Department of English Language and Literature

Richard M. Summers Memorial Lecture

The Richard M. Summers Memorial Lecture is made possible by an endowment fund established by Mrs. Marie Summers to honor her son, a member of the Department of English from 1966 until his death on November 5, 1988. Since 1990, it has annually brought to campus a distinguished writer, literary scholar, or critic to speak on literature or its relationship to language, culture, or art.   Richard Summers
 Richard M. Summers

 Past speakers

  • Cleanth Brooks
  • Barbara Kiefer Lewalski
  • Wayne C. Booth
  • Houston A. Baker, Jr.
  • Ann Beattie
  • Edward W. Said
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Jerome McGann
  • Stanley E. Fish
  • Robert Pinsky
  • William Labov
  • Edward Albee
  • Marjorie Perloff
  • Gary Soto

Last Updated: 6/23/21