manuscripts connected to the Taoist religion. ” Regan Dalsing, Staff Writer I sat down with Dr. Eloise Grathwohl, a Professor of the Department of English here at Meredith to discuss her Faculty Distinguished Lecture, ‘The Glacier Stands Open.’ She ex plained the topic of the lecture and the origins of her research project. Dr. Grathwohl said that the lecture is connected to a proj ect that began when she read Halldor Laxness’ book Under the Glacier and found allusions to the Tao te Ching, one of the manuscripts connected to the Taoist religion. Dr, Grathwohl mentioned that the project is a departure from her specializa tion in MedievalEnglish lit erature, but she explained that this research comes from her teaching the book on the study abroad program in Iceland and she was interested in investi gating further something she had found out about Under the Glacier and its author. In 2008 Dr. Grathwohl joined Dr. Michael Novak, the Head and a Professor of the History Department, in taking Meredith students on an awe inspiring and greatly educa tional trip to Iceland. I was able to travel there the summer of 2010 and while there we read Under the Glacier by Halldor Laxness, a story about a little village located in the western most peninsula of Iceland, right next to the glacier, Snasfell- sjokull. Dr. Novak suggested the book because it is shorter and more accessible than Laxness’ most famous work. Independent People. The geographical aspect of the story also played a part for, as Dr. Grathwohl reminded me, it was set in the area where Mr. Novak’s sheep family lived. allowing our group Of travelers to visit the beautiful peninsula where Laxness’.book was set and connect the area to our text and our professor. - ‘ When Dr. Grathwohl read Under the Glacier, she noticed references to the Tao te Ch ing. The realization that Lax ness used Taoist works in his own works was a fact that some scholars pointed out, but had not investigated any further. This realization sparked the project of analyzing Laxness’s use of the Chinese text in Under the Gla cier, and Dr. Grathwohl plans ■ to expand her study to several of his other works as well . Last night’s lecture introduced this project to the Meredith com munity and hopefully sparked a need to look.and experience a similar bout of inspiration in the listeners. n0rciici read, vvrite, think, interview, photograph, brainstorm, discuss, create, revatuUonizB ampus Announcements ■■ i ' ; ' Libraiy Video Contest: Carlyle Campbell Library and the Friends of the Library are co-sponsbring a Video Contest. All Meredith undergraduates are encouraged to enter! The first place winner will receive a cash prize of ^250 and have the video fea tured oh the library’s websiteT Contact Carrie Nichols for more infurmation (nicholsc@meredith.edu). Free Food! Come to the Sociology/Criminology Club meetings to eat. Contact towlehlle@email.mercdith.edu fbftdetails. Love CSI? Come to the Sociology/Criminology Club meet ings! Contact towfehile@email.meredith.edu for details. “The Colton Review” is Meredith College’s aft and liter- ariy ournal. Work submitted by students, faculty, staff, andalumnae is juried, and winning entrants are notified by email. Submit your best photography, drawing^ paint ing: sculpture, ceramics, typography, graphic design, digital image, printmaking, illustration, interactive de sign, or textile design. There is a limit of four submis sions per entrant. Ybu chn download a pdf file of the call for entries (with details regarding entry formats), entry forms, and artwork labels at the Art Department‘s web site, www.meredith.edu/art. ^YoU should submit your artwork to the Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center on Monday, January 31, between 12 and 5 pin, or Tuesday, February 1, between 12 and 5 pm. No email entries will be ac cepted. For more information, contact Kristin Fowler, art director, at fowlerkr@email.meredith.edu, or Dana Ezzell Gay, faculty art advisor, at gayd@meredith.edu. (originally posted on ENewS) Joyner 126, Tuesdays @ 5:30

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