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Dr. Milton Reigelman to deliver 2013 Bastian Lecture

March 7, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger       
2013 Bastian Lecture Milton Reigelman, Centre professor of English and director of
the Center for Global Citizenship, will deliver the 2013 Bastian
Lecture on March 13 in the Norton Center Board Room.

Dr. Milton Reigelman, Centre’s J. Rice Cowan Professor of English and director of the Center for Global Citizenship, is the distinguished speaker for the 2013 Bastian Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 in the Board Room of the Norton Center for the Arts.

Reigelman’s lecture, “Taking Their Clothes Off,” will delve into the works of Herman Melville, one of Reigelman’s numerous areas of expertise. His recent publications on Melville include “Hearts of Darkness: Melville, Conrad, and Narratives of Oppression,” co-edited with Pawel Jedrzejko, and “Secret Sharers: Melville, Conrad, and Narratives of the Real.”

Reigelman has been an indispensible member of the Centre community for many years. For more than 35 years, Reigelman has taught American literature and humanities at Centre, garnering widespread recognition for his indelible teaching style. In 1988, he was named one of the three “toughest professors in Kentucky” by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Highly respected by his peers at Centre, Reigelman has been honored with numerous awards by the College during his tenure, including Rookie of the Year, the Eric Mount Student Appreciation Award and (twice) the David Hughes Outstanding Professor Award.

Reigelman served as acting president of the College in 1997-98. Other leadership roles have included acting as associate dean, twice chairing the division of humanities and being named president of Phi Beta Kappa. Reigelman has, at different times at Centre, also overseen the offices of admission and financial aid, student life, development, planning, alumni affairs, communications and the Norton Center for the Arts.

In addition to his many roles of leadership at Centre, Reigelman has also served as a Senior Fulbright Professor at both the University of Warsaw and Kiev University. He has also been a caption for Army Intelligence, been dean of the Governor’s Scholars Program in Kentucky for 14 years and spent time working for The Washington Post. In 2007, Reigelman co-chaired the International Melville/Conrad Conference in Poland, featuring 100 leading scholars on the authors from over 20 countries.

Reigelman will wrap up his time as a professor at Centre with his last class this semester, upon which time he will continue in his role as director of the Center for Global Citizenship.

To read 20 Questions with Reigelman, click here.

The Bastian Lecture Series is named after Carol Bastian, emerita professor of English at Centre. Every spring semester, a prominent scholar in English or American literary studies is invited to present a public lecture on campus as part of the lecture series.

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