|Robert N. Watson,
an internationally recognized English Renaissance scholar
and a Professor of English at UCLA, will deliver the David L. Kubal
Memorial Lecture on April 26, 2007 at 6:30pm in the Golden Eagle Ballroom.
Professor Watson will speak on
"Humanities, Ecology, and 17th-Century Art." As
a prelude to his talk, he offers the following questions: "How
and why do literature and humanistic scholarship matter in
the Information Age and the multicultural world? What can
the art of late-Renaissance Europe tell us about the
origins of our sympathy for animals and concern for the
ecosystem? And, how can these
insights help us win the crucial environmental battles of
the 21st century?"
Professor Watson has won national senior research
fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American
Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment
for the Humanities, as well as a UC Presidentís
Fellowship. His books include Back to Nature: The
Green and the Real in the Late Renaissance (U Penn
Press, January 2006), Shakespeare
and the Hazards of Ambition (Harvard, 1984), Ben
Jonson's Parodic Strategy: Literary Imperialism in the
Comedies (Harvard, 1987) and The Rest is Silence:
Death as Annihilation in the English Renaissance (UC,
1995). He is the editor of Critical Essays on Ben
Jonson and of the New Mermaids editions of Jonson's Volpone
and Every Man in His Humour (the latter also
appears on the Web, with links to digital versions of the
matching Folio pages, at http://etext.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/JonHumo.html).
He has also published many poems, book reviews, and
scholarly articles on topics ranging from Elizabethan
horsemanship to Thomas Pynchon. Further information is
available at Robert N. Watson's homepage.
To read a brief article on the recent awarding of
UCLA's Gold Shield Faculty Prize to Professor Watson, click
For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.
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