Public invited to free presentation by Penn State Laureate

The public is invited to attend a free presentation titled "Ernest Hemingway in Letters, Literature and Life" by Penn State Laureate Linda Patterson Miller, 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in room 16, of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

Miller, professor of English at Penn State Abington, is the first Penn State laureate from humanities, the first to be named from a Penn State campus other than University Park, and the fourth person to hold the title. The Penn State laureate is a full-time 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.

Miller will be a guest speaker at the first meeting of the 2011-12 Penn State Beaver Advisory Board at 7 a.m. on Sept. 16. Her topic will be "The Lost Generation on the French Riviera," which will be followed by a meeting with the Campus Executive Council and a campus tour.

In addition, Miller will speak to a comparative literature class in Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature taught by Robin Bower, associate professor of Spanish at Beaver. Miller’s topic will be "American Diarists: Day-by-Day Personal Accounts through the Centuries." A variety of students and faculty from diverse areas of study will attend a luncheon with Miller.

During the academic year, Miller will visit University locations throughout the state to talk about her professional area of expertise, "America’s Lost Generation of the 1920s." In addition to Beaver, her stops in the northwestern part of the state will include Penn State DuBois, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and Penn State Shenango.

For information about Miller, contact the Beaver campus Office of Academic Affairs at or 724-773-3571, or visit

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Last Updated September 12, 2011