As the 2016 recipient of the Class of 1956 Lectureship for Inspirational Teaching, Professor Robert Rosenberg, English, will deliver his lecture on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall. A reception in his honor will be held afterward in the lecture hall.
Rosenberg's lecture, "Imagine Another Life: Teaching and Writing Across Borders," will be a reflection on the workshop process that he often runs in class and how it has helped — and inspired — himself and his students, he said.
Part of Rosenberg's instruction focuses on travel writing, which is especially helpful for those students returning from study abroad, "helping them process the experience, from both a fiction and nonfiction perspective," he said. A portion of the lecture also will include Rosenberg reading from his newest novel, Isles of the Blind.
A former Peace Corps volunteer who lived and taught abroad in areas ranging from Central Asia to New Delhi, Rosenberg's fiction is largely set outside of the U.S. in "an attempt at dialogue."
"When you live in a foreign setting, you see it from an American point of view and can cast your gaze back at America, but it's also a two-sided mirror," he said. "It makes us imagine other lives, put ourselves in someone else's shoes, and build empathy and sympathy for what others are thinking. I think it's incredibly important in the current political environment to have that kind of perspective."
The Class of 1956 Lectureship was established in recognition of inspirational teaching. The lecture is given annually by a member of the faculty of Bucknell. The committee that selects the recipient of this lectureship consists of the provost, deans, two faculty representatives and two student representatives.
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