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Hartwick’s Bensen to Present Next Faculty Lecture

November 3, 2015

Professor of English Dr. Robert R. Bensen will present "Still Seeing Things: a reading of poems" as the second lecture of the 2015-16 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 11 at 12:30 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Bensen's fifth book of poems is Orenoque, Wetumka (Bright Hill Press, 2012), produced in collaboration with artist Phil Young. Bensen's poems have been published in the U.S., United Kingdom, the Caribbean, India, and in Native American and African American journals. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, the Robert Penn Warren Award, the Harvard Poetry Prize, and two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, among other accolades. His poetry has been exhibited in nine art galleries, including the National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs, NY. He has also published literary and legal studies, as well as anthologies of Caribbean and Native American literature. He has been director of writing and professor of English at the College since 1978.

Throughout the lecture series, faculty members discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology, and more. The presentations take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the academic year, but not during January Term. Upcoming faculty lecture dates, presenters and titles (subject to change) include:

  • Thursday, December 3, 2015: Assistant Professor of Political Science James Buthman, "Renewable Energy and Federal Lands"
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016: Assistant Professor of Art Richard Barlow, "A View of the Copse:  Research, Memory and Art"
  • Thursday, March 10, 2016: Professor of History Dr. Edythe Quinn, "After the Shooting Stopped: Black Civil War Veterans and Their Northern Communities"
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016: Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. J. Jeremy Wisnewski, "We, the Dead: On Memory, Mortality, and Modest Immortality"
  • Thursday, May 12, 2016: Professor of Art Katharine Kreisher, "Dream Plane:  War Stories - A Time Capsule" 

For more information, contact Eric Cooper, faculty development committee chair, at 607-431-4254 or

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