English major alum Anne Bartlett delivers annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture

SUNY Geneseo’s annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture was delivered this year by Geneseo grad and former English major Anne Clark Bartlett, currently on leave as professor and chair of the English department at DePaul University while she serves as a 2011-12 American Council on Education Fellow at Portland State University.

Professor Bartlett’s lecture, delivered February 15, was titled “Thirty Years of ‘Hard Times’: A Sometimes-Dickensian Journey from University Student to Administrator and Back Again.”

Professor Bartlett earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Geneseo in 1987 and her doctorate at the University of Iowa in 1993.  She is the author of Male Authors, Female Readers: Representation and Subjectivity in Middle English Devotional Literature and the editor of Vox Mystica: Essays in Honor of Prof. Valerie Lagorio and Cultures of Piety: Middle English Devotional Literature in Translation. She has Anne Clark Barlett filled leadership roles in organizations such as the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, the Medieval Academy of America and the MLA’s Association of Departments of English.

Professor Bartlett’s presentation was sponsored by the SUNY Geneseo Phi Beta Kappa chapter and the Office of the President of the College. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest undergraduate honors society. Geneseo is the only undergraduate college in the SUNY system to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The Alpha Delta of New York chapter was installed in January 2004.

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