|David Marshall to present first faculty lecture Oct. 10|
The inaugural talk in the Faculty Lecture Series will be delivered by English and Peace Studies Professor David Marshall Tuesday, Oct. 10. His talk, "Editing: Discovering Windows into the Structure of the Human Mind," is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A 4 p.m. reception will precede the talk, which is free and open to the public.
Language often reflects the cultures and lifestyles of those who employ them. What one may not realize is their language of choice might affect their perception of the world around them. Marshall’s lecture will explore the intricate world of linguistics and reveal how everyday sentences mirror the inner workings of the human mind. “Grammar is not about language only,” said Marshall. “It illustrates how we think and not think, how we grasp ideas and how we miss them.”
“Syntactical structures in our language and minds echo larger structure in society and reality,” explains Marshall, “since all languages are structured hierarchically, we shouldn’t be surprised to see society structured the same way.”
The Faculty Lecture Series is planned by a committee of Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors, who hold UND’s highest faculty honor, and is funded by the Office of the President.
David Marshall’s extensive list of publications, special lectures, and awards offer a mere glimpse into this three-time Fulbright scholar’s stellar accomplishments. He has been noted as the Fulbright Scholarship program’s first professor of linguistics in China, where from 1986-87 he taught grammar, the history of English, semantics, and lectured at many Chinese universities. He also taught courses in politics of language and American culture and civilization from 1993-94 as a Fulbright Professor at Eötvos Loránd University of Hungary in Budapest. While in Hungary, the Fulbright program also sent him on short lecture trips to Berlin and Mainz, Germany and Rabat, Morocco. He was invited back to lecture at the World Fulbright Fiftieth Anniversary Conference in Budapest in 1996.
In 2001, Marshall served his third term as a Fulbright professor in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria. In 2002, he was invited back to Bulgaria to teach in the first Fulbright International Summer Institute and to address the fifth Fulbright Commission Conference in Sofia. His talk, “The Fulbright Experience from the Perspective of Three Decades: Unexpected Gains for Freedom,” was later printed in the Fulbright Newsletter. Since completing his Fulbright professorships, Marshall has hosted four foreign Fulbright scholars at UND.
Marshall’s repertoire also includes three terms as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) visiting scholar. Two of his NEH scholar terms were spent at Stanford University, once in medieval literature and once in sociolinguistics. His third term was served at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in political science. He also completed a term at Duke University as a Lilly Scholar in Chaucer, and a visiting professorship in English at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Before entering the field of academia, Marshall spent some time as a journalist in New York and then editor-in-chief for Pilgrim Press, where he was responsible for administrative duties and coordinating aspects of production, finance, promotion and sales between Boston, New York, and Philadelphia for more than 12 non-fiction trade books per year. Marshall himself has co-authored two published articles, one with the late UND law professor Randy Lee called “Shooting Themselves in the Foot: Consequences of English-only Supporters Going to Law,” which appeared in Language Ideologies: Critical Perspectives of the English Only Movement. His second article, “Overcoming Minority Language Policy Failure: the Case for Bulgaria and the Balkans” was co-authored by Angel Angelov and published this summer in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, where he serves on the editorial board.
David Marshall also served with the United States Marine Corps, an experience he often refers to when teaching the poetry of war and peace. He received his undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, New York and his Ph.D in linguistics from New York University.
Marshall is married to Ruth Brockert Marshall. Together they have two sons, Michael and Nathan, the latter a UND graduate.