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Western Research Day

2019 Keynote Speakers


Lynn Schönbeck is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in the Viking and Medieval Norse Studies program at Háskóli Íslands in Reykjavík, Iceland. Lynn has an interdisciplinary undergraduate background, graduating with a major in History and a minor in Anthropology from WCSU in 2016. For her undergraduate thesis, Lynn focused on how medieval Norse art and Saga literature intersected with the laws and social mores of the time in order to police women’s social boundaries. As a graduate student, Lynn is continuing her work on early medieval Scandinavia, shifting her focus to the post-conversional; looking at the transfer and adaptation of continental literature into a Nordic perspective. Upon completion of her Master’s, Lynn has the goal of entering a PhD program in Museum Studies with a Norse focus.

The title of her talk will be: Tale Isolde as Time: A Comparative Analysis of  a Key Female Figure Across the Middle High German and Old Norse Tristan Epic

Abstract: The Tristan Legend took the medieval world by storm, dispersing from the United Kingdom to France, Italy to the Czech Republic, and even to Scandinavia and Iceland over the course of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth centuries. While each culture’s versions of the Tristan Legend have been examined in depth at one time or another, a comparative study of the Middle High German and the Old Norse versions has never been attempted. This thesis aims to compare the characterization of Isolde, the main female figure of this legend, both within each culture’s literary corpus, as well as cross-culturally, in order to gain a sense of cultural changes and evolutions of social mores both nationally and internationally.


Linda Dalessio joined the faculty at WCSU as an assistant professor in 2014. Linda graduated with her ADN in 1984 from Capitol Community Technical College in Hartford and received her BSN in 1999 from Elsevier College in New York. She went on to receive her MSN in Forensic nursing at Quinnipiac University, and graduated from St. Louis University in 2005 with a post master’s degree as an acute care nurse practitioner. Linda has worked as a critical care nurse and nurse practitioner in acute and adult care in many different areas. She recently finished her EdD in nursing education with a research focus on how simulation and debriefing pedagogy can affect diagnostic reasoning in nurse practitioner students. She has authored, and co-authored grants obtained from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American College of Chest Physicians. Linda is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and has been CCRN certified since 1989, the American Nursing Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and the International Association of Simulation and Clinical Learning.

The title of her talk will be: The Effects of Debriefing on Diagnostic Reasoning Development in Family Nursing Practitioner Students

For more information, contact Michelle Monette