Campus to welcome Penn State Laureate for special lecture

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Penn State's 2011-12 Laureate, Linda Patterson Miller, professor of English at Penn State Abington, will present a talk about "Earnest Hemingway in Letters, Literature and Life," at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in room 302 at the campus in Center Valley. This event is free and open to the public.

Ernest Hemingway is an iconic figure in American literature and life, and his lifelong correspondence provides tantalizing peeks into how his life, both in America and Europe during the 20th century, inspired and shaped his art. Drawing from Hemingway's early letters, many previously unpublished, Miller will discuss how a midwestern boy becomes, seemingly overnight, the "Father of Modern American Prose" as he discovers Paris and Modernism during the 1920s.

The Penn State laureate is a full-time University faculty member in the humanities or fine arts who is assigned half-time for one academic year to bring an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences. The laureate will be a highly visible representative of Penn State who will appear regularly at events University-wide and throughout the Commonwealth at community and statewide events.

Linda Patterson Miller (bachelor's of art from Hope College; master's of art from Ohio State University; and a doctorate from University of Delaware) is professor of English at Penn State Abington, where she has taught American literature since 1984, earning teaching awards including the Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004).

Miller publishes in all areas of American studies, but her specialty is early 20th-century American literature and art. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals and in several edited book collections. Her books include (with Randall M. Miller) "The Book of American Diaries" (Avon, 1995) and "Letters from the Lost Generation: Gerald and Sara Murphy and Friends" (Rutgers University Press, 1991; paper 1993). Miller is presently completing another book on the American expatriate artists in France ("The Summer of ’26"), and her "Reading Hemingway: In Our Time" (Kent State University Press) is forthcoming.

Miller has lectured nationally and internationally on modernist art as it relates to American literature and art, and she is a popular speaker and book discussion leader for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Miller served as guest scholar for C-Span’s two-hour show on Hemingway, aired live from Key West, Florida, as part of C-Span’s ongoing series "American Writers: A Journey Through History." Miller has been a Danforth Foundation Associate as well as a Lilly Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow.

She has served as a scholarly consultant on expatriate American writers and artists for American Playhouse, PBS, and most recently for a special exhibition at Williams College Museum of Art in 2007 followed by a selected national tour. She has long served as a board member of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, and she chairs the Editorial Review Board for "The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway," to be published as a multi-volume series by Cambridge University Press. Miller wrote the Foreword for Volume 1, forthcoming in 2011.

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Last Updated October 04, 2011