Etta’s love of Italy and knowledge of the country’s language and culture emerge in her newsletter, other publications, and presentations. She consults individuals, couples and groups about their travel interests or in planning a talk or trip.

Contact Etta to schedule a consultation or to learn more about organizing a small group trip, a workshop or talk.

Upcoming Events

American women in Italy

November 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT
Springfield, MO
Private event

Sororal Sadness and Hope: Transatlantic Letters of Public and Private Loss

November 5 - November 7
This talk focuses on letters Caroline Crane Marsh and her sister Lucy exchanged during the...

Past Events

Controversies of Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option

September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm CDT

This virtual presentation will comment on Rod Dreher’s bestselling book, The Benedict Option (2017), as it connects to traditions of communal life and utopian visions.

As part of a panel at the Communal Studies Association (CSA), the exact date (between Sept. 30 & Oct. 2) and time will be posted as soon as available.

Negotiating Networks, Not Friendships, in 19th-Century Rome

September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT

As part of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers panel, "Networking, 19th-Century Style: Preserving and Analyzing American Women's Networks." I will discuss Anne Hampton Brewster, Emily Bliss Gould, and Caroline Crane Marsh in Rome. These three women did not consider themselves good friends, although they remained neighborly during their time in Italy.

Here's the link for registering for this FREE event.



Talk on Caroline Crane Marsh’s Visions of Mission and Travels

July 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CDT
Boston, MA

This presentation at the American Literature Association Conference will juxtapose the writings and travels of black itinerant preacher Rebecca Cox Jackson (1795-1871) and white translator and poet Caroline Crane Marsh (1819-1901) with brief references to Transcendentalist Margaret Fuller’s writings and travels. Jackson’s dream visions (1830s-50s) and Marsh’s publications demonstrate the ways in which writing empowered both women, in spite of their cultural positions in the antebellum US.

Roundtable on Transatlantic Women’s Letter Writing of the 19th and early 20th century

April 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT

Published and Private Letters of foreign correspondent in Rome, Anne Hampton Brewster.

British American Studies Association [Virtual] Conference.

History in the Margins

March 31

An interview with author Pamela Toler, History in the Margins, and her women’s history month blog

American Women in Italy – Cancelled due to COVID

November 1, 2020

Talk in Springfield, MO

Science Fiction, Dystopia, And How it Relates to Real Life

October 22, 2020

On this episode of STEM Spots, Dr. Cornelison sits down with Assistant Department Head of the English Department at Missouri State University, Dr. Etta Madden, to discuss science fiction, dystopian literature, and the relevance of those books during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reactions to quarantine and epidemics in Rome

April 1, 2020

The Library Company of Philadelphia’s “Fireside Chats.” Anne Hampton Brewster’s reactions to quarantine and epidemics in Rome. Stream the recording on YouTube or  listen to the podcast.

Talking About Women’s History: Three Questions and an Answer.

March 30, 2020

An interview with  author Pamela Toler, History in the Margins, and her women’s history month blog, “Talking About Women’s History: Three Questions and an Answer.”

The history of science as it intersects with American literature

February 13, 2020

Dave has an in-depth historical discussion with Dr. Etta Madden, an English professor at Missouri State University, about the link between science and literature.

Treacherous Thresholds in Samuel Delany’s Speculative Fiction

September 1, 2019

Italian Association of North American Studies (AISNA) Conference, Ragusa, Italy. 

Plant Science in Gilman and Ozeki: Tendrils of Luther Burbank’s Utopianism

July 1, 2019

Utopian Studies Society (USS) Conference, Prato, Italy. 

A series of writing as therapy workshops

February 1, 2019 - March 31, 2019

With Deborah Cox of Beyond Studio

The Great American Read

March 1, 2018

Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven and Cults and Intentional Communities Panel, Springfield-Greene County Library Center