Cultivating a Climate for Civic Action and Hope: What Our c19 Scholarship Can Teach Us

Maria Sanchez

University of North Carolina Greensboro

María Carla Sánchez is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and Affiliate Faculty in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and Women's and Gender Studies. She is co-editor, along with Linda Schlossberg, of Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion (NYU P, 2001); and author of Reforming the World: Social Activism and the Problem of Fiction in Nineteenth-Century America (Iowa UP, 2008), as well as articles on 19th- C literature, Latino/a/x issues, and pedagogy. Her work-in-progress, The Imagination of Slavery, examines 19th-C U.S. and Mexican literature surrounding war and imperialism.

Kathryn Hamilton Warren

U of Texas Arlington

Kathryn Hamilton Warren (PhD, UT-Austin, 2010) is a Senior Lecturer and the Graduate Coordinator in English at the University of Texas at Arlington. Trained as an Americanist, Kathryn now teaches a variety of courses, from first-year writing to Jane Austen. In both her teaching and her writing, Kathryn asserts the importance of the humanities by connecting the study of literature to the personal, social, and political challenges of everyday life. Kathryn’s work has appeared in American Literary Realism, Vox, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She is a 2017 winner of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Sandra Zagarell


Longman Professor of English at Oberlin College, Sandy Zagarell recently co-edited, with Kate Adams and Caroline Gebhart, a special issue of Legacy devoted to Alice Dunbar-Nelson. She and Kate co-authored the essay “Recovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson for the 21st Century.” Zagarell’s scholarship centers on nineteenth and early twentieth century American writers. A senior editor of the Heath Anthology of American Literature, editor of writing by Stoddard, Kirkland, and Wilkins Freeman, and a frequent leader of book discussions in local public libraries, she seeks to foster conversations about the diversity of American literary and cultural traditions and its implications for us now.

Sarah Robbins


Sarah Ruffing Robbins teaches American Literature at TCU. Her 8 academic books address topics ranging from gendered authorship to race relations, literacy practices to public pedagogy. Sarah has (co)directed numerous humanities projects, including Domesticating the Canon, Making American Literatures and Keeping and Creating American Communities. Her recent Learning Legacies: Archive to Action through Women’s Cross-Cultural Teaching promotes cultural stewardship grounded in historical study as a path to community-building. Several previous publications (e.g., Writing America, Writing Our Communities) reported on programs for educators. Winner of a Governor’s Humanities Award, she focuses much of her work on preparing students for humanities-informed activism.

Cari Carpenter

University of West Virginia

Cari M. Carpenter is Associate Professor of English at West Virginia University, where she is also a core member of the Native American Studies Committee and Interim Director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. She has published three books: The Newspaper Warrior: Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins’s Public Campaign for American Indian Rights, 1864-1891, co-edited with Carolyn Sorisio (University of Nebraska Press 2015); Selected Writings of Victoria Woodhull: Suffrage, Free Love, and Eugenics (University of Nebraska Press 2010); and Seeing Red: Anger, Sentimentality, and American Indians (The Ohio State University Press, 2008). 


Cultivating a Climate for Civic Action and Hope: What Our c19 Scholarship Can Teach Us            When we think of “Climate” these days, we gravitate toward such OED-sanctioned meanings linked to the natural... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Maria Sanchez (University of North Carolina Greensboro)
  2. Kathryn Hamilton Warren (U of Texas Arlington)
  3. Sandra Zagarell (Oberlin)
  4. Sarah Robbins (TCU)
  5. Cari Carpenter (University of West Virginia)

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P31 » Cultivating a Climate for Civic Action and Hope: A Roundtable (08:30 - Friday, 23rd March, Enchantment A)

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