Laura Dassow Walls to deliver 2013 Harding Lecture

Laura Dassow Walls HeadshotThis year’s annual Walter Harding Lecture will be delivered by Laura Dassow Walls, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.

The lecture, to be held on Thursday, September 12 at 4 p.m. in the SUNY Geneseo College Union Ballroom, is free and open to the public.

The title: “Of Compass, Chains, and Sounding Lines: Taking Thoreau’s Measure.”

Professor Walls specializes in American Transcendentalism, transatlantic romanticism, literature and science, and environmental literature and ecocriticism, with a particular emphasis on the work of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Her most recent book, The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America (University of Chicago Press, 2009), won the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize, the Organization of American Historians’ Merle Curti Award for the best book in American intellectual history, and the Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize from the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Professor Walls is currently at work on a new biography of Thoreau.


Summer roundup

A few things we’ve been up to recently…

  • Associate Professor Robert Doggett no longer goes by that title. Following a promotion, he is now Professor Robert Doggett.
  • Prof. Tom Greenfield was selected for induction into the Geneseo Greek Hall of Fame for his work as adviser to Alpha Delta Epsilon since 2002. He is the first non-Geneseo graduate ever selected for this honor. His formal induction will be held as part of Homecoming in late September.
  • In June, Prof. Caroline Woidat presented “Charlotte Perkins Gilman — Guest in Susan B. Anthony’s Home” for the Monday Lecture Series at the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, NY. Her slide show traced Gilman’s life and work, exploring her connections to Susan B. Anthony, Rochester, and the suffrage movement.
  • Prof. Woidat was awarded the 2013 Roemer Summer Faculty Fellowship for a book project on Elizabeth Oakes Smith’s Indian fiction and other writings.
  • Prof. Ed Gillin’s essay “Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University, and the Nassau Literary Magazine” was published in F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context, edited by. Bryant Mangum (Cambridge University Press, 2013). This is the fourth Fitzgerald book to include a full-length article or essay by Professor Gillin.
  • During the spring and summer, Prof. Paul Schacht gave presentations on Digital Thoreau at the SUNY Conversations in the Discipline conference on Digital Humanities at Suffolk Community College on Long Island (April), the American Literature Association annual conference in Boston (May),the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria, British Columbia (June); and the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord, MA (July).

Stelzig to read at Rochester Poets event

Image Distinguished Teaching Professor Gene Stelzig will read from his poetry this Sunday, August 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at this month’s meeting of Rochester Poets, the oldest continuously active literary organization in upstate New York.

Prof. Stelzig will read from a recently completed manuscript, Traces, and a collection in progress, Whistling in the Wind, or Some Things Old Men Know.

Though perhaps best known to students as a scholar and teacher of British romantic literature, Prof. Stelzig has also published poetry during the past five decades in a variety of literary and (mostly) little magazines, including a long poem in The Literary Review (1976). His collection Fool’s Gold: Selected Poems of a Decade appeared in 2008 from FootHills Press.

Prof. Stelzig began writing poetry as a teenager; during his senior year at the University of Pennsylvania, he edited the campus literary magazine, The Pennsylvania Review.

This Sunday’s reading will be held at the Ross Gallery of the Skalny Welcome Center on the campus of St. John Fisher College.