English faculty present at Wharton Conference

Meredith Goldsmith, assistant professor of English, served as co-director of Edith Wharton in Florence, an international conference sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society this past June. 

Meredith Goldsmith

Meredith Goldsmith

The conference, celebrating the sesquicentennial of Wharton’s birth, showcased the work of over 100 scholars from over 12 countries. Goldsmith presented a paper on Wharton’s last completed novel, The Gods Arrive. Rebecca Jaroff, assistant professor of English, and Carol dole, professor of English, also presented papers: Dr. Jaroff focused on pedagogical approaches to Wharton’s novella Summer that she has used in the Ursinus classroom and Dr. Dole explored the film adaptation of Wharton’s novella The Old Maids. Thanks to the generosity of Marist College, the conference was held at the Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in the heart of Florence.