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Chaired Professor Lecture Series

Richard Millington, the Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor in American Studies, and a professor of English language and literature, will kick off this year’s series of lectures by professors who have been appointed to chaired professorships in recent years.

All four lectures in the series will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Seelye 201, and are free and open to the public.

Millington’s talk, on Monday, Feb. 19, will address “American Literature and the Invention of Leisure.”

“The lecture is about the emergence of a distinctive idea of middle-class leisure that emerges in the earlier 19th century,” describes Millington, “a conception that shapes the work of writers like Hawthorne and Thoreau, dominates the cultural landscape later in the 19th century, and ultimately gives us our present idea of the liberal arts college.”

Millington was appointed as a chaired professor July 1, 2003.

On Monday, March 12, Linda Jones, the R. B. Hewlett ’40 Professor of Engineering, will speak on “Nanostructure in a Materials World: Boron Rich Carbon Nanotubes and Fibers.” Jones began at Smith on July 1, 2005, as the director of the Picker Engineering Program.

Mary Harrington, the Tippit Professor in Life Sciences, and a member of the psychology department, will speak on April 16 on “Illuminating the Circadian Clock.”

Harrington, who joined the Smith faculty in 1987, was appointed a chaired professor in 2005.

The final lecture in the series will be given by Marilyn Schuster, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, on April 30. Her talk is titled “The Ladder, Rung by Rung: Assimilation or Resistance?”

Schuster became a chaired professor on July 1, 2003.

2/15/07   Eric Sean Weld
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