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Emmett Lecture set for Sept. 27

September 21, 2012 12:00AM

Amy Fuqua, a professor of English at Black Hills State University, will deliver the 19th annual Victor J. Emmett, Jr., Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center on the Pittsburg State University campus. Fuqua’s visit is sponsored by the PSU Department of English and the Midwest Quarterly.

Fuqua’s lecture, “Reading fiction and the future of democracy: Jane Austen and Toni Morrison,” is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

Fuqua was invited to deliver the Emmett Memorial Lecture as the winner 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.  Her essay, “‘The Furrow of His Brow:’ Providence and Pragmatism in Toni Morrison’s ‘Paradise,’” will appear in the autumn 2012 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 23 years was a professor of English at Pittsburg State University.

For additional information, contact Stephen Meats, professor of English, at 620-235-4935,; or Shannon Spear, 620-235-4689,

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