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Oct. 17, 2003


UW-RF Launches Free Sunday Lecture Program

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will launch a new free Sunday afternoon community lecture program on Nov. 2.

Emeriti English Professor Richard Beckham will speak at 2 p.m. in the Presidents Room of the Hagestand Student Center. The event is free and no reservations are necessary. Following the presentation, refreshments will be served.

In a presentation titled "Teaching and Learning with Two Bills, a Swift and a Smith," Beckham will offer a reflective and thought-provoking discussion around two historical writers, William Wordsworth and William Faulkner, and two contemporary writers, Graham Swift and Zadie Smith. All four writers have had a profound effect on his life and he believes they continue to enrich the lives of those who read their works.

Beckham, who retired from UW-RF this past year, joined the English department in 1969 and was active in many faculty committees. He has traveled widely in Europe and Asia, and spent one year as an exchange professor in England. In 1990 he was named Outstanding Teacher in the Humanities for the College of Arts and Sciences.

The event is sponsored by the UW-RF College of Arts and Science and the Office of Outreach and Graduate Studies and another lecture is planned in the spring of 2004.

For more information, contact the Outreach and Graduate Studies office at 715/ 425-3256 or 800-228-5607.

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