Loyola University Chicago

College of Arts & Sciences

Faculty Sessions

CONVERGE will include two faculty sessions. Session I will take place at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm and Session II at 2:45pm – 3:45pm. All talks will be offered during both sessions.

Session: 20 Years Later: The effect of Diana's death on the British monarchy—An eyewitness account

Faculty: Robert Bucholz, Professor of History

Twenty years ago, in the wake of the death of Princess Diana, the British monarchy was unpopular and facing possible abolition. Today it is more popular than ever and the plans for the next reign have been put in place—albeit discretely. Professor Bucholz shares his experience of watching the events of 1997 from inside Windsor Castle, explains his role in how the monarchy recovered, assesses its current state, and details the steps that will be taken when the current reign ends.

About Robert Bucholz, DPhil

Bucholz, who joined Loyola’s history department in 1988, holds degrees from Cornell and Oxford University. He has received several awards for his teaching, most notably the Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence in 1994. Bucholz’s primary research interest is the English court and royal household. Among his vast collection of authored works is his most recent book, London: A Social and Cultural History of the Metropolis 1550-1750 (Cambridge, 2012). In 1997, Bucholz was named Prince of Wales Foundation Scholar for Architecture in America. His work on court ceremony has been commented upon by HRH, the Prince of Wales, who has referred to him as "The Etiquette Man." Bucholz is past President of the Midwest Conference on British Studies and is a frequent presence in the local Chicago news media for commentary on British history and the monarchy.For more on Bucholz, please visit his faculty page.

Session: The Trump presidency—a historical perspective

Faculty: John P. Frendreis, Professor of Political Science

Every presidency unfolds as a function of presidential skills and character, the contemporary political context, and unexpected events. There are also continuities over time because of statutory and constitutional powers and restrictions, along with customary practice. This talk will consider the ways in which the Trump presidency is unfolding, both in terms of commonalities with past presidencies and unique features of this administration. The first 10 months of the Trump presidency will be reviewed, and some observations will be advanced about the likelihood for major action in areas like trade policy, tax reform, environmental policy, and infrastructure investment.

About John P. Frendreis, PhD

During his 30 years at Loyola, Frendreis has served as both a faculty member and university administrator, including two years as University provost. He also undertakes periodic short-term administrative assignments, recently as the project coordinator for the launch of Loyola’s newest college, Arrupe College, which seeks to serve first-time, low-income college students with mixed academic records but great promise. Frendreis’ teaching and research interests include economic policy, environmental politics, and American political parties and elections. His publications include articles in most major political science journals, and he is co-author of the book The Presidency and Economic Policy. He holds degrees from Marquette University, Florida State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For more on Frendreis, please visit his faculty page.

Session: Reducing inequality in our schools: A matter of talk

Faculty: Perla B. Gámez, Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology

The low youth literacy levels in the United States have been stagnant for decades, contributing to a growing skills mismatch between what today’s global, knowledge-based economy requires and what youth possess. What might happen if all students were immersed in the highest quality learning environments? What would this mean for youth’s workforce readiness? A promising lever for improving literacy is exposure to high quality classroom talk—the daily conversations that are essential for building students’ language and comprehension skills. Yet, lack of access to classroom talk is a contributor of inequality for the large and fastest-growing segment of the school-age population: English Language Learners, also known as ELLs or children whose primary language is not English. This talk will explore how exposure to high quality classroom talk reduces inequality literacy outcomes of ELLs.

About Perla B. Gámez, PhD

Gámez received a PhD from the University of Chicago and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gámez leads a program of research focused on the language and literacy development of English Language Learners. Her current research examines how variations in the features of home and school language impact children’s dual language and literacy skills (native language, English) during preschool through adolescence. Currently, her work is funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and the National Science Foundation, and she received a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship and an Institute for Education Sciences Dissertation Year Fellowship. Gámez’s teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students has earned her the 2017 College of Arts and Sciences’Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence.For more on Gámez, please visit her faculty page.

Session: Can the piano sing?

Faculty: Haysun Kang, PhD, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Applied Music

The piano is classified as a percussive instrument. The human voice is the most natural and effective singing instrument. The ability of a singer to inject emotion and excitement into a song is what moves the listener. How does a pianist transform a percussive instrument into an expressive one like that of a singer without the assistance of texts? How did these composers write pieces to bring out the singing qualities of the piano while others chose to exploit the percussive nature of the instrument to great success? We shall explore this idea of the piano as an expressive singing instrument with a live performance of pieces from the classical era through the last century.

About Haysun Kang, PhD

Kang has appeared extensively in solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and as soloist with orchestras at major concert venues such as Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, Chicago Cultural Center, and Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Her performances were broadcast live on WQXR-FM radio in New York and shown on cable TV. She is recognized for her performances that exude elegance and a wide palette of colors. The Polish music journal Ruch Muzyczny praised her performance with the Philharmonia Sudecka, writing, "This winner of many international competitions impressed the audiences with her immaculate technique and flawless dexterity." The Texas Monitor said of her performance: "magnificent." For more on Kang, please visit her faculty page.