Sioux City, Iowa – Morningside University’s 2023 Dimmitt Fellow Dr. Jennifer Miller will give a lecture as a part of the Humanities Speaker Series. Miller’s lecture, “Embodied Writing: A Holistic Culturally Responsive Approach to College Writing” will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the UPS Auditorium in the Lincoln Center. The lecture is open to the public.

Miller was named the 2023 Dimmit Fellow in June 2022. Her time in residence this spring will include different opportunities for interested individuals to learn more about her expertise in embodied writing. This approach is a technique that encourages writers to use the knowledge they bring from their own bodies to their writing. In doing so, writers are giving themselves expertise and confidence to complete assignments that could otherwise be daunting.

Miller earned her doctorate in English at the University of Minnesota, where her dissertation was focused on the intersection between multicultural American literature and popular works of fantasy and science fiction. There are a variety of planned events throughout the semester, including co-teaching, guest lecturing in classes, leading a workshop for The Writing Center, leading an embodied faith workshop at a local church, and being featured in on-campus events such as Writing Day and Midday Mindfulness.

Miller served as a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow at Valparaiso University from 2010 to 2012, where she taught in both the English and interdisciplinary honors college. Miller is a faculty member at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. She has published articles on a variety of topics like the depiction of 9/11 in the work of Stephen King and the importance of memory in the film Robot and Frank.

Named for the late Lillian Dimmit who was one of the original faculty members hired at Morningside University in 1894 and who lived and worked at Morningside until her death in 1965, the Dimmitt Fellowship program brings distinguished scholars from around the world to Morningside University to enrich the cultural and academic life on campus.