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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?" picture of Anthony Arthur


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 President’s 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 here.

For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.

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