The English Department and The Midwest Quarterly at Pittsburg State University are happy to announce that Ethan K. Smilie, Associate Professor at College of the Ozarks, and Kipton D. Smilie, Assistant Professor of Education at Missouri Western State University, will co-deliver the Twenty-Fourth Annual Victor J. Emmett Memorial Lecture on Thursday, September 28, at 8 p.m., in the Special Collections Room of the Leonard H. Axe Library on the Pittsburg State University campus. In their lecture, Professors Ethan Smilie and Kipton Smilie will discuss "Model Students: Beowulf, Chaucer, and Laura Ingalls Wilder." The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the lobby of Axe Library.
Professors Smilie and Smilie were invited to deliver the Emmett Memorial Lecture as the co-winners of the Victor J. Emmett, Jr., Memorial Award which is given each year to the author of the best essay on a literary topic published in The Midwest Quarterly. The Smilies’ essay, “Pedagogical Perseverance Past and Present: Chaucer Grades Grit,” appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of The Midwest Quarterly.
The Emmett Memorial Award and the Emmett Memorial Lecture are sponsored by the Emmett family, the PSU English Department, and The Midwest Quarterly. The award and lecture are named in memory of the late Dr. Victor J. Emmett, Jr., who for twenty-three years was a Professor of English at Pittsburg State University.
Professor Ethan K. Smilie holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas and is an alumnus of Pittsburg State University (B.A. English). He is an Associate Professor at College of the Ozarks, where he teaches English and humanities courses. Curiosity is his main research interest, and he has published papers on Chaucer, Milton, Austen, and G.K. Chesterton. Currently, with his brother, Kipton, he is researching depictions of social capital in the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder. He is a proud member of the Four States G. K. Chesterton Society, which meets in Frontenac, Kansas. He lives in Branson, Missouri, with his wife, Amanda, and his children, Helena, Benedict, Cecilia, Gerard, and Joanna.
Professor Kipton D. Smilie earned his Ph.D. in the Historical, Philosophical, and Social Foundations of Education and his M.A. in English Literature both at the University of Kansas and is an alumnus of Pittsburg State University (B.S.Ed. English Education). After serving as a high school English teacher, he is currently an Assistant Professor of Education at Missouri Western State University. He has published on John Dewey, Plato, the humanist curriculum, and leisure’s place in education. Currently, with his brother, Ethan, he is researching depictions of social capital in the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder. He lives in St. Joseph, Missouri, with his wife, Madeline, and their daughter, Lena.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Celia Patterson, Chair of English and Modern Languages, Pittsburg State University, 620-235-4689 or email@example.com.