By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — John Hunter, associate professor of comparative humanities at Bucknell University, will give the talk, "Travelers' Tales: Re-imagining Liberal Education by Re-imagining the West," on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell. The talk will be aimed at a general audience and will focus on higher education and globalization.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is held as the annual Class of 1956 lecture. Established by the Class of 1956 as a graduation gift to the University, the lectureship is awarded during Commencement ceremonies to a member of the faculty in recognition of inspirational teaching.
A Bucknell faculty member since 2000, Hunter was nominated by colleagues who cited his success and innovation as a teacher, saying "he challenges students to exceed their own expectations and in turn inspires in them a passion for excellence." Students praised him for motivating them to engage deeply with their studies, both in the classroom and outside of it.
Trained as a scholar of Renaissance literature, Hunter now focuses on issues of the mind, brain and cultural process. He is particularly interested in interdisciplinary questions of how the mind and memory are understood in scientific and cultural contexts.
The recipient of a doctorate from Duke University, he is the editor of Renaissance Poetry and Prose: An Anthology (2009) and author of, among others, the articles "Minds, Archives, and the Domestication of Knowledge" in Alphabet City and "The Well-Stocked Memory and the Well-Tended Self: Erasmus and the Limits of Humanist Education" in Ars Reminiscendi - Mind and Memory in Renaissance Culture.
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