Hello, everyone,


This virtual public lecture on Wednesday May 12th at 7 p.m. Central  may be of interest to the Cather community.


Scott Herring, James H. Ruddy Professor of English and Affiliate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, will be the inaugural Willa Cather Distinguished Lecturer. This new initiative by the Cather Project, a unit in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln English Department, is designed to promote research on Willa Cather by scholars working in a variety of areas in literary studies and to give students in our M.A. and Ph.D. programs the opportunity to study under such scholars from other universities.


Herring will be teaching a one credit grad seminar on the topic of “American Modernist Studies, New and Old,” and delivering a virtual public lecture “Aging Moderns: A Reintroduction” on Wednesday May 12 at 7 p.m.

Herring is the author of three books, Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History (University of Chicago Press, 2007), Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism (New York University Press, 2010; winner of a Lambda Literary Award) (both featuring Willa Cather), and The Hoarders: Material Deviance in Modern American Culture (University of Chicago Press 2014). His book in progress on aging and modernism was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. He will be joining the faculty of Yale University in August 2021.


To join the Zoom meeting on May 12th, type go.unl.edu/cather-lecture-2021 into your browser. An e-poster is also attached—please feel free to share.


Melissa J. Homestead

Professor of English and Program Faculty in Women’s & Gender Studies

Director of the Cather Project

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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