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Susquehanna University to Host Talk on Arts and Environment

Feb. 11, 2009

Selinsgrove, (Pa.)—“Environmental Crisis and Artistic Imagination” is the timely topic of a lecture by Lawrence Buell, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University, Feb. 16 at 12:15 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Campus Theater.

An expert on Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Buell has published widely on literature and the environment and is recognized as one of the top environmental literature scholars in the world. His recent books include “Writing for an Endangered World,” “The Future of Environmental Criticism” and “The Environmental Imagination.”

Buell’s presentation will explore how art can address the environmental crisis. The lecture speaks to Susquehanna’s university theme for 2008-09, Memory, as it addresses how literature creates the sense of place, identity and community vital to sustaining livable environments.

A former Guggenheim Fellow, Buell was twice an NEH Senior Research Fellow and a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. His “Emerson” (2003), won the Warren-Brooks Prize and the Christian Gauss Award for literary criticism. In 2007, he won the Jay Hubbell Award for lifetime achievement in American Literature studies, and in 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Sponsored by the university’s Department of English, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a private liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Study and service learning abroad, collaborative research among students and faculty, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

Contact: Karen Jones
570-372-4650




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