Janina P. Traxler
Professor of French
Dr. Janina P. Traxler, Professor of French, has always been interested in how the parts fit together, so pursuits as far-ranging as travel, language study, sewing, mathematics, history, architecture, and music continue to attract her. She grew up on a family farm in central Indiana, and though she has spent most of her life in Indiana, she has also lived in France multiple times and spent a year in the People’s Republic of China. Her travels have taken her to Morocco, Kenya, Senegal, most of western Europe, Russia, Turkey, and Canada, and the French-speaking Caribbean. As an undergraduate at Manchester, she majored in French and math and received teacher certification for secondary education. She has taught French and mathematics at Manchester High School, Elementary French at Indiana University, and French and English in the People’s Republic of China. She completed masters and doctoral degrees at Indiana University-Bloomington, and her doctoral area is medieval French literature. Her dissertation focused on the Prose Tristan legend of thirteenth-century France.
Dr. Traxler has been on the Manchester faculty since 1979. She teaches all levels of French, plus several courses in English for students across the curriculum: Life and Death (a literature-based critical thinking course), Legends Revisited (classical and medieval literature, plus later reuses of the material), First-Year Seminar, and Arthurian Literature. She regularly offers a January travel course to France, intended for students with little prior experience in French. She has also served as BCA site director and as faculty in residence in Strasbourg, France.
An active scholar of medieval literature, specifically the legend of King Arthur, Professor Traxler regularly gives papers as international conferences. Her publications include several journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews. In 1992, she has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for her research on the medieval Tristan legend. In addition to medieval literature, her scholarship and teaching also explore how modern culture reworks classical and medieval stories, whether in visual arts, film, literature, or popular culture. Currently she is translating a monograph on the work conditions of Jewish cantors and choir directors in Alsace (c. 1800-1950). She is a member and past president of the International Courtly Literature Society-North American Branch, a member of the International Arthurian Society, Modern Language Association, American Association of Teachers of French, and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
At Manchester, Dr. Traxler chairs the Department of Modern Languages and the Humanities Division. She serves on the Academic Policies Committee. She is a member of the Manchester Symphony Chorus (link) and a member of Achduth Veshalom Congregation in Fort Wayne, IN. And she is still seeking the grail, though she knows that it has been sighted in a Saint Louis pawn shop.
Lynne F. Margolies
Associate Professor of Spanish
Lynne Flora Margolies grew up in Surfside, Florida and is an adopted citizen of Lawrence, Kansas. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese with an emphasis on Latin American Literature from the University of Kansas in 1992. Her dissertation, Strategies of Irony in the Modern Mexican Short Story (1947-1967), examines narrative techniques in the context of political and social change.
Dr. Margolies’ areas of specialization are Latin American Literature, literary translation, Latin American Jewish studies, film studies, literary theory and women’s studies. She participated in an NEH workshop on translation and was awarded a National Area Studies fellowship to do research in Mexico. She originated a permanent session--The Mezuzah in the Mestizaje-- at the Mid-West Modern Language Association and has presented several papers on that topic at both national and international conferences. She is currently engaged in translating the short fiction of Ana María Matute.
At Manchester University, Dr. Margolies teaches the advanced language and literature courses, the senior seminar, and has developed interdisciplinary core courses that treat Latin American and US Latino literature and film.
Professor Margolies is the director of the Manchester University Fellowship Center that provides information and assistance to students applying for national grants such as Fulbright, Boren, Marshall, and Teach for America. She is a member of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors and has served several times on national selection committees for both Fulbright and Boren.
At Manchester University, Dr. Margolies has served as Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and is currently the advisor for Alpha Mu Gamma and a member of the Manchester University Student Research Symposium committee.
Professor Margolies is a member of B’nai Jacob Synagogue of Ft. Wayne and serves on the Wabash County Habitat for Humanity executive board of directors.
Lynne Flora Margolies has lived and studied in studied in several Spanish-speaking countries such as Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, Argentina and Miami. She is well-known for her dedication to Kansas basketball, her delicious salsa and sangría, her remarkable talent with crossword puzzles, her vast knowledge of film and music, and her finely honed sense of irony.
C. Arturo Yañez
Associate Professor of Spanish