Friday, March 11, 2011

The department's next Scholarly Speakers Series lecture will take place on Thursday, March 17.

Dr. Dorothy Noyes, folklorist and professor of English, Comparative Studies, and Anthropology at Ohio State University, will speak on "Fairy-tale Economics: Scarcity, Risk, Choice" at 7 p.m. in Room 3025 of Brown Hall. She will discuss how the Western fairy tale, which was initially formed in a world of scarcity, persists in industrial and capitalist societies, largely because it stages the still uncertain fortunes of the individual.

Also, on Friday, March 18, at noon, in Bernhard Center 204, Professor Noyes will host a globalization brown-bag discussion based on her soon-to-be-published paper "Heritage, Legacy, Zombie: Burying the Undead Past."

At this Friday event, lunch will be provided courtesy of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. If you plan to attend, please rsvp to Her paper is available to be read ahead of time at

A specialist in the history of folk voice, particularly in the Romance-speaking Mediterranean, Noyes is director of the Center for Folklore Studies and research associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, both at OSU. She has contributed articles to numerous prestigious journals and been an executive board member for both the American Folklore Society and Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore. Her Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco won the 2005 Book Prize of the Fellows of the American Folklore Society.

Noyes' visit to WMU is cosponsored by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Africana Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, and Lee Honors College.

For more information, contact Dr. Anthony Ellis, Department of English, at or (269) 387-2606.

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