Penn State laureate visits campus

October 05, 2011

Penn State Laureate Linda Miller led a discussion about Ernest Hemingway Sept. 30, in the Art Gallery at Penn State New Kensington.

Miller, professor of English at Penn State Abington, talked about "Indian Camp," a short story about birth and death, featuring Nick Adams, Hemingway's semi-autobiographical character. Adams is an adolescent and the story is told through his perspective. Drawing upon her research and writing on American literature and art, Miller incorporated vintage photographs and primary documents (including letters and diaries) to explore the topic.

Miller, who earned a doctorate at the University of Delaware, is the fourth Penn State laureate, succeeding Robin Becker, professor of English and women's studies. Becker and inaugural laureate Kim Cook, professor of music in cello, have previously visited the campus.

The laureate is a full-time University faculty member in the humanities or fine arts who is assigned 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 is a highly visible representative of Penn State who appears regularly at events University-wide and throughout the Commonwealth at community and statewide events.

A specialist in early 20th-century American literature and art, Miller is the author of several books including "The Book of American Diaries" and "Letters from the Lost Generation: Gerald and Sara Murphy and Friends." Lost Generation is a term popularized by Hemingway that describes modernist writers and artists of the 1920s who came of age during World War I. She is currently working on a book about American expatriate artists in France, "The Summer of ’26."


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Last Updated October 05, 2011