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Julia Kristeva to receive Bucknell's Award of Merit in fall

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Julia Kristeva of the University of Paris 7 has accepted an invitation to come to Bucknell University in the fall to receive the university's Award of Merit.

Known for her prolific contributions to literature, psychoanalysis, linguistics, and the human sciences, Kristeva also will deliver an open lecture and meet with students and faculty.

The university's Award of Merit was conceived in 1968 as a means of recognizing individuals whose exceptional contributions to their professions and communities exemplify the highest standards and aspirations of Bucknell. Past recipients include Hubert Humphrey, Frank Kermode, Helen Vendler, and Julian Bond.

Her visit is sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the Department of Foreign Language Programs.

In being awarded the 2004 Holberg Prize, the Holberg Memorial Fund said, "With her interdisciplinary approach and her in-depth studies of fundamental properties of human communication and interaction, Julia Kristeva not only transcends the traditional boundaries between academic disciplines, she also demonstrates how advanced theoretical research can play a decisive role in public social and cultural debate in general."

She is the author of more than 20 books and regarded as one of Europe's principal intellectuals.

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