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UC English Department Presents Palmer Lecture


WILLIAMSBURG, KY. - The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Department of English announces that Harry Brown, Richmond poet and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) professor, will present the 2012 Robert L. Palmer Memorial Lecture, 7:30pm, Thursday, November 8, in the school’s Gatliff Chapel.

Harry Brown is a retired Foundation Professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University and has lived with his wife Alice on a farm in the Paint Lick, Kentucky, area as well as a home in North Carolina. Brown joined the EKU faculty in 1970 and still teaches part time at the University’s Corbin and Danville campuses. In addition to teaching creative writing and American literature, he has co-directed seminars funded by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, directed the EKU Summer Creative Writing Conference, and has served as editor for EKU journals Scripsit and The Chaffin Journal.

In 1994, Harry Brown was awarded the first Mary Anderson Seminar Fellowship at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, and subsequently was named a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 2007, he received a Kentucky Arts Council Professional Assistance Award for “continued professional development” in poetry writing. Brown has published six collections of poetry and was co-editor of God’s Pantry: Modern Kentucky Writers.

Some twenty years ago, Jackson, Mississippi, businessman and eventual U. S. Ambassador to Portugal, John Palmer, created the Dr. Robert L. Palmer Memorial Lecture series to honor his uncle, Dr. Robert L. Palmer, long-time member of the UC English Department and pastor of Williamsburg’s First Baptist Church. Past Palmer lecturers have been Lee Smith, Jim Wayne Miller, Frank X Walker, Willie Morris and U. S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins.

The Palmer Lecture is free and open to the public and will count as convocation credit for UC students. For further information contact the UC Department of English at 606.539.4444.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.