posted October 15, 2002

Grad Will Discuss Benefits of History Major

Dr. Karen Johnson-Weiner, a 1975 Hope graduate who now teaches at State University of New York (SUNY) Potsdam, will discuss the career and intellectual flexibility that an undergraduate history major can provide on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Maas Center conference room.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Johnson-Weiner, who graduated from Hope with majors in history and French, is an assistant professor of anthropology at SUNY/Potsdam. While on campus, she is making presentations in several classes in addition to Thursday's address, which is sponsored by the college's chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta history honorary society.

She teaches courses in linguistics and linguistic anthropology. Her research is focused on the maintenance of language and culture in Old Order Amish communities.

Johnson-Weiner completed her master's in TESOL at Michigan State University in 1976, and her doctorate in linguistics at McGill University in 1984. In addition to teaching at SUNY/Potsdam, she has also held positions at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.; Clarkson University in Potsdam; and Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence Valley in Potsdam.

She has written, co-authored and co-edited numerous scholarly publications. She has received external support for her research from agencies including the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Spencer Foundation.