A.P.E.X. Events Presents SUU’s Dr. Julie McCown

Published: January 10, 2022 | Author: Southern Utah University | Category: Special Events

SUU professor Dr. Jule McCownSouthern Utah University’s A.P.E.X. Events is joined this week by SUU’s Faculty Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Julie McCown. Dr. McCown will present her research on Martha Maxwell, “The Rocky Mountain Huntress” on January 13, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Hunter Alumni Center.

“We are privileged to have Dr. McCown as such a vibrant member of our SUU community, and it is a great honor to feature her research on the A.P.E.X. stage,” said Dr. Lynn Vartan, director of A.P.E.X. Events. “I’m thrilled we get to kick off the 2022 Spring Season with the voices of two powerful women.”

Dr. McCown will be presenting her research on American naturalist and taxidermist, Martha Maxwell. Maxwell became famous in the 1870s for her skill and expertise in collecting and preserving specimens of Colorado’s wildlife. While not the first American woman naturalist, Maxwell is the earliest extant example of one acquiring and preparing animal specimens, engaging in the messy, dangerous, and bloody work previously left to her male counterparts. Despite Martha Maxwell’s skill and fame as a taxidermist in the nineteenth century she is virtually unknown today. Dr. McCown is working to change that by reintroducing the story of a woman whose lifelong passion and dedication to both work and education made her a pioneer in more ways than one.

Dr. McCown is an assistant professor of English here at SUU. Her specialties include early American literature, animal studies, ecocriticism, natural history and science studies, and digital humanities media theory. Her current research focuses on animal materiality in early American natural history texts.

A.P.E.X. Events is SUU’s premier weekly lecture series, with speakers and presenters invited from all areas of the world. While on campus, guests are invited to interact with students and faculty in multiple ways, with opportunities to connect and network in vast areas of scholarship. All A.P.E.X. Events are free and open to the public.

This semester, A.P.E.X. Event presentations will also be streamed live, join the event virtually via Zoom.


Tags: College of Humanities and Social Sciences APEX English

Contact Information:

Dr. Lynn Vartan
vartan@suu.edu