Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing Alan Michael Parker will host Brian Turner’s visit to campus Sept. 7-9. Parker is author of five books of poems, Elephants & Butterflies, A Peal of Sonnets, Love Song with Motor Vehicles, The Vandals, and Days Like Prose, and a novel, Cry Uncle; co-editor of The Routledge Anthology of Cross-Gendered Verse; editor for North America of Who’s Who in 20th Century World Poetry; and editor of The Imaginary Poets. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Yale Review, among other magazines; his prose appears regularly in journals including The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and The San Francisco Chronicle.
Associate Professor of Rhetoric Van E. Hillard has taught in the fields of rhetoric and writing studies for the past thirty years, sixteen of them at Duke University, where he directed the University Writing Program. His interests include visual rhetorics, deliberative writing, and the operations of public memory. With his Duke colleague Elizabeth Kiss, he received a five-year grant from the Hewlett Foundation to develop methods for teaching the arts of deliberation in the face of moral disagreement. He has published essays on civic rhetoric, U.S. literacy education, and public memorials.
Professor of Psychology Greta Munger joined the Psychology Department in the fall of 1994. Her area of interest is perception, how we organize and understand the world around us. Her academic offerings in the area include the class Psychology Goes to the Movies. Her teaching has led to a book, The History of Psychology: Fundamental Questions (Oxford, 2003), and a co-authored blog on things cognitive, Cognitive Daily. Munger and her students conduct experiments in visual cognition, in particular examining how we perceive and understand the world in motion around us.