Notification of Acceptance
July 27, 2015
October 8, 2015
Panel Sessions & Closing Speaker
October 9, 2015
The Baylor Libraries Symposium highlights research and scholarship at Baylor by recognizing the major anniversary of a significant publication. Each year a particular work is chosen based on its cross-disciplinary appeal in the humanities, arts and/or sciences.
"Alice at 150"
The 2015 Annual Baylor Libraries’ Symposium recognizes the 150th anniversary of the classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Penned by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, under the name Lewis Carroll, the tale has achieved enduring popularity among adults and children. The range of criticism and research regarding Carroll, Alice, and the other beloved inhabitants of Wonderland is striking, reaching across disciplinary divides. Since the book’s publication in 1865, readers and scholars have approached the novel as a work of literary nonsense, as a game of logic and mathematics, and as a social and cultural commentary on Victorian England. Wonderland is vast, supporting a multitude of interpretations, and in so doing, invites further exploration by a new generation of readers in new century that continues to be “curiouser and curiouser."
"Lewis Carroll in Numberland"
Dr. Robin J. Wilson
Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics
The Open University
Dr. Robin J. Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University, Emeritus Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, and a former Fellow of Keble College, Oxford. He has written and edited many books on graph theory, including Introduction to Graph Theory and Four Colours Suffice, and on the history of mathematics, including Lewis Carroll in Numberland. He is actively involved with the popularization and communication of mathematics and its history, and was awarded the Mathematical Association of America’s Lester Ford and Pólya prizes for ‘outstanding expository writing’. Until recently he was President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics.
Dr. Carolyn Sigler
Associate Professor of Victorian and Children’s Literatures
University of Minnesota Duluth
Dr. Carolyn Sigler received a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University and has taught at Kansas State University, California State University at San Jose, and the University of Minnestoa Duluth. Her teaching and research focuses on the intersection of childhood studies, Victorian literature and culture. She has published articles and presented at conferences on such topics as Mary Wollstonecraft, Lewis Carroll and Victorian fantasy literature, environmental children’s literature, and Victorian nature writing. Dr. Sigler is currently working on a project that examines representations of science, nature, and empire in Victorian children’s literature.