UTSA literature professor Joycelyn Moody presents at Oxford

Joycelyn Moody in UK

Joycelyn Moody at Oxford University

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(April 7, 2010)--Joycelyn Moody, UTSA Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature, was one of 35 people from around the world invited to participate in the 2010 Oxford Round Table Sessions at Lincoln College, a component of Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

The Oxford Round Table Sessions promote education, art, science, religion and charity by means of academic conferences and publication of scholarly papers.

Participants were nominated by colleagues, and Moody was one of three professors of literature included in the group. Other academic disciplines represented included nursing, political science, public policy, mathematics, fine arts, business administration, women's studies, philosophy and oceanography.

Moody commented and led a discussion on a paper on applications of biblical scripture about women at a faith-based college. She is the author of the book "Sentimental Confessions: Spiritual Autobiographies by 19th Century African-American Women."

"My experience with the Oxford Round Table was truly extraordinary and invigorating," said Moody. "The university community at Oxford generated a stimulating educational environment, and I felt privileged to engage with the impressive scholars who convened to discuss a broad range of diverse and complex issues facing women in the academy. Because we represented so many different backgrounds and disciplines, we had significant ideas to share with each other. That level of intellectual and international exchange is rare and thrilling."

The Round Table Sessions provide participants with the opportunity to network on a critical topic of scholarly interest or specialization and share research across various disciplines. In addition to the discussions, participants made local and regional trips to tour the Oxford city center, university grounds and Cotswolds, the site of Britain's lush sheep-grazing lands.