UMW English Professor Receives Milton Society Award

Ben LaBreche, assistant professor of English

Ben LaBreche, assistant professor in English at the University of Mary Washington, has been selected to receive the prestigious James Holly Hanford Award from the Milton Society of America. The award recognizes a distinguished published article on John Milton, the 17th century poet and author of Paradise Lost, and will be shared this year by two recipients. LaBreche won the prize for his essay, “Espousing Liberty: The Gender of Liberalism and the Politics of Miltonic Divorce.” The essay, selected from among the more than 100 Miltonic articles published each year, appeared in English Literary History, a quarterly journal of The Johns Hopkins University for scholars and educators in English and American literature, literary history and theory. The Milton Society will present the award to LaBreche at the annual dinner meeting of the society at the Modern Language Association convention in Seattle in January 2012. LaBreche currently is writing a book on Milton’s conception of liberty … [Read more...]

Claudia Emerson Reads at National Book Festival

Claudia Emerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and English professor at the University of Mary Washington, will read from her work at the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival. Emerson’s reading will take place on Saturday, September 24 from 2:35 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The festival is free and open to the public.

Fredericksburg, Va. – Claudia Emerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and English professor at the University of Mary Washington, read from her work at the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival. Emerson’s reading took place on Saturday, September 24 from 2:35 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The festival was free and open to the public. Emerson read from “Pharaoh, Pharaoh,” “Pinion: An Elegy,” “Late Wife” and her latest work, “Figure Studies,” as part of the Poetry & Prose pavilion at the festival. Fellow authors at the pavilion included Michael Cunningham, Dave Eggers and Rita Dove. A book signing session followed Emerson’s reading from 4 to 5 p.m. In addition, Kelly Cherry, a 1961 alumna of the University of Mary Washington and Virginia poet laureate, read from her work on Sunday, September 25 from 1:55 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. in the State Poets Laureate pavilion. She has published 20 books of fiction, poetry and nonfiction; eight chapbooks; and … [Read more...]

Political Analyst, Media Expert Moderates Fredericksburg Forum

Stephen Farnsworth, author, political analyst and professor, will serve as moderator for the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg Forum on Wednesday, September 28. The program, which features political strategist Karl Rove, will be held at 8 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. Tickets are required.

Fredericksburg, Va. – Stephen Farnsworth, author, political analyst and professor, served as moderator for the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg Forum on Wednesday, September 28. The program, which featured political strategist Karl Rove, was held at 8 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. Farnsworth, an expert on media and politics, will rejoin the faculty of UMW in January to open the Center for Leadership and Media Studies on the Fredericksburg campus and to teach in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs. He taught at UMW for 13 years until 2008 and has researched elections, the mass media, the presidency and public opinion in the United States. Farnsworth is currently associate professor of communications at George Mason University. He is the author of “Spinner in chief: How Presidents Sell Their Policies and Themselves” and “Political Support in a Frustrated America.” He also co-authored “The Nightly News Nightmare: … [Read more...]