Molly J. Giblin, PhD named 2017-2018 Lund-Gill Chair

Molly J. Giblin is an instructor in the Department of History at the University of Memphis. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a PhD from Rutgers University, her research includes European and Asian history, gender, race, circulations of knowledge and material objects, and the construction of difference and likeness in imperial interactions. Dr. Giblin was a Fulbright Scholar, and has previously taught at Florida International University and Rutgers University. Her manuscript, From Romance to Renovation: France, China, and Imperial Revitalization in the Nineteenth Century, is a transnational, interdisciplinary project that examines French attempts to foster meaningful personal bonds with historical actors in China and the Pacific as early and crucial facets of France's reconstruction as an imperial power.

Lund-Gill Lecture

Molly J. Giblin, PhD
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6:30 p.m. 
Martin Recital Hall
Admission is Free

Whose West?: Identity and Citizenship in A Global Age
Who has the right to citizenship? Is being European, American, or Western a matter of ideology, or simply a legal status? Using several case studies from my own research on relationships between European and Asian men and women, my lecture will examine how states attempted to use race, religion, gender and ethnicity to define the boundaries of identity in the nineteenth century, and how individuals have revised and challenged these ideas in the face of large-scale global migration.

About the Lund-Gill Chair

The Lund-Gill Chair is named for former Dominican University President Sr. Candida Lund, OP, and former English professor, Sr. Cyrille Gill, OP. Each year, the Lund-Gill Chair in the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences brings to campus an individual of the highest moral and intellectual reputation who can address themes and issues at the heart of the liberal arts and sciences.

Past Lund-Gill Chairs

2016-2017: Robert Calin-Jageman, PhD, professor of psychology and director of the neuroscience program, Dominican University.
2015-2016: Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, Archbishop of Chicago's Delegate for School Advancement and Advocacy.
2014-2015: Ana Castillo, internationally acclaimed creative writer, scholar, editor, and translator.
2013-2014: Tricia Rose, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.
2012-2013: Christopher Kennedy, Chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises.
2011-2012: Eboo Patel, PhD, founder and the executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core. 
2010-2011: Chia-Feng Chang, PhD, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and expert in Chinese science and medicine. 
2009-2010: Father Richard Woods, OP, professor of theology and former chair of the Ekhart Society .
2008-2009: Stephen Kinzer, a prize-winning journalist with the Boston Globe and New York Times.
2007-2008: David Bevington, the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.
2006-2007: Leon Lederman, Nobel prize-winning physicist who was the inaugural chair.