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Professor signs book that examines how personal narratives empower victims of abuse

Assistant Professor of Communication Lori Montalbano-Phelps, Ph.D., will be signing copies of her book during the inaugural College of Arts and Sciences Research Conference on Friday, Nov. 12 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Library Conference Center, room 105A.

Just released over the summer, Taking Narrative Risk: The Empowerment of Abuse Survivors, recounts the process of a study that examines personal narratives of abuse survivors by assessing the relationship between narration and teller empowerment.

The narratives, which include survival stories of rape, incest and battery, were collected in personal interviews, transcribed and coded for emergent themes. Results of the study show that telling the story of one’s experiences of victimization and abuse is a necessary step to move from victimization to survivorship, and is an essential way for victims of abuse to become empowered.

The book discusses in detail the fundamental steps in acquiring narrative research. Special attention is paid to the precautions and implications of conducting research on sensitive material. Through its examination of the data collection and analysis processes, Taking Narrative Risk is beneficial for teachers in communication studies, performance methodology and narrative analysis.

On Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11-12, the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Northwest will host the inaugural Faculty and Student Research Conference.

The two-day conference, which welcomes the public, will be held in the Library Conference Center from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. The conference will consist of 15 panel and poster presentations covering a range of topics within the humanities, social sciences and science disciplines. Many of the presented papers were written by students with the assistance from a faculty sponsor.

"This event is designed to showcase the breadth of current research interests among the faculty and students in the College of Arts and Sciences," said chair of the conference planning committee Frank Caucci, Ph.D., professor of French.

"This was a really unique learning opportunity for undergraduate students who from this experience may be interested in pursuing graduate school."

For more information about the book signing or research conference, please call Frank Caucci, Ph.D., in the Department of Modern Languages at (219) 989-6714.



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