(Feb. 7, 2007)

Contact: Amy Giglio, Centenary Muses Liaison, 318-869-5136, or Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120

‘The Case for Poetry: A Reprise' is Topic of Centenary Muses' Spring Study Series in March; New 'Lunch and Learn' Series Announced

Lee Morgan

SHREVEPORT, LA — 'The Case for Poetry: A Reprise' will be the subject of a four-part lecture series to be presented by the Centenary College Muses in March by Dr. Lee Morgan, English Professor Emeritus of Centenary. Additionally, the Muses have announced a new “Lunch and Learn” series, which will be offered at noon during each Tuesday in March.

Dr. Morgan’s Study Series lectures will be given twice each day on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning March 6. Participants may attend either the 11-11:50 a.m. session or the 5:30-6:20 p.m. session. All classes will be held in Room 304 of Jackson Hall on the Centenary campus.

Questions Dr. Morgan will discuss include “What is poetry, how do you read it and why is it necessary? Poetry by Frost, Wordsworth, Hughes, Browning, Donne and others will be included in the series.

Dr. Morgan, who taught at Centenary for 44 years before retiring in 1997, has co-authored and co-edited several books and publications, including three widely used Oxford University Press and Harper and Row textbooks. He maintains an office in the Centenary Library and is currently writing a history of Centenary. Half of the proceeds from the Study Series will benefit the Lucy and Lee Morgan Endowed Professorship in English.

Cost is $35 per person for the series, and checks, payable to Centenary College, should be mailed in February to Karla Teutsch, Centenary Office of Development, P.O. Box 41188, Shreveport, La., 71134-1188. For more information, call (318) 869-5136. After registering, participants will receive a packet of poems in the mail.

There is no charge for the Lunch and Learn Series, which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday in March in the Centenary Room of Bynum Commons, other than the $5.50 cost of the buffet lunch for those who choose to go through the Centenary cafeteria line and then hear a mini-lecture by a Centenary professor.

Featured professors and topics are:

  • March 6 –- Dr. Robert Prickett, Education Department, speaking on “From the Blackboard Jungle to the Freedom Writers: Hollywood’s Depiction of America’s Classrooms”
  • March 13 –- Dr. Amy Hammond, Psychology Department, “Baby Sign Language: Sure it’s Fun, But What’s the Science?”
  • March 20 –- Dr. Dana Kress, professor of French, “Creole Truths: Readings from the Poetry of P.A. Desdunes"
  • March 27 –- Dr. Greg VanHoosier-Carey, Biedenharn Eminent Scholars Chair in Communication, "Wikipedia, Open Source, and the Future of Information"

Participation in the Study Series is not required to attend the Lunch and Learn events. Centenary students, faculty, staff and alumni will also attend.

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