English Professor Emeritus lecture to explore 'A Career in Humanities'

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Thursday – March 6, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University will host its Fifth Annual English Professor Emeritus Lecture, presented by Dr. Susan (Kissel) Adams, on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., in the Steely Library Eva G. Farris Reading Room. Her topic will be “Thin Ice: A Career in Humanities.”

Dr. Adams had a distinguished career in the humanities at NKU, where she arrived as part-time instructor in English in 1976, became assistant professor in 1979, and retired as a professor in 2003. Dr. Adams won the NKU Alumni Association Strongest Influence Among Faculty Award in 1998 and received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship while teaching courses in American literature and women’s literature and serving for several years at NKU’s director of women’s studies.

In addition to her impressive teaching and service, Dr. Adams is an outstanding scholar. She has published books on the writings of Anne Tyler; Shirley Anne Grau, Gail Godwin, Francis Trollope, and Frances Wright. She has also published an anthology of regional writing and dozens of book chapters and journal articles.

In her March 25 lecture, Dr. Adams will consider parallels between the challenges her generation of faculty faced and those confronting humanities professors in higher education today. She will offer ideas and strategies for revitalizing the humanities in a time of crisis. A reception at 6:30 p.m. will precede her talk.

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