Harvard professor featured Harvard University Professor Barbara Johnson will be the first of several nationally known scholars that will be featured in The University of South Dakota's English Department's 1998-99 Speaker Series.
Johnson, who teachers English, comparative literature, Afro-American studies and women's studies at Harvard University, will present a lecture entitled "Romancing the Stone: Literature and Sculpture" at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 in Farber Hall of Old Main at USD.
Professor Johnson, who received her Ph.D. (1977) from Yale University in New Haven, CT, taught French and comparative literature at Yale University before joining the Harvard University faculty in 1983. She taught in the Department of Romance Languages at Harvard University until 1989 when she moved to the English Department at Harvard University.
Her most recent books are The Feminist Differences: Literature, Psychoanalysis, Race and Gender (1998) and The Wake of Deconstruction (1994). She is also author of A World of Difference (1987) and The Critical Difference (1980) as well as the translator of Jacques Derrida's Dissemination (1981).
Johnson also earned a B.A. (magna cum laude) degree in 1969 from Oberlin (Ohio) College and a Master of Philosophy degree in 1973 from Yale University.
The USD English Department's Speaker Series is intended to bring scholars from other institutions to the USD campus. The series, which is open to the public, is an expansion of the Department's monthly colloquia, which features on-campus speakers.