Pre-doctoral Fellow Gives Cutting Edge Perspective to Fisher Center
“When you think about what technology is, cell phones, computers and other useful devices typically come to mind, says 2007-08 Fisher Center Pre-doctoral Fellow Cynthia Current. “But I’m beginning to explore technology in a much more broad sense with my students, Current explains, referring to her fall course offering, Technology, Gender and Memory. “We’re also taking a more innovative and expansive look at gender and memory as well as the ways in which technology, gender and memory interrelate.
As pre-doctoral fellow, Current is responsible for adding her tech-savvy perspective outside of the classroom as well. “I am required to teach one course each semester centered around this year’s Fisher Center theme of Gender and Memory, says Current. “However, there’s a lot more to being a Fisher Center Pre-doctoral Fellow. I serve on the Fisher Center Steering Committee, which makes decisions on the speakers for this year and next year as well as next year’s theme and pre-doctoral fellow. This is a wonderfully inter-disciplinary group of scholars involved in everything from the sciences to religious studies at HWS. Current also serves an integral role on the Fisher Center Resource Initiative Committee. The committee works with the Geneva Public Library to gather readings on a theme for the public to study with Hobart and William Smith faculty members.
While enhancing the academic lives of others, Current and her academic work is simultaneously inspired. “Being included in the many experiences here at Hobart and William Smith is incredibly beneficial to my professional and scholarly growth, says Current, a doctoral candidate in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Although I am busy with various committees and becoming an active member of the HWS community, I still have time for my own writing and research. What’s amazing to me is how much my work in the Fisher Center relates directly to my dissertation. Current’s thesis explores the impact of Darwinism on American literature between 1880 through 1910. Specifically, she studies the literary effects of Darwinism evolutionary theory and other technologies, such as that of identity, race and gender.
In addition to her dissertation, Current is also completing her Women’s Studies Certificate at Duke University. She comes to the Fisher Center with a Cultural Studies Certificate and an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. from the English Honors Program at the University of Louisville. With an A.D. in Nursing from Purdue University, Current began her career as an intensive care nurse. In time, the social and cultural concerns involved in nursing led to an interest in the humanities.