WFU launches Kenan Lecture Series

This spring, the department of English at Wake Forest University will launch its first annual Kenan Lecture Series titled “Chaos in American Literature and Science.” The series, which includes three lectures, is free and open to the public. Each lecture will be held in DeTamble Auditorium in Tribble Hall at 4:30 p.m.

The series will begin Feb. 24 with speaker Laura Dassow Walls, professor of English at the University of South Carolina and author of “Emerson’s Life in Science: The Culture of Truth.” Walls will lecture on law and chance in the works of Emerson and Thoreau.

On March 31, the series will feature Robert Richardson Jr., professor emeritus of English at the University of Denver and author of “Emerson: The Mind on Fire.” Richardson will speak on William James, philosophy and chance.

The series will conclude on April 13 with Philip Kuberski, professor of English at Wake Forest and author of “Chaosmos: Literature, Science, Theory.” Kuberski will give a lecture on Henry Adams, Wallace Stevens and the science of chaos.

The Kenan Lecture Series is funded by the W.R. Kenan Jr. Professorship of Humanities. For more information, contact Eric Wilson at or at 336-758-5746.

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