October 20, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Howard Smith, professor of mathematics at Bucknell University, will give the annual Class of 1956 Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The lecture, "A Mathematical Scrapbook," is free and open to the public. Smith will present a general talk that will emphasize the central role that mathematics has played in human culture over the centuries.

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.

Smith, who joined the Bucknell faculty in 1988, was praised by his colleagues as a successful teacher who inspires enthusiastic, deep and meaningful engagement among his students.

In part, his Commencement citation read, "Professor Smith is a practitioner of the liberal arts, incorporating ideas from poetry, theatre, philosophy and music into the teaching of math. His commitment to the liberal arts tradition extends well beyond the math classroom to English and theatre, where he encourages students to participate in the life of the arts and humanities."

The recipient of a doctorate in mathematics from The University of Wales at Cardiff, Smith teaches upper level and introductory level mathematics courses, including Abstract Algebra, Calculus and Mathematics from a Humanist Perspective course.

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