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Professional Development Institute

Professional Development Institute (PDI)
October 22, 2007 Event

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Author of the Month
Teaching the “Arts of inquiry and innovation.”

Prof. Marks GregoryDr. Marks Gregory received his Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University in May, 1998. He has served as Course Manager, English 111 at Hostos Community College, Chair Honors Committee, LSU at Alexandria Secretary, American Association of University Professors, LSU at Alexandria Chapter Library Committee, LSU at Alexandria Development of Western Civilization team coordinator, Providence College.

Professor Gregory has published “Blood in a Topaz Shrine: Lorca and the Tribal Imperative,” (book chapter, in The Tragic Abyss, Dallas Institute Press, January 2004)“A Note on Caroline Gordon's Green Centuries,” Mississippi Quarterly, Fall 1999 “Waiting for Herot to Burn: Beowulf's Core Vision,” Selected Proceedings of the 1999 ACTC Conference “Strether's Ruddy Hands,” The Explicator, Winter 1998.

Presentation Description

Dr. Gregory Marks will talk about one of his recent projects, a co-edited collection of essays on apotropaic signs. Apotropoia are gestures that turn away or repel evil (the evil eye, for example). Important thinkers from Freud to Derrida have commented on apotropaic, and the topic touches on fields as diverse as architecture, metaphysics and psychology. Also, in keeping with the month's theme of teaching the “arts of inquiry and innovation,” he'll share some recent successes he's had in the classroom.

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