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  • Susan Matt
    A History of Homesickness She's an historian who researches emotions. How homesick are you? And what do we do to cope?

    Is home where the heart is? Or where you hang your hat at night?  A historian of the emotions, Susan Matt will help explore and explain the loneliness of leaving “home”, whether it’s to relocate to a country halfway around the world or to a university dorm room two cities away.    Susan is the Presidential Distinguished Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.  She is author of Homesickness: An American History and Keeping Up with the Joneses: Envy in American Consumer Society, 1890-1930.  Armed with a fresh Canadian perspective, Susan will shed light on the demons of loneliness that chase even the hardiest among us.

    A native of Chicago, Susan received her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. She and her husband  are currently writing a book on how technology has changed inner life, from the telegraph to twitter.

    For more on Susan, visit http://www.weber.edu/History/faculty/Matt.html

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