Nancy A. Walker, professor of English and director of women's studies at Vanderbilt University, will present the eighth annual Fred Garrigus Holloway Lecture at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 in the McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College.
Dr. Walker's lecture is "A Very Serious Thing: Women's Humor and American Culture."
After completing her undergraduate work at Louisiana State University, Dr. Walker continued with graduate studies at Tulane, Oxford and Kent State universities, and eventually wrote her doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Thomas F. Marshall, a one-time member of Western Maryland's English faculty.
She began her teaching career at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., in 1971, then moved to Vanderbilt in 1989.
She was granted her present rank in 1992 and holds regional and national offices in the American Studies Association and the Modern Languages Association. She is on the MLA Executive Council.
Dr. Walker has lectured and published widely in the fields o19th-century American literature and women's studies.
She currently is writing "The Disobedient Reader: WomeWriters and Literary Tradition," to be published by the University of Texas Press.
The Holloway Lecture, inaugurated in 1986, is named for Western Maryland's fourth president, Fred G. Holloway, who led the institution from 1935 to 1947. He died in 1988, having served as president of Drew University, as a bishop for the United Methodist Church and as a trustee of several colleges.
Information: Dr. Keith Richwine, 857-2426.
To request sign-interpreting, call Lynda Casserly, 857-2518, at least two weeks before the lecture.