Lincoln (Neb.) - Sept. 26, 1997 - Susan J. Rosowski, Adele Hall Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will inaugurate on Oct. 8 the university's Distinguished Professor Lecture Series on Scholarship and Creative Activity.
Her speech, "The Place of Literature and the Cultural Phenomenon of Willa Cather," is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
Rosowski plans to discuss why Cather has become an internationally recognized author. Drawing from her research, teaching and anecdotes from the field of Cather studies, she will share her ideas on what it means to be in a place, such as Nebraska, that is read through Cather. She will also discuss what responses to Cather reveal about the place of literature in our culture today.
Rosowski is one of the world's foremost Cather scholars. A native of Topeka, Kan., she discovered Cather when she and her husband moved to Lincoln to begin their careers at the University of Nebraska in the early 1970s. Although she had undergraduate and graduate degrees in literature, she wasn't familiar with Cather's writings before moving to the state (at that time Cather was widely dismissed as a regional writer and as a woman). Rosowski decided to read "A Lost Lady" to become acquainted with her new home. The book so engaged her, she began studying Cather, eventually becoming known as an expert.
The Distinguished Professor Lecture Series on Scholarship
and Creative Activity was initiated to recognize professors who
receive distinguished professorships. Distinguished professors
are selected by a campus-wide committee based on the quality of
the individual's research. Rosowski became a distinguished
professor Sept. 1.
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