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Penn State Laureate to speak on campus Friday

9/28/2011 —


2:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, Art Gallery

Penn State Laureate Linda Miller will lead a discussion about Ernest Hemingway at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in the Art Gallery at Penn State New Kensington.

Miller, professor of English at Penn State Abington, will talk 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 incorporates 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 twentieth-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."

The talk is free to the public. Copies of "Indian Camp" are available in the Elizabeth E. Blissell Library on the New Kensington campus.

For information, call 724-334-6032.
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