The University of Southern Mississippi Department of English will present its first program of the 2008-09 Visiting Scholars Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Gonzales Auditorium of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.
“We are thrilled to have professor Robert S. Levine inaugurate our ‘Visiting Scholars Series’ this year,” said Dr. Ellen Weinauer, professor of English at Southern Miss. “As indicated by his recent appointment as the general editor of the ‘Norton Anthology of American Literature,’ professor Levine is one of the country's foremost scholars and teachers of American literature.”
A professor of English at the University of Maryland, Levine will talk on “Frederick Douglass and Haiti: The Secret History.”
“His lecture on Thursday night, which is open to the public, will demonstrate his cutting-edge approach by looking at the work of African-American writer and activist Frederick Douglass in a new light. Levine will tell the ‘secret history’ of Douglass and Haiti,” Weinauer explained.
She further credits Levine for groundbreaking work on a variety of American writers, from Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne to Martin Delaney and Frederick Douglass, and said he has contributed “significantly and copiously to the fields of African-American Studies and American Studies as well.”
During his visit, Levine will conduct a seminar on “Hemispheric American Studies” for graduate students and faculty alike at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. For more information about the seminar, contact Dr. Weinauer at
The series continues in the spring semester 2009, including talks by fellow Americanists Charles Altieri, Carolyn Porter and Julia Stern. Admission for the lecture is free. For more information, call the Department of English at 601.266.4319.
Dr. Robert S. Levine
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