Loyola University Maryland

The Big Dig II

Nachbahr Address

In honor of Bernard Nachbahr, long-time and much-loved philosophy professor at Loyola and the first director of Loyola’s Center for the Humanities. His career exemplified a deep commitment to the civilizing power of the humanities. This year’s Nachbahr Address is to be delivered by Loyola professor, Jean Lee Cole, Ph.D.

About the Speaker - Jean Lee Cole, Ph.D.

Jean Lee Cole received her M.A. and Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Texas-Austin. She has been teaching courses in American literature at Loyola since 2001, and is currently serving as the Faculty Director for Community Engaged Learning and Scholarship.

Dr. Cole is the author of The Literary Voices of Winnifred Eaton: Redefining Ethnicity and Authenticity (2001) and the editor or co-editor of three scholarly editions: Madame Butterfly and A Japanese Nightingale: Two Orientalist Texts (2002, co-edited with Maureen Honey); Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays (2008, coedited with Charles Mitchell); and Freedom’s Witness: The Civil War Correspondence of Henry McNeal Turner (2013). She has published journal articles on periodical culture from the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, including work on serialized novels by Martin Delany and Henry James and early newspaper comic strips. She is currently completing a book, How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility in American Culture, 1890-1920, which examines the impact of the newspaper comic strip on American literature and art.

She also edits the scholarly journal American Periodicals and is a co-founder of Proto: An Undergraduate Humanities Journal, which publishes scholarship by undergraduate students throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Dr. Cole values collaboration in all of her work, as a publishing scholar, as an editor, in the classroom, and in the community. In addition to her current work on How the Other Half Laughs, she is also pursuing several locally inspired research projects, one on Baltimore bookstores and another on the Woman’s Literary Club of Baltimore.