On Wednesday, April 12, 1995, the Center for Research on Vermont is
sponsoring a panel discussion, "Researching Locally, Publishing
Nationally," at 7:30 P.M. in Memorial Lounge on the main floor of the
Waterman Building at the University of Vermont.
The interdisciplinary panel includes: Deborah P. Clifford, Historian and
Biographer; James Dawson, Environmental Science, SUNY-Plattsburgh;
William Haviland, Anthropology, UVM; Robert Larson, Education, UVM;
and Mark Madigan, English, UVM.
The topic of this research-in-progress seminar may be of special
interest to assistant and associate professors and to graduate
students and their advisors. More information follows.
The road that stretches between researching a project and publishing
one's findings is often long and perilous as many scholars--perhaps
especially those concerned with local and regional studies--would
testify. Are there strategies that researchers can employ to create a
favorable reception for their work at the national level_and beyond?
If there are, what are some of the steps that scholars can take to
gain an audience for their research? How can they improve their
chances of publishing their findings?
To address these questions, an interdisciplinary panel will discuss
some of their own research projects which have been successful in
finding a wide audience. Deborah P. Clifford will focus on some of
her earlier research and writings on women and reform in 19th-century
Vermont and her current work on Vermont historian Abby Maria
Hemenway. James Dawson will discuss several local environmental
(public land) and local history (bloomery forges) studies that he has
published nationally. William Haviland will talk about his research
into native inhabitants which led to his book, _The Original
Vermonters_ (2d ed., 1993), with coauthor Marjory Power. Robert Larson
will address themes and central findings from his book, _Changing
Schools from the Inside Out_ (1992), with a special focus on research
design and methods of data collection and analysis, as well as
approaches used to disseminate the research findings and publicize
the book. Mark Madigan will discuss his projects focusing on author
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, including the experience of editing _Keeping
Fires Night and Day: Selected Letters of Dorothy Canfield Fisher_
(1993) and his work as editor of two forthcoming Canfield books. UVM
Associate Professor of English and Center Director Richard
Sweterlitsch will serve as moderator.
Following the panelists' presentations, the audience is cordially
invited to share their own strategies for success in bringing local
research findings to national attention. (For biographies of the
panelists, please see the reverse.)
Brief Biographies of the Panelists
Deborah P. Clifford is the author of two books, _Mine Eyes Have Seen
the Glory: A Biography of Julia Ward Howe_ (1979) and _Crusader for
Freedom: A Life of Lydia Maria Child_ (1992). She has also written
numerous articles on Vermont history and is currently at work on a
biography of Abby Maria Hemenway (1828-1890), historian and editor of
the _Vermont Historical Gazetteer_.
James Dawson is a geologist who in 1970 joined the faculty of the
State University of New York at Plattsburgh where he is University
Distinguished Service Professor with the Center for Earth and
Environmental Science. He has served as program director and has
developed a strong interest and involvement in Adirondack and Lake
Champlain environmental issues and local history.
William Haviland is a professor of anthropology at the University of
Vermont where he has taught since 1965. He was named University
Scholar by the UVM Graduate College in 1990. He has published a
number of books and articles, including _The Original Vermonters:
Native Inhabitants, Past and Present_ (1981; 2d ed., 1993), with
coauthor Marjory Power.
Robert Larson is a professor of education in the College of
Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont where he
has taught since 1968. His research and writing interests have
focused on organizational change and school improvement. Among his
many publications is _Changing Schools from the Inside Out_ (1992),
which is based on field studies in two Vermont high schools.
Mark Madigan teaches in the University of Vermont Department of
English. He is the editor of _Keeping Fires Night and Day: Selected
Letters of Dorothy Canfield Fisher_ (1993) and of two forthcoming
books, _Seasoned Timber_ (a reprint of a 1939 novel by Fisher) and _"The
Bedquilt" and Other Stories_ (a collection of Fisher's short stories).
The Center for Research on Vermont periodically sponsors
Research-in-Progress Seminars about Vermont topics of interest. The
seminars, which are free and open to the public, provide researchers
with the opportunity to exchange preliminary findings across
Coordinator, Center for Research on Vermont
University of Vermont
Nolin House, 589 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401-3439
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